Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 10
"The Son of Gotham"
WRITER: JOHN STEPHENS
DIRECTOR: ROB BAILEY
AIR DATE: November 23 2015
"The Son of Gotham" moves this season’s story lines of Gotham forward in new ways, with a title that has, like previous episodes, had more than one meaning. It would seem that Theo Galavan (James Frain) ought to be stuck where he is - behind bars, awaiting trial on very serious charges, and yet being the Big Bad that he is, there are contingency plans in place. It’s a devious way that of course fits right in with Galavan’s modus operandi thus far.
Previously the suggestion has been made in the series that Bruce (David Mazouz) needs to learn the art of deception - something that will come in handy for him years down the line as the Dark Knight, in more than one way. And so it’s refreshing to see that play out this time, in a situation that appears one way but is another. Deception is the order of the day in getting some truth out of Silver (Natalie Alyn Lind), courtesy of a contact of Selina (Camren Bicondova). I like the idea of Bruce showing a devious streak. It’s also interesting to see Tommy Flanagan turn up as Selina’s contact, Tom “The Knife”. The character actor’s been in many a film and television role - the first role that comes to mind is the sympathetic right hand man Cicero to Russell Crowe’s Maximus in Gladiator. There’s a small Easter egg for those paying close attention - the name Silver gives as the murderer of Bruce’s parents is M. Malone - a curious nod given that in the comics, Bruce has used the alias Matches Malone when he’s occasionally gone undercover among the criminal element of Gotham. And I like how out of all this, Bruce and Selina come to a new understanding.
trying to intimidate Gorden
There’s another nod towards the comics through the episode. In a standoff/ hostage situation of sorts, the scenery chewing Galavan reveals his family history to Gordon (Ben McKenzie). That includes the sect he belongs to - the Order of St. Dumas. In the comics, the religious secret society with centuries of history gave rise to the character Azrael.
Things end with a cliffhanger (if the show involved secret twin brothers, love triangles, and child actors rapidly aged to adulthood, this would be a soap opera). And it’s a cliffhanger suggesting that things are about to get very bad for the first son of Gotham City.