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TV Review: Gotham - Season 2 Episode 2 "Knock Knock"

09.28.2015

Season 2 Episode 1: "Knock Knock"

Synopsis: Following his reinstatement, Gordon is thrust onto the high-profile case tracking the deadly inmate escape from Arkham Asylum. Meanwhile, Galavan plans his next move, while Bruce enlists the help of his father’s old friend to unlock the secrets in his office, and Nygma attempts to ask out Kristin Kringle (guest star Chelsea Spack) on a date.

Recap: One could chalk up last week's second season premiere of Gotham as false hope that the series was turning things around from the lackluster first season, but with episode two the show continues it's steady improvement. We still have multiple character stories being told simultaneously, but instead of a villian of the week structure, this season has begun in a much more serial format. Last week's breakout of multiple Arkham inmates has turned into Gotham's first villain team, The Maniax. With Theo Galavan pulling the strings for an as yet unrevealed motive, The Maniax are definitely more than a one trick pony.

The bulk of this episode's focus is spent on Galavan unleashing his puppets upon Gotham. Alongside the proto-Joker, Jerome, are Barbara Kean and a crew of disposable baddies. Barbara Kean, one of the worst characters from last year, has turned into a much more intriguing one this year. I definitely sense elements of Harley Quinn in her personality which makes her interaction all the more interesting. The showrunners of Gotham do not seem beholden to the traditional DC Comics canon which means everything is up for grabs. Cameron Monaghan's portrayal of Jerome, something I was ambivalent towards last season, has turned into one of the most entertaining parts of these first two hours.

Jerome may or may not be The Joker that Batman will face, but for the purposes of Gotham he is the next best thing. With a maniacal laugh and a disturbing, prosthesis free grin, Monaghan imbues a menace to his portrayal of the character that makes him the second best creation on Gotham after Robin Lord Taylor's take on The Penguin. Last season, episodes without Penguin were the weakest, but this week's episode may be one of the best on the show's run. There is a black comedy element that pervades this episode that helps sell the differences between last year and this season. So far, James Frain's portrayal of Theo Galavan and Jessica Lucas' turn as his sister have been puppet masters in the background which further builds us towards the eventual reveal of why they are in Gotham.

The other storylines that popped up this week were a brief visit with the retired Harvey Bullock as he refuses to return to the GCPD in favor of running a bar with his fiance. Edward Nygma continues to battle his inner demons for the affection of Ms. Kringle and it seems like we may see him finally give into his darker side sooner rather than later. Nygma was a waste last season but it could make for interesting television by having a bad guy who also happens to work within the police department. The episode's weakerst plot concerns Bruce Wayne. Bruce opened his father's Not-A-Batcave last week but before he could boot up the computer inside, Alfred destroys it. Bruce quickly fires his guardian before quickly reconciling with him under the expectation that the butler begins training Bruce anew. Alfred also has a quick scene with Lucius Fox, further building the future Batman's core alliances.

With a semi-major character death towards the end of the episode, this week's Gotham concludes with Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock reunited and the door open for Michael Chiklis' character to join the cast. Overall, this was a really strong episode thanks to a singular focus. Every aspect of this season, even with the multiple characters, feels to be driving towards a single arc. The Rise of the Villains subtitle this year may seem to fly in the face of what Gotham was originally envisioned to be, but by getting rid of the convoluted storytelling layers, the series is now becoming a worthwhile addition to DC Comics small screen universe.

Episode Final Verdict:

Next Episode: "The Last Laugh" airs October 5thGordon and Bullock track down a nemesis from the past, leading to a standoff between Jerome and Gordon. Meanwhile, a magic show at the Gotham Children's Hospital gala turns into a hostage situation.[2]

Source: JoBlo.com

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10:21PM on 09/29/2015

yup ... great episode, from slow moment became intense

For me ...the series gotham is low from all DC Comic book TV but is still winning me over on acting, tense, shooting ,etc from MARVEL TV (marvel agent of sh**T and Agent of Catering except daredevil) ..... don't care already change story ...i still watched MARVEL 2 agent hopefully they will good like Daredevil , but man....still cheesy acting, soap opera camera shooting, no tense at all, and boring story
For me ...the series gotham is low from all DC Comic book TV but is still winning me over on acting, tense, shooting ,etc from MARVEL TV (marvel agent of sh**T and Agent of Catering except daredevil) ..... don't care already change story ...i still watched MARVEL 2 agent hopefully they will good like Daredevil , but man....still cheesy acting, soap opera camera shooting, no tense at all, and boring story
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6:50AM on 09/29/2015
For the first time in the entire series I'm giving this a green. I have to admit, I wrote the thing off almost completely, but I won't drop my guard and say a single great episode means the series is saved. That being said this was a very good episode. The guy they got playing the Joker is seriously starting to win me over. The fact he really does exude the Joker without any of the makeup or costume effects really does impress me. Last year the only reason to watch was the Penguin. This looks
For the first time in the entire series I'm giving this a green. I have to admit, I wrote the thing off almost completely, but I won't drop my guard and say a single great episode means the series is saved. That being said this was a very good episode. The guy they got playing the Joker is seriously starting to win me over. The fact he really does exude the Joker without any of the makeup or costume effects really does impress me. Last year the only reason to watch was the Penguin. This looks like it might be the Joker's year. I mentioned last week that what are they trying to do turn Barbara in Harley? Well I saw even more evidence of that this week, which the reviewer even noted. It makes no sense, but it might be entertaining. While its sort of laughable that 3 people could take over and kill an entire police headquarters, it made for some entertaining TV and that's all I ask for. I like the slow build they are doing on the puppet master Galavan.Thats something that was sorely lacking last year as they had a tendency to beat you over the face with everything like the viewers IQ was int e negative numbers. The Bruce segments though I will agree were probably the weakest, but it is nice to see Lucius Fox who was always one of my favorite Batman supporting characters. I hope they keep up this momentum.
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6:49AM on 09/29/2015
Its a batman show for people who dont know anything about batman, awful stuff.

Id rather watch beware the batman than this trash
Its a batman show for people who dont know anything about batman, awful stuff.

Id rather watch beware the batman than this trash
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6:49AM on 09/29/2015
Its a batman show for people who dont know anything about batman, awful stuff.

Id rather watch beware the batman than this trash
Its a batman show for people who dont know anything about batman, awful stuff.

Id rather watch beware the batman than this trash
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12:15AM on 09/29/2015
I thought I would give this show another chance. The only redeeming qualities is Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue. Other than that, it's still difficult to tell what type of tone this show wants to achieve.

And I can't stand the guy who plays Jerome. Absolutely annoying as fuck.
I thought I would give this show another chance. The only redeeming qualities is Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue. Other than that, it's still difficult to tell what type of tone this show wants to achieve.

And I can't stand the guy who plays Jerome. Absolutely annoying as fuck.
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6:47AM on 09/29/2015
I wonder how long before you either jump on the band wagon of hate (again) or start saying its great tv where the gotham is a living breathing character (again).

I give you a month.
I wonder how long before you either jump on the band wagon of hate (again) or start saying its great tv where the gotham is a living breathing character (again).

I give you a month.
1:34PM on 09/29/2015
naw, Gotham is pretty awful and Soloist has been consistent with his opinion of it. And I 100% agree Jerome is AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!!!!!
naw, Gotham is pretty awful and Soloist has been consistent with his opinion of it. And I 100% agree Jerome is AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!!!!!
10:25PM on 09/29/2015
Don't worry - Jerome cannot stand on you too coz using so much "ryan reynold Green Lantern"
Don't worry - Jerome cannot stand on you too coz using so much "ryan reynold Green Lantern"
4:56AM on 09/30/2015
Are you kidding? he loved this he literally said the city is a living breathing character! He only jump on the bandwagon of hate towards the end, he's such a sheep lol.
Are you kidding? he loved this he literally said the city is a living breathing character! He only jump on the bandwagon of hate towards the end, he's such a sheep lol.
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10:38PM on 09/28/2015

Enjoyed it

Very good episode. Agreed with everything you said. This season, so far, has the feel of the Burton Batman movies.
Very good episode. Agreed with everything you said. This season, so far, has the feel of the Burton Batman movies.
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10:24PM on 09/28/2015

I don't watch the show

But a thought just crossed my mind on what would be cool to see.
Imagine flash-forwards start happening where we see older Bruce Wayne, maybe like early 20's or even Batman time. Something to connect better with the actual Batman for the show. Even if it's shots of Batman at night patrolling the streets.
But a thought just crossed my mind on what would be cool to see.
Imagine flash-forwards start happening where we see older Bruce Wayne, maybe like early 20's or even Batman time. Something to connect better with the actual Batman for the show. Even if it's shots of Batman at night patrolling the streets.
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