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.
All in all, this was a terrific episode for Bullock, laying the groundwork for him to become a good cop again by showing that he was a good cop once. And it was a pretty good episode for everybody else.
By trying to build mythology at every opportunity while still remaining beholden to the tenets of procedural television, just makes things feel all the more contrived.
I can't call "Spirit of the Goat" a truly good story, but there were actually some things that worked in this episode. For once, "Gotham" didn't force an appearance by Fish Mooney, which is almost restraint for this show.
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