Television Review – Gotham “Penguin’s Umbrella” (S1, Ep 7)

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The latest episode of Gotham “Penguin’s Umbrella” started off where we left off the previous. Cobblepot is alive and the world now knows it. Unfortunately for Gordon, everyone also now knows that he lied about killing him. It means he’s off the hook with the Major Crimes Unit, who were arresting Gordon at the time, but not with his partner “Bullock” or Falcone.

Recent weeks, we’ve had some decent episodes, letting us know who is lingering around Gotham, bringing in some familiar faces and showing us a little ongoing story in the background to how Penguin is forcing his way to the top. But this doesn’t mean the episodes have been great. They were nothing to complain about but it just hasn’t seemed as strong as what I originally hoped after such a strong Premiere to the show. Luckily the latest episode was probably the strongest so far.

We’re shown that Gordon wasn’t afraid to go straight to the problem and head for the Mayor and Falcone. But this inevitably ends with him having to choose whether it’s more important to arrest them, or save Barbara, who is being held by Victor Zsasz. Once this part is out of the way, we go back to Penguin’s story in all of this and learn his plan that he has had in place ever since he was caught snitching at the start of the season, and we see how clever the man really is.

It will be interesting to see where his plot is going and how he is going to get right to the top of Gotham and I’m looking forward to the next episode. I just hope that they keep giving us more plot twists to keep us guessing because I love it when a show manages to surprise you instead of things a blind man can see coming. Also, on a side note to this, I love the Alfred character. We get to see him being badass in this ep and It’s such a different view of the character that we’re all used to.

Kris Wall

Genre: Crime, Comic Book Channel: Channel 5 Aired: 24th November 2014, 9pm Rating: 15 Cast: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, David Mazouz, Richard Kind, Jada Pinkett Smith