Final Thoughts From the Gotham Episode "Under the Knife"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 1 television episode that first aired April 20, 2015.

Synopsis: Gordon (Ben McKenzie) continues his pursuit of the Ogre (Milo Ventimiglia) despite the fact he knows it will put his loved ones in danger. However, he doesn't realize the serial killer has already found his next victim.
Bruce (David Mazouz) looks for evidence one of Wayne Enterprise's employees is working to betray him, Oswald (Robin Lord Taylor) confronts Maroni (David Zayas) and Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) turns to violence in an effort to protect Kristen Kringle (Chelsea Spack).

My Thoughts

1. The more I learn about the Ogre, the more I hope he is either just arrested or ultimately escapes Gotham. He's just too clever and dangerous of a villain to just kill off (like so many others) and forget about. In fact, I would love it if he is the one that turns out to be The Joker.

2. I'm still a bit curious about Barbara Kean's (Erin Richards) role in all of this. The episode ends with her looking like an intended victim. However, something tells me that's not the case. She has been very unstable this first season, and I suspect he might be turning her into a protege. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if she ultimately tries to kill Gordon or maybe succeeds in killing Leslie (Morena Baccarin).

3. It's about time Edward Nygma snapped. Since we all know he eventually becomes The Riddler, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing that side of him. And, I knew it would be the result of Kristen Kringle. However, to be honest, I thought it would be because she broke his heart.

4. I'm still trying to figure out if The Penguin is a genius or an idiot considering he's telling his "secret" plan to kill Maroni to just about anyone and word is bound to slip out. It almost makes me wonder if maybe there's more to his plan than he's letting on, such as maybe killing off Falcone (John Doman) at the same time.

5. I did think the part about Maroni using Oswald's mother (Carol Kane) as leverage was intriguing. The Penguin is uncomfortably close with her and I am starting to suspect she is going to be a victim of retaliation and won't survive the season.

6. Speaking of not surviving the season, the last we saw of Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), she was severely wounded while escaping Dr. Dullmacher's (Colm Feore) island. She was noticeably absent this week so I wonder if she has one last memorable moment before dying or the writers are just going to make us assume she doesn't make it (as a way of maybe bringing her back in a later season).

7. The show is starting to show some noticeable differences between Bruce and Selina (Camren Bicondova), especially when it comes to lines they are willing to cross. This makes me wonder when exactly he snaps. His parents were murdered, his best friend was attacked and he, himself, has nearly been killed. Yet, he still seems visibly upset if he sees justice being served and a bad guy dies. He's either going to have to toughen up at some point or we're going to end up with the campy Adam West version of Batman (the one that just arrests the villains so they can escape again later).

Final Opinion

As I said before, I like the current villain and hope the writers decide to keep him around in some capacity moving forward. I'm also waiting to see if Barbara really is a damsel in distress or turns out to be a bad guy, like I suspect will be the case. These things did make the episode enjoyable to watch in my opinion.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 09/23/2015, StevenHelmer
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StevenHelmer on 04/22/2015

They already let the cat out of the bag with Fish by announcing Jada Pinkett Smith won't be returning.

dustytoes on 04/22/2015

The last second look on Barbara's face tells me she will be in cahoots with the bad guy. She did not look distressed, but pleased, to see his secret room.
I hope Fish is not gone for good! I love her character. I thought she would show up at the end of this episode.
The Ogre becomes the Joker - could be. He's a great bad guy.
Good review.

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