Final Thoughts from the Gotham Episode “The Blind Fortune Teller”

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 1 television episode that first aired February 16, 2015.

Synopsis: Gordon (Ben McKenzie) takes Leslie (Morena Baccarin) on a date to the circus and is forced to break up a fight between two feuding circus families. During the course of his investigation about the cause of the fight, he discovers the circus’ snake charmer has been murdered and, following Leslie’s advice, searches for clues given to him by a blind psychic (Mark Margolis).

My Thoughts

1. While the one character, Jerome (Cameron Monaghan), did remind me quite a bit of the Batman villain The Joker, I am also convinced he was a red herring. There are two issues with him being the famed nemesis. First, there’s no real back story. Second, he’s already been arrested for murder and will likely be in prison a long time as a result.

2. I’m more likely to believe he’s somehow connected to the real Joker. And, that criminal is likely who the Red Hood, the villain advertised in previews for next week, will ultimately turn into.

3. Speaking of previews, last night’s murder mystery was a little too easy to figure out thanks to the various spoilers given in the previews leading up to it. The second Jerome was introduced; I was pointing the finger at him. And, that was mostly because I saw him doing his Joker impression in the previews.

4. Gordon and Leslie’s relationship is heating up. But, I’m not convinced it is meant to last. They are already having differences of opinion about how much he wants her involved in his work and life and, ultimately, I do think that is going to either pull them apart or something tragic is going to happen to her.

5. I also can’t help but think Barbara (Erin Richards) isn’t just going to feel happy for his new relationship and walk away without a fight. She slithered away this time around but I think that was just to give her time to plot her next move. Plus, with both Selina (Camren Bicondova) and Ivy (Clare Foley) in her ear, I have to think she is going to come up with something devious.

6. I’m still not a huge fan of the character Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). But, I have to admit, she had a pretty clever plan for gaining leverage against the organ thieves that were holding her and that large group captive. I personally wouldn’t have thought shrinking my numbers by beating people to death would be a good strategy. But, at least from first appearances, it seems to be working.

7. It was also a somewhat interesting twist at the end of the episode with Butch (Drew Powell) showing up as Oswald’s (Robin Lord Taylor) new club manager. He’s obviously been reprogrammed by Victor (Anthony Carrigan). I’m just curious how he did it and whether or not it is really a permanent thing or if maybe Butch is just faking it.

Final Opinion

Thanks, mostly, to the spoilers in the preview, the overall episode wasn’t as good as it could have been. However, as is the case with most weeks, it did do a good job of setting up the larger storyline and will receive a passing grade as a result.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 07/24/2017, StevenHelmer
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