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Barnes struggles to be noble on the latest Gotham

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Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • This week’s cold open goes from somewhat inspired to insipid real fast. What begins as a beautifully lit and directed sequence devolves into Michael Chiklis reciting the most painful exposition possible regarding how Alice’s blood is effecting him.
  • Bullock on Gordon’s return to the GCPD: “If we had a big to-do every time you came back to the GCPD we’d never catch any bad guys.” To be fair to Gordon, the GCPD doesn’t seem to catch too many bad guys anyways.
  • It was only a matter of time before Gotham really drove home the Isabella/Kringle comparison by having the former dress exactly like the latter. As if Nygma didn’t have enough psychological trauma to deal with already.
  • Barnes has long been an inconsequential character, so I’m glad to see him getting his own arc, even if it’s a little undercooked at this point. There is potential in his unwillingly transformation into a villain though, as it could pull Gordon away from the black hole that is the show’s focus on boring romances.
  • The first Cobblepot-Nygma interaction tonight is filled with little gems, from Cobblepot staring off into the distance, bored out of his mind, as Nygma muses on his romantic struggles, to the cut that sees Cobblepot smiling after Nygma says he might hurt Isabella.
  • Speaking of romantic struggles, Cobblepot resorts to murdering (it’s assumed) Isabella. He knows Nygma will be heartbroken, but he’s prepared to offer him a shoulder to cry on.
  • The Mario-Thompkins-Gordon love triangle continues this week, this time with Jim taking a punch during an engagement party thrown by Carmine Falcone.
  • Because one expositional, trite monologue isn’t enough, Barnes is back at the end of the episode, filled with rage, shouting that “the whole city is guilty!” and that he’s the “judge, jury, and executioner” before throwing Dr. Symon through a wall and into the street, closing out the whole scene with “sentence served.”