Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 16
WRITER: DANNY CANNON
DIRECTOR: SCOTT WHITE
AIR DATE: March 28 2016
"Prisoners" can be seen in more than one way in the latest episode of Gotham, which features few of the regular cast members appearing, with one character literally a prisoner, another finding himself in what the audience might see as a prison of sorts, and the remaining regular character fighting to get his partner out of the worst possibly place he can be in. It’s a transitional sort of episode; one feels that the rest of the season is going to be pivoting out from what happens here.
The secondary plot this time revolves around Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) who has recently found the father he never knew, Elijah van Dahl (Paul Reubens). While Elijah is pleased by the reunion, a feeling shared with his son, it’s not quite the same for all concerned. Elijah’s wife Grace (Melinda Clarke) and her children Sasha and Charles (Kaley Ronayne and Justin Mark) are busy plotting against Oswald in various ways, as well as scheming to get their hands on Elijah’s fortune. Oswald, who just hasn’t been the same since the “therapy” at the hands of Hugo Strange, is in over his head for once against schemers and deviousness - and in a manner of speaking seems in trouble, trapped, and almost certainly in for much more trouble yet to come.
The primary plot, however, has to do with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who’s been brought down as low as he can go. Framed by the Riddler, convicted, and cast into prison, Gordon is trying to come to terms with life in Blackgate, where he has enemies everywhere. Those enemies include convicts he has put away in the past as a cop, but also the warden (Ned Bellamy), who wants to see him dead. Unexpectedly, he has allies, including a sympathetic guard and another convict.
On the outside, he has one person left in his corner - Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), who’s been working to clear his partner of the frame-up against him. Bullock’s path takes him to a familiar face we haven’t seen in awhile; Carmine Falcone (John Doman) left the series at the end of Season One. It’s interesting to see the character back, and while he initially started as the proverbial godfather, there were nuances to the character as the first season went on that made him more complicated. While the first season pitted Gordon and Falcone as adversaries of sorts at first, there was something of an understanding between them when last they parted, so it makes sense to bring the Roman back into the mix of things now.
By episode’s end, a crossroads is reached in both story lines; there is very much the sense of a point of no return for both Gordon and Cobblepot. While the former seems to have his fate in his own hands, the latter appears, for now, to be caught in a web with his fate out of his hands.
father and son