Gotham: S1E2 “Selena Kyle”

7.8 Overall Score
Story Line: 7/10
Characters: 7/10
Villian : 6/10

The Penguin | Bruce Wayne and the inklings of Batman

Weak Villain | Why not more Selena Kyle?

I am happy to report to you that this particular episode (in my opinion) built on a foundation that I thought this show could be. The pilot episode, while I was ecstatic that it happened – I had no idea. It seemed like Gotham was suffering from an identity crisis. It’s not perfect, but at least we have the engine started now. It’s caught between two audiences that I hope with subsequent episodes, can put together other than polarize. You have one side who has very basic knowledge of the Batman ethos and other side, who is more enthralled and familiar in the DC universe. So far, so good.

With this episode, we get a little sense into the mind of young Bruce Wayne and why he becomes who he becomes (yea, that guy). The burning of the hand scene is blatant symbolism for the fear that Bruce will always try to conquer even in his later adult years. I also found the little jab at Alfred funny for being a “worrywart”. That is also another tip of the cap to the future. The conversation with Detective Gordon and Wayne is foretelling also because of the refusal of advice and the suggestion that money doesn’t solve every problem. The children needs someone who cares for them…(ding ding!) Nice job at foreshadowing.

The title of the episode, “Selena Kyle” is deceiving as you don’t really get to see Selena Kyle (Carmen Bicondova) until the second half of the episode. When you do finally get to see her, there are hints of her Catwoman persona even at an early age. The conversation with the detective to get to Jim Gordon and how she clawed the eyes from a guard. That was pretty gruesome for prime time TV – a gruesome I enjoyed. Now is Selena a complementary part of the series or one of the main characters? Sooner or later, a decision is going to have to be made.

Oswald Cobblepot shines again through a relatively weak villain base this week. They were too easily dispensed, however they did refer to another baddie (Dollmaker anymore) and it will be interesting to see how that comes into play. Through the murderous rampage, it’s safe to say Cobblepot will be back in the Gotham spotlight sooner rather than later.

Finally, there is a contrast between power struggles – mainly Falcone/Fish and Gordon/Bullock. The Falcone and Fish dynamic is basically who will be of control of Gotham’s underbelly and I’m curious to see how the writers will keep the viewers interested throughout this ordeal. It’s obvious that Falcone knows Fish’s plot, but how is Fish going to retaliate in a matter to hurt Falcone? The Gordon and Bullock partnership is basically the decaying effects of the Gotham police department. Jim Gordon is trying to be the personification of “by the book” while Bullock is a dirty cop. This is eventually going to come to a head at some point, but I like the good and bad cop sides of the coin for now.

The show is keeping my attention for now. DC shows tend to do that. I think that there are some set peaces in play, but the stories have to catch up to the acting. You can literally take the “Batman” franchise anywhere you want to. This is the beginning – let’s have some fun with it.

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Author: Murjani Rawls View all posts by
Journalist, Self-published author of five books, podcast host, and photographer since 2014, Murjani Rawls has been stretching the capabilities of his creativity and passions, Rawls has as a portfolio spanning through many mediums including music, television, movies, and more. Operating out of the New York area, Rawls has photographed over 200+ artists spanning many genres, written over 700 articles ranging displaying his passionate aspirations to keep evolving as his years in media continue.

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