Gotham “Damned If You Do…” (2015.09.21) – In Review

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Gotham “Damned If You Do…” (2015.09.21) – In Review

Postby Capes (Optional) » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:29 pm

Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 1
In Review

"Damned If You Do..."


AIR DATE: September 21 2015


"Damned If You Do" brings Gotham back for a new season, with the city in a time of change since last we saw it. The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) is now the boss of the underworld in Gotham City, having had seen Carmine Falcone off into retirement and having had killed off Fish Mooney (though as they say, if you haven’t seen the body, don’t believe they’re dead). Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) has been reduced to the patrolman ranks after running afoul of Commissioner Loeb (Peter Scolari). Bullock (Donal Logue) has quit the force and is actually doing okay for himself tending bar and off the bottle himself. And Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) have been occupying themselves with the secret Bruce’s father left behind before he died - a hidden space beneath the Wayne mansion.

As was the case last season - this series being, at heart, a police procedural, Gordon’s story is the alpha story this time out, as he works to get his way back into the detective ranks and neutralize the corrupt Loeb. It requires him to get his hands a bit dirty - calling in a favour from the Penguin, something that will no doubt come back to haunt the detective.

Gordon has other issues to concern him - his crazy ex Barbara (Erin Richards) - who we might have thought we’d seen the last of - is broken out of Arkham Asylum along with several other inmates by a player with a foot in two different worlds, so to speak. Theo Galavan (James Frain) presents himself as respectable on the one hand, but has an agenda all his own, and it concerns these inmates. As to what that agenda is, that’s yet to come.

Bruce Wayne
discovers the cave

The episode leaves off with some storylines tied up - where Jim is at the start is not where he left off, and one wonders if this is the last we’ve seen of Loeb - and others left open. When will Bullock inevitably take up the badge? Where will Barbara’s path take her? What might Oswald call in a favour for from Gordon? The episode kicks off the season with style, re-establishing the status quo in Gotham City and pointing out possible hints of the future... with a young boy finding himself at a crossroads - happiness or a true calling, knowing that he can’t have both.

4½ / 5

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