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Though the plot twist was surprising, "The Anvil or the Hammer" disregarded Gotham's own history, muddying up the narrative with a nonsensical story.
Today, this is not a Gotham reference guide. This is a "that doesn't make any sense" guide, in which I point out everything on this installment of Gotham that didn't make any sense. Which was everything! Has Gotham driven me insane? Maybe! Haha!
This is the format the show needs: to no longer worry about jamming in as many bad guys as possible and to focus on the overall arc of the story.
The writing and plotting was just as bad as it has been, but at least occasionally this time it was entertainingly bad.
I really wish that the smart person with great taste who has been picking Gotham's tunes all season long would get promoted to a writing job.
There is serious cause for concern about the dearth of strong ladies on Gotham, barring the fifteen-year-old Catwoman.
The episode ends on a high... with the shooting war boding well for an exciting end of season finale.
It turns out Barbara wasn't exactly the perfect match for the Ogre.
God help us, it's all enough to make you miss Fish Mooney.
Just when I think Gotham has reverted to its early-season train-wreck status, it goes and throws something like "The Anvil or the Hammer" into the maw that manages to make up for the sins of "Under the Knife" and the entire flimsy Ogre storyline.
Gotham's inability to gleam any sort of suspense or worthwhile conclusion in both single and multi-episode arcs in the majority of its 21 episodes to date might be its largest shortcoming.