As I mentioned last week, I’m a big fan of the new, edgier, Jim Gordon. I think he’s realized he has no real allies and, with nothing really left to lose, he’s pushing things as far as he can. This is a good thing for the series, in my opinion, because it means his life is always going to be in danger, whether it is from a criminal or one of his fellow cops.
The part about him going to Oswald for help is intriguing. Part of the reason for this is the fact “The Penguin” is a known criminal and Gordon going to him for help shows he has changed. At the start of the season, that would never have happened.
Just as important, however, is the fact this is something that I suspect that will come back to haunt him. At minimum, I’m certain he’s going to have a lot of guilt over the fact an innocent woman was harmed by one of Oswald’s henchmen in an effort to get him the information he was requesting. But, this is also the kind of information that tends to get leaked out and used against heroes.
Even though I’m still not a fan of Mooney, this episode did plant an intriguing theory in my head about her. After watching her almost welcome the abuse from Bob (Eklund) before escaping with the help of her henchman, Butch (Drew Powell), I’m starting to wonder if maybe she is the one who ultimately will become the infamous Joker. Sure, she’s technically the wrong gender. But, in every other way, she really is a good fit at least based on what I’ve seen in the movies and the few Batman comic books I’ve read. If nothing else, it would explain why the writers decided to create a character that isn’t mentioned in any other Batman source up until this point.
I personally have always thought this show should have gone a bit further into Gotham's history and started while Bruce Wayne's parents were still alive and before he was born (or still an infant). Mazouz isn't a bad actor, it's just he really doesn't quite fit at this stage. This would be slightly better if it were about Gordon forming a bond with Bruce's parents with the idea that they ultimately would be murdered.
This is a great show. I totally agree that the Cat girl and Bruce scene was odd. I almost forgot that they were actually part of this series.