The Balloonman
Gotham Season 1



Critic Ratings: 25
Critics 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

A vigilante goes after corrupt Gotham citizens and kills them by hooking them up to weather balloons. Elsewhere, Oswald Cobblepot returns to the city and aligns himself with a powerful ally.


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
Victoria Cartagena
as Renee Montoya
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.

Dec 17, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

This show has no idea what it wants to be.

Jun 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.

Jul 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.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | 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.

Jul 16, 2018 | 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.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This was probably the episode that came closest to being ridiculous on the whole, but somehow managed not to completely cross that line.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…