Episode 6: “Spirit of the Goat”
by Dan Tomasik
A case from Bullock’s past resurfaces in the present.
“The Spirit of the Goat” is another Gotham original, with no DC comics counterpart. Granted, psychos wearing masks and naming themselves after animals aren’t exactly a rarity in the world of DC. Still, the Spirit of the Goat earns a memorable place amongst vintage one-shot villains.
Gotham could do no wrong this week. After last week’s foray into the world of absurd, godlike CGI human beings, this week’s baddie is a return to form. Mortal human, crazy ideology, with ambiguous hints at the supernatural. It’s a case worthy of the caped crusader himself.
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 can’t be bothered to find a hot dog stand, is now taking charge, picking up on what’s been missed, making connections, and moving miles ahead of anyone else to solve this case. It’s such a fascinating paradox to see a bad cop doing exceptional detective work. Gotham’s most corrupt cop is playing the hero, and he’s doing it exceptionally well.
Speaking of paradoxes, try this on for size; Edward “The Riddler” Nygma helping solve riddles instead of creating them. So unexpected, but so much fun to watch! It’s 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!
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 week’s 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