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A "Grimm" New Direction | Gotham Season 2 Episode 4 Review

Written by  Published October 13, 2015 02:03
Now that there’s been a full week to digest the fact that Jerome is not the Joker and come to a good realization that the writers for Gotham are cleverer than most thought, this week the show got back to being a good old cop show. Season two, episode four is titled “Strike Force” and with good reason. No, it’s not 2069 and aliens haven’t invaded Earth, that’s the Marvel universe, we’re still in DC here. Strike force is the name given to the newest recruits to the Gotham GCPD. Michael Chiklis made his debut as Captain Nathanial Barnes and his first mission as captain was to get rid of the crooked cops. He fired every cop who had a criminal record and made threats to get rid of any other cops that do funny business. That should make Jim Gordon sweat a little bit but for now Barnes makes Gordon his second in command. Together they go to the academy and handpick new recruits.

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The idea of fresh meat is so that they’re not tainted. They have no prior experience with other jobs and therefore won’t already be crooked cops.  The chosen recruits all have some sort of agenda though. They decided to become cops for reasons that sound good, but could turn out to be the opposite. If a gangster murders your father what do you do? Go to the police academy to seek revenge. Or put on a cape and hang out in a cave. The Strike Force gets their first bit of action in this episode and it’s just a glimpse at what we’ll surely be seeing more of; a team of “super” cops working together.

Penguin is back and he’s rounding up his thugs in order to learn who was behind the Arkham breakout. The scene looks more like a RATT video, minus Milton Berle.  It also looks as though Penguin might be looking for the culprit as another favor to Jim Gordon, except he’s not. Penguin is “King of Gotham” now and he’s going to do whatever it takes to keep that title. He wants to know who was behind the breakout and get rid of them so he has no competition. Lucky for him the person responsible shows up to the party and escorts him back to her brother’s penthouse.


Tabitha Galavan at this point is pretty much a worthless character. She’s just a pretty face and someone for Barbara to rub up against for some sort of lame attempt at shocking the audience. At this point Barbara can’t do anything shocking anymore, she’s the one with bats in the belfry and it’s becoming sad to watch her descend into this madness. So far Tabitha’s big scene is her telling Penguin, “You’re the King of garbage”.  Her role seems completely unnecessary.  Can we have Fish back instead of this one?

Theo Galavan seems to be a man with a plan and he seems to always be a step ahead.  The stunt he pulled at the charity event to win the hearts of the Gotham’s citizens was just a small piece of his puzzle. He’s now going to run for mayor and he’s going to make Penguin help him win the election.

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Penguin is now under Theo’s thumb and he’s doing as told, but who told him to dress like Billy the Kid? After watching this episode one thing’s for sure, we need more Butch Gilzean. Up until now he’s been just a yes man to Fish Mooney. Now that he’s working for Penguin we see a little different side to him and he’s great comedic relief. These two together are great.  Victor Zsasz is even a more likable bad guy now that he’s working for Penguin.  

In lesser crime ridden lives, Bruce Wayne has gone back to school. Alfred slaps the sass out of Selina and then makes Bruce run a marathon back home. OK, so not a full marathon but close enough to a kid in a prep school uniform. Edward Nygma and Kristin Kringle finally have dinner and whoa, Ed’s got game! Or Ed number two has game?  It’s hard to tell which Ed is calling the shots at this point. Split personalities can be so confusing. Did anyone notice the humongous owl over the main entrance to the GCPD?   It’s fun finding the hidden nuggets on this show.  

Next week it looks like there’s going to be a Star Wars/Batman cross-over as we see that Theo’s actually taking orders from the Emperor, or it’s just a creep who likes to dress like evil Star Wars characters. Theo plans to take Penguin down and Theo may just be smart enough to, but he isn’t factoring in Penguin’s crazy. There are also plans for Bruce Wayne and who knows, maybe next week we’ll get a Quiet Riot video. 

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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