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An improvement over the pilot episode, Gotham's "Selina Kyle" gives a handful of its characters some much-needed development, further distinguishing it from other incarnations of the Batman universe.
Gotham is still trying really hard to find what kind of show it wants to be. And honestly, there are moments where I see a spectacular show just under the surface of the show that is actually happening on my TV.
We get to meet Mrs. Cobblepot - Oswald's mom - who has absolutely no point to this week's episode, but she is played by the delightfully weird Carol Kane, so she has to have a bigger role coming up.
It's really going to have to decide if it wants to be a Tim Burton Batman story without Batman or a Christopher Nolan Batman story without Batman.
At any given moment, Gotham is ready to get good at something, but then gets distracted or remembers that it's supposed to be a different kind of show, and we're left with half a really good scene.
Now that we're here, it's time for Gotham to slow down, tighten, and focus. This week was hampered due to the myriad of side-plots at work.
All in all, another solid episode, with some decidedly disturbing undertones that only help to serve the show's overall gritty feel in comparison to some of the other iterations of the Batman character.
We keep getting tantalizing glimpses of the gonzo horror-crime series this show could be... But the demands of the format quickly dilute the manic creepiness of the setup.
A more controlled hand is beginning to reveal itself, and all the references, while still very much there, are clearly being restrained, which betters serves this ever-growing world and its fascinating inhabitants.
"Selina Kyle" will likely not be the strongest episode of this season of Gotham, but I think it does a fine job of re-establishing what this world is going to look like and feel like.
Oswald continues to stand out as a rising villain. His character sometimes comes close to campy, but Robin Lord Taylor plays him so well, giving off a polite side before descending into an insane darkness.