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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.
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.
Loaded with innuendo and foreshadowing - I'm just not sure to what.
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.
Each week, the writing and acting improved, but the stories remained flat. Episode six, "Spirit of the Goat" begins to swing that trend in the right direction. Kind of.
Detective Bullock is great here... It's a superb performance from Donal Logue.
By focusing on the other half of the show's core duo for a change, the series takes a strong step forward; a step that's tainted by a need to pay lip service to other subplots.
I've been a fan of Mr. Logue's since his Jimmy the cab driver days on MTV, so it was gratifying to see him be more, for a change, than just the Grizzled Partner of the often dull and dutiful Gordon.
"Spirit of the Goat" is better than last week's effort. We stay away from the mob stuff for a little bit, keep the side characters to a minimum, and get some development for one of the show's key characters.