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TV Review: Gotham S2E17 Into the Woods

Gotham Season 2

In an attempt to clear his name, Gordon steals his case file and approaches Nygma for help. Meanwhile, Penguin discovers his step-family’s role in his father’s death, and awakens from his conditioning.

Gotham‘s ends one plotline while beginning others. The majority of the episode focuses on Gordon’s escape and his search for who set him up.

While the episode itself plays out pretty well, everything happens WAY too quickly with the storyline resolved in the episode instead of playing out for at least another one or two. It’s weird to say it, but that particular story actually goes by too quickly, as much as I disliked it. The dislike for Nygma’s turn is a rant for another day.

The episode has a few other plot lines thrown out there. The Penguin and his new role/family is pretty center stage, and again, this feels like a plotline that goes by too quickly and the twist is twisted, but at the same time predictable in some ways. That plot feels like it’s goal is to get Penguin back on the bad side, and nothing more. The character was much better when that was the case, but still, this is a bit of an odd way to do it and a lot of questions are out there, like how he’ll inherit his father’s money.

Bruce’s story continues with Selena and while things were getting a bit better with both of these characters, it’s clear the series is trying to set up Bruce’s eventual turn into Batman, though it’s too young for him to do so. The series would need to jump quite a few years for that to make sense, but the basics are being laid out.

The episode is one to wrap up plot lines from earlier in the season as the series heads towards its season finale. The episode, and season as a whole is rather uneven, but it’s interesting to see where the series will go from here.

Overall Rating: 7.1

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