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Episode 10: “Lovecraft”

by Dan Tomasik

The Quick:

Bruce and Selina must flee Wayne Manor when a hit is put out on Selina.

The Past:

Through thick and thin, Alfred has always been there for Bruce. As a butler he is always present but rarely explored. Alfreds true feelings and character remain a mystery to Batman readers/watchers. In some ways he is like Batmans henchman, but a henchman who has earned a special place in our hearts. Another favorite story trope of mine is bit characters given development. Characters who serve little purpose in the grand scheme, characters who can be killed off or disappear without causing any notable ripples; but arent. These characters are the true everymen of any story.

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The Present:

Gothams mid-season finale has opened up endless doors of possibility. Along the way, an interesting and enjoyable romp through the shadier streets of the city with Selina and Bruce. But the episode truly belongs to Alfred.

What do we know about Alfred Pennyworth? Not a damn thing. He serves the Wayne family and has a growing attachment to Bruce, believing himself to be the only family Bruce has left. This is the complete encompassment of Alfred, as established in the Batman mythos. Somewhere along the way, Alfred was a badass. A badass, a marksman, a fighter, a man well-versed in the darker parts of the world; Alfred is awesome. Fighting off assassins with fists and guns, taking a bullet to the shoulder and shrugging it off, tearing Gotham apart to find his young charge. He even made Fish Mooney look good. Dear God, Mooney was her best since this series began! This is without doubt the coolest Alfred, ever.

Gordons moments were fewer, but no less awesome. He remains on a warpath that will pit him against every nasty Gotham has to offer, stubbornly refusing to let anyone stand in his way or slow him down. This includes his partner, who generally adopts a half-assed strategy towards everything, the new district attorney, who is too frightened to stand up to his superiors, and his mayor, who demands he stay in line. The harder things press in on him, the more he rises to the occasion.

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We also got a great blast from the past in the form of young Poison Ivy, who is already beginning to show the cracks of madness that will eventually envelop her. More interesting still, all of it is traceable back to both Gordon and Bruce, setting up a vendetta for each of them. Furthermore, shes already at a point where even Selina is understandably disturbed by her behavior. From one act, her entire life has been changed. Fantastic work by the folks at Gotham. 

The Future:

Come January, Gordon is going to be at the heart of corruption and madness, playing referee. Gordon has been reassigned to guard duty at Arkham Asylum. Is it so wrong to ask Father Time to skip the month of December, just this once? Gotham is just about to get wicked.

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Not only is Gordon locked up with the citys biggest baddies, but things are getting interesting for the outside forces as well. Penguin is playing a dangerous game with Mooney and Falcone, and for the first time the two underlings seem to be on equal footing. Nygma has shown himself to be upset by Gordons departure, hinting that he may be a valuable ally in the days to come. For an all-around good episode, what a fantastic ending.

Episode Score: 8.0


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Dan Tomasik

An East Coaster by birth, Dan Tomasik has established a solid reputation as a Guru for all things TV and movie-related. Fueled by a passion for great storytelling and equally great criticism, he comes to you now from Los Angeles. Opinionated, judgmental, sarcastic, but never unfair; welcome to TV Reviews.

Cast and Crew

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Written byRebecca Dameron

Air Dare: November 24th, 2014

Episode Score: 8.0/10

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