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Gotham Review - Monster's Night Out

Written by  Published September 20, 2016 01:48
Now that we’re all back from our little trip to Switzerland we can get back to Gotham.  Forever ago we left Gotham in a bit of a mess. Jim Gordon finally caught Hugo Strange with a basement full of monsters at Indian Hill. Unfortunately, it was too late for Strange to blow them up, Fish Mooney helped them all escape. While Fish was setting the former Arkham inmates free Penguin and Butch were teaming up again to take back the title of King of Gotham, or just the best dynamic duo we’re probably going to get in this series. We were also introduced to the Court of Owls last season and best yet we caught a glimpse of a look-a-like Bruce Wayne.  Season three episode one has a lot to live up to.

Gotham3ep1 2We begin the episode with Gotham’s only hero leaving town to find Dr. Lee Thompkins. Sadly, Creeper Gordon shows up on Lee’s doorstep only to find her shacked up with a new fella. They’re day drinking and oblivious to the fact that there’s a man peeking at them through the front window. It seems as though this ship has sailed and leaves an opening for Jim and Barbra to get back together.

With no hope of rekindling a romance with Dr. Lee, Gordon heads back to Gotham dressed all in black looking like some vigilante we’ve seen somewhere before, only to get his butt kicked by a stegosaurus wearing Herman Munster’s shoes. This opening scene is promising, it gives us the action and the humour that makes this show fun.

So Gordon still refuses to take his old job back at the Gotham City Police Department and is working as a bounty hunter. He’s been capturing the “monsters” that escaped from Indian Hill. There is a lot of mystery involved with all of these monsters and the press/media are starting to get involved. They want answers as to who these monsters are, what they’re capable of and why their capture is being kept such a secret. This also introduces us to the most annoying reporter in Gotham history, Valerie Vale. This timing would set Valerie up to possibly be Vicki’s mother, or just a crazy coincidence of having the same last name.

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Lucius Fox makes an appearance as he’s now working for the GCPD, filling Ed Nygma’s role. Funny since Ed tried to kill him in the last episode.  Fox claims he finally figured out Wayne Enterprise is morally corrupt. For a smart guy he’s not very insightful.

The writers really know what we want. Only 12 minutes into the show and we get to see emo-Bruce Wayne again. Ironically Selina gives him money as he’s digging through the garbage can. If it were legal to set up bets on this site we could place bets on who this emo-Bruce is going to turn out to be. Lincoln March, Thomas Wayne Jr., Tommy Elliot or maybe someone entirely new. Whoever he is it’s going to be confusing for people who haven’t seen Bruce in a while. He’s been in Switzerland and people may be thinking he grew his hair out. What’s the Court of Owls going to do with two Bruce Waynes?

Alfred is slowly but surely gaining more likability. This episode he gets a little cheeky himself and starts calling Bruce Master B. Can we all just call him Master B from now on? Oh and pancakes for everyone!

Some of the highlights of this episode were seeing Butch and Penguin working together again, they’re such a fun pair. Tabitha and Barbara are working together too and they’re a whole lot of crazy. We get a glimpse of some of the monsters and their abilities. Some notable monsters; Marv who somehow sucks the life out of people, Wrecking Ball who needs little introduction, and what about those wings? What is that about? It’s hard to tell if they’re teasing Man-Bat or he’s some sort of Dragon. It was too hard to discern the high pitched squeals to know if he was bat, dragon or some sort of dragon bat hybrid. The speculating is half the fun. Oh, and then there’s pancakes. 

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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