TV Review: Gotham S2E13 A Dead Man Feels No Cold
Gordon, Bullock and Barns turn to the wife of Victor Fries to help in finding him; Penguin meets Hugo Strange; and Alfred shares information with Bruce about his parents’ murderer.
Gotham‘s second episode back is an interesting one as it focuses on Fries and his mission to get his wife back. This leads to a plan to trap him that makes so little sense, and then an ending that also is just a bit ho-hum.
There’s some interesting things here, in that we get the GPCD dealing with cooky villains without the help of Batman, hearkening back to the excellent comic series Gotham Central (which I had hoped would be what this series was). But, the series seems to keep veering when it shouldn’t. Instead of getting a solid cop series with their taking on Batman’s rogues, we get a a series that’s a weird mix of Schumacher films and even a bit of a throwback to Batman ’66.
There was a good chance of really changing the tone and direction of the series with this plot, but in two episodes it’s somewhat wrapped up with potential lost. There’s obviously a bigger story here, but it’s all just very off. I could go off about using Fries’ wife as bait, but all logic is out the window with this series.
There’s Penguin’s story, which is currently the most interesting, but that’s mostly due to the acting of Robin Lord Taylor who is killing it in the role. BD Wong is also great as Hugo Strange with a strange creepiness about his character and performance. I actually look forward to seeing what he’s up to and with what he’s focused on, I think I know.
Then there’s Bruce and his search for his parent’s murder. The whole of the story feels beyond rushed and the writers seem to be speeding up his eventual turn into Batman. With the actor being so young, it’s all a bit silly.
The series continues to miss opportunities as it sputters along in its second season.
Overall Rating: 6.9