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"All Happy Families are Alike" brings season one of Gotham to a somewhat confusing conclusion, but some exciting twists hint at a promising, and hopefully more consistent, season two.
It legitimately pained me... to watch how hard Jada Pinkett-Smith was trying to make her grand entrance into that warehouse look cool. You know what's not cool? Taking a full two weeks for a trip to Hot Topic to plan your new wardrobe and hair style.
There have been so many storylines that at times the narrative has been almost incoherent. Stories seem to start and stop almost at random, sometimes crowding each other out.The season finale shows signs of tacitly acknowledging that concern.
Just in case there are any idiots watching this show, there is a flutter of bat wings coming from inside. You know, to just really drive the point home.
Seriously, if anybody knows what the hell was up with the chicken, please let me know.
"All Happy Families Are Alike" may have a lot going on, but it also feels like everyone involved was just making things up as they went along until they ran out of time.
An operatic symphony of comic book excess, an oversaturated mishmash of genre elements evincing more inspirations than I could possibly count.
Despite a dodgy start to the season Gotham has developed into a show worth tuning back into week after week. It's far from perfect, but it gets a lot more right than wrong. Now, if they can just axe Barbara and recast Cat...
A messy end to Gotham's disaster of a first season, but an admittedly entertaining one.
There's a lot of bookkeeping this episode tries to take care of before sending the show off to season 2, and not all of it is performed as, er, elegantly at the Lee-Barbara battle.
It's just truly frustrating to know that the series has such a solid cast, has such a fantastic mythology and story to pull from and expand/take in new directions, and yet it just feels like it's spinning its wheels.