Gotham, second episode
Gotham’s second episode is more of the same. In this episode, they establish a routine but there’s a lot of plot threads going on. A lot of them. Jim Gordon and his partner argue for a while and go around meeting with some of the characters on the show. His partner disappears for a while and Gordon talks to Selina Kyle, the young Catwoman.
The Catwoman character is an obnoxious teen played by Carmen Bicondova. She threatens a police officer at one point, which I thought was a bad thing, but she gets away with it like its nothing. She gets away with other things too. It looks as if she’s being set up as the informant on the show. I thought she was just going to be Bruce’s friend, but I guess not. Her acting leaves much to be desired, but her character isn’t all that likable anyway, so it’s strange.
Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon is still wooden as all hell. Now there’s more of him and more stilted dialogue in this episode. Gordon and Bullock investigate a child-trafficking ring, which is where they encounter Selina. There seems to be a supervillain named The Dollmaker in charge of the whole thing, but he’s not caught, and the whole thing doesn’t seem resolved. It goes nowhere, much like the rest of the show. Some of the thugs are caught though, so I guess that’s good.
All in all, this show needs help quickly. It didn’t learn its lesson from “Pilot”, and there’s more useless stuff in the second episode. I thought this show was going to be a police procedural a la Law & Order, but I guess I was wrong. It’s a show about how many Batman references you can drop.