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Review/Recap Gotham | ‘The Balloonman’

By: Cynthia Ayala

“Gordon and Bullock track down a vigilante who uses weather balloons to kill corrupt citizens; Cobblepot gets a job close to a major figure in the underworld.”

  • Synopsis provided by Shazam

Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) continues to shine in each episode. Not only is that character brilliantly written but also brilliantly acted by Robin Lord Taylor. Taylor is showing the viewers the depth of this character, giving him a history and a sight into the madness that makes his character to magnetic.

Now, in Monday nights’ episode of Gotham, Montoya (Victoria Cartegena) continues to try to drive a wedge between Barbara and Jim. Of course, it’s not working because Jim is a good man, viewers know it, she knows it, heck, they all know it. In addition, while this is all happening, there is a man who is taking down the corrupt, a vigilante, and a criminal who has taken the law in his own hands. While the citizens of Gotham applaud this, Gordon doesn’t and is making sure that the man is brought to justice in the right way.

John Stephens, the writer of this latest episode, has done an amazing job. Stephens has this over all plot to develop the characters, but also includes little scenes that connect to them and also develop those characters while also hinting at the future. Take Selina (Camren Bicondova) for example. Gordon handcuffs her but, of course, she is able to get away. A thief is slick and one should never turn their back on a thief. Next, near the end of the episode, Stephens included a scene between Bruce and Alfred. They are talking about the vigilante and viewers get to see some of the true beginnings of Bruce’s path to the cowl.

Overall, it was a fast paced and brilliantly written episode. The character development, a very essential aspect, is presented and carried out extraordinarily well by the ensemble. This show is simply amazing.

Directed by: Dermott Downs

Written by: John Stephens

Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith

Genre: Crime-Drama, Action, Superhero

Original Air Date/Time/Channel: October 6, 2014 | 8 PM EST | FOX

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