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Gotham finds the right mix of creepy and fun, even when the plot of "Under the Knife" spreads the characters a bit too thin.
Sometimes it's okay for super villains to find out they don't really mind murder, and maybe they ALSO love riddles. They can take their time with these things.
What's a boy to do? That's the question posed by tonight's episode, "Under the Knife," and the answer: Not much worth watching, unfortunately.
Gotham is struggling, and it's more apparent now than ever.
Gotham appears to be falling back into the pattern that's defined most of this season, which involves convoluted storylines that stretch the characters (and audience's patience) thin and rely far too much on exposition to move the plot along.
The twisted romance of the Ogre and Barbara doesn't exactly fall flat, but it is perhaps one of the less interesting aspects of an episode loaded with more intriguing B-story.
Fish Mooney, the character with arguably the most agency, is nowhere to be seen in "Under the Knife," and so we're forced to confront and reevaluate the other women on Gotham. What we find isn't exactly heartening.
I appreciate that they picked up right where they left off last week. It gave the episode more fluidity, and brought the show away from the stale procedural formula it has pursued most of the season.
Even as the stakes of this series increase... I could not help but be fairly unexcited by how things were playing out.
The show seems determined to go from guilty pleasure to interminable slog... "Under the Knife," in particular is without mystery, without surprise, without fun, without artistry, and almost entirely without nuance.
It's killin' season in Gotham City, folks, and the killin' is good.
Barbara Kean is an utterly loathsome, terribly written, ridiculously underdeveloped, insulting stereotype of a character, and every time she shows up, the show is surely off to nonsense land.
I liked how "Under the Knife" discussed how people create alter egos to protect themselves. It plays into the Batman mythos masterfully.