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Gotham – “The BalloonMan” (Super Late) Review

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First off I want to apologize for this super late review. We’ll work harder at trying to get posts up in a reasonable amount of time. Let’s move on with it. 

Detectives Gordon and Bullock track a vigilante targeting corrupt citizens and strapping them to weather balloons – his latest victim being a rich con man named Ronald Danzer. Detectives Montoya and Allen question Gordon about what really happened to Cobblepot, who returns to town in order to get revenge on Fish Mooney. He gets a job at mafia don Sal Maroni’s restaurant, being befriended by Maroni himself. “Balloonman” strikes again by targeting corrupt GCPD member Lt. Bill Cranston. Bullock and Gordon later trace the remaining missing balloons to Carl Smickers’ apartment, making him a suspect. Mooney arranges for Falcone’s comare Natalia to be in an accident. Bullock interrogates Smickers, who mentions never seeing the face to whom he gave the remaining balloons. After Cardinal Quinn’s death and finding a set of keys in the body of Lt. Bill Cranston, Gordon has an idea on who Balloonman is.

Upon arriving at the old juvenile facility, Gordon and Bullock find another balloon, but get ambushed by Davis Lamond (Dan Bakkedahl) who holds Bullock at gunpoint and mentions the crimes of Danzer, Cranston, and Cardinal Quinn. He further reveals it is corruption like Mayor James’ plan to relocate non-adoptable street kids to a prison that ultimately drove him to become the Balloonman. Bullock gets free and manages to attach the final weather balloon to Lamond with the intention of releasing the balloon, but Gordon grabs onto it and orders Bullock to shoot the balloon. After a short debate with Gordon, Bullock shoots the balloon. Before Lamond enters an ambulance, he warns Gordon that more vigilantes will follow in his path. At his home later, Gordon receives a surprise visit from Cobblepot. (Wiki)

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Detectives Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue) chemistry continues to grow and strengthen. It’s a very good thing considering the show relies heavily on these two having such. I wonder just how long Bullock will continue to put up with Gordon’s heroic acts (saving the BalloonMan) before he loses it.

As for the side characters, Cobblepot returning to Gotham was a very gutsy move, but it’s choices like that which will lead him towards his rise to becoming the Penguin. His appearance at Gordon’s house at the end was a nice surprise, and great set up for the next episode. Fish Mooney also looks to get a little revenge herself after being humiliated by Falcone in her own restaurant. Perhaps she’s beginning to get sloppy, which could potentially lead to her fall later on, if not careful. Gordon’s wife Barbara had some revelations of her own, particularly with the female major crimes detective. Can’t say I saw that one coming, and really can’t express how I feel about it. Just keeping bringing me more Barbara, because her character has been perfect to complement Jim Gordon when he’s not running around Gotham.

As for the BalloonMan, the character eventually won me over as the episode progressed. My initial thought was how unimpressed I was with the whole character’s concept. Learning that he was in fact a vigilante (in his own mind) better justified his actions. Recognizing that this show is still in it’s early stages, I know there will be more vigilantes and criminals to come.

“The BalloonMan” gets a 7/10. Next week’s episode “Arkham” is exciting just in the title itself.

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  1. “It’s a very good thing considering the show relies heavily on these two having such.” Yes, their chemistry and Taylor’s performance as Cobblepot are the standouts. Good review. As for Montoya and Allen, they always appear to be one step behind Gordon and Bullock, while also providing some pathos for Gordon because of Montoya’s previous relationship with Barbara. I just hope something comes of it other than the two cops being on Gordon’s tail all the time.

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