Gotham Season 1 Review “Arkham”

Gotham (Fox) Episode 4 Arkham (4)

In the latest episode of “Gotham,” we picked up where we left off, with Oswald Cobblepot paying Jim Gordon a visit at his home, much to the latter’s horror, in “Arkham.” Needless to say, Gordon wasn’t happy and didn’t hesitate to tell him so, but Copplepot told him he’d spy for him and that he should look into Arkham in the meantime. This proved to be wise advice, as things were heating up on that front, with an impending vote on the matter coming up. Essentially, the Arkham deal was one posited by the Wayne foundation, who were seeking to rebuild the asylum into a state-of-the-art facility and turn the rest of the area into low-income housing for the poor.

However, mob boss Maroni had different ideas in the matter, wanting to turn the area into a waste disposal facility, albeit being onboard with the asylum part of things. Meanwhile, boss Falcone wanted to go with option number one, minus the waste disposal thing. Who would get their way, and what lengths would they go to achieve it?

At first, I was a little confused by the episode’s approach, as Falcone wasn’t even in the episode, which seemed odd, what with his having so much riding on things. However, we later saw there was a reason for that, as only some of what was happening was his doings. On the one hand, Falcone did hire someone to take out one of the councilmen that opposed his take on the deal, and Maroni did indeed hire the same guy to take out another councilman that opposed his side of the plan.

But the hit on the restaurant turned out to actually be engineered by Cobblepot, not Falcone, who did it not only to cast shade on Falcone as the culprit, but to get himself promoted in the process, as he “saved” some of the money the robbers took at the “risk” of his own life, which so impressed Maroni that he made him the manager of the restaurant, seeing as the former one was gunned down in the robbery. That accomplished, Cobblepot subsequently tracked down the robbers he hired and poisoned them via cannoli! (I’m guessing there’s a “Godfather” joke in there somewhere, if I know my mob movies, as in: “Leave the gun, take the cannoli…”)

Anyway, given that, it made sense that we didn’t see much of Falcone this episode, though it would have been interesting to see his reaction to the Mayor’s announcement, who after nearly being killed by the hit man himself, opted to compromise between the two families. In the end, Falcone got his low-income housing, and Maroni got both the waste disposal facility and the building contract for the new Arkham Asylum. That seems like Maroni got the better deal to me, but I’m not sure about the breakdown of the money, so I can’t be sure. Either way, it gives Maroni that much more of a foothold in Gotham, which Falcone can’t be thrilled about, I imagine. Guess we’ll have to wait until next week to see how he handles the news.

Beyond that, Barbara finally confessed to Gordon that she’d once been romantically involved with Montoya, which he wasn’t too thrilled about, less because it was a woman and more so because she’d lied about it. Barbara, in turn, confronted him about the Cobblepot thing, which Gordon wasn’t very forthcoming about, labeling it police business, albeit understandably. I can’t imagine Barbara would be thrilled about Cobblepot coming to their place, even if it meant that he was alive after all, unlike Montoya’s claims. Still, if Gordon doesn’t find a way to compromise, it could (bat) signal the end of this relationship.

Finally, there was the business with Fish auditioning singers for a new position at her club. Apparently, there’s more to the position than singing, but we didn’t get much detail on what that is as of yet. Perhaps she plans to use the singer to seduce Falcone, and spy on him for her? Or even kill him? Not sure yet, but that was some audition process! This ain’t “American Idol,” that’s for sure. On a side note, can I just say that I highly appreciated, as a longtime Siouxsie & the Banshees fan, that Lana Del Rey-esque rendition of their classic single, “Spellbound” by winner Liza (Makenzie Leigh). More of that, please. Nice beat-down of the other girl, too. Nice everything, really, if you know what I mean and I think that you do.

That was about it, really, but it was enough. I don’t like it when these things are needlessly convoluted, so there was more than enough going on here to be reasonably entertaining, even if certain corners were cut, i.e. the lack of Falcone’s presence. Besides, it’s hard to complain about a hit-man that uses a bizarre bladed weapon to kill people, including stabbing their eyes out; or a full-on catfight between two singers in a shady part of town for another woman’s amusement. After the bordering on silly “Balloonman” episode, this one firmly reestablished the fact that “Gotham” wasn’t playing around. The 60’s era “Batman” this ain’t, to be sure.

What did you think of “Gotham” this week? Who do you prefer as the main mob boss, Falcone or Maroni? Or Fish, for that matter? What did you think of her auditioning process? Do you think Gordon should tell Barbara about the Cobblepot situation? What do you think of the whole informant gambit on Cobblepot’s end? Will he be more of a help of a hindrance? Let me know what you think of the episode down below, and see you next week!