18 “Everyone has a Cobblepot” (Gotham season 1) [SPOILERS]


I’m a little late to Gotham this week. I could claim that I’m still trying to come to terms with the big scoop of crazy the last episode served up

…but honestly it’s just life getting in the way.

By my count, there are only four more episodes to go before season one finishes. Gotham has already been renewed for a second season, so the only tension is what will happen with the series climax.

Honestly, I think this series has been too long. The 22 episodes have given it bloat-space, where 13 or so would have kept it leaner. I think this is why the pace ebbs and flows, why it has good and bad episodes.

The creators won’t shorten the seasons; there’s too much money in it. But from a critical point of view, it would be a more sensible approach.

But hey, I’m just a bod with a blog, watching a TV show. What do I know?

After he arrested corrupt cop Arnold Flass a few weeks back, Gordon is chasing down corruption in the GCPD again, as Flass is “cleared” by the commissioner, and on the track to become president of the police union. GordonĀ and Harvey Dent try and chase down the Commissioner’s stash of blackmail material. Meanwhile, Fish Mooney’s adventures in the lunatic land continue.

So Flass is free. He did say he was protected when Gordon had him dragged away in handcuffs. And worst, the vindicating evidence is from Harvey Bullock, who lies and claims he fabricated evidence again Flass. Gordon is hurt, but as Bullock explains everbody has a Cobblepot, but unlike Gordon, not everyone’s comes back.

Which, apparently, is the source of the Commissioner’s power. He has dirt on everyone. Which is what Gordon goes after, enlisting Harvey Dent as well (Why is everyone in Batman called Harvey? -Ed). There are rumours, apparently, that Lobe killed his wife, but the dynamic duo chaseĀ things down through Lobe’s old partner on the force.

Eventually, Gordon runs up against a brick wall, and goes back to the devil. Or, more accurately, the Penguin. Cobblepot (Jim’s Cobblepot -Ed) agrees to help, in exchange for an unspecified, no questions asked, favour from Gordon. And five minutes with Lobe’s files.

They wind up at an isolated house, where an elderly couple are guarding Lobe’s secret. Except it’s not files. It’s his daughter. Who likes to, err, crush birds. You can see where this is going, right? In exchange for Bullock’s file, Flass’ trial, and Lobe’s endorsement for Jim as union president, Gordon agrees to keep the secret.

Which is an odd development. Bullock’s file and Flass going down, yes. But in using his leverage to become union president, how is Gordon any different? There’s surely no doubt that the union will be as corrupt as the rest of the force, and Gordon has deliberately kept Lobe in power because he can be controlled.

Power, as they say, corrupts. And Cobblepot has yet to call in his favour.

Meanwhile, Fish wakes up after last episode’s utter insanity, being examined by a Doctor Dollmacher, who owns the facility she is being held at. Her eye, which she gouged out and smooshed last week rather than let them have it, has been replaced with a shiny blue one.

She is eyeing up (Heh! -Ed) becoming Dollmacher’s lieutenant, even after the “former office manager” is revealed with his various body parts…replaced. Psychotic doctors are nothing new, but this one does seem, rather in control. In the end, she turns over a list of prisoners to the Doctor, in exchange for position. Except, in the final scene, Dollmacher reveals that the facility is on a small rocky island, miles from anything.

The other smaller plot line is Bruce Wayne, in the hospital. Young Master Wayne figures out immediately that Reggie was sent by the board of Wayne Enterprises. It’s a bit of a jump, but I don’t care, because a) we’re getting to the point where the plot moves along, and b) if it minimises the amount of time I have to spend with little Brucey.

As a whole, this episode outperformed the last. It felt like it was trying to recreate the madcap craziness of episode “Penguin’s Umbrella”, with Gordon’s one man war on the mafia. It didn’t get there, but it was interesting, morally and story wise. The character arcs are still the most interesting thing, with Gordon walking the line between righteousness and becoming what he’s campaigning against.

With the close, Harvey seems almost moralising, warning Gordon that the good things don’t make up for the bad.

Can Jim remain whiter than white in a dirty world? It doesn’t seem like it.=

  • Commissioner Lobe talks like an absolute goof. “Naive-tay”. “Presentiment.”
  • Bullock — Bullock! — is the one to warn Gordon that trusting Cobblepot is a bad idea.
  • Poor Ed Nygma. When he eventually works up the courage to ask Kristine Kringle out for dinner, she’s already got plans with another muscle-head cop.
  • “Who’s he?” Miriam Lobe asks of Cobblepot. “He looks just like a bird!”
  • “You’re much colder than I thought,” Lobe tells Gordon. Gordon agrees. So does the audience…

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