Critic Consensus: The shakiest episode of Gotham so far, "The Balloonman" is tonally inconsistent but benefits from a welcome dose of pitch-black humor.
as James Gordon
as Harvey Bullock
as Bruce Wayne
as Capt. Sarah Essen
as Alfred Pennyworth
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
as Barbara Kean
as Selina Kyle
as Edward Nigma
as Fish Mooney
as Renee Montoya
as Crispus Allen
as Carmine Falcone
as Davis Lamond
as Lt. Bill Cranston
as Arnold Danzer
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.
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.
If this week's Gotham proved anything, it's that a case-of-the-week format is not a very good fit.
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.
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.
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