Review – Gotham: “Spirit of the Goat”

This week’s episode of Gotham entitled “Spirit of the Goat” had an unexpected twist at the end that I particularly enjoyed so be sure to check it out! This episode focused on a new enemy that somehow appeared both 10 years ago and at present after being taken down to kill the first-born children of the rich and powerful of Gotham and it is up to Gordon and his “trusty partner” Harvey to take down the killer. This is not Harvey’s first run in with the goat spirited entity and his odd methods of killing the first-born by hanging them on a cross of sorts and leaving a penny inside of their flesh. Harvey is bound and determined to not let this killer get away with the crimes and decides to take him down no matter what. One of my co-workers brought up an excellent point that I would like to briefly touch on. It seems as though there is a new enemy every week that wants to do something for the sake of doing it, but few every get really fleshed out so we know their inner workings and why they think like they do. It is normally just someone who wants to get rid of the powerful because they are bad or do bad because it fun, but it would be nice to get a villain in the near future that starts in one episode and continues on so that we get a full back-story describing them and their intentions and why they act the way they do. 

The other few characters that the episode this week focuses on are Barbara, the Riddler, and of course the Penguin. Barbara and Jim are still trying to figure out their relationship and it is not helping that Renee is filling Barbara’s head with bad thoughts about her future husband. I am ready to see Barbara make her final decision though, as the back and forth over whether she believes him or trusts him or whatever is beginning to get a little old. It was nice to see more of a focus on the future Riddler this week. Edward, as we know now him on the show, is an insanely annoying character. It is obvious as to why in the future he becomes one of Batman’s most ridiculously complicated and hard to understand foes as as a younger man he is equally obnoxious and crazy. The actor who portrays him makes me laugh with how incredibly out-of-place he rightly portrays the character being around all his significantly more sane colleagues. Finally, we get more of my favorite waddling friend towards the end of the episode. He comes back to his mother and lets her know that he is still alive and after an interesting(?) bathtub conversation sets up a nice scene for next week’s episode.

Check out Gotham on Mondays at 8/7c on FOX!

-Megan Highwind has left the party

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