Gotham: Rogue’s Gallery review S1, Ep. 11

After a rocky first half of its debut season, it seems like the producers took to heart viewer complaints as ‘Rogue’s Gallery’ more closely resembles the pre-Batman Gotham the show could be and marks a welcome step in the right direction.

Following his blow-up with the mayor, Gordon is assigned security detail at the newly re-opened Arkham Asylum. And after witnessing a “theater performance” turned riot, Gordon knows he’s got his work cut out for him. Gordon gets chewed out by the Arkham head, Dr. Lang, for yet another prisoner incident. Kinda hard to see how that was Gordon’s fault and I’m already worried that Lang is going to be that obnoxious supervisor to make Gordon’s life miserable.

Gotham episode 11 - Rogue's Gallery - Dr. Thompkins and Gordon at ArkhamGordon needs to work on his people skills though as he rarely comes across as a guy who could lead others. Hopefully the writers start establishing Gordon better in that regard so he’s not such a one-note character. Someone’s conducting their own electroshock treatments and frying inmate’s brain. Fortunately, Gordon has at least one ally at Arkham in the form of Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin). Gordon and Thompkins have far more chemistry in their first scene than any he had with Barbara.

Speaking of the lackluster ex-girlfriend, she apparently hasn’t left Montoya’s bed and now despite lusting after her for 10 episodes, Montoya realizes she’s made a mistake and dumps Barbara. This felt more like a sweep a bad subplot under the rug than the intended payoff, but since it wasn’t working, I’m glad the writers made the about face and scrapped it.

Gotham episode 11 - Rogue's Gallery - Ivy and SelinaThe writers opted not to throw in every character so Bruce & Alfred and Nygma sit this one out. Unfortunately, the show crutch character, Selina, still gets worked in and another forced segment. She finds Ivy trying to brave the elements and looking in bad shape and takes her to the one sensible place to bring a homeless girl — Casa Gordon/Barbara. Of course the sole purpose seems to be so Barbara can call and think Ivy is Gordon’s latest interest and send her further spiraling. Problem is does anyone actively care about Barbara at all when she’s such a trainwreck?

Fish is plotting her long-festering betrayal of Falcone and talks with more of his lieutenants. It’s annoying that Falcone doesn’t have one loyal lieutenant and that every one is planning to betray him. Or that no one is smart enough to rat out Fish to advance their own plots. Butch is caught between his loyalty for Fish and one of his childhood friends, Jimmy, who also wants to take over for Falcone. While the more interesting subplot would have been Butch betraying Fish and scheming against her, the writers keep him faithful to her ensuring that no one can have the upper hand on Fish this season. Penguin is getting too big for his britches, enforcing higher taxes behind his boss Maroni’s back. The cops on Maroni’s payroll arrest him and place him in a holding cell long enough for Maroni to remind Penguin who’s the boss. Maroni comes by to release Penguin and delivers the line of the night: “You’re a smart monkey, but you’re a monkey and I’m the zookeeper.”

Back at Arkham, Gordon has to do a real investigation. The most obvious suspect behind the electroshock is the ringleader of the theater performance, Jack Gruber (Christopher Heyerdahl), who seems to be the least crazy of the bunch. As things are progressively getting out of hand, Gordon calls in Bullock, who injects some much-needed fun into the episode as he brings in Lang for questioning to allow Gordon to investigate without any obstructions.

Gordon and Bullock stumble onto the same suspect – Nurse Dorthy, who actually isn’t a nurse, but an inmate who slipped through the cracks. It was a bit of a plot convenience that Lang didn’t bother telling Gordon all this time that Dorothy just acted like a nurse. To cover her escape, Dorothy unlocks the inmate cells and in the ensuing attempted break-out she gets trampled. Gordon and Thompkins manage to get to a secure gate and the inmates are returned to their cells during the commercial.

Gotham episode 11 - Rogue's Gallery - Dorothy and Gordon at ArkhamWhile Bullock, Essen and Gordon celebrate Gordon’s win in thwarting Arkham’s shocker bandit, the coroner arrives to reveal Dorothy was a shock victim too. And as hinted maybe a bit too easily, the real culprit was Gruber, who unleashes his fully under control shock victim on a security guard and Lang.

Gordon and Bullock arrive back at Arkham in time for Lang to give Gordon a note from Gruber before dying. Gruber looks to be at least a problem for another episode for Gordon, but I hope the writers stretch that next confrontation out a bit. Apparently “Gotham” is taking a week off so this return will be interrupted by a week and hopefully from then on, we’ll get a nice string of new episodes.

This one was promising though so there’s some reason to be optimistic about the future of the show. Let’s hope this wasn’t the exception.

 

  • keith

    aww you kind of a grump lol. I know you not high on the show but it was fun in its own sick dark way.

    I just knew that nurse was off. They should have tried to make her sane to throw us off more but meh, the actor did a good job as she was sweet and creepy at the same time. yet how did the dr. not have something to say about that. hmmm. That dr. was a real ball buster and I figure he was going to bite it

    The writers opted not to throw in every character so Bruce & Alfred and Nygma sit this one out. Unfortunately, the show crutch character, Selina, still gets worked in and another forced segment. She finds Ivy trying to brave the elements and looking in bad shape and takes her to the one sensible place to bring a homeless girl — Casa Gordon/Barbara. Of course the sole purpose seems to be so Barbara can call and think Ivy is Gordon’s latest interest and send her further spiraling. Problem is does anyone actively care about Barbara at all when she’s such a trainwreck?

    NOW THIS!!! two emotions UGH/nice. im glad the writers either got the point and this is a way to kick barb off on and on this show till later seasons(GOD PLEASE) First i dont want to sound like a woman basher or anything about lesbians… but she just freaking swings back and forth that i wonder about her “love” for jim AT ALL. she is a damn Junkie( need to see help) , so toxic that moytona after getting nose re-sprung and tearing up jim relationship(best thing to happen to him actually as he is doomed to fail lol), dumps her after what seems like a couple or one??? one nightstand. GEEZ… lady is a bum, the actor and the character.. sorry had to say it. Plus she after getting kidnap dont think someone can just popp up at their house and plus THE NERVE if someone is “helping” jim out. Im kissing toya( who can do better girl or guy wise, not bad on the eyes) and she is pissed. Baby YOU left. Had to get it off my chest. This can be a gift in disguise… bump this chick off and give us barbara #2 … later…. MUCH later.

    Marioni and cobblepot need their own comedy/intense I will kill/love you asides more. I just love how the show switches from insanse donnie brasco/good fellas to an asylum. I guess thats gotham lol. It was cool seeing butch talk with his homie. but we all see it coming. Fish knew and knew it was hard for butch and that was some in a sick way love and respect for each other. I just need to know how butch hooked up wtih fish and why so loyal.. or is the obvious (good loving lol)

  • Nah man. Not a grump at all. Actually thought this was much better than their normal show.

    That Butch/Jimmy subplot would have meant so much more had they A- introduced Jimmy earlier B-actually had Butch turn. The way it was set up didn’t leave much room for doubt in how it would turn out.

  • keith

    but we all agree that barb need to go. For fun look at the Ew recap. people hate her all over for her wild drug fueled mood swings.. and she always half naked?? like what do you do besides drugs and crap over a guy who is too go to you and tried to keep you alive… because the whole damn city is out to kill any good in it.. but yeah harvey was a much need lift at the right time.