GOTHAM: “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies” RECAP
In many ways, Batman was born during the winter finale of Gotham in “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies”. Warning, spoilers ahead…
With Jerome (Cameron Monaghan) on the loose and Gotham in chaos during a power outage, Bruce’s life is once again in jeopardy. How much can this kid take? Jerome breaks into Wayne Manor (the security system really stinks) and kidnaps Bruce and orders his minions to kill Alfred. The setting at the carnival was a perfect homage to The Killing Joke. Seeing Bruce and Jerome exchange blows in the room of mirrors was exciting and lays the foundation of what the future holds for both. At one point Bruce was ready to take Jerome’s life until he saw his reflection in the mirror. Taking Jerome’s life will make him no better. Later, Bruce makes a vow to Alfred that he would never take a life.
This finale was the tale of two stories coming to an end. The Jerome/Bruce one was very satisfying and fun while the Oswald/Edward drama was just that, drama. I for one am glad that for the time being, this overdone and silly story arc has concluded. For the longest time Edward has sought revenge against Oswald over Isabella’s death. Yawn. He even had help from Barbara and friends. If only Edward knew that Barbara is only playing him to rid Oswald of his control over the crime syndicate and later wants him dead as well. In the end, Edward shoots Oswald and he falls into Gotham River and disappears into the abyss. Dollars to donuts we haven’t seen the last of Oswald Cobblepot.
It would seem that the Court of Owls is still very much in play and that they have plans for clone Bruce to take over. And we learn that Jim’s uncle Frank is a member of the Court and now has come to visit his nephew.
Gotham returns in April.
May the Dork be with you,
The Dork Knight