“Gotham” recap (1.9): Keatoya!

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Let me just start this recap by saying that I make fun of Gotham…a lot. Because there’s a lot to make fun of. I mean, this show is overstuffed with characters, tonally scattershot, and its lead is a sentient loaf of Wonderbread in a cheap suit.

I still enjoy this show, I just think it suffers from a classic case of FirstSeasonitis. There are too many cooks (and not the hilarious viral video kind) in the Gotham kitchen, and the results have been a show trying desperately to please everyone, nerds and noobs alike. But Gotham is finally finding its groove, and the results are pretty exciting. And by results, I mean this business:

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Whew, is it hot in here or is it just me?

But first, let’s talk about what happened in this episode.

Gordon brings Selina back to his apartment, where he finds Barbara’s goodbye note. Barbara writes that she is “nervous, needy, and screwed up” and needs some space to figure her shit out/get herself together. Instead of going after her, Gordon has Selina meet with a police sketch artist and then stashes her at Wayne Manor for safekeeping. Alfred is NOT on board with this plan, but Baby Bruce is psyched to have a pretty girl in the manor and demands that she stay.

Meanwhile, Ian Hargrove, a prisoner at Blackgate Penitentiary, is being transferred to another facility. And he gets there without any trouble. JK, Russian mobsters shoot up the convoy and kidnap him. Just another beautiful day in Gotham.

Montoya (hey girl) and Allen take Gordon to meet with the Gotham’s only trustworthy assistant district attorney, a young Harvey Dent (aka Two-Face). When we meet Harvey, he is counseling a juvenile delinquent, telling him that his fate rests in the hands of a coin toss. Of course, the coin is two-faced (GET IT?) and Harvey lets the kid go.

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Harvey tells Gordon that he thinks Dick Lovecraft, local corrupt billionaire, ordered the hit on the Wayne family. Apparently, the Lovecrafts are a dark side version of the Waynes, and the families had long battled each other over Gotham’s future. Harvey wants to spread the story of a murder witness (sans names) to rattle Lovecraft’s cage and see if anyone starts getting nervous. Gordon is hesitant, as he doesn’t want Selina in jeopardy, but Harvey assures him he’ll keep it all anonymous.

Gordon rolls into GCPD and Bullock tells him they’ve been assigned to Hargrove’s case. They bring in Hargrove’s brother, who tells them that Hargrove is not a bad man. He’s been bombing munitions factories as a protest, and that he doesn’t need jail, he needs medical help. This brings up a very real issue, one that I thought a genre show wouldn’t necessarily dive into: the lack of care for mentally ill prisoners. While one of the major recurring themes of the Batverse is mental illness and our inability as a society to properly handle it, I did not expect a network show to dive into the issue head on. Well played, Gotham.

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