Gotham 2×09 ‘A Bitter Pill To Swallow’: Everybody, kill Jim Gordon!

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So we upped the darkness level by adding in a nice case of cannibalism…Yeah I got nothing else to add to that.


Well, I can give you a couple of reasons. Of course the obvious is that nothing good, pure, or innocent can exist in Gotham without someone trying to murder and or mutilate it.

But the reason I’m leaning more towards is that the Strikeforce symbolized Gordon’s inevitable descent into his dark side. Since the team started to get picked off one by one, Gordon has been getting more and more violent and uncaring. Even after he gave someone mercy instead of losing himself entirely that person turned around to bite the hand that saved him, or the neck of the booking officer. Whatever suits your fancy.

Source: FOX

Source: FOX

I think that’s it with Gordon though. The Strikeforce, the shining pillar of what the GCPD should be is gone, and so is the hope in Jim’s eyes. Yeah, he had a great talk with Barnes who is trying to keep him as grounded as possible, but I think it’s just going to be too much. Now I don’t know what will be the final straw, but I do know that it is coming soon.

Now on to the boys who are already over on the dark side: Ed should totally be a motivational speaker, but not for like good people who don’t want to murder or love someone.

His whole story line this season has just been one twisted coming of age story, kind of in the same vein as Penguin’s story last year, but he didn’t fully find himself as quickly as Ed did (with the help of his multiple personality of course), so Ed giving Penguin advice on how not to give up after his mom died was kind of inspiring. I mean they ended with them about to kill a man, and basically Ed’s argument is “don’t love because it’s a weakness,” but it was still a little inspiring, and they make oddly good friends for each other.

Last night seemed to be all about the boys of Gotham spiraling into a trap that Galavan influenced.

Sadly, not all of them have an Alfred or a Selina to stop them when they’re being stupid. Bruce is probably the most susceptible out of the group of Gordon and Penguin to get manipulated and molded by Galavan. It’s not just because of his youth, and naiveté, but also for the hell that he’s already gone through in a short time. He’s in a lot of unresolved pain that, like Gordon, is building and building within him.

Source: FOX

Source: FOX

Yeah, at first he simply got seduced by Silver, but with Galavan’s offer on the table, the only thing he cares about is finding out who killed his parents. I don’t think he’ll be able to be held back for long, but I hope Selina and Alfred can keep him together until the Galavan thing flies over.

Although that wouldn’t make entertaining TV, so get prepared for more trouble with Bruce. I’m also kind of interested with what Silver’s story is all about.

Oh, and while everyone is kind of falling apart in the city, a new killer crew of dastardly monks just landed, and it really doesn’t look good for anyone involved.

All in all I liked the cohesiveness of this episode, and its many thematic connections, and I still can’t believe that there are only two more episodes until the Fall finale.

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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