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Episode 5: “Viper”

by Dan Tomasik

The Quick:

A new drug circulating the streets grants godlike power, at a terrible cost.

The Past:

Viperis the prototype for Venom, the signature compound of Gotham rogue Bane. Yes, that Bane. The muscular guy in the mask. The one who broke the Batman. Bane himself makes no appearance, but the groundwork for the compound is established. 

The Present:

This week featured Gothams biggest success and biggest failure. On the positive end was the breakthrough between Bruce and Alfred. The relationship between these two has been rocky at times, but this time its struck gold. Master Wayne is investigating corruption between big businesses and mob bosses; starting with Wayne Enterprises itself. Hes filling his home with police reports and research for some old-school detective work. Alfred is simultaneously impressed and worried for the boy, a feeling that will become the foundation of their relationship in the future. Bruce is picking up some of the best attributes of James Gordon, which will later become the best attributes of Batman. Resolve, determination, and resilience. On the other end was a dramatic misfire that completely went against everything Gotham is supposed to stand for.

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What separates DC from Marvel? In a nutshell, its the tone we expect. When it comes to Marvel, superpowers are the norm. Marvels Agents of SHIELD explores a world of human agents and extraordinary individuals. Freeze powers, gravity manipulation, invulnerability, weather machines, cyborgs; this is the subject matter, we see Agent Coulson dealing with on a regular basis. So why is it on Gordons desk? Bright-green inhalants that cause CGI skin tremors, superhuman strength, god complexes, ordinary people carrying ATMs on their backs, then being crushed under them when the drug wears off? Have we walked through a wormhole? Is this a crossover? Does this mean we might get to see Nygma working with Fitz/Simmons?!

Know your tone, Gotham. Stick to the realism and scary criminals, leave the superhumans to the people who understand them.

The Future:

Fish Mooney is making a strong movement for relevancy as she puts her plan to overthrow Falcone into action. Her methods remain a tad over-dramatic, but theres genuine promise for her young starlet.

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: Tim Hunter

Written by: Rebecca Perry Cutter

Air Date: October 20

Episode Score: 8.0/10

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