Final Thoughts from the Gotham Episode "The Son of Gotham"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 2 television episode that first aired November 23, 2015.

Synopsis: Still mourning the sudden death of one of his officers, Gordon (Ben McKenzie), continues to investigate Galavan (James Frain) out of concerns Gotham City's mayor has something up his sleeve. Meanwhile, Bruce (David Mazouz) and Selina (Camren Bicondova) execute and elaborate plan designed to find out if Silver (Natalie Alyn Lind) knows who killed his parents.

Galavan Isn't Done Yet.

I'm actually not a huge fan of Theo Galavan, mostly because there are times when he seems a bit too cartoon-like. However, considering this series has a tendency to kill off bad guys before they have a chance to really establish themselves, I am kind of glad to see he is back on the streets, even if it does prove to be only temporary.

One thing that surprised me a bit was his fighting ability. I always thought he was a bit wimpy and his sister, Tabitha (Jessica Lucas), was the muscle. However, after watching him school Gordon, I can understand why he's the one calling the shots.

I Wonder When and How He Influenced Aubrey James

The fact the ex mayor (Richard Kind) chose to change his testimony while on the stand and, instead, place the blame for his kidnapping on the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) shows Galavan's influence. But, since the episode never really tells us, I am definitely curious about why he changed his testimony.

The obvious answer is he was threatened and decided to change his statement because he either feared for his life or for someone else. But, Galavan is pretty clever and, because of that, I do also wonder if maybe James' rescue was actually an elaborate set up and James has actually been working with him for some time now.

Speaking of Elaborate Set Up

Once Silver was abducted, I kind of figured it wasn't real. However, I will admit I did originally think she was trying to trick Bruce, not the other way around. But, I did, ultimately figure out what was going on right about the time Bruce was being dragged into another room.

While the plan was successful, I do honestly still have some doubts about the name Silver gave him, mostly because her uncle doesn't seem like the type of person who reveals sensitive information like that. I'm also curious if her fear of Galavan was genuine or if she was still trying to play with Bruce's emotions.

How Will Bruce's Plan Affect His Relationship with Alfred

Alfred (Sean Pertwee) wasn't exactly too happy about Bruce's decision to go rogue and, after getting wounded fighting Tabitha, I'm not sure how he's going to feel once he finds out the teenager wasn't in any real danger.

Of course, since Bruce, after being abducted, for real, by Galavan, actually is in danger now, maybe that's not even going to be an issue. It's not like Bruce has to tell him the truth about where he was before that. He could just let Alfred assume he was Galavan's prisoner the whole time.

I Feel Worried for Leslie

I'm not sure if Dr. Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) actually suspects something has happened to Kristin Kringle (Chelsea Spack). But, the ever-paranoid Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) thinks she does. And, that's probably enough to put her life in danger in the very near future. Since she still likely underestimates Nygma and what he is capable of doing, that could prove to be tragic, both (and mostly) for her and also for Gordon.

Final Opinion

Galavan getting back out of prison and immediately attacking Gordon and abducting Bruce definitely made things interesting heading into the show's fall finale next week. And, while it set up that finale, it also managed to throw in a couple surprises that kept things interesting and fun to watch. I definitely found I enjoyed this one.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 11/24/2015, StevenHelmer
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dustytoes on 11/25/2015

I agree with you, this was a great show. I thought the way Jim tricked the Monk into talking was genius too. This show always has a lot going on which makes it very watchable. Penguin has a lot of rage pent up toward Galavan and I'm betting he will be the one to end his life.

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