"The Son of Gotham" (S2/E10)
Author: Ricky Church (Follow RICHARDCHURCH16)
Date: November 24, 2015

EPISODE INFO: "Son of Gotham" originally aired on the FOX television network on Monday, November 23, 2015. GOTHAM is based on BATMAN characters owned and published by DC Comics.

SYNOPSIS: Gordon confronts a suspect who is connected to Galavan, but falls short of obtaining any information. Meanwhile, Bruce gets one step closer to discovering the name of his parentís killer.

MAIN CAST: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, James Frain as Theo Galavan, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Nicholas DíAgosto as Harvey Dent, and Zabryna Guevara as Captain Sarah Essen.

A lot went down in the penultimate episode of GOTHAMs Fall season, yet it didnít feel crammed with unnecessary stories or rushed at all. There was a lot of story progression mixed with some great character moments and action that helped elevate ďThe Son of GothamĒ to be one of the best episodes the series has produced.

The only negative of the episode was the opening sequence with Officer Parksí funeral. She was introduced and killed last episode and even then viewers didnít get to know her very well. The Strike Force members have been dropping like flies, but thereís been hardly any emotional investment in them because we havenít gotten to know them. The little emotional investment comes more from the way Parks died rather than her actual passing. Her death only served to make Gordon question his actions, furthering his motivation to take down Galavan.

That aside, this was a well-structured and paced episode. The focus laid primarily on Gordon and Bruceís plots to take Galavan down. It made sense for Gordon to gather more evidence against Galavan, especially now that the endgame of Galavanís plan seemed to have started. The Order of St. Dumas finally arrived to cleanse the city and Gordon and Bullock were caught in the middle, though it seemed like the pair could take them out rather easily despite Orderís previous prowess. Whatever skill the monks lacked was fully shown in Galavan, however. It was surprising to see how well trained Galavan is since heís often had Tabitha or others get their hands dirty, but his fight with Gordon has only increased the threat he poses.

While it wasnít flat out stated, I wonder if it was Galavanís plan all along to be caught and tried. After all, it did seem way too easy for Gordon to find former-Mayor James a couple episodes ago so perhaps Galavan had planned this as a way to discredit Gordon and the GCPD. It would certainly fit with his Machiavellian-like character, but weíll have to see next episode for sure.

Despite things coming to a head between Gordon and Galavan, the real standout moments actually belonged to Bruce Wayne. He was a crafty one as he manipulated Silver into revealing her secrets, showing a level of coldness and intelligence heíll one day utilize very often. This was some of the best development Bruce has gotten yet, especially with his relationship to Selina. David Mazouzís and Camren Bicondovaís chemistry hasnít always been the greatest, but this season has taken a lot of steps to really improve the dynamic between both the characters and the actors.

With an increased emphasis on the character development, these last few episodes of GOTHAM have been a big improvement. The show seems posed to give viewers an intense Winter Finale so hopefully it can deliver. - Ricky Church

STRAY THOUGHTS...
* That Alfred/Tabitha fight was unexpected, but was fun to watch.

* It seems Nygma may be regretting taking Penguin in. Was I the only one who did a double take when they said Penguin clogged Riddlerís toilet ďagainĒ?

* The identity of the Wayneís murderer may be a "M. Malone". Thatís certainly a nice nod to Batmanís underworld alias, Matches Malone. It would be interesting if, if true, Bruce uses the name of his parentís killer as his future alias.

GRADE: A


GOTHAM airs Mondays at 7PM CT/8PM ET on FOX.
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