Gotham Season 2 Episode 18 Review: Pinewood

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There's a lot of crazy about to happen in Gotham, and Jim is right in the thick of it.

The mystery of who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne was finally solved on Gotham Season 2 Episode 18, but it doesn't appear Jim and Bruce are going to find peace any time soon. 

I doubt Professor Strange is going to give up that easily.

Down the dark alley - Gotham Season 2 Episode 18

We pick up right where Gotham Season 2 Episode 17 left off: Barbara visiting Gordon.

It's not surprising that he would be her first stop. And for some reason, I really don't think it would have been a surprise to Professor Strange, either. In fact, it seems she's going to fit in perfectly with whatever the Professor and Ms. Peabody have in store for Jim and the rest of Gotham.

Though, I'm not quite sure about Barbara. Is she crazy and faking sane, or is she sane and faking crazy? It's hard to tell, because she did a really great job flipping the switches this hour.

Her ending up in Tabitha's arms may not bode well for Jim, but you have to wonder. She went to Jim first, so I think that's where her allegiance lies.

She was obviously hurt by his harshness after she so cleverly helped him with finding the information he needed from The Lady. I mean, things could have gone seriously wrong there. She basically risked her life for him, and all he did was cut her down.

But did she really think he'd be welcoming her with open arms? As she smartly pointed out, he's a man in denial. He needs to go back and look at himself in a mirror like he did in Gotham Season 2 Episode 1. His moral compass is long gone, no matter how hard he tries to convince himself it's not and justify his own insane actions. 

He is a farce. I wish Barbara would have slapped him in the face when he told her he could never forgive her for trying to kill Lee. He needs a swift kick in his ass. Instead of taking responsibility for his own actions, he's quick to dole out judgment. I don't see any difference between what Barbara did to Lee and what Jim did to Lee.

His pushing her away is equal to Barbara holding a knife to her throat, only in Barbara's case no one died. Can't say the same for Jim.

Jim is one big ball of torment. And the only one he has to blame is himself.

But maybe all that rage boiling down deep inside him is finally going to do some good. Because, I can't imagine anything other than dark to fight the dark that's to come in Gotham.

The chessboard is being set up quite nicely, though it's too early to tell who's on whose side. Mr. Freeze had no interest in killing Bruce, Jim, or Alfred even though he had the perfect opportunity, so I'm not really sure what that means. Were his orders not to kill them, or did he make that choice himself?

Or did Professor Strange not care either way, because it certainly seems that everything might just be a crapshoot with this guy.

However it turns out, it's going to be one of the most intense chess games Gotham has ever seen. Especially now that Galavan aka Patient 44 aka Azrael has risen. After this success, I don't think Professor Strange is going to wait very long to reanimate all of his other test tube baddies.

Gotham beware. The monsters are coming, indeed.

Other thoughts:

  • I really try not to nitpick Gotham's logic, but how did Mr. Freeze know which route Alfred and gang were going to take in order to freeze the road?
  • Why didn't Mr. Freeze have on a helmet? Was that open helmet really enough to keep him alive? Another Gotham logic moment. I'm thinking it was because it would be the only way for Jim to see it was Victor.
  • Of course Bullock has a "whammy drawer."
  • Favorite Jim moment of the night had to be when he shoved the guy's face in the toilet. Or, maybe it was when he decided to punch the guy in the face with the brass knuckles even after he got his answer to The Lady's whereabouts. 
  • I love Barbara's new short and sassy hair. But were there some continuity problems? It was long then short then long again?
  • Did anyone else think it odd that Barbara wanted Jim to say her name before he closed the door?
  • I'm really not convinced of Bruce's rage about Professor Strange being a friend of his father's. He needs to take some rage lessons from Jim.
  • Jim, Alfred, and Bruce wearing masks to save Karen. Very Batman-y.
  • The Gordon Special. Jim should trademark it.

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Pinewood Review

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Gotham Season 2 Episode 18 Quotes

I'm telling the truth. It's what I do now.

Barbara

Come back to the GCPD. You'll have resources, and you'll have, you know, me.

Bullock