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Episode 6: “Spirit of the Goat”

by Dan Tomasik

The Quick:

A case from Bullocks past resurfaces in the present.

The Past:

The Spirit of the Goatis another Gotham original, with no DC comics counterpart. Granted, psychos wearing masks and naming themselves after animals arent exactly a rarity in the world of DC. Still, the Spirit of the Goat earns a memorable place amongst vintage one-shot villains. 

The Present:

Gotham could do no wrong this week. After last weeks foray into the world of absurd, godlike CGI human beings, this weeks baddie is a return to form. Mortal human, crazy ideology, with ambiguous hints at the supernatural. Its a case worthy of the caped crusader himself.

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This week features one of my favorite story tropes in abundance; characters flipping to the opposite end of the spectrum. I love seeing characters willingly acting in a way that contrasts with everything you think you know about them. A creep tries to do a good deed, a hero is arrested, a villain saves the day, and an apathetic cop takes the lead. Add in the subtraction of Fish Mooney and the mob boss business, the result is far and away my favorite episode of Gotham thus far.

Bullock, who ordinarily cant be bothered to find a hot dog stand, is now taking charge, picking up on whats been missed, making connections, and moving miles ahead of anyone else to solve this case. Its such a fascinating paradox to see a bad cop doing exceptional detective work. Gothams most corrupt cop is playing the hero, and hes doing it exceptionally well.

Speaking of paradoxes, try this on for size; Edward The RiddlerNygma helping solve riddles instead of creating them. So unexpected, but so much fun to watch! Its a shame the actual process is glazed over, but it would be a wonderful idea to bring up again in future episodes. This episode gives a lot of focus to Nygma, who finds plenty to direct his giddy over-exuberance towards. A possible love interest in the form of a file clerk named Kristen Kringle? More, more, more!

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The Future:

The previews hinted at a new threat on the horizon. Someone named Victor. Could this be the feared Batman rogue Victor Zsasz? More importantly, can they keep up the intensity and excitement factors from this weeks episode? My fingers are crossed. I want to see this show succeed and this week it exceeded all my expectations for the better.

Episode Score: 9.0

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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 byT.J. Scott

Written byBen Edlund

Air Dare: October 27th, 2014

Episode Score: 9.0/10

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