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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.
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.
Just when I thought I couldn't hate Barbara any more... BAM! She goes and gets herself kidnapped/held hostage TWICE in one episode. Seriously, this damsel in distress bit is ridiculous.
It's Penguin's journey that so far is the most interesting to actually watch... You see, once we get over to the right side of the law, once again, Gotham falls apart.
A highly entertaining hour of television that was full of crazy-wacky moments from television's campiest superhero drama.
What made "Penguin's Umbrella" a successful episode, first and foremost, was focus. There was a dedication to a singular storyline in this hour, which has only been shown in spurts the previous six.
This was about as perfect an episode of the show as one could ask for. Everything came together beautifully, the plotlines were genuinely impressive and show a knack amongst the writers for long-range storytelling that bodes well for its future.
I was excited throughout this week's episode in a very good way.
The series finally embraced its strengths and turned in what was, by a fairly wide margin, the best episode of its run.
Viewers are finally able to sit back and simply enjoy watching the many mechanics of this complex world in motion without the need to really introduce anything (or anyone) new. Except Victor Zsasz, who is a welcomed exception.
This is all good meaty stuff and sets a standard for twisty-turny storytelling that Gotham may find it difficult to maintain, but it's going to be fun watching it try.