Gotham: Season 1 Episode 5 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Gotham: Season 1 Episode 5 Reviews

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Alyse Wax
Superhero Hype
August 22, 2018

Five episodes in and I still feel like Gotham is treading water, trying to figure out where it wants to go.=

Charlie Jane Anders
July 19, 2018

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.

Mike Cecchini
Den of Geek
July 18, 2018

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Blair Marnell
July 17, 2018

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.

Eric Walters
Paste Magazine
July 17, 2018

The downfall of Gotham has primarily been congestion... But in the fifth episode, those distractions were kept in check, though not without problems.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Trammell
TV Equals
July 17, 2018

Good stuff all around, even with the inherent ridiculousness of the main Viper storyline.

Dave Golder
Total Film
July 17, 2018

There's no spark this week. No scene or storyline that grabs you. The script just takes various characters from A to B via the most predicable routes imaginable.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Aaron Neuwirth
The Young Folks
July 17, 2018

"Viper" is an okay episode of television... It is average and that is okay, but I am ready to see more.

Jeremy Egner
New York Times
Top Critic
July 17, 2018

This week felt better than average, by the show's own standards... Even better, the plot, hatched by a damaged crusader of a chemist, deepened the larger story.

Andrew Dyce
July 17, 2018

But with its first leap into the world of comic book 'superpowers,' the series manages to deliver its most absurd - yet somehow strangely predictable - entry yet.

James Garcia
We Got This Covered
July 16, 2018

Gotham came into its own in episode five and finally feels like it has something new - and interesting - to contribute to the 75-year history of the Dark Knight.

Kevin Fitzpatrick
July 16, 2018

"Viper" definitely seemed like another step in the vicinity of a right direction, for all its usual camp aspects.

Joseph McCabe
July 16, 2018

I again find myself wishing the show could remove these extraneous characters until a time when their presence is needed. Until then, I'll find myself half enjoying Gotham and half enduring it.

Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
July 16, 2018

"Viper," despite being saddled with the overdone new-drug-on-the-street story trope, was the strongest chapter of Gotham so far.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
Simon Abrams
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
December 22, 2014

Both last week's episode and this week's are thematically cogent but dramatically inert. Which, again, is at least preferable to the shapeless collection of tangents that was the series premiere.

MaryAnn Sleasman
December 22, 2014

I recommended hanging in there when scoring Gotham's 4-Episode Test, and "Viper" made me feel good about that decision. It wasn't a perfect episode, but Gotham, I think, is always going to struggle to achieve "perfection."

Michael Calia
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
December 22, 2014

It's the show at its weirdest and most gruesome, delivering some of its biggest laugh lines and most wacked-out images yet.

Adam Bellotto
Film School Rejects
December 22, 2014

The reasons to love this one just keep coming, unlike weeks previously, where the comic bookery was limited to "guy with the name of an unrelated supervillain" or "guy with a pointy stick," "Viper" is classic Batman.

Zach Dionne
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
December 22, 2014

The episode's overall pacing is sluggish; apparently, the folks behind Gotham have been watching Game of Thrones, and its imitation of that masterpiece's scheming-plotting-drinking-eating format is pretty threadbare.

Darren Orf
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
December 22, 2014

"Viper" shows that Gotham can flirt with crime drama and comic book influences and still make a show worth watching.

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