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Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 4
WRITER: DANNY CANNON
DIRECTOR: TJ SCOTT
AIR DATE: October 12 2015
"Strike Force" takes Gotham in a new direction with an addition to the cast. Michael Chiklis (The Commish, Fantastic Four) comes aboard as Captain Nathaniel Barnes, laying down the law in the Gotham Police, rooting out the corrupt officers and forming a new proactive unit to clean up the city. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is named as his right hand man in the endeavour.
Theo Galavan’s game plan starts to emerge with this episode - a mayoral race to succeed the missing mayor and dead deputy mayor is underway, and there are competitors. Galavan (James Frain) wants to manipulate his own way into the mayorship, but in a backdoor kind of way. His solution is a devious one, but as we’ve seen in season one, a dangerous one - strongarming the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) into doing his bidding by using Cobblepot’s one weakness against him. Probably not a good thing considering how everyone else who’s ever underestimated Cobblepot has met a bad end. The assassinations of the other candidates are the centrepiece of the story, and it’s a chance to see the return of Victor Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan). Both Cobblepot’s coerced operations and the work of the police clash before things are through.
The remaining elements of the episode play out in quieter ways. It’s peculiar to watch Gordon and Leigh (Morena Baccarin) interacting socially with Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) and Kristen Kringle (Chelsea Spack) - and yet it works. There’s also quite a nod towards comics readers steeped in the history of the Batman. Bruce (David Mazouz) meets Galavan’s ward, Silver St. Cloud (Natalie Alyn Lind), a girl his age. Silver in the comics will be one of the women in Bruce’s life, at least in comic continuity, and one he’s got a lot of romantic history with.
Silver St. Cloud
visits Wayne Manor
It’s interesting seeing Chiklis in this role. In previous films he’s certainly shown himself to be a figure of authority, and his take as Barnes in this introduction is a serious law and order man. He’s starting out as a clear ally to Jim Gordon... and yet allusions are made that one day he’ll turn out to be an enemy. We will see.
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