Critic Consensus: While Gotham finds its footing, "The Spirit of the Goat" is a step in the right direction with much-needed character details about Oswald Cobblepot and Detective Bullock.
as Gertrud Cobblepot, Gertrude Kapelput
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 Detective Dix
as Lacey White
as Dr. Marks
as The Goat/Raymond Earl
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
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Critic reviews for Spirit of the Goat
Giving Detective Bullock not only an actual back story but motivation to be the "slovenly, lackadaisical" guy he is now, while at the same time giving his rough-exterior character an actual heart, was a fine choice indeed, Gotham.
In the weekly juggling act that is Gotham, "Spirit of The Goat" was probably the most effective episode yet at keeping enough balls in the air in interesting ways.
In short, this was a great episode of Gotham that further proved just how amazing the Cobblepot character is. He'll keep you on your toes every single week, and you'll love him for it.
If Bruno Heller (series creator) meant for "The Spirit of the Goat" to be an understated Halloween special that delivers on suspense without jack-o-lanterns and witches galore, then he succeeded.
Certainly, this hour was a much better step in the right direction, but it's still got a way to go before it becomes a truly fantastic show.
Since Gotham is a show teeming with characters jockeying for screen time, it may not be concerned with indulging in specific characters' points of view, but it would really help in episodes like the unfocused, at-times-harrowing "Spirit of the Goat."
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