There is a great deal of silliness, both intentional and unintentional this week, so don’t be fooled by the seriousness of the title. While I enjoyed Bruce Wayne and Alfred this week, the rest of the episode was a mix of weird new characters and gaping plot holes, something that I am getting accustomed to seeing but by no means enjoying.
Gotham is a strange mix of characters that come and go to those that just don’t seem to want to die. R’as al Ghul, Barbara, Edward Nygma, these are just some of the people that check in this week to remind us that no, they are not dead. (Although R’as has that life-giving hot tub so I’ll give him a pass on this one)
Nygma is finally thawed out and it’s super fan, nut job Ilana Becker that comes to his rescue. Her interactions with Nygma were actually fun, he’s not really doing so well after five months of no food and air, but how she rescued him was ridiculous and she seemed to outlive her usefulness rather quickly, even for this show. It was a weird way to bring Riddler back into the game but then on Gotham, I expect nothing less.
Meanwhile, Bruce and Gordon took turns dominating the episode, with Jim down in Florida trying to woo Falcone back to Gotham and Bruce doing double duty as the vigilante and billionaire Bruce Wayne. While out learning the ropes on how to become Batman, Bruce discovers a rare knife is going up for auction by Penguin that once belonged to none other than R’as al Ghul. Cue the fun as he ‘acts’ like the rich kid he is, throwing around money at the auction and winning the knife, and then slips back into vigilante mode by refusing to hand it over to a young Catwoman in training. It looks like David Mazouz was having tons of fun, those accents though, and really, who wouldn’t enjoy acting like a spoiled billionaire, at least for a little while?
Down in Florida, Gordon is having no luck bringing Falcone back into the fold and with good reason, but his daughter Sophia is intrigued. After some hilariously bad dialogue between the two, and a little seduction, Gordon returns to Gotham and is followed by Sophia, who is ready to take her place atop the criminal empire in maybe the most corrupt and dangerous city in the world. Daddy will not be pleased, lest we forget that Gordon killed his son and now his daughter is hanging around with him in Gotham. Maybe this will get him to Gotham, who knows, but I do know it will cause problems for Penguin which I guess was the whole point of this story line, to begin with.
Oh yes, there was also the reveal of Barbara’s secret client, which really wasn’t a big secret to begin with and for no apparent reason a new detective joins the GCPD, and it’s not certain what she will bring to the table but I’m betting she ends up dying a horrible death. Let’s face it, the GCPD has to be the worst police department ever to work for. Half the cops are corrupt, the other half scared and the good ones that fall in between the cracks usually die.
While “They Who Hide Behind Masks” has some interesting parts, some quite funny, Gotham was again like a chicken with its head cut off in terms of focus, which might fit the fictional city but doesn’t do wonders for the viewer.
Three stars out of five
- Penguin and Riddler are great...again
- Any Falcone would be a welcome sight again
- Bruce as a billionaire brat...gold
- Death does not seem to be an issue on this show
- Too many story lines this week