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Episode 20: “Under the Knife”

byDan Tomasik

The Quick:

Gordon dives deeper into the hunt for the Ogre, meanwhile Bruce and Selena dig into Wayne Enterprise, and Maroni digs into Oswald.

The Past:

Theres no new DC characters this episode.

The Present:

Gotham has a tendency to be very hit or miss. Some weeks, sitting through it can feel like a chore, even a punishment. Other weeks, its the reward that makes everything else in the week worth dealing with. Last week was a miss. This week, a home run. Its going, its gone, its not coming back, the ball has left the stadium, begin the victory lap around the bases. Oh, where to begin.

Bruce and Selena are in top form, standing on equal ground with any of the adult actors in all their scenes. From there, an opening with Nygma letting out pent-up aggression by stabbing watermelons. Next, a scene straight out of Alien, but without falling into the same trap as the usual horror fare. Then comes the unstoppable force that is late-season Barbara, flirting with The Ogre, Gothams sickest bachelor. Its a dangerous connection that keeps everything perpetually on edge. Last but not least, a friendlyvisit from Sal Maroni gets under Penguins skin in the worst way. You can toy with a man, toy with his emotions, his schemes, and his loyalties; but you do not toy with his mother.

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Everything is hitting close to home. Family, friends, loved ones; Gotham is pushing in the places where it hurts the most, yet its impossible to look away. This is what happens when an emotional bond is formed with characters; they become like a part of our lives. TV writers are becoming sharper than ever at finding the things that get audiences emotional. Relationships are more information-based than ever before. With texting taking over the main means of communication, being in a relationship is more like reading a book than ever before. With every message we know the signs, analyze for every possible meaning, and worry to death about the smallest things. In the pursuit of understanding better, weve become more vulnerable. Shaken by the smallest twist in the story. Shows like Gotham know how to play off that vulnerability to the fullest extent.

Everything keeps on building and building. The drama, the mystery, the excitement, the misery, the madness. Its the same characters from last week, but everything feels fresh and new. Its like a totally different show. The Ogre isnt just creepy and disturbing, hes dangerous. Hes taking hints now from Red Dragon and Psycho, creating a puzzling monster that we cant take our eyes off of, as opposed to the creep we could barely stand to watch a week ago. Edward Nygmas love woes are reaching a climax; this isnt fun & games anymore. The path of the hero and the path of the villain share many similarities, and sometimes people do bad things with good intentions.

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The Future:

A week ago, the Ogre was the last character anyone wanted to see again. Now, the anticipation for his next move has us on the edge of our seats. The end is nigh. Gotham City is becoming a terrifying place to be. With only two episodes left, the only question that matters is whether or not Gotham can pull off two more homers. For whatever the opinion of a reviewer counts for, I think it can. And it will.

Episode Score: 9.4


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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 byT.J. Scott

Written byJohn Stephens

Air Date: April 20th, 2015

Episode Score: 9.4/10

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