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Gotham Review - Beware The Green Eyed Monster And His Cheese

Written by  Published November 29, 2016 03:29
Welcome to the midseason finale. Midseason finales are horrible and there probably isn't a person alive who prefers for a show to start and stop like this. Could you imagine if a sport did this? Seriously, if baseball started in April and went for a month then they took the month of May off and came back in June. Who would even be interested in what's happening? In most cases mid-season finales could be told to go kick rocks but this one kind feels nice. We need a short break from the crazy in Gotham and there is a lot of it in this episode.

Gotham3ep11 3Episode eleven is titled, Beware the Green Eyed Monster, and it's unclear if that's directed towards Jim Gordon or Mario Falcone. Last episode we saw Mario go off the deep end when he saw Lee leaving Jim's apartment. His new found “super powers” are now known to be caused by the infected blood of Alice Tetch. His symptoms are very similar to Captain Barnes although his trigger is different. Barnes lost his stuff when he came in contact with people who were guilty of crimes. Mario seems to be triggered by the fact that his fiancée might still be in love with her ex. In other words, Lee will never be safe around Mario because he's an insecure turd. If he thinks for a second someone is vying for her affection or maybe she's flirting with someone else she's doomed. Of course she has her hero, Jim Gordon, to protect her. This is where the plot takes so many twists and turns. Mario does a good job making Gordon look like the jealous ex-boyfriend and everyone's buying into it. It almost makes you feel sorry for Gordon. For once he's absolutely right, doing the right thing, and actually doing a good job as a police officer and what does it get him? It got the crap beat out of him a lot this episode. How much beating can Jim Gordon take before he stays down? The best part of the whole fiasco between Gordon, Falcone and Thompkins was when Jim went to Arkham to talk to Jervis Tetch. Gordon finally started putting pieces of the puzzle together and he figured out that Tetch would know who was behind the new murders and the assault at the laboratory. Of course Tetch wasn't going to just give up that information. Remember, Tetch is out to get Gordon for killing Alice, even though Gordon didn't actually kill her.

Funny how that story mimics another one between Penguin, Nygma and Butch. So the best part is when Gordon tricks Tetch into doing his little nursery rhyme game thing. It felt like an old school Super Friends cartoon where Superman has to trick Mr. Mxyzptlk into saying his name backward. It's funny because Tetch's reaction is classic comic book humour. He knows he's giving up the information that he wants to keep secret but he can't help himself. After all is said and done Gordon figures out that Tetch infected Mario with the virus and it's all in order to get back at Jim Gordon. This plan may or may not work, we have to wait until January to see how Lee reacts to all of this.

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Going back to that Nygma, Penguin and Butch story. Barbara finally gets Nygma to see things clearly and realise that Penguin was behind Isabella's murder. It's sad that Barbara has to point this out to Ed since Ed is supposed to be so smart. In true super-villain fashion the plan is to team up to take over the city. Again, what's so great about Gotham that anyone would want to take it over? It's kind of a dump by nice city standards. Seriously, have we seen one nice part of Gotham yet? Even Wayne Manor looks like it's situated in a depressing forest where squirrels and birds wouldn't even want to go.

Speaking of birds, what is the Court of Owls up to? See, there must be something in Gotham worth holding on to otherwise this group would have gone somewhere else by now. Bruce, Alfred and Selina finally decide to see what exactly is in that safe and why it's worth killing for. This part of the show can forever be known as the '66 cheesy throwback. So they have to cross a room that has infrared lasers that will trigger an alarm is anyone crosses them. So what's the plan? Oh, shoot a rope across the room and walk across it. This is all feasible except that Bruce is holding onto the other end of the rope! This is so completely laughable and not in a ha ha kind of way. Let's hope they got all of the super cheesy stuff out of their system. There's nothing wrong with cheesy if it fits with the rest of the show, but in this case it doesn't.

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It wouldn't be a mid-season finale without meeting a new character. Apparently Stiffler's mom has moved to Gotham. Oh wait, that's Selina's mom. Interesting, she looks pretty haggard and lord knows where she's been hiding from Selina all this time but we have to wait until January to find out.

Until January may I recommend you read, Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls (New 52) to catch up on all things Owls.   

Jessica Kirby

It was a cold winter day when we had decided to play hide-n-seek in the house. I hid in a dark closet in the attic. That's where I found my first comic book. I have never returned from that dark closet in the attic. They have tried to drag me back into the light. But they cannot. I will forever be on the DarXide.

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