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The shakiest episode of Gotham so far, "The Balloonman" is tonally inconsistent but benefits from a welcome dose of pitch-black humor.
It was darkly funny, absurd, and for the first time entertaining from beginning to end.
Rather boring. The majority of it was a straight-ahead procedural story, chasing this elusive vigilante Balloonman... And frankly, I feel like it could have been more visually exciting.
This show has no idea what it wants to be.
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.
Nearly everything in "The Balloonman" felt off, with the biggest issue being the script, which, from plot scheme to dialogue, was poorly written.
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.
"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.
This week's Gotham may not be the character-filled tale that its first two installments were, but it more than makes up for it by providing a surprisingly solid foundation for the series to continue to grow upon.
The show's definitely moving in a positive direction from its unprepossessing pilot, but episode three is a slight backwards step from the far more promising episode two.
This was probably the episode that came closest to being ridiculous on the whole, but somehow managed not to completely cross that line.