Critic Consensus: While "Viper" adds some much-appreciated Batman mythology to its origin story, Gotham struggles to figure out what kind of show it's going to be.
as James Gordon
as Frankie Carbone
as Harvey Bullock
as Bruce Wayne
as Capt. Sarah Essen
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
as Alfred Pennyworth
as Barbara Kean
as Selina Kyle
as Edward Nigma
as Fish Mooney
as Renee Montoya
as Crispus Allen
as Carmine Falcone
as Stan Potolsky
Critic reviews for Viper
Gotham finally felt like a complete comic book puzzle with no soggy pieces that didn't fit. Except for maybe like one of those Fish Mooney/Liza the Streetfighting Lounge Singer scenes.
There are good aspects about this show as much as there are flawed things, but it's clear that Gotham is continuing to work all that out.
Gotham continues to feel like a project where no one's entirely sure what the show is -- or, at least, how to make it function as a weekly TV series that has to offer some kind of episodic closure even as the different arcs build.
If last week's episode was the high, this week was the crash from coming down.
At the end of the day, Bruce just needs a friend that isn't a middle-aged man. Selina should drop by for a chat and to play video games or something.
We're almost a quarter of the way through Gotham's first season, and the character that has seen the most development is Bruce frickin' Wayne, the emo Encyclopedia Brown. And the only reason he has the most is because he's getting any at all.
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