GOTHAM: 1.02 “Selina Kyle”
I wasn’t sure what to expect for this week’s Gotham. The episode promo seemed very Penguin-centric, which didn’t exactly thrill me. It’s not like I don’t like The Penguin. But as I said in my last review, it just felt like they threw his evilness into the mix too fast, and I wasn’t quite sold on him yet.
Fortunately, while the episode did show some quick Penguin scenes (and rather frightening ones at that), it was not solely focused on that. Instead, we got a separate case, that of missing children. And we got a more direct introduction to Selina Kyle, who we all know will one day be the infamous Catwoman.
Before I get into the case itself, I must say that Lily Taylor and Frank Whaley were great choices for the kidnapping duo, balancing high manners with horrifying behavior. While we never actually did understand why the kids were being shipped off, the question of cannibalism came up. I’m choosing to think that they were being used for some other purpose — but that can’t be very comforting, could it.
The case itself was interesting enough, mainly because it let both Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock shine. They’re a great pair when they interact — even if that interaction is disagreeing. Seeing how they cross each other and disagree was even better when you later saw the counterpoint of Jim’s letting Bullock beat the crap out of some thug in a prison sell. (It all comes down to numbers: one guy versus 30-something kids. Kids win.)
In addition, we got to see how the city is even more corrupted. Not only does the police chief reference being “with the program,” but here we have a dirty mayor willing to imprison bus loads of kids, just so they’re not his problem anymore. Only the cute ones get to go to foster care (though, honestly, you’re telling me that Selina, er, Kat, and that crying kid aren’t cute enough to go into foster care? You must be kidding me). Jim’s got a lot piling against him.
But what impressed me most about this episode once again was the city of Gotham itself. Whoever came up with the cityscape was brilliant. It’s gritty, dark, and real. I’d tune in week to week, just to see that city alone.
Overall, the episode was good. I do think it’s struggling to find use for Bruce Wayne (I think that it will continue to have this issue as the season continues — there’s only so much you can do with a 10-year-old with such a huge future). But Gordon and Bullock carry the show with ease and are incredibly interesting to watch.