Gotham: What The Little Bird Told Him Review

  • Episode: What The Little Bird Told Him Review   (S01E012)
  • Review:  ★★★☆☆

Following Jack Gruber and Aaron Helzinger’s escape, Gordon is reinstated with 24 hours to capture them or his career is over. Nigma finds that Jack Gruber is an alias of Jack Buchinsky, a former bank robber. Then it is found that he was betrayed by Salvatore Maroni who is then used as bait to catch Jack. Fish is ready to make her move and pretends that someone has taken Liza but Falcone sees through and forces Fish to admit it was her. Cobblepot tells Falcone that Liza is working for Fish but he doesn’t believe him. Cobblepot had a slip up and now Maroni is suspicious of him.

After catching Jack, Gordon is then reinstated into the police force by Commissioner Loeb. When meeting with Fish, Falcone demands to see Liza and realizes Cobblepot was right. He then proceeds while under the protection of Zsasz and his group, strangles Liza. He then reveals Cobblepot to Fish allowing him to gloat and say his goodbyes. The episode ends with a kiss shared between Gordon and Thompkins.

Can the fact that Zsasz was in the episode be the best part? Gotham is fitting in very good with other cop shows that have come before it. This episode feels very tight and constrained, it wants to be a comic-book show, but they are trying to stuff it into a standard cop show shape. Specially in this episode I found myself torn into three parts wanting to see the how the bad guy gets caught, what happens to the mob, and hunting for things that are connected it to the comics. When I look at each part separately, they are all very enjoyable, but all together it just hits me as an average episode. I just want more.

Admittedly I have never read any of the comics or stories that focused directly on the GCPD, but I just feel like this isn’t it. I had wanted Gotham to be my favorite show of the comic property segment on TV right now and I have hope that it still can be.  There is plenty to work with, we just need better glue to hold the good stuff together and get rid of the boring Barbara stuff.

Comic Connections:

– I will point out that Jacks real last name Buchinsky is The Electrocutioner’s last name in many of the comics, so Jack cold be Lester Buchinsky’s brother.

– If we missed anything please let us know down below.

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