Gotham Episode 13: Welcome Back, Jim Gordon Review

The definition of the term ‘justice’ is a subject that is often debated among, well, pretty much everyone. Whether it ties into our morals or is simply a subsystem of the hen I would reply with ‘Jim Gordon’ in a heartbeat. As the protagonist, his beliefs and uman construct we call law is a question that you’ll get hundreds, possibly thousands of different answers for. A lot of the characters in Gotham have their own sense of justice but if you asked me which characters had the strongest belief in their own justice thmotivations are a fundamental part of his character allowing us to sympathise or at the very least, understand his cause. But what happens when our noble, supposedly righteous protagonist ends up making a gamble with an unexpected payoff that causes him to question his own moral ideas? Does the end justify the means or is he really such a pure soul? The stakes are high in Gotham and if you truly want to make an impact, you’re going to have to make some sacrifices; right?

After managing to snatch his job at the GCPD back in the previous episode, Gordon finds himself out of the frying pan only to throw himself straight into the fire headfirst. Some guy gets murdered; just your average day in Gotham. But when Gordon brings an innocent janitor into the station as a witness he’s quickly offed and the higher-ups swiftly and almost hilariously hush it up as a suicide. It’s clear an officer is to blame and Gordon has the perfect idea who: Arnold Flass. Yet no matter what he tries to do, no matter how hard he tries, Jim just can’t pin him down. He’s too well-protected and all he’s succeeding in is making the target on his back bigger and brighter. As a last resort, he goes to Cobblepot who’s more than happy to help. However, this decision leads to some unforeseen consequences that makes us, as well as Jim, question his sense of justice. This episode’s main story arc is the most intriguing in a while and unceremoniously handed us a platter of inedible questions along with a side of Jim that we never expected to see. I hope to see more deep delves into the various characters’ morals in the future because they pulled it off flawlessly in this episode.

As well as this, Fish Mooney and her incredibly loyal right-hand man Butch, get the majority of the spotlight. Their arc continues after the events of the previous episode where their plan was revealed by Penguin and they were captured by Falcone. It starts off strong with Butch being badass and rescuing Fish who’s being tortured but it quickly fizzles into a meagre excuse for Butch and Fish to be seperated. Mooney, who was never a great villain to begin with, makes the stupid decision to go after Penguin who has taken her club to get revenge putting her and Butch at massive risk instead of biding her time and waiting for the right moment to strike. Quite surprisingly, they get to Penguin with absolutely no resistance but while Fish is exacting her revenge, Zsasz shows up and forces them to make an escape. They manage to find a window and instead of both of them just escaping out of it, Butch decides to ‘sacrifice’ himself to hold of Zsasz… despite the fact he’s like a minute behind them and is taking his sweet time. I know Butch is a little on the chubby side but he could still easily fit through that window. So, now Butch is captured again… for what? It feels like they just decided they needed to separate Butch and Fish and constructed the stupidest reason they could think of behind it.

Speaking of Penguin, although he didn’t do anything significant this episode, I enjoyed watching him. We’re shown how the aftermath of the previous episode affected him in a much more positive way. He shows his mother the nightclub, helps Gordon and has somewhat of a montage of him doing whatever the heck he wants with Fish’s nightclub which has now been dubbed by him as “Penguins”. What happened to him hating the nickname? Anyway, it was nice to be given an overview of what all his sly scheming and manipulation in the previous episodes managed to get him. He’s one of my favourite characters in the show, and although he is cold, he’s also kind of comical in a way and his antics brought a smile to my face.

Sadly, this happiness was quickly shattered by Selina who decided to prepare for her future role as a villain by breaking poor Bruce’s heart for the first time. When he tries to gift her a really nice snow globe, she refuses it and breaks it saying that she was never his friend and she never actually saw the face of his parent’s killer. I thought everyone knew that from the beginning(?), but anyway, Bruce is obviously saddened by this and I have to say, I felt some real sympathy for the kid. He’s really developed since the beginning of the series and his friendship with Selina was one of his most recent and important developments. As long as he doesn’t go back into a stupid ‘angsty’ teenage metal phase and start cutting himself again, I am looking forward to seeing the impact of this.

Overall, Welcome Back Jim Gordon serves as a strong continuation of last episode’s events. Although the pace has been significantly slowed, there’s still a sense of high stakes and danger and the show smartly decides to turn the focus away from the gangs and explore Jim Gordon’s character some more as well as Bruce and Selina’s. It’s almost unfortunate that it seems that the show will be returning back to the case-of-the-week style that started the show off considering a scene near the end of the episode. Nevertheless, I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll see of Falcone, Butch and Fish and it’s only a matter of time before another game-changing event shakes Gotham’s foundations once again.


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