Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 2
WRITER: BOB BAILEY
DIRECTOR: KEN WOODRUFF
AIR DATE: September 28 2015
"Knock Knock" picks up where the first episode of season two of Gotham ended. Theo Galavan (James Frain) and his sister Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) have aided the escape of several Arkham inmates, and for reasons of his own, Galavan is shaping them into a team, something meant to spread fear and chaos in the city. Whatever his agenda, in this episode, the character is devious and enigmatic, and Frain, who’s been in a whole lot of television and movie roles (particularly 24, where he played the ill fated Paul Raines) has been playing the character with just the right sense of menace.
Aside from the A-plot this time out, we just have the story of Bruce (David Mazouz) and Alfred (Sean Pertwee), which plays out separately from the main storyline. The discovery of what will one day be the Batcave has the two characters having a difference of philosophy that leads seemingly to a breaking point. Bruce wants the truth, while Alfred is understandably trying to protect his ward from an obsession that can lead to no good end. Bringing in Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk, returning from last season) is the right touch - it points the way towards the future for all three characters. The one issue, thus far, with Gotham, is that we have to wait for Mazouz to grow up - the city is evolving around him and we’re seeing future villains, but a dark knight is still a distant future at this point.
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That said, the series is a police procedural with a healthy dose of film noir to it - the protagonist in a world of corruption and darkness, and we have a good protagonist in Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who’s seeing things go from bad to worse. The gang of lunatics out on the run include his crazy ex Barbara (Erin Richards), who’s becoming increasingly unhinged. I like the way Jerome (Cameron Monaghan) seems to be taking the lead among his fellow maniacs as they go on a deadly crime spree - is he or is he not the eighteen year old who will eventually become the Joker? He seems that way. By episode’s end, with catastrophe hitting close to home, we’re left to wonder just how bad things can get.