What did I tell you! In the very first moments of Gotham Jim and Barbara split-up. After this tense moment Gordon is assaulted by Zasz, a flashy hit man for Falcon and sent on the run. But the tense moments keep coming, they don’t stop. It’s like firing a gun – bam, bam, bam! The third gunshot Bruce embracing Gordon as he prematurely turns over the case to Chris Allen and Renee Montoya. However it doesn’t end here; three great successive shoots back to back. The writers decide that this isn’t enough, they now pick up a shot gun after putting down the revolver. What’s the shot gun – Penguin turns the table on his competitor for his boss’s affection after using him to take out a drug ring owned by Falcon by buying his competitor’s wingmen right out from under him. This is then followed by discovering that Penguin is collaborating with Falcon to destroy Maroni, Fish Mooney and Nicolai the Russian. There’s no need for psychological profiling, or deep insight concerning tonight’s episode.
Tonight’s episode proves three things: Bam, Barbara is a liability as demonstrated by her swiftly undermining Jim’s authority, actions and principles through poor decision making; Bam, it was GPD corruption and cowardice that forced Bruce into becoming Batman – not just his parents’ cold blooded murder; Bam, Penguin has always deserved the right to be one of Batman’s most intractable foes. The writers brilliantly fast tracked their audience into a brewing gang war in a matter of minutes instead of weeks; something that they should be incredibly proud of. In the average crime drama, it takes weeks to lay the foundation for a serious gang war without getting side tracked. However, Gotham is proving to be anything but an ordinary crime drama. Thus far, it’s done an exceptional job of being both crime drama and high fantasy without getting tangled up in its own psyche. If I had to sum up tonight’s episode in three words it would be love, life and loyalty in Gotham.