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The Balloonman

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Critic Consensus: The shakiest episode of Gotham so far, "The Balloonman" is tonally inconsistent but benefits from a welcome dose of pitch-black humor.

Episode Info

Drama series set in pre-Batman Gotham City. Gordon and Bullock are on the trail of a vigilante who takes the law into his own hands by attaching people of dubious morals to huge weather balloons, then letting them float off into oblivion. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot waddles back into town in his penguin-like manner and pulls off a killer interview in order to secure himself the role of washer-up in an Italian restaurant favoured by the mob.

Cast

Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara
as Capt. Sarah Essen
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Camren Bicondova
as Selina Kyle
Cory Michael Smith
as Edward Nigma
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Fish Mooney
Victoria Cartagena
as Renee Montoya
Andrew Stewart Jones
as Crispus Allen
John Doman
as Carmine Falcone
Dan Bakkedahl
as Davis Lamond
James Colby
as Lt. Bill Cranston
Jack Koenig
as Arnold Danzer
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
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Critic reviews for The Balloonman

It was darkly funny, absurd, and for the first time entertaining from beginning to end.

December 17, 2014 | Full Review…

This show has no idea what it wants to be.

June 8, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, this was not great television. "The Balloonman" is full of painful dialogue, and a terribly uneven pace. It's easily the weakest Gotham installment to date.

July 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Nearly everything in "The Balloonman" felt off, with the biggest issue being the script, which, from plot scheme to dialogue, was poorly written.

July 17, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

"The Balloonman" tries to do too much, and while I have remained fairly positive about this series thus far, I cannot overlook how all over the place the tone is in this week's episode.

July 16, 2018 | Full Review…

At some point this show is going to have to give its viewers some credit. But as I said earlier, despite the ongoing flaws, I was cheered to see Gotham affirm its tonal roots, at times, in winningly outrageous fashion.

July 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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