GOTHAM: S2E16 “Prisoners”

6.5 Overall Score
Story Line: 6/10
Characters : 6/10

Oswald and Elijah | Falcone is back

Gordon isn't selling as the redemptive hero yet

Photo Credit: Fox

Photo Credit: Fox

If this episode was for a standalone crime drama, it would be even more effective. In the beginning of season two, Gotham was dubbed “Rise of the Villains,” and we have seen plenty come and go throughout the whole season. The one thing that unintentionally hampers the show is the shadow of Batman. You focus on the current narrative, but you are always waiting for the “hero” to show. The other issue is, that even if that hero shows themselves, would there be a villain powerful enough to make me feel like there is any real tension? “Prisoners” show two sides of the coin in a more emotional state.

For as long as I’ve been watching Gotham, I really do want to put my faith in Jim Gordon as the main protagonist. Given what he has been up against, he has been for the most part. There are some parts that it does not resonate as well. The bulk of the episode documents Gordon’s life within Blackgate Penitentiary where he has to face a lot of the criminals he put there. There’s Puck, who is a character to show that there is still good in Gordon and on the flipside, that no matter what Gordon does, someone close to him will get hurt. (Did you catch the Batman motif?)

One great wrinkle to come out of this story arc was the return of Carmine Falcone in the aiding of Gordon’s escape from Blackgate. This also brings up an interesting point with Bullock in that he will go to any lengths to help his partner. I wonder how far that will take him down the line because there’s still the situation of clearing Gordon’s name.

In the other half of the episode, we have Oswald and Elijah making that father/son bond trying to make up for lost time. The Addams Family Values-type plot from Gertrude aside, the emotional aspects of these scenes did play off well. It was good to see that Oswald was essentially looking at a mirror with Elijah. You have two very coy and proper gentlemen with very violent tendencies. Although we know that Oswald eventually becomes the Penguin, this season has done a good job making him look like a sympathetic character. You would have to imagine that his father’s death will eventually throw him over the edge when he finds out the evil step mother is behind it.

I’m going to be honest here in that I’m not sure where the finale is really going to lead us. The Riddler further marches down to madness. Barbara is back from the crazy house, but will there be any real payoff for the viewer to continue? We’ll see..

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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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