Final Thoughts from the Gotham Episode "Mad Grey Dawn"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 2 television episode that first aired March 21, 2016.

Synopsis: Determined to keep Gordon (Ben McKenzie) too distracted to investigate the Kristin Kringle's (Chelsea Spack) disappearance, Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) begins pulling off a series of crimes around Gotham and leaving clues for the detective to follow. Meanwhile, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) meets his father (Paul Reubens).

Barnes Isn't a Very Good Detective

OK, to be fair, Barnes (Michael Chiklis) doesn't have the ability to be omnipotent like those of us watching the show. But, even if he really believes Gordon is capable of murder, you would think he would have noticed the various red flags.

For one, does he really believe Gordon would bring a crowbar with him to a premeditated murder instead of something much more convenient, like a gun? And, considering Gordon is a police officer, doesn't it seem odd he made no effort to wear gloves to keep his finger prints off of the weapon?

Not to mention, there was a lot of blood everywhere yet Gordon was spotless. I'm not a detective, but that would have been one of the first things I would have noticed and given him the benefit of the doubt as a result.

Was Nygma Even Questioned?

He went out of his way to keep to the shadows and, as a result, would be the last person suspected of murder. But, if there are two detectives claiming the forensic evidence led Gordon to that pay phone, wouldn't it make sense to question Gotham City's lead forensics person to see what he has to say?

Obviously, Nygma would lie. But, despite his lack of detective skills overall, Barnes does seem to have an uncanny ability to read people and, had he questioned Nygma, he might have been able to figure out something wasn't right.

Speaking of Nygma...

The last part of his plan really wasn't as well thought out as it seemed. In fact, for a criminal mastermind that is normally so calculating, he actually left an awful lot to chance.

What if Gordon had waited to investigate the payphone lead? Or, what if Bullock (Donal Logue) decided to go instead? Those two things would have definitely thrown off his plan because, if Gordon hadn't happened to be standing over the body at the time it was found, I don't think it would have been as easy to pin it on him since he would have had an alibi. 

Gordon's Good Bye Was a Bit Harsh

Personally, whether or not he actually committed the murder, I think Gordon deserves some time behind bars. As I've said before, I'm not sure I like the detective's new "whatever it takes" philosophy. And, after seeing him have the nerve to push Leslie (Morena Baccarin) away, I think even less of him.

OK, I'll admit, he thought he was doing what was best for her and their unborn child. But, it still seemed very cold considering she was willing to stand by him despite knowing his darkest secrets. 

It also seems like the thing that is going to come back to haunt him since, being the star of the show, it's obvious he's not going to remain in prison for long. My guess is it'll have something to do with Barbara (Erin Richards) now that she is awake.

I Don't Trust Penguin's Dad

Maybe he's Oswald's father and maybe he's not. But, there just seems to be something off about him, something that is almost con-man like.

Something tells me he isn't being completely honest about what happened between him and Penguin's mom (Carol Kane) and his "family" seemed to be going through the motions of pretending they were welcoming Penguin as one of their own. I think there's more going on there than is being revealed.

Didn't Alfred Teach Bruce How to Duck?

Last I checked, Alfred (Sean Pertwee) was teaching Bruce (David Mazouz) how to handle himself in a fight. So, did the Bruce completely forget everything he learned when he finally had a chance to show off those skills?

Yes, I know he was trying to imitate Alfred by allowing his much larger opponent to wear himself out. But, that doesn't necessarily mean taking every shot without trying to avoid the punch or at least attempt to block. He's lucky he didn't get permanently maimed as a result.

Final Opinion

This was a somewhat decent episode, mostly because Nygma's plan wasn't overly apparent until toward the end. It'll be interesting to see if/when Nygma gets caught and what happens as a result of that, both to him and Gordon.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 03/22/2016, StevenHelmer
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dustytoes on 03/23/2016

I never overly think Gotham, I just sit back and enjoy it. I can't wait for Penguin to snap back to his old self. I don't trust his new family either. The dad could be genuine, but the others appear to be a bit evil, and unhappy to see him show up.
I don't like the way Gordon pushed Leslie away either. I do like the way this show moves along at a good pace. It's never boring.

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