Gotham Season 2 Episode 16 Review: Prisoners

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Jim Gordon is lucky to have friends, especially friends who continue to listen to his self-pitying wailing while trying to save his butt.

If I was Bullock, or the good guard for that matter, I would have taken off and left poor, tortured Jim to drown in his sorrows and suffer the consequences of being found alive and trying to escape.

That entire escape scene on Gotham Season 2 Episode 16 was so uncomfortable to watch, and it was made even worse when he asked "for one more favor" so he could go back inside to save Puck.

I don't know if I'm more angry at Jim for destroying yet someone else's life, or just angry at Gotham for giving us Puck in the first place.

Oh, and let's not forget about the baby!

Fresh air - Gotham Season 2 Episode 16

Really, Gotham? How long are you going to add drama to the drama of Jim's tortured soul? There are no redeeming qualities to Jim Gordon. Forget about him saving Gotham City. He'll be lucky if he can save himself.

Yes, I get the whole point of Jim's overblown drama this hour, but it still doesn't make it any less infuriating. So, Puck had to die and Lee's baby had to die just so the story could move forward, and Jim could have some new anger with which to wrap his pathetic life around?


If Jim really cared about Puck, he would have left the kid alone. He had a blood clot. Moving him wasn't going to help him, but I guess Jim forgot about that little tidbit when he decided he was going to be Batman or whatever superhero he conjured up in his brain in that moment he decided to save the boy who looked up to him.

Maybe Jim just thought he was Jesus Christ. He didn't even bring down the kid's IV or kidnap a doctor or anything. He wasn't saving this kid because he wanted to do good, he was saving this kid because it was an ego boost.

As for Lee and the baby, he could have gone to Lee, dealt with her anger, grief, and whatever other emotions she had going on, comforted her, or at least tried to, then come back to clear his name.

But, no, that's not how Jim operates. In Jim's world, it's Jim first. Everyone else, later.

If he would have gone to Lee, I would have forgiven the writers fro killing off their baby. Yes, I know Morena Baccarin's pregnancy was an unforeseen kink in the overall storyline, and the writers did do a fantastic job working it into the story, but still. Killing off an unborn seemed like too easy a solution.

There was one tasty morsel in Jim's story this hour, though: Carmine Falcone. The idea he is accessible is tantalizing, especially knowing that Fish Mooney, or an incarnation of her anyway, is soon to make an appearance. Will the two meet again?

I'm still not sure if I'm buying into Penguin's newfound sanity act, but he sure is selling it well. 

Robin Lord Taylor and Paul Reubens make such a great team, so it was disappointing to see Elijah make an exit so soon. But that is Gotham's way, isn't it?

It certainly wasn't surprising that Grace and her kids were only in it for the money. Their attempts at getting rid of Penguin were hilarious and a lot more entertaining than Jim's continuous sob story.

How great was it when Elijah fluffed off Charles' "discovery" and admonished Penguin for being too modest with his crimes? It really makes you wonder if Elijah is really Penguin's father, or just a Hugo Strange plant. That kind of twist wouldn't surprise me at all.

But now that Elijah's dead, who knows what's going to happen. Elijah didn't get a chance to revise his will, so Penguin is in the same spot he was when he first met his dad: an orphan with nothing to his name.

I don't get the feeling that Grace is going to show much sympathy towards Oswald, so it's going to be very interesting to see what happens next.

One final thought: Elijah's Ebenezer Scrooge-like pajamas were a hoot!

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Gotham Season 2 Episode 16 Quotes

He's wasting away in that place while the real killer's out there somewhere eating donuts and getting laid.


Follow the rules, and, perhaps, you'll survive. Break them, and you most certainly won't. It's why they call this wing World's End. For most here, it's exactly that. The end. Only way out, parole or body bag, and nobody gets parole.