Critic Consensus: Although "Penguin's Umbrella" is a departure from the 'Case of the Week" form, Gotham finally lives up to its potential with a gritty serialized episode about a handful of key characters.
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 Mayor James
as Butch Gilzean
as Victor Zsaszs
as Dr. Leslie
Penguin's Umbrella Photos
Critic reviews for Penguin's Umbrella
After some of the laziest writing I've ever seen not only on this show but any show ever, Gotham had its best episode so far this season.
Gotham has become the show Batman fans wanted it to be. While the series has improved greatly since the pilot episode, it's also been searching for a rhythm. "Penguin's Umbrella" changed things up and became easily the strongest episode of the series yet.
Everything we thought we knew about so many of Gotham's established characters has been thrown out the window. In short: MONTOYA AND ALLEN ARE AWESOME.
The moment we've all been waiting for: an episode of Gotham where not only did Detective James Gordon avoid being the least captivating character in Gotham's menagerie of crooks and carnival freaks, he might have actually been the most captivating.
A pretty solid, ultra-serialized episode this week. An installment that felt like a bit of a dangerous game-changer for Gordon -- a sort of "point of no return" for a character who was seemingly all alone in his crusade to end Gotham's corruption.
Discuss Gotham on our TV talk forum!