Gotham 2×01 ‘Damned If You Do…’: Making PB&Js with Penguin

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Wow….WOW! Silly me thought that the second season was going to start off a little slow, ease us into the normal madness that is Gotham, but how silly am I? Of course the first episode would end up being as off the wall as the final episode of last season. Not only did it bring back relationships and themes that we know and love, but the new additions only added to the twisted world that is Gotham.

Holy crap, this show never ceases to be a sensory attack in every way and I love it. Gordon being fired was a tad rushed for my taste, but it had a purpose in setting up the plot for the rest of the episode where we track the decline in Jim’s morals that already started to get shaky last season.

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Source: FOX

Has it already been like four months since the last time I watched this show? It doesn’t seem like it at all. I fell back into the disturbing campiness of the entire thing as if it never left. Although everything seems to be a little bit more than it was a few months ago.

Penguin was sicker, Barbara was crazier, Jim was angrier, and Ed has an extra personality (who is surprisingly sexy). Gone is Fish and her flicking nails, and gone is Falcone and Maroni’s mob problems. A new era of villains is on the rise, including a power (and Peanut butter) hungry Penguin, and newcomer named Theo Galavan, who is already shaking up Gotham by breaking out its most dangerous criminals.

I can only imagine that Penguin and Theo are going to wage a war against each other soon enough, getting an already compromised Gordon in the middle.

The first episode really not only delivered the thrills, but it set up this season perfectly, while also reminding us why we watch this show in the first place.

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Source: FOX

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love Bruce and Alfred’s relationship, especially how Alfred always ends up doing whatever harebrained thing Master Bruce wants to do just because he doesn’t want him to get hurt. It also tore my heart apart that Bruce didn’t even think that his name could be the password to his father’s secret office.

Another heartwarming moment was seeing Bullock in a happy and sober place. It’s kind of bittersweet because I’m pretty sure he’s going to get ripped out of his happy life soon enough, but he’s the one character that definitely deserved a break after almost being killed multiple times last season.

All in all I have so much more to say about this episode, but I’ll save it for the rest of what I think is going to be an amazing season.

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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