TV Review: Gotham S1E7 Penguin’s Umbrella
As violence between Maroni and Falcone continues to escalate, Penguin reveals a new component of his manipulative strategy, forcing Gordon to deal with the consequences of his decision to spare Penguin’s life.
The first six episodes of Gotham have been building up to something, and we finally get to see the beginning of what that is. The word is out that Gordon didn’t kill Cobblepot, which sets Mooney, and Falcone on a mission of revenge against both of them.
What the episode shows off is the opening shots of the war that’s to come. The war between the Falcones, the Maronis, and the Gotham Police Department. And there’s a lot of shooting. The attack against Gordon, an attack on Falcone’s men. There’s a hell of a lot of bullets flying in this episode. This is more Untouchables that previous episodes, and that’s a good thing.
This episode is a shift in gears as far as story, and Gordon’s war. I was fully expecting a speech about escalation, and Bullock’s short talk felt like it could come from the classic film. There’s even a silhouette scene that could have come direct from the movie.
The episode also introduces Victor Zsasz to the Gotham universe. He’s a solid addition that fits very well into the tone of the series.
But, the best of the episode is the last few moments, where we see the truth of what’s been going on. It’s somewhat predictable, but confirmation puts what’s going on, and some actions in a new light. It adds a depth to the series that brings some excitement.
Overall, the episode was a solid one, easily the best since the series premiered. It felt more like a movie to me, and instead of focusing on goofy killers with strange modus-operandi. The series is hopefully getting over the hump, and kicking it into a much needed higher gear. Things just got interesting.
Overall Score: 7