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The Balloonman



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.


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…

I'd hate to burst your bubble (and dole out bad puns), but "The Balloonman" won't have you at the edge of your seat.

December 17, 2014 | Full Review…

If this week's Gotham proved anything, it's that a case-of-the-week format is not a very good fit.

December 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Though the show's narrative continues to sprawl all across Gotham's underworld, "The Balloonman" was in many ways the most focused episode of the show so far... That said, there are still some kinks that need to be worked out.

December 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Gotham is coming together with unbelievable speed for a show that's barely been around three weeks. Already, it's given me that "I will commit horrible deeds to see what happens next" feeling.

December 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Everyone on this show is overacting, remaining in the same exaggerated acting mode that characterized the first two episodes instead of settling into their characters and bringing more weight to their performances.

December 17, 2014 | Full Review…
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