Gotham: S1E4 “Arkham”

7.3 Overall Score
Storyline: 7/10
Characters : 7/10
Villain : 6/10

Cobblepot is a star again | Seeing That Shot of Arkham

Why another weak villain?

I’m not going to lie – I got a little giddy at the title and the imagery of this episode. We all know what Arkham ultimately becomes and if you don’t, you’ve been living under a rock. (I won’t spoil it for you however). Gotham as a show is ultimately showing you what it’s going to be. There are two sides to the story – there is going to be the villain in every episode. It this case, a hitman whose name is Gladwell that is playing both the Maroni and Falcone side. He has a cool blade that the show does not bother to give you any back story about. Ok…so our villains are going to be disposable for the most part. Got it! The second side is the foreshadowing into what Gotham will turn into. Whether the foreshadowing nature of this show gets on your nerves a little or clever remains to be seen. I feel that the fans boys can see this from miles away (yes me!) and it’s bringing the new viewers along. It’s tough to keep both sides happy.

In particular, I want to talk about the scenes with Jim Gordon and Barbara Kean. The unwillingness that Jim shows Barbara in letting her into the corruptible nature of the Gotham Police Department is very similar to Bruce Wayne’s eventual trust issues. Both parties want the people they care deeply about to be safe thus keeping them at arms length. I thought this was a very nice parallel being drawn. Young Bruce Wayne’s vigilance into finding what is festering inside Wayne Enterprises shows his detective-like skills at an early age. Usually kids his age are outside playing – Bruce is drawing diagrams.

Fish Mooney’s search for a weapon is a piece in the evolving chess game that each mob boss has with each other. The “weapon” ends up being a woman who can seduce and fight – not to fight Falcone right? Oswald Cobblepot is essentially playing double agent working as a snitch for Gordon and an underling for Maroni. You have to wonder if he will eventually get found out or keep on this sly trajectory he’s on to take control of Gotham’s underworld. There’s so many questions and so many paths that the story can go. I don’t want the show to leave newcomers in the dust with blatant “look at this” imagery and paint an actual story.


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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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