Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 19
"Beasts of Prey"
WRITER: KEN WOODRUFF
DIRECTOR: EAGLE EGILSSON
AIR DATE: April 13 2015
‘Beasts of Prey’ - an interesting variation on the Birds of Prey comics title that’s integral to the world of the Batman. In this case, it refers to a serial killer, and the episode kicks off an arc. While the series thus far has advanced several plotlines through multiple episodes, generally speaking the A-plot threat has been shut down within an episode. This is not the case this time out.
A street cop comes to Gordon (Ben McKenzie) with a cold case involving the death of a woman. The investigation points to a serial killer nicknamed the Ogre (Milo Ventimiglia). Bullock (Donal Logue) warns Gordon about the killer, who has targeted the loved ones of any cop who’s ever investigated him, and the two determine that Commissioner Loeb set Gordon up to take a fall by putting the cold case in his lap. Obviously this is the sort of thing that would annoy Gordon and play into the inevitable takedown of Loeb. It also has Gordon worried about Leslie (Morena Baccarin), given their romantic involvement. The killer himself appears, something of a player, and we learn some of his motives through flashbacks while he hunts for his next victim. The casting of Ventimiglia is inspired - the actor worked on the series Heroes, as well as appearing as a regular in Gilmore Girls, so he’s had a good deal of exposure. The character has the looks and charm to seduce women, though we’re rather wary of him from the start, given some of his early behaviour.
beauty is only skin deep
The secondary plot this time involves Bruce (David Mazouz). He’s still looking for Reggie Payne, the traitor who stabbed Alfred. It leads him to enlist the aid of Selina (Camren Bicondova) in searching for the man, and their hunt brings them some answers. Payne (David O’Hara) admits that he was hired by the Wayne Board, but the confession takes a different turn - a pivotal moment for Bruce and Selina.
A third plot plays out, and it involves Fish (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and the Dollmaker (Colm Feore). With the show off the air for several weeks, it seems that Fish has been away on that island for even longer, but this time out features her being devious and double handed in getting off the island. She has little interest in being subjected to the Frankenstein experiments of the not so sane doctor, and her efforts this time pay off. Is she going to be smart, and actually take off and leave her vendettas behind, or is she just going to give in to getting even with Falcone and the Penguin?
with friends like these....
Speaking of the Penguin, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) is a minimal presence this time out, merely setting the stage for a future endeavour. Nothing too ambitious, admittedly - just buying a bar he intends to kill Maroni in. There is, however, a moment that’s priceless. Bruce and the Penguin cross paths for the first time, neither really noticing the other or interacting at all, both going in different places. But Oswald stops for a moment, seems to shiver... as if someone just walked over his grave. He seems decidedly unsettled, and it’s a wonderful Easter egg of sorts and a nod to the future when the Dark Knight will be making the Penguin’s life a living hell on a regular basis.