Episode 8 "The Mask" gives us Gotham City's version of "Fight Club". "The Mask" forces guys dressed as office workers to duel to the death. I'm all for people killing each other with staplers but the baddie (Richard Sionis) is pretty lamo.
There is a supposed truce among the mob bosses but Fish and Penguin are still at it. He gives her a necklace as a peace offering. She stabs him with it. I love that woman! Young Bruce goes back to school but gets beat up. He asks Alfred to teach him how to fight.
Penguin and Mommy Penguin continue to have an uncomfortable relationship. She tells him of a rival she had in school. The girl had long blond hair and a big bosom (and got all the attention). Mother Cobblepot got her revenge by reporting the girl's father to the secret police. At least Oswald comes by his predisposition naturally.
Barbara s still freaking out about Zsasz and the other baddies. From what I saw, she really wasnt treated that badly so I'm not sure what her problem is. She leaves Gordon a "Dear John" letter. I've said it before but I really wish Babs was a more fleshed out character. First she wants to stay with Jim. Then Jim puts her on a bus. Then she comes back only to run off this week. That makes no sense.
Gordo continues his mission to single handedly wipe out corruption in Gotham City (although the cops decide to join in a little later).
Episode 9 is aptly entitled "Harvey Dent" because we meet Gotham City's favorite DA. We know from the coin flipping he will become Two Faces. Yes he has some mental issues.
The villain of the week (Ian Hargrove) is a serial bomber. I wasnt very interested in that story line but at least it got Arkham Asylum reopened. He gets kidnapped by the Russians who are working with Mooney to separate Falcone from his money.
Selina is hiding out at Wayne Manor. I know they want to get the two kids together but wouldnt that be the last place that you'd put the witness to the Wayne murders? Cat and young Bruce bond. She has a glass of milk (meow). I'm still not sure how I feel about her character.
Dent tells Jim he things Dick Lovecraft might be behind the Wayne's murder.
After bailing on Jim, we find Barbara in bed with Renee. I didnt see that coming so quickly. Barbara seriously needs an injection of personality. Let's hope she's more lively with Montoya than Gordo (cause she's a limp dishrag otherwise).
In the mid season finale (episode 10 "Lovecraft") ninjas lead by female villain "Copperhead" attack Wayne Manor. Dont get me started on why Alfred would fall for that trick considering: 1. They live way off the street and 2. They have a team of security guards outside. Anyway Alfred manages to fight off the assassins. He's such a badass. I'm really liking him. Selina grabs Bruce. They escape through a secret passage. She teaches him how to jump rooftops. They later end up in an abandoned mall where lots of street kids hang out. Poison Ivy is there (and she's a little whacko). Her mother has committed suicide so she's on her own now. I cant wait to see more of her. Some time is spent on Selina's fence Butch (and his relationship to the baddies) but I didnt really care about that.
Meanwhile Falcone is trying to figure out how the Russians knew about his dealings. Penguin suggests that there is a mole (possibly working for Fish). There is a ruckus at the big mob meeting and he kills one of the bosses. Others may start turning on Falcone.
Alfred, Dent and Gordon work together. They would do well to have Alfred Pennyworth join them on a regular basis. He can both effortlessly sweet talk Fish and shit talk Butch. Harvey thinks Lovecraft sent the assassins. They find Lovecraft but he says the same assassins are after him. He shows Gordo some files. Just then the assassins break in. I do like "Copperhead" but they need to work on her fighting technique. That roundhouse kick was laughable. Jim is knocked unconscious. When he wakes up Lovecraft is dead. When Mayor James finds out, he calls a press conference and blames Jim (reassigning him to Arkham Asylum). Remember Jim was trying to expose the mayor for corruption so payback is a bitch.
Selina sneaks back into Wayne Manor and kisses Bruce. How sweet.
- "When I order some fool killed, I expect him to stay that way."- Fish to Penguin.
- "Tell me there really arent any monsters... just lie to me."- Barbara to Jim.
- "What do a dead man on a cruise ship and an emu have in common? Correct nothing."- Edward Nygma to a dead guy.
- "What would he (Falcone) do if I were to tell him that you're spying on him for Fish Mooney?"- Penguin to Liza.
- "Am I the only one in this whole damn town who waits for backup?"- Harvey.
- "She was grabbed by the child snatchers and now she's getting attacked by assassins at Wayne freakin' Manor?"- Bullock. Our feeling exactly Harvey.
- Harvey: "You're pretty handy for a valet." Alfred: "Butler mate. I'm a butler."
Grade: 3 1/2 Monsters (out of 5). There were promising moments but these three episodes were not my favorites. Remember, with 22 episodes per season, we're going to get a lot of filler. I'm adding bonus points though for the awesomeness of Penguin and Alfred and for using a group of nuns as roadblocks. Too funny! Does the show return in January 2015 or later?
TV: Heavy On Sci Fi, Horror & Adventure; Light On Reality