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TV Review: Gotham S2E18 Pinewood

Gotham Season 2

After leaving Arkham Asylum, Barbara attempts to make amends with Gordon. Then, Bruce and Alfred track down one of Thomas Wayne’s former friends from Project Chimera, but Hugo Strange disrupts their plans.

Gotham is finally starting to bring the various plot threads from this season together as it heads towards the finale of its second season. The episode has Gordon attempting to keep his promise to figure out who was behind the murder of Bruce’s parents and that has him doing some connect the dots that at times feels like just moving from situation to situation.

To get to the first step, Gordon must get some help from Barbara who’s “reformed” now after spending time at Arkham Asylum. While I’ve hated the direction they’ve gone with Barbara on the series, I will say this is the first time I’ve enjoyed actress Erin Richards’ portrayal of the role. She does crazy really well and with a few twists and turns her performance is enjoyable even though the story itself is lacking in some ways.

Alfred and Bruce on the other hand are doing their own sleuthing and come across a place called Pinewood and Project Chimera. Things are a bit strange here and the plotline feels very “comic book” like. It might not make a whole lot of sense overall, there’s something fun about the direction, in a turn your brain off sort of way.

The two plots come together and pit Alfred, Bruce, and Gordon against Strange’s ally Mr. Freeze, again keeping up a “comic book” feel to it all.

While the season has felt like a jumble of styles, stories, overall a bit messy, this episode begins to bring it all together. The performances are good and the story overall has a Schumacher feel to it all. It’s a better direction for the series. While I may not agree with the stories and feel it’s not very “Batman,” the series is doing its own thing and setting its own course and it comes together here.

For most of the season I’ve rather tuned out than tune in, but this episode gets me to change that tune. I want to see where it’s going now and what’s to come.

Overall Rating: 7.35