TV Review: Gotham S1E8 The Mask
The first rule of Gotham Fight Club is don’t talk about Gotham Fight Club. I didn’t read the synopsis of this episode going into it, and it definitely wasn’t what I thought it was. Really, the episode was Fight Club. Yeah, that’s it, not much else. But that plot point wasn’t what the episode was about.
The episode is really about Jim Gordon and his relationship with the rest of his fellow police officers. After the last episode with the attack on Gordon, and abandonment of his fellow cops in helping him, Gordon clearly isn’t well liked. That’s what the focus of this episode is about. We know down the road Gordon has earned the respect of his fellow police officers. Bullock has finally come around, so how about the rest of them? This is the beginning of that. How does Gordon go from an officer to Commissioner? That’s a part of the story that we’re starting to see.
And that growth I think is the interesting thing about this episode of Gotham. I could do without the whole fight club aspect, but the relationship of Gordon to his coworkers is the interesting aspect. That makes the episode worth watching, as it’s a piece of the bigger picture. On it’s own, the episode is ok, but as part of the series, it’s a solid entry.
Overall Score: 7.25