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TV Review: ‘Gotham’ S1E2 ‘Selina Kyle’

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Gordon and Bullock investigate a child trafficking ring where street kids are being abducted by minions of the Dollmaker posing as the Mayor’s Homeless Outreach Program. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot takes refuge in a rented trailer after leaving Gotham City. After the abductors have gotten away with one of the front people getting apprehended, Mayor Aubrey James plans to find foster homes for the street kids. The Dollmaker’s minions return and hijack the bus of street kids with one of the passengers being Selina Kyle. After Bullock’s interrogation one of the front-men that was associated with the Dollmaker, Gordon obtains a clue that leads to Trident International Shipping. Gordon and Bullock arrive and catch the two leading Dollmaker minions while encountering Kyle. While Bruce has plans to find a way to help the children, Gordon meets with Kyle who states that she has been watching him in his visits with Bruce and might have some information on the person who shot the Waynes.

This second episode focuses on whats in the subtitle, Selina Kyle (Carmen Bicendova). In the pilot episode we don’t see much from Kyle, but this episode gives her a lot more to do. She escapes the child abductors in the beginning only to be caught half way through the episode. While the last episode showed off her abilities as a thief; this episode shows how dangerous she is by scratching out a guy’s eyes while attempting to escape the Dollmaker’s minions. I also got to realizing that Carmen Bicendova is a good young actress. Her comedic moment with the random Gotham Detective at the station really worked, and her scene with Detective Gordon was well done on her part.

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On the subject of Detective James Gordon; though it may appear he’s with the program like the rest of Gotham’s finest, along with the mob; Gordon still fights the crimes that come his way, even the small ones. His verbal trade with a random police officer that was late to the crime scene was a nice example. His conversation with Selina Kyle at the end was enough to get me looking forward to the next episode. Detective Gordon also has a beautiful wife in Barbara (Erin Richards) who takes matters into her own hands when her man is lost. That’s the sign of a strong woman there. Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) is still struggling within on being corrupt, while looking out for his motivated partner.

One of the stronger moments in the episode for me was the unexpected meeting between Carmine Falcone (John Doman) and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). Falcone’s visit is more of a reminder of power and who’s in control. Clearly his words intimidate Mooney in which Jada Pinkett does a great job showing. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) is still hellbent on revenge, and killing anyone who has no respect for him. What I didn’t like about this episode are the over the top Dollmaker minions who are abducting children right off the streets. I just didn’t buy them as real enough threats, who also happen to be really good shooters; as demonstrated in their shootout with Bullock and Gordon.

Overall, it was another good episode. Not as good as the pilot, but I find this show to be on the right track moving forward. It’s a 7.5/10 review for me. Next week’s review will be on The Balloonman.

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