Gordon tries to broker a deal with Penguin involving Sofia; Alfred tries to pull Bruce out of his downward spiral; Lee Thompkins gains more control over the Narrows.
With Douche Wayne and Professor Pyg on the sidelines for most of the episode, Gotham focuses on the battle between Sofia and Penguin and Lee’s expansion of power in the Narrows as the show continues to barrel ahead without what feels like a plan or care of the material.
Your enjoyment of the series is probably based on what you think of that source material’s use. The Thompkins/Narrows storyline is beyond ill thought at as a villain turn for the character is so left field from the comics and also presents no positive women on the show. Lee at one point was the “pure” character but it seems every female character is now a mobster, killer, or worse.
Then there’s the Falcone/Penguin story which has some good points but generally I find myself screaming at the scream by the fact that Penguin or Sofia don’t just put a bullet in each other’s heads. They dance around setting up situations you know they’ll walk away from and neither have the guts enough to just pull the trigger themselves when they have the opportunity. Neither deserves to win and at this point I’m hoping Gordon just guns everyone down and get the stupid over with.
The show usually shows strength when it focuses on the “mob centric” aspects of the show but for some reason this time it’s no longer working. Probably because Sofia’s plan is convoluted. Probably become Penguin figures it out and still doesn’t do much about it. Probably because despite access to rocket launchers no one seems to be able to hit each other with a gun of any sorts. It’s stupid for stupid sake.
The Professor Pyg story is pushed to the side with him caught and Gordon figures out his story. This is probably the best plotline the series has every had with good acting and some real scares. So, the minimization of it all hurts the episode.
The less said about Bruce Wayne the better. Bad acting. Bad story. Just unwatchable at times.
The series seemed like it was getting good but this episode is one of the worst of the season and one of the worst of the series. It’s mind numbing at times having me scream at the television. This isn’t entertainment, it’s frustration.
Overall Rating: 6.0