Gotham Episode 20: Under the Knife Review

Barbara. Why the hell did it have to be Barbara? I thought we were past this Gotham. I thought this wouldn’t happen again. Don’t misinterpret what I’m saying, I don’t give a crap about Barbara’s well-being. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. But having to endure just another scene or two of her is like continually scraping my face against a cheese grater. Yes, the Ogre made a mistake and targeted Barbara this episode instead of Leslie. In a way, I suppose it’s a good thing. With luck, maybe she’ll be killed off and we’ll never have to suffer her character ever again. Maybe the pain right now will be worth it. She had a few minor appearances in the last few episodes but it seemed that the writers of Gotham were trying to silently and subtly sweep her under the rug and get rid of her once and for all. I certainly wasn’t expecting this, even going so far as to write this mini-rant as my first paragraph instead of trying to think up some deep, detailed paragraph about a theme of the episode; that’s the reason, I totally haven’t hit some writer’s block. Anyway, I’ve got that out of the way, now onto the review!

The episode started very strongly with Jim getting hit in the face with a phone by Leslie. Gordon tries to convince Leslie to leave Gotham once she finds out she will probably be targeted by The Ogre, but of course she refuses. As I said above, there are many scenes with Barbara and The Ogre and by the looks of things, he thinks Barbara is ‘the one’ he is looking for. I really don’t want to talk about this any more but they end up going to a charity ball and the episode ends with The Ogre showing Barbara his ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ fan room.

Meanwhile, Gordon and Bullock do some digging, interrogating the first cop who worked on the case and finding out his first victim was a nurse at a cosmetic surgery clinic. The Ogre makes a pathetic attempt on their lives by trying to run them over before threatening Gordon with the death of his lover if he continues investigating. Of course, Gordon isn’t deterred and ends up holding a press conference to tell him he isn’t going to back down. They stop a man related to The Ogre from hanging himself and find out he had a hideous disfigured face and the ‘unconditional love’ thing was caused by a woman he loved refusing to accept that she was his biological mother. I’m glad we’re getting a bit of backstory for The Ogre and some method to his madness even if I’ve found him a bit of a dull villain so far. Gordon ends up finding that his next victim is Barbara but is too late to warn her before the episode’s cliffhanger. There’s only two episodes left of Season One so I hope that this case is either solved quickly or plays into the finale somehow because I don’t want the first season to end on such a disappointing note.

It took an entire season but we’ve finally got the start of a character arc for Ed Nygma, also known as The Riddler… and part of me wished he could of stayed as an innocent side character. Ed has been one of my favourite characters on the show, and after this episode… nothing has changed. Inevitably, he was going to have to start turning into The Riddler at some point. There was some great foreshadowing at the start with Nygma stabbing some melons in different places in aid of the investigation and at the end of the episode, we saw him putting his skills as a surgeon to further use. His relationship with Kristin Kringle has been brewing in the background for a while now and in this episode, it finally came to a head. In an attempt to stop Kringle’s boyfriend abusing her, he ends up losing his cool, something that almost never happens, and stabbing him to death. His “Oh dear” was a bit of an understatement. At the very least, he had noble intentions in what he was doing, and Kringle’s boyfriend was a bit of an asshole. It probably won’t have too much of a focus considering we’re nearing the finale but I was surprised by this sudden development in Ed’s story; in a good way.

Bruce and Selina shippers will be pleased massively by this episode. The episode starts dark enough with Bruce shouting at Selina for pushing Reggie out of the window in the last episode. I seriously don’t know how she puts up with his shit. They have differing views but he can be such a whiner sometimes, even if I like his character. Later on, they go to the same charity ball that Barbara and The Ogre are attending. Yes, you read that right; Bruce took Selina to a ball. It is later revealed that Selina is only going so she can get close to a Wayne Enterprises executive and steal his safe key to help Bruce but I’m pretty sure Bruce had some other, ulterior motives, if you know what I mean. Although I personally don’t ship them, it was a nice moment and it’s good to see them together and not being chased by assassins or murdering homeless former SAS soldiers.

This was a pretty entertaining episode overall. Nygma finally got some attention and it had some horrific consequences. Gordon and Bullock continued with their investigation into The Ogre and found out just how formidable their foe really is. Finally, Bruce and Selina had some cute moments while making some progress in their mission to expose Wayne Enterprises. While this is all well and good, there’s just one question: How is this going to tie into the finale? Ed could of benefited more from having his breakdown earlier in the season or earlier next season and Bruce and Selina’s arc doesn’t link in with the main story arc at all. And where the hell is Fish Mooney? I hope this Ogre case isn’t going to be the entire finale because it would be quite a lukewarm way to end the season. Maybe I’m just blind and this is building up to something much bigger that will ensure the first season of Gotham goes out with a bang. All we can do now is wait and see.

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