And so ends 2014 in Gotham…
The tenth episode of season one, entitled “Lovecraft”, was a really fun episode but still brought with it the usual amounts of good stuff, bad stuff, and stuff that made you say “Oh, Gotham…” as you are want to do. So here’s a look a that stuff, now divided into handy-dandy subcategories.
Selina & Bruce
This was the highlight of the episode for me. It had it all.
There was death-defying bonding.
There were teachable moments.
There were challenges.
There was adventure.
There were disguises.
There was danger.
And, of course, there was ROMANCE.
Yes. More of this please.
Bruce & Alfred
In a very close second, comes my own personal (and 100% platonic) #OTP for the series.
Alfred spent most of his time fighting assassins and being a total badass as he hunted for his Master Bruce.
He even had to team up with Bullock to question a kid who knows Selina.
All to be reunited with his Master Bruce.
And then there’s hugging.
One of the most annoying details about Gotham for me has been that Wayne Manor is supposed to be the massive mansion, but we’ve only ever seen that one study/den/room. You know, the one where Bruce sleeps on the couch all the time, takes meetings with important Gothamites, and stares at his conspiracy wall all day.
In that whole mansion, that’s the only room we’ve gotten to see. Until now.
Everybody look! It’s like a real mansion or something! With a room that has a purpose I can’t immediately decipher and everything!
Harvey spend this episode complaining about not knowing what was going on, or saying some of the most hamfisted dialogue in the show’s ten episode history (“Save your cheese, Alfred!”), or both (“Why didn’t you tell me about this foolishness!?”).
But mostly, he just made this face a lot:
You were kind of worthless this week, Bullock.
“But Scott”, I imagine you’re saying, “these assassins weren’t so bad…” And you’d mostly be right. But the things that drove me over the edge on the assassins featured in this episode were egregious examples of extreme overkill and a missed opportunity.
So, the assassins are hired because somebody let it leak that Selina was a witness to the Wayne murders and supposedly saw the killer’s face. So she’s gotta go. Okay. Fine. Totally get that. Here’s the thing. If you want to kill some random kid, you don’t hire a GANG of highly trained assassins who are lead by a woman who has this as a signature move:
It’s OVERKILL. Not to mention the fact that I’m not totally convinced that move would even work on Selina. I think she’s too small and could probably slip right through.
But you see, I tried to look past Python Legs and the Overkill Assassins. I thought, maybe she’s going to catch up with Selina and be all like “damn, this girl is awesome as hell” and adopt her. Then it would turn out that Selina got a bunch of her Catwoman fighting moves/technique from Python Legs. That would have been cool, right? Apparently it was not meant to be, a HUGE missed opportunity in my opinion. And so, the assassins ended up in the “bad” subcategory.
But I suppose Python Legs did make it out of the episode alive so… there’s always hope for a redemption.
Jim Gordon vs Arkham Asylum
Jim tells the Mayor to kiss his ass…
…and ends up being forced to take a night shift security gig at Arkham Asylum.
Because that’s totally how being a police officer works. When the Mayor doesn’t like you, he can have you working mall security with one phone call.
The Return of Ivy Pepper
After making a brief appearance in the pilot episode, Ivy Pepper returns to make another (even briefer) appearance. Last time, she was petting her plants and borderline feral. This time, she’s less feral but definitely more crazy.
She still didn’t have much of a purpose this time around, but it was a really fun scene so I didn’t mind. She can come back anytime.
Even better, she should come back with a mini Harley Quinn so that all three of them can team up for a tween-aged Gotham City Sirens.
I’d watch that.
I’d TOTALLY watch that.
Make it happen Gotham Gods!
Nothing like some Jim Gordon/Edward Nygma awkward huggage.
Do I smell a new #OTP?
Seriously. Look at this guy.
Just LOOK at him.
What did you all think of “Lovecraft”? Did the Adventures of Selina and Bruce allow the show to gain a focus it’s usually been lacking? Did you love seeing Alfred kick some ass? How did you feel about the return of Ivy Pepper? Are you planning on coming back to Gotham when it returns in January?
Sound off in the comments below!