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TV Review: Gotham 1.13 “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”
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Gotham
Season 1 Episode 13: “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”
Directed by Wendey Stanzler
Written by Megan Mostyn-Brown
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, January 26, 2015, 8pm

Last week on Gotham 1.12 “What the Little Bird Told Him” (spoilers!!!!), Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) rolled the dice with his and Harvey’s (Donal Logue) careers, as he guaranteed they would bring in the Arkham escapee Gruber to the Commissioner. He, in turn, only gave them 24 hours or they would be assigned to Arkham forever. This “electrifying” episode also had Fish Mooney’s (Jada Pinkett-Smith) plan blow up in her face as Falcone (John Dorman) remembered what he had forgotten in the face of Liza’s betrayal. Penguin’s (Robin Lord Tayor) revenge has come to gleeful fruition.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.12 “What the Little Bird Told Him”
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Gotham
Season 1 Episode 12: “What the Little Bird Told Him”
Directed by Eagle Egilsson
Written by Ben Edlund
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, January 19, 2015, 8pm

It’s been two long weeks since our last Gotham fix, so here’s a bit of what you missed from Gotham 1.11 “Rogue’s Gallery”. Spoiler alert!

In our first Arkham-centric episode, Jim (Ben McKenzie) finds some strange goings on at the asylum, to no one’s surprise. Someone is doing electric experiments on the patients. Jim looks to Dr. Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) and Harvey (Donal Logue) for help. Go, Montoya (Victoria Cartagena)! She is becoming one of my favorite characters as she kicks Barbara (Erin Richards) to the curb for her own good. But when Barbara tries to call Jim, Ivy Pepper answers sneakily, infuriating Barbara. Poor Cat’s (Camren Bicondova) kind deed backfire’s on Jim. Don Maroni (David Zayas) teaches Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) a hubris lesson, by leaving him to stew in jail after he tries to squeeze more money out of fisherman without Maroni’s consent.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.11 “Rogue’s Gallery”
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Gotham
Season 1 Episode 11: “Rogue’s Gallery”
Directed by Oz Scott
Written by Sue Chung
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, January 5, 2015, 8pm

Spoiler Alert! Here is a brief recap of Gotham 1.10 “Lovecraft”!

November’s mid-season finale had Gotham fans excited at the potential possibilities, as Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) got reassigned to the Arkham Asylum, for basically not kissing the mayor’s ass a la Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto), in repentance of the whole Lovecraft mess. Selina (Camren Bicondova) had been hiding out at Wayne Manor, bonding with Bruce (David Mazouz), when an assassin comes after them and they are forced to flee into her world (Poison Ivy cameo alert!). Fans were surprised and delighted as Alfred (Sean Pertwee) kicked ass in this episode.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.10 “LoveCraft”
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Gotham
Season 1, Episode 10: “LoveCraft”
Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by Rebecca Dameron
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, November 24, 2014, 8pm

Spoiler Alert! Here is a brief recap of Gotham 1.9 “Harvey Dent“!

We are introduced to Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto), and the foreshadowing of Two-Face is apparently apparent. Selina (Camren Bicondova) gives a description of the Wayne’s killer and is squirreled away at Wayne manor, much to Alfred’s (Sean Pertwee) chagrin. The case of the day is a reluctant bomber, broken out of prison to fulfill an agenda. Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) finds out Fish’s (Jada Pinkett-Smith) pretty secret.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.9 “Harvey Dent”
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Gotham
Season 1, Episode 9: “Harvey Dent”
Written and created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, November 17, 2014, 8pm

Spoiler alert! Recap of Episode 8 “The Mask” Review of Gotham Season 1, Episode 9 “Harvey Dent” to follow!

There are residual effects to the whole precinct turning their backs on Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), including the Captain (Zabryna Guevara). Jim doesn’t think he needs them. Bullock (Donal Logue) is of a different mind, when Jim goes missing after investigating a “fight club” competition for a finance job. Bullock makes an impassioned speech on Jim’s behalf. He IS the best character on the show. Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) goes and makes nice with Fish (Jada Pinkett Smith) who promptly stabs his hand with his gift to her. He re-gifts to his mommy who warns, “Everyone has secrets.” The ending of the episode was really enjoyable, albeit expected. And c’mon Barbara (Erin Richards)! Give the guy a break!

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TV Review: Gotham 1.8 “The Mask”
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Gotham
Season 1 Episode 8: “The Mask”
Written by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, David Zayas, John Doman, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, November 10, 2014, 8pm

Spoiler alert! Turn away now if you don’t want to read the Gotham 1.7 “Penguin’s Umbrella” recap or the Gotham 1.8 “The Mask” review that follows!

Poor Jim! Everybody wants him dead or jailed. Penguin’s (Robin Lord Taylor) waddle into the station revealed that Jim (Ben McKenzie) morally lied about killing Penguin. Now, Harvey (Donal Logue) wants to kill him (but comes around). Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) wants Penguin dead and Jim brought in. Falcone (John Doman) is gunning for him, and Montoya and Allen (Victoria Cartagena and Andrew Stewart-Jones) find themselves on the wrong end, but redeem themselves. Seems they just discovered that perfect hostage Barbara (Erin Richards) was right all along about Jim. But we knew that already.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.7 “Penguin’s Umbrella”
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Gotham
Season 1 Episode 7: “Penguin’s Umbrella”
Written by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, November 3, 2014, 8pm

Gotham’s golden rule: No heroes! And…spoiler alert!

So who was the villain du jour on last week’s Gotham? Bullock (Donal Logue) thought he killed him ten years ago. Is this “Spirit of the Goat” a copycat? Milky rising from the grave? Gotham’s firstborn one percenters are being strung up and displayed surrounded by candles in tribute. Bullock’s layers are showing. He is more and more enjoyable this week. Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) cannot stop being awkward–first by telling Bullock bad riddles and then harassing his crush. Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) is comforted by his mom (Carol Kane), and seems like they would be comfortable as members of the Bates family. The best moment of the episode was Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey’s old partner commiserating that Bullock always thinks he’s right. Montoya thinks she has enough to arrest Gordon. Ah, the dramatic irony! Who else LOVED the last second nose-to-nose moment of the episode?

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TV Review: Gotham 1.6 “Spirit Of The Goat”
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Gotham
Season 1 Episode 6: “Spirit of the Goat”
Directed by T.J. Scott
Written by Ben Edlund
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, October 27, 2014, 8pm

Before we get to the Gotham 1.6 “Spirit of the Goat” review, let’s recap, shall we?

Spoilers ahead!!

Previously on Gotham: Is Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) a good guy or a bad one? He starts out with all these ideals. He didn’t have to choose Gotham, he wanted to make a difference. Poor Jim! Saddled with morally ambiguous partner, Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), Jim got more than he bargained for. He’s been hung upside-down from a meat hook, while investigating Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents’ murder, befriending the boy in the process. He fake killed Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), who is back causing complications galore. His girl Barbara (Erin Richards) is being warned about him by her ex-lesbian lover, Montoya (Victoria Cartagena), with whom he works. He saved future Catwoman (Camryn Bicondova) from a child trafficking ring. Jim and Harvey stop a balloon vigilante and a deadly bone-crumbling drug on the street.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.3 “The Balloonman”
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Gotham
Season 1 Episode 3: “The Balloonman”
Directed by Dermot Downs
Written by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, October 6, 2014, 8pm

Gotham 1.3 “The Balloonman” will be reviewed in just a moment. But first, let’s recap last week’s episode, “Selina Kyle.”

Be warned that there will be spoilers included below, so continue only if you’re caught up or don’t mind knowing what’s going on.

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TV Review: Gotham 1.2 “Selina Kyle”
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Gotham
Season 1 Episode 2: “Selina Kyle”
Directed by Danny Cannon
Written by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Erin Richards, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
FOX
Air Date: Monday, September 29, 2014, 8pm

Gotham 1.2 “Selina Kyle” review coming right up after these Gotham 1.1 “Pilot” messages (recap):

Major Spoilers!!

Gotham is a pre-origins story focusing on Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) battle with the many criminals of Gotham, when there were no superheroes, yet the supervillains were beginning to flourish. His blossoming friendship with young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) starts here. Jim’s first case is the murder of Bruce’s parents, a robbery gone wrong, or so it seems. Idealist Jim is saddled with crooked partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), and is forced to make questionable choices in order to keep his loved ones safe. They kill the guy that was set up as the murderer (future Poison Ivy’s dad), and almost lose their lives themselves, thanks to new villain Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Carmine Falcone (John Doman), the real power of the town. Jim bonds with Bruce and makes the lifelong secret vow (secret between them and Sean Pertwee‘s Alfred) to find the real killers.

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