TV Review: Gotham S4E7 A Dark Knight: A Day in the Narrows
With Professor Pyg striking fear throughout Gotham, Gordon and Bullock head into the Narrows for clues; Bruce is convinced by a former friend to go out with some former classmates; Sofia’s relationships evolve with Penguin and Gordon.
Gotham continues the pretty solid stroytelling from the previous episode as the search for Professor Pyg continues. Pyg may be the strongest villain the show has had so far. The episode also feels like it’s a microcosm of what works and what doesn’t in the show with what’s good and not all in the same scene.
What works for the series is its focus on corrupt police and the more grounded storylines like gang wars. That’s been a major aspect of the season but then the silly is dropped in. In this case, it’s Penguin deciding to help the GCPD to stop Pyg and he does so by bringing in a character by the name of Headhunter, an over the top character the sticks out compared to everything else going on. Thankfully it feels like everyone is in on the silliness so things aren’t quite as odd as when Mr. Freeze is a part of things. But, the cat and mouse between Gordon and Pyg is the draw and as long as you focus on that, things are generally in a good direction.
Since the show likes threes… Barbara, Selina and crew is the second storyline as they attempt to make some dollars and consolidate power. It’s all forgettable and thankfully not much time is devoted to it all.
The third plot line is Bruce and it doesn’t suck! Bruce decides to cut loose after an event and he lashes out due to all his pent up anger finally going down the playboy/party boy route we know from comics. He’s a dick, unlikeable, and the acting is getting better. A massive improvement in what we’ve seen as far as the character.
We’ve gotten two good episodes in a row, which feels like a rarity for the series. Pyg has been a boost for the series as far as focusing the storytelling and giving us a villain that not only is part of Batman’s rogues but also one that really works in the world of the GCPD. Here’s hoping as the season progresses it continues to keep things heading in a positive direction.
Overall Rating: 7.75