In Gotham; no-one is safe. You may think the gang leaders, with all their money, power, influence and respect that spreads across the entire city like a dark, menacing storm cloud would be exempt from this. With their seemingly unstoppable armies of criminals and the fear their tyrannical reign exudes across the entire city it doesn’t take much to believe they’re invincible. Yet in this episode, we see even they are not completely infallible, and everyone is just as equal a candidate for suffering and death in this godforsaken city. Power is simply a powerful facade, an illusion to keep those below in check and this has never been more clear than in What the Little Bird Told Him. No matter how much fear surrounds your name, no matter how large and intimidating your fortress may be, no matter how big your army, all of it can be toppled by the presence of a single man. That’s the lesson this episode of Gotham seems to be preaching.
Episode 12 of Gotham continues directly after the previous episode with the deranged electrician Jack Buchinsky still on the loose after he escaped Arkham. We quickly meet the current, corrupt commissioner who makes a deal with Gordon: catch Jack in twenty four hours and he’ll get his job back, otherwise, it’s back to Arkham. Oh, and Harvey gets drafted in quite hilariously as well. The stuff he does for Jim. Personally, I thought the ‘Electrocutioner’ as he’s dubbed was a great villain, in fact, one of my favourites on the show so far. Surprisingly, he did more in this episode than most villains in the series have done throughout the entire show so far. Despite not being as showy as the Penguin or having as much influence as Falcone or Maroni, in the space of one forty five minute episode he manages to be extremely menacing indeed. Firstly, he uses his brain rewiring technique to get back at someone who had previously betrayed him and make him write “I will not betray my friends” on a blackboard. Then he makes a move on Maroni, the second-biggest crime lord in the city literally shocking his gang at their dinner and finally he manages to knock out the ENTIRE police department excluding Jim thanks to some handy rubber boots from Ed Nygma.
Unfortunately, he was taken down relatively easily after his initial plan failed to knock out Jim, by a cup of water no less. It was a pretty lame end to an otherwise threatening villain. I’m hoping this isn’t the end of Jack Buchinsky. The best thing that Buchinsky managed to do however was show that not even the likes of Maroni are safe. In fact, they’re probably in immediate danger all the time due to all the enemies they’ve made in their rise to power. Even Penguin, easily the best villain on the show so far, was helpless under the Electrocutioner’s electrifying power. It almost blew his cover when the sudden shock caused him to blurt out about meeting with Falcone who he is currently working as an agent for. To be honest though, I was surprised Maroni, being in the business of crime as long as he has decided to take Penguin’s word that he wasn’t an agent in the end, especially after the individual and suspicious moves he made in just the last episode. Maroni has proved nowhere near as merciless as Falcone so far who wasn’t afraid to beat up his subordinates people and even kill one of them when they made a mistake. So far, Maroni has done nothing of the sort.
Cobblepot also made a comeback despite his momentary blip and finally managed to take down Fish Mooney who had ‘kidnapped Liza’. Falcone was tired and quite willing to step down when Fish threatened to kill Liza but the combination of Zsasz and Penguin managed to make Falcone see through the lies and storm Mooney’s club. In this episode, we saw the awakening of a much more unfeeling, more merciless Falcone. When he finds out Liza was just acting and never truly loved him, he responds by strangling her to death with his own two hands. It’s safe to say Falcone is no longer just a jaded old grandpa godfather and he’s going to be a lot more involved in the show from now on. Of course, both Fish and Butch were captured as he wants them to suffer, again proving that no-one in Gotham is safe. The biggest crime lord in the city was almost undone by a simple kidnapping and his former subordinates were defeated simply for being too hasty in their plans to overthrow him. Now, I feel like none of the characters in Gotham, the ones I love and the ones I hate, the powerful ones and the weak ones are constantly in an equilibrium of danger. Talk about raising the stakes.
Thankfully there was very little Barbara this episode again. As long as she’s getting so little screen time that I have to check the Gotham wiki to verify she was even in the episode I’ll be happy. Apparently the two-faced bitch is even willing to lie to her parents by telling them her relationship with Jim is going well just so she can stay under their roof. Jim has also started hitting on the nurse, Dr. Leslie Thompkins from the previous episode but I’m so mad at Barbara still for cheating on him that I don’t even care. They haven’t shared any massively intimate scenes so I’m willing to overlook their flirting for now. Part of me hopes Barbara finds out so that she never returns to the show. It’s a cheap way of getting rid of her but I’ll be happy with anything at this point.
Overall, Gotham is still going more than strong, blowing my expectations out of the water. Hopefully it’ll manage to maintain this for the rest of the season and we won’t get any more episodes like “The Mask”. The villains are certainly getting better, characters are being explored in more depth and things are escalating quickly. Gotham no longer feels like it’s solely focused on Gordon now which is a good thing because as much as I like this stubborn, heart-of-gold cop, he’s just a tiny guppy in the aggressive ocean that is Gotham City.