Gotham Season 1 Review “Selina Kyle”

Gotham (Fox) Episode 2 Selina Kyle (4)

On the latest episode of “Gotham,” we got a new set of villains in Patti (Lili Taylor, “The Conjuring”) and Doug (Frank Whaley, “Ray Donovan”), recruiters for the nefarious Dollmaker, who remained unseen as of this episode. Patti and Doug were responsible for rounding up homeless street kids for…well, that remains to be seen, though it was implied that it might be for cannibalistic purposes or possibly human trafficking- maybe a little of both. (The comic Dollmaker, as it pertains to the Batman comics, is a crazed surgeon that abducts people and turns them into dolls he controls, and is also a cannibal, so we’ll see if the show goes there as well eventually.)

Either way, Gordon and Bullock aimed to put a stop to it, tracking the most recently adducted kids to a pharmaceutical dealer that still used the little-seen ATP, which they mentioned was only widely used at a locale that will no doubt be familiar to Bat-fans: Arkham Asylum. Since that place’s closing, it was only found in a few places, one of which was indeed a connection to Patti and Doug, who were there when Bullock and Gordon arrived, but managed to get away in a shoot-out that ensued. Gordon saved the kids, while Bullock arrested the dealer, and all was right in the world.

At least until the Mayor announced plans to round up all the remaining homeless kids left and send the “cute” ones to Foster Homes and the rest to a Juvenile Correctional Facility, which didn’t sit well with Gordon. Among those rounded up was the titular “Selina Kyle,” aka “Cat,” who did not go quietly onto that bus into the night. With good reason, as it turned out, as Patti and Doug commandeered it and took the kids onboard to their headquarters to be shipped to Trident Industries, wherever that was.

After escaping the bus, Selina was later saved by Gordon, who, along with Bullock, tracked down the bus and arrested Patti and Doug, saving the kids yet again. We also discovered that Selina wasn’t above mutilating someone to save herself, as she did with one of P&D’s henchmen, whose eyes she clawed out! She also professed to know the real identity of the killer who took out Bruce Wayne’s parents, which she wanted to exchange with Gordon in order and to stay out of the correctional facility. We shall see if that comes to pass, as we never got there tonight.

While all this was going on, the Penguin was out hitchhiking his way out of town, killing one guy and abducting another, in hopes of holding him for ransom. Alas, his mother thought it was a hoax, so the abductee’s chances for escape don’t look great. We also caught sight of the Penguin’s collage of crazy, in which he clearly was plotting to seek revenge against the various bigwigs in Gotham, including Fish, Falcone and the Mayor.

That was about it, save Falcone threatening Fish by beating down her current boy-toy and making sure she knew who the real boss in town was. Fish was not amused, but also not stupid, so she backed down…for now. I’m guessing that won’t end well, though. We also met the Penguin’s mom, perfectly cast with the daft Carol Kane, who I’ve always liked, particularly in “Scrooged” and “The Princess Bride”- though as a longtime horror fan, I’ve got to give it up for her tour de force performance in the original “When a Stranger Calls.”

I also continue to be amused by Donal Logue’s character, particularly when he equated Gordon’s relationship with Barbara to “a monkey riding a racehorse.” LOL. He’s not wrong, though. Also in trouble is young Bruce, who’s starting to go dark, “testing” himself by cutting and burning himself, drawing freaky pictures and blasting death metal. Ah, the perils of youth. I’d say that won’t end well, but we know well how it’s going to end, so there you go.

All in all, another solid episode, with some decidedly disturbing undertones (the hints of cannibalism, Penguin’s continued violent outbursts, the Mayor’s full-on lack of empathy for the homeless kids, save the “cute” ones) that only help to serve the show’s overall gritty feel in comparison to some of the other iterations of the Batman character. The 60’s era Batman this is not, but I’m good with that, having been a big fan of the Nolan version, which is what this most closely resembles.

What did you think of “Gotham” this week? Do you like the tone of the show so far? How about the direction the show is headed? Do you think it’s too dark, or just dark enough? Or not dark enough? Which villains are you most looking forward to seeing? Who is your favorite character so far? Sound off below and see you next week, same bat time, same bat channel!!