In an episode that was essentially split into three important story lines, “These Delicate and Dark Obsessions” felt a little flat, raising more questions than it answered while delivering ‘big’ moments that viewers probably saw coming a mile away. Still, it was pretty dark in spots and that is where Gotham shines.
When we last left young Bruce he has been kidnapped and taken away to some random temple very far away and it is here we meet the Shaman. He is pretty cryptic in regards to why Bruce is here but he does offer up some answers that while helpful, only lead to more questions. He does let slip that he wants Bruce to become Gotham’s protector, which one would assume is in the form of the future Batman. However, there are a few mental roadblocks to get through first, not to mention figuring out what this has to do with R’as Al Ghul as well. I also find it cute that Bruce thinks Alfred will see through the clone sooner rather than later, not realizing how much damage his doppelganger can do in such a short period of time.
The Court of Owls drama with Jim Gordon continued this week, with good old Uncle Frank right there in the middle of it all again. It was interesting to see how Frank decided to best serve Jim in the end but really, didn’t we all see this coming? Also, it is still not clear which side Frank was really on as he has done a pretty good job of playing both sides in what can only be described as a very dangerous game. Still in the end, an offer was made and an invitation was accepted, now let’s see what Gordon comes up with next.
My favorite part of this week’s episode was the new relationship between Penguin and Poison Ivy. Ivy has not been one of my favorite characters since she morphed into the young woman she is now, but teaming up with Penguin might have a great effect on her character. Speaking of Penguin, it was good to see the unstable and psychotic version come back and join us as that is when he is at his best. I’m really looking forward to seeing the end result of the plan Ivy had, as it is ripe with potential for mayhem.
As I stated earlier, the problem I had with this week’s episode is the combination of so many questions left hanging out there for the wrong reasons and the dumbing down of some elements of the plot arcs. It is always a bad sign when a show thinks it’s fan base can’t follow the story lines and then force feed them stupid hints that literally ruin the effect said story line was supposed to have in the first place.
I do think Ben Mackenzie did a solid job in this, his directorial debut. There were some cool effects and some great visuals, including the scenes in the graveyard, Bruce’s visions and certain camera angles. I believe with this effort he has certainly earned another shot behind the camera.
Three and a half stars out of five
- Penguin and Poison Ivy make an interesting pair
- The Court of Owls now becoming a central part of the show
- Bruce Wayne is about to take another step in his journey to becoming the Batman
- Too many questions that didn't serve a real purpose
- Dumbing down the story is insulting and never ends well