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.
This show is still incredibly goofy and silly... The good news in last night's episode was that the goofiness was funnier than it's been thus far, with significantly less melodrama in the mix.
This episode struck the best balance between the procedural tone, seeding the Batman mythology, and actually telling a story that matters on its own terms.
What a weird and strange show. A lot of Gotham's sins could be forgiven if it was also a good show. But for now, it's just sad to watch.
The downfall of Gotham has primarily been congestion... But in the fifth episode, those distractions were kept in check, though not without problems.
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