GOTHAM S2 EP8 “TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT” REVIEW!

GOTHAM S2 EP8 "TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT" REVIEW!

By Jarrett Kruse

Instead of the episode being called "Tonight's the Night," they should change it to "It's Always Night in Gotham." I think that tonight's episode was the darkest and grittiest that spread out the several pending narratives. The episode did an outstanding job of catching us up on every core character on the show. There are so many balls in the air on Gotham which is the reason why I take such meticulous notes for each episode. Otherwise, I would be totally lost trying to keep track of the plethora of characters that make up the darkest show on TV. Well on FOX at least. Just take a look at the RISE OF THE VILLAINS poster, its got like fifteen characters on there to keep track of! It's a lot but to tell you the truth, the deeper in the muck we get, the more Gotham is shaping into the future Gotham we know and I am starting to really understand why the city will need a savior like Batman.

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As we know from last week's ending, Penguin has gotten away but not without getting shot before making his escape. However they decide to forego that angle and decide to open the episode with a creepy dream sequence of a wedding. It is the wedding of Barbara and Jim in an ominous church with all of the current bad guys around and in the pews and none other than the Penguin officiating the ceremony. It is shot in almost a drug induced manner going in and out of focus. It is Barbara's nightmare and she looks over and sees that it is now Jim with Lee instead of her in a wedding dress when she suddenly wakes from her slumber. There is a big fancy box for Barbara at the foot of the bed that simply says "Love, G."

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Meanwhile, downstairs Tabitha and Galivan are plotting about the future of Bruce Wayne. In this instance, the Mayor discloses that he does not want Jim Gordon dead yet and that it would upset the young King of Gotham. Excited, Barbara whisks in asking Galavan if today is the day because of the gift he left on her bed. He nods in agreement letting her know that today is the day--the day she gets to kill Jim Gordon. A minute ago he said Gordon was not to be touched because of young Bruce so this was an odd occurrence confusing me. I mean he just said it like two minutes earlier! I never was 100% on just what it was with Barbara that made her go completely bonkers and maybe there is something that they are holding back about her and how she made this dramatic turn into insanity.

Meanwhile, Barbara shows up at the GCPD wanting to talk to Jim and Jim alone. Barnes doesn't like it and you can tell neither does Lee. In the interrogation room, Barbara is toying with Gordon while Lee watches through the one-way glass. Barbara starts crying and Jim kisses her while Lee watches. You can tell that Gordon is simply trying to get something; anything out of Barbara now that she is in kahootz with Galavan. Barbara says that she has a surprise for Gordon but it is far from the GCPD. Barnes doesn't like it and neither does Lee but Gordon and Harvey see an opportunity here and sway Barnes to come to their side. After all, she is their only link to Galavan who has been in office all of one day.

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The GCPD are arming up with some new members of Barnes' special Strike Force. The plan is to shadow Gordon, Harvey and Barbara but if things get dangerous, they immediately pull out. Lee naturally is upset that Jim is being played by Barbara again and falling into her psychological traps. I cannot put my finger on it but there is some sort of soft spot that Jim keeps for Barbara. I am not sure what the reason is but he has had several opportunities to kill her but has always found a way not to go through with it.

GOTHAM: L-R: Michael Chiklis, Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie in the ÒRise of the Villains: TonightÕs the NightÓ episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Nicole Rivelli/FOX.

Last time we saw Edward Nygma, he had two dead bodies under his belt and his split personality seems to be coming along nicely and gelling into a complete homicidal maniac with a penchant for the newspaper crossword and jumble. Nygma is now deep in the woods with a dead Ms. Kringle in the trunk along with a picnic lunch that he has brought as a symbolic "last meal" for his beloved. Creepy. He buries her in some kind of trunk he has her in until a hunter comes upon Nygma and this very strange scene. When the hunter peers into the big, freshly dug hole, he asks what he's got in there just when Nygma improvises and kills the hunter with a massive blow to the head with his shovel. Body count for Nygma: 3. He makes some sick comment like, "I'm going to need to make the hole bigger or you smaller," referring to how he is going to fit another body in the hole he dug for Kringle. Nygma is officially off the reservation now when he realizes that the sandwiches he had left out for him and Kringle are gone and he has to go look for whoever took them. All this going on and he thought it was as remote a spot as he could find in the woods.

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Galavan takes a meeting with young Bruce and queries what his dream in life would be. Naturally the young boy says that he would like to find and kill the person that murdered his parents in that alley forever changing his life. The Mayor indulges Bruce like he cares, and says that his dream is to rid Gotham City of its deep-seeded corruption. He then suggests that perhaps, their dreams can help each others ultimate desires. However, to confuse Bruce, he tells him of the barrage of corruption at Wayne Enterprises and that a boy like Bruce has no power against a board of directors that would die with their secrets about their company. Galavan wants Bruce's 51% controlling interest of the company, but his trump card is that as a signing bonus, he will give him a file that includes the names, plans, motives and accomplices of the man that murdered Thomas and Martha Wayne. What I found to be interesting in this scene was that Galavan knew some intimate details about the night that Bruce and his parents went to the theater; how they ran late and changed their mind at the last minute, etc. How did he get those intimate details?

GOTHAM: L-R: James Frain and David Mazouz in the ÒRise of the Villains: TonightÕs the NightÓ episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Nicole Rivelli/FOX.

Gordon and Bullock are not getting anything from Barbara chained up in the back of their police vehicle. Barnes calls it in and says they are in a perfect spot for an ambush and to call it off and pull out. Bullock, pretends that he is having radio issues and belays that order to give Jim more time. Next I jumped off my couch like one of those "don't text and drive" commercials when out of nowhere, Gordon and Bullock's unit are slammed by a semi. Gordon is dosed and kidnapped by hooded thugs with Barbara getting away and Bullock in the dog house with Barnes for not pulling back when he ordered them to. Even though he is told to go home, Bullock continues to go over the audio interview with Barbara from earlier in the episode to get a clue as to where they could have taken Gordon. Barnes sets up a massive perimeter to find Gordon all the while trying to figure out if his theories about Galavan are correct.

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Bruce is perplexed and needs Alfred's sage advice and makes him swear that everything that he is about to tell him is only between them. Young Bruce explains what Galavan proposed to Bruce and Alfred does his best not to get too riled up that the Mayor is trying to extort the young heir. Then Bruce asks what is really on his mind---"How long will my training to take down the corruption in Gotham take?" A bat churps (clever), but Alfred is unable to give Master Bruce a definitive answer as to when he will be ready both physically and mentally to take on the massive corruption in Gotham. It almost seems like Bruce is buying into Galavan's plan and how Wayne Enterprises is his parents legacy. Alfred pauses and moves closer to Bruce and reminds him that his parents company is not their legacy, not by a longshot. Bruce's guardian reminds him that it is he himself that is his parents legacy.

When Jim awakens, he is tied up in the front of the ominous church we saw in the beginning of the episode from Barbara's dream. Barbara is dressed in the gown she intended to marry Jim with and Tabitha wheels out a bound Lee looking terrified. The Father is gagged and all of the onlookers are terrified; Barbara has gone all out to make this faux wedding look legit. Barbara drones on and on about how Jim is not who people really think he is and that he is some death-obsessed sadist. At this point, I am getting really tiresome of Barbara's whack-a-doo act and she is just sounding like a jealous unstable woman. I don't think that Gordon has any deep dark secrets. Hell, he even told Lee that he had to kill a man for Penguin to get his job back at the GCPD. The cliched shots of either Jim or Lee, I could not tell, of the ropes on one of their wrists coming loose means that one of them will be free any second. At the GCPD, Bullock realizes that it has to be the church where they were to marry, yelling at Barnes despite him being ordered to leave the precinct hours earlier.

TTN6 As Barbara continues to drone on and on, I realized it was Jim's chair whose ropes are coming loose. Babs for some reason discloses that the presumed kidnapped and dead Mayor Aubrey James is alive and well at the China Docks. Why she gave up this information I am not sure. Just then, Jim breaks loose and has a sawed off aimed right at Barbara and doesn't take the shot when the police move in. In the melee, Tabitha gets shot but gets away and Jim chases Barbara to the top of the church's stained glass tower where she comes at him and the stained glass breaks with Jim holding onto her. All I kept thinking is, "if she falls, please kill off her character already." However, even though she lets go and falls, she survives. Dammit. Oh and Lee makes sure to tell Jim that they need to talk when all this is over.

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It was funny because when Gordon, Bullock and the gang get to the China Docks to rescue Mayor Aubrey James because the place is so disgusting and his honor's head is encased in a metal box, even Bullock, the most slovenly cop on the force mutters, "What is wrong with these people?!?" I was cracking up considering his past ways of being a dirty cop both literally and physically. When the Mayor is asked who did this to you, he says "Who do you think?"

In Galavan's office, Alfred stands over Bruce as he is about to sign over his share of Wayne Enterprises when he decides against it. The file of who (allegedly) killed his parents just sitting there, Gordon and company barge in as Jim slugs Galavan and arrests him. However, Galavan threw the file into the fire as soon as the cops got through the door leaving a weeping Bruce crying at his only shot at redemption.

The final scene was a doozy as we catch up with Nygma in the woods still looking for who took his sandwiches. I chalked it up to it being the woods and animals being around but hey, what do I know. It is then that Nygma comes upon a small trailer and the front door swings open knocking off Nygma's glasses. Without his specs, it looks like a zombie from The Walking Dead coming towards him. When Ed gets his glasses on, he immediately recognizes the figure--its the Penguin. Oswald is muttering, "Help me....please" and we fade out.

GOTHAM: L-R: Robin Lord Taylor in the ÒRise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to SwallowÓ episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Nicole Rivelli/ FOX

GOTHAM: L-R: Robin Lord Taylor in the ÒRise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to SwallowÓ episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Nicole Rivelli/ FOX

This is the longest TV episode review I have written for AFJ but I think it needed to be because there is seriously a lot going on in Gotham. The Galavan storyline is getting a little boring and too political for my taste and I am hoping that now that he is arrested, Tabitha is shot and Barbara is in the hospital, the narrative will get back to the stuff that I really care about, not the machinations of the first of what I am sure there are to be many scams and schemes to get young Bruce to give up his fortune. Still, it was a solid episode and I think the development of Nygma is coming along really well. They have done it nice and slow and are pacing his lunacy with the right pace along with some panache. Could this be the first alliance between The Penguin and a budding Riddler? We will have to wait until next week, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel. I'm kidding, just go to FOX at 8 on the 16th.

 

GOTHAM S2 EP8 “TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT” REVIEW!

GOTHAM S2 EP8 "TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT" REVIEW!

By Jarrett Kruse

Instead of the episode being called "Tonight's the Night," they should change it to "It's Always Night in Gotham." I think that tonight's episode was the darkest and grittiest that spread out the several pending narratives. The episode did an outstanding job of catching us up on every core character on the show. There are so many balls in the air on Gotham which is the reason why I take such meticulous notes for each episode. Otherwise, I would be totally lost trying to keep track of the plethora of characters that make up the darkest show on TV. Well on FOX at least. Just take a look at the RISE OF THE VILLAINS poster, its got like fifteen characters on there to keep track of! It's a lot but to tell you the truth, the deeper in the muck we get, the more Gotham is shaping into the future Gotham we know and I am starting to really understand why the city will need a savior like Batman.

TTN5.jpg

As we know from last week's ending, Penguin has gotten away but not without getting shot before making his escape. However they decide to forego that angle and decide to open the episode with a creepy dream sequence of a wedding. It is the wedding of Barbara and Jim in an ominous church with all of the current bad guys around and in the pews and none other than the Penguin officiating the ceremony. It is shot in almost a drug induced manner going in and out of focus. It is Barbara's nightmare and she looks over and sees that it is now Jim with Lee instead of her in a wedding dress when she suddenly wakes from her slumber. There is a big fancy box for Barbara at the foot of the bed that simply says "Love, G."

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Meanwhile, downstairs Tabitha and Galivan are plotting about the future of Bruce Wayne. In this instance, the Mayor discloses that he does not want Jim Gordon dead yet and that it would upset the young King of Gotham. Excited, Barbara whisks in asking Galavan if today is the day because of the gift he left on her bed. He nods in agreement letting her know that today is the day--the day she gets to kill Jim Gordon. A minute ago he said Gordon was not to be touched because of young Bruce so this was an odd occurrence confusing me. I mean he just said it like two minutes earlier! I never was 100% on just what it was with Barbara that made her go completely bonkers and maybe there is something that they are holding back about her and how she made this dramatic turn into insanity.

Meanwhile, Barbara shows up at the GCPD wanting to talk to Jim and Jim alone. Barnes doesn't like it and you can tell neither does Lee. In the interrogation room, Barbara is toying with Gordon while Lee watches through the one-way glass. Barbara starts crying and Jim kisses her while Lee watches. You can tell that Gordon is simply trying to get something; anything out of Barbara now that she is in kahootz with Galavan. Barbara says that she has a surprise for Gordon but it is far from the GCPD. Barnes doesn't like it and neither does Lee but Gordon and Harvey see an opportunity here and sway Barnes to come to their side. After all, she is their only link to Galavan who has been in office all of one day.

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The GCPD are arming up with some new members of Barnes' special Strike Force. The plan is to shadow Gordon, Harvey and Barbara but if things get dangerous, they immediately pull out. Lee naturally is upset that Jim is being played by Barbara again and falling into her psychological traps. I cannot put my finger on it but there is some sort of soft spot that Jim keeps for Barbara. I am not sure what the reason is but he has had several opportunities to kill her but has always found a way not to go through with it.

GOTHAM: L-R: Michael Chiklis, Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie in the ÒRise of the Villains: TonightÕs the NightÓ episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Nicole Rivelli/FOX.

Last time we saw Edward Nygma, he had two dead bodies under his belt and his split personality seems to be coming along nicely and gelling into a complete homicidal maniac with a penchant for the newspaper crossword and jumble. Nygma is now deep in the woods with a dead Ms. Kringle in the trunk along with a picnic lunch that he has brought as a symbolic "last meal" for his beloved. Creepy. He buries her in some kind of trunk he has her in until a hunter comes upon Nygma and this very strange scene. When the hunter peers into the big, freshly dug hole, he asks what he's got in there just when Nygma improvises and kills the hunter with a massive blow to the head with his shovel. Body count for Nygma: 3. He makes some sick comment like, "I'm going to need to make the hole bigger or you smaller," referring to how he is going to fit another body in the hole he dug for Kringle. Nygma is officially off the reservation now when he realizes that the sandwiches he had left out for him and Kringle are gone and he has to go look for whoever took them. All this going on and he thought it was as remote a spot as he could find in the woods.

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Galavan takes a meeting with young Bruce and queries what his dream in life would be. Naturally the young boy says that he would like to find and kill the person that murdered his parents in that alley forever changing his life. The Mayor indulges Bruce like he cares, and says that his dream is to rid Gotham City of its deep-seeded corruption. He then suggests that perhaps, their dreams can help each others ultimate desires. However, to confuse Bruce, he tells him of the barrage of corruption at Wayne Enterprises and that a boy like Bruce has no power against a board of directors that would die with their secrets about their company. Galavan wants Bruce's 51% controlling interest of the company, but his trump card is that as a signing bonus, he will give him a file that includes the names, plans, motives and accomplices of the man that murdered Thomas and Martha Wayne. What I found to be interesting in this scene was that Galavan knew some intimate details about the night that Bruce and his parents went to the theater; how they ran late and changed their mind at the last minute, etc. How did he get those intimate details?

GOTHAM: L-R: James Frain and David Mazouz in the ÒRise of the Villains: TonightÕs the NightÓ episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Nicole Rivelli/FOX.

Gordon and Bullock are not getting anything from Barbara chained up in the back of their police vehicle. Barnes calls it in and says they are in a perfect spot for an ambush and to call it off and pull out. Bullock, pretends that he is having radio issues and belays that order to give Jim more time. Next I jumped off my couch like one of those "don't text and drive" commercials when out of nowhere, Gordon and Bullock's unit are slammed by a semi. Gordon is dosed and kidnapped by hooded thugs with Barbara getting away and Bullock in the dog house with Barnes for not pulling back when he ordered them to. Even though he is told to go home, Bullock continues to go over the audio interview with Barbara from earlier in the episode to get a clue as to where they could have taken Gordon. Barnes sets up a massive perimeter to find Gordon all the while trying to figure out if his theories about Galavan are correct.

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Bruce is perplexed and needs Alfred's sage advice and makes him swear that everything that he is about to tell him is only between them. Young Bruce explains what Galavan proposed to Bruce and Alfred does his best not to get too riled up that the Mayor is trying to extort the young heir. Then Bruce asks what is really on his mind---"How long will my training to take down the corruption in Gotham take?" A bat churps (clever), but Alfred is unable to give Master Bruce a definitive answer as to when he will be ready both physically and mentally to take on the massive corruption in Gotham. It almost seems like Bruce is buying into Galavan's plan and how Wayne Enterprises is his parents legacy. Alfred pauses and moves closer to Bruce and reminds him that his parents company is not their legacy, not by a longshot. Bruce's guardian reminds him that it is he himself that is his parents legacy.

When Jim awakens, he is tied up in the front of the ominous church we saw in the beginning of the episode from Barbara's dream. Barbara is dressed in the gown she intended to marry Jim with and Tabitha wheels out a bound Lee looking terrified. The Father is gagged and all of the onlookers are terrified; Barbara has gone all out to make this faux wedding look legit. Barbara drones on and on about how Jim is not who people really think he is and that he is some death-obsessed sadist. At this point, I am getting really tiresome of Barbara's whack-a-doo act and she is just sounding like a jealous unstable woman. I don't think that Gordon has any deep dark secrets. Hell, he even told Lee that he had to kill a man for Penguin to get his job back at the GCPD. The cliched shots of either Jim or Lee, I could not tell, of the ropes on one of their wrists coming loose means that one of them will be free any second. At the GCPD, Bullock realizes that it has to be the church where they were to marry, yelling at Barnes despite him being ordered to leave the precinct hours earlier.

TTN6 As Barbara continues to drone on and on, I realized it was Jim's chair whose ropes are coming loose. Babs for some reason discloses that the presumed kidnapped and dead Mayor Aubrey James is alive and well at the China Docks. Why she gave up this information I am not sure. Just then, Jim breaks loose and has a sawed off aimed right at Barbara and doesn't take the shot when the police move in. In the melee, Tabitha gets shot but gets away and Jim chases Barbara to the top of the church's stained glass tower where she comes at him and the stained glass breaks with Jim holding onto her. All I kept thinking is, "if she falls, please kill off her character already." However, even though she lets go and falls, she survives. Dammit. Oh and Lee makes sure to tell Jim that they need to talk when all this is over.

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It was funny because when Gordon, Bullock and the gang get to the China Docks to rescue Mayor Aubrey James because the place is so disgusting and his honor's head is encased in a metal box, even Bullock, the most slovenly cop on the force mutters, "What is wrong with these people?!?" I was cracking up considering his past ways of being a dirty cop both literally and physically. When the Mayor is asked who did this to you, he says "Who do you think?"

In Galavan's office, Alfred stands over Bruce as he is about to sign over his share of Wayne Enterprises when he decides against it. The file of who (allegedly) killed his parents just sitting there, Gordon and company barge in as Jim slugs Galavan and arrests him. However, Galavan threw the file into the fire as soon as the cops got through the door leaving a weeping Bruce crying at his only shot at redemption.

The final scene was a doozy as we catch up with Nygma in the woods still looking for who took his sandwiches. I chalked it up to it being the woods and animals being around but hey, what do I know. It is then that Nygma comes upon a small trailer and the front door swings open knocking off Nygma's glasses. Without his specs, it looks like a zombie from The Walking Dead coming towards him. When Ed gets his glasses on, he immediately recognizes the figure--its the Penguin. Oswald is muttering, "Help me....please" and we fade out.

GOTHAM: L-R: Robin Lord Taylor in the ÒRise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to SwallowÓ episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Nicole Rivelli/ FOX

GOTHAM: L-R: Robin Lord Taylor in the ÒRise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to SwallowÓ episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Nicole Rivelli/ FOX

This is the longest TV episode review I have written for AFJ but I think it needed to be because there is seriously a lot going on in Gotham. The Galavan storyline is getting a little boring and too political for my taste and I am hoping that now that he is arrested, Tabitha is shot and Barbara is in the hospital, the narrative will get back to the stuff that I really care about, not the machinations of the first of what I am sure there are to be many scams and schemes to get young Bruce to give up his fortune. Still, it was a solid episode and I think the development of Nygma is coming along really well. They have done it nice and slow and are pacing his lunacy with the right pace along with some panache. Could this be the first alliance between The Penguin and a budding Riddler? We will have to wait until next week, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel. I'm kidding, just go to FOX at 8 on the 16th.

 

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