Gotham (2013) season 1, episode 17
WRITER: Danny Cannon
DIRECTOR: Nathan Hope
AIR DATE: February 23 2015
‘Red Hood’ brings back a familiar motif for the comic book world of the Dark Knight. The concept of the Red Hood gang is an old one, an organized band of crooks with someone different under the hood. The Joker has been linked to the hood. These days former Robin Jason Todd has taken on the mantle as something of an antihero.
For the series Gotham, the motif is brought in for the latest episode, featuring a gang of bank robbers making a quick heist. The leader of the gang, a bloke named Destro (Jonny Coyne) is upstaged by one of his gang, a younger thief named Gus Floyd (Michael Goldsmith) who turns up with an improvised red hood for the robbery. It doesn’t take long before Destro is taking on the red hood himself, and not long before someone else takes it from him- and the gang earn the attention of the Gotham PD, and in particular Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock (Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue).
This time out the A-story is not quite as dominant as it has been in recent weeks. Other plotlines vie for attention. Barbara (Erin Richards) seems quite content to have two young squatters living in her loft, in the form of Selina (Camren Bicondova) and Ivy (Clare Foley). She makes for a rather appalling baby sitter however, given her drinking habits in front of the girls. This subplot has all the makings of a very bad After School Special.
The Red Hood
(one in a set)
Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) gets less face time this week, though that’s not a bad thing. Butch (Drew Powell) is showing him the ropes as he’s floundering in management of the club. Oswald has a number of problems- much of it tied around the fact that while Sal Maroni might not be out to kill him, he certainly has no problem making life difficult for him and putting up obstructions.
Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) remains in the enigmatic prison complex (this is starting to feel oddly like a plot device from Lost, only with a prison instead of an island). She meets the man apparently in charge, a creepy fellow (Jeffrey Combs) who is not forthcoming with who’s behind the place. I had to look up the actor- something decidedly sinister in his voice was quite familiar, and lo and behold, I’d remembered him from the film The Frighteners (very good film if you’ve never seen it), playing a rather creepy federal agent, though he’d also played a number of roles in various Star Trek series as well. Fish finds herself in a dilemma this time out, and the way she deals with it is, well... audacious, and a bit revolting.
The Office Manager
the man in charge
Bruce and Alfred (David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee) take up much of the rest of the episode. Bruce has been looking into certain shady aspects at Wayne Enterprises as of late, but they get a visit from an old SAS friend of Alfred, Reggie Payne (David O’Hara), down on his luck. The character connects with both of them in different ways, and seems sympathetic- even, perhaps, in an odd way at the end- but he’s not quite what he seems, and where things leave off has a touch of the ominous for more than one person. The plotline which starts as something based in simple decency and empathy takes a very dark turn- and one that’s welcome in this series. To borrow a phrase from Shakespeare: something is rotten in the state of Wayne Enterprises.