Gotham 1×16 ‘The Blind Fortune Teller’: Dear God, he even had the laugh down

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We all know what I’m going to talk about, so let’s not get too serious about this okay?

Lame jokes aside, woah Cameron Monaghan, you rock, and I did not know how you were in a bunch of stuff I’ve watched before and somehow slid under my radar. Because, dude, you seriously rock. You were made to play young Jerome/Joker (if that’s what he turns out to be, which he probably won’t, but still), and it’s not like you don’t have a crap ton of amazing actors to live up to. I mean come on, the other characters and villains are important and what not, but none of them (not even Batman sometimes) garners as much attention as the Joker does. You think of DC Villains and you think of the Clown Prince of Crime. Simple as that.

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So at first, I wasn’t so sure how well you could pull it off. I mean I already knew how Jerome was going to turn out just from the promo last week, so I wasn’t entirely shocked, but you kind of laid low for most of the episode. I felt bad for you (but we all know I’m a softie for sad origin stories), and even when you talked about your mom having a healthy sex life, I wasn’t feeling the whole psychopath thing. But that’s what you wanted, of course. It wasn’t until you completely switched your character with that iconic laugh, did I get it. You made your character’s true colors show in an instant, and it was absolutely unnerving! So, yeah, you rock, and if they ever pick someone else to play the Joker, it’ll never compare to that ten minutes. At least for me.

Other things did happen in this episode…I think. I’m a little distracted because I’ve been playing that scene on a loop.

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So let’s talk about the badass portions of the show. Fish Mooney is the leader we all need, but are terrified to have. The woman could talk herself out of a paper bag, and the situation she’s in is one hell of a paper bag. I love the way you handle things though, and I don’t know if you’re just trying to get yourself out of there, so you convinced everyone to follow you, but I kind of hope that you do care enough to make a family out of those people, even the sacrifices. That was really well done, and Jada Pinkett Smith was amazing as always.

Dear Penguin, what the hell you doing? Did you not have a fort as a child? Is that the reason you treat your club like a very violent playhouse? Although, Carol Kane singing was worth you being a weirdo. Also, Butch coming back after being Zsaszinized is going to be very interesting to watch.

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One more pretty badass thing to happen in this episode: you drag ‘em, Bruce. Draaaaaag ‘eeeeem. Show that board who’s boss, all 4’11” of ya. And when Alfred saluted Bruce, and Bruce reciprocated, I giggled. That was adorable and badass. Good job.

On to the happier things, I love Gordon and Thompkins. They have the best chemistry ever, and even if Gordon seems a little flustered by her, he’s getting more out of his shell. She pushes him out of his comfort zone, which is what he needs, obviously. And I’m sorry, while I did enjoy Cat and Ivy’s romantic advice, I still don’t care for Barbara. Thompkins and Gordon all the way. Now watch her be a criminal or something, and ruin my OTP.

Oh, and the cutest thing of all: The parents Grayson, long before their little baby is born. I loved seeing a little bit of their story throughout the episode, and it is really chilling to know that the future Joker was a part of a circus family that includes Dick’s parents.

Dear Lord, I mention his name and now I can’t get that laugh out of my head.

All in all, I know at first there was only supposed to be a hint of the Joker this season, and I totally had my money on the comedian in the first episode, but actually it was a lot scarier, and a whole lot better than I thought it would be. And it only proves that the next five weeks are going to be one hell of a ride.

Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli

is your average everyday horror writer and TV watcher, who finds herself connecting on a deep level with mythical monsters, and serial killers. She lives in a fantasy world that Joss Whedon created where she goes through a minimum of four character arcs per season, and Spike and Leo Fitz fight for her hand in marriage. When not glued to her TV or laptop, she talks to her cats about life, and writes characters that (she hopes) are crazier than herself. Check out her writing blog in the hopes that she’ll post more than once a week.

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