GOTHAM - Episode 2 "Selina Kyle" Review

Raff is very impressed with episode 2 of Gotham. Here's her review...

So today my viewing habits got back to normal and I was back to watching my shows with breakfast. It did feel a bit weird since it has been so long since I sat down and watched something on my own, just me and my breakfast, in peace and quiet. I love this time that I have and even though there is always a risk of me losing my breakfast, I always look forward to watching my stories in the morning. Now, enough of my rambling, lets get on with my review of this week's episode of Gotham.

'Selina Kyle'
This episode opened with Bruce Wayne burning himself, which shocked me a little bit because I have never seen Batman as fragile before. Even when he got his back broken in the movie, I just assumed he would bounce back. Plus I know he ends up as Batman in the end but I just didn't want to think about him as being physically damaged as a child in any way. I knew that there was more to this. 

Alfred walked in on Bruce burning himself and was really angry. I actually thought he was going to hit Bruce at first! Then he realises the pain that Bruce must be in and hugs him. This was bittersweet to me because it made me understand just how much Alfred loves him, but he really has no idea how to raise a child.

Then we move onto the meat of the episode, which is Catwoman centric, it is called 'Selina Kyle' after all. We are introduced to the child snatchers, who are working for the doll maker. I thought the snatchers were really freaky, I didn't like them at all. I don't know what it was about them, but I am going to need to watch Toy Story before I go to sleep at night.

Falcone's and the Wayne's  
We did get a bit of a back story about the relationship that the Falcone's and the Wayne's had together. Falcone thought that the Wayne's balanced out the evil with the good and so he is sad that they are dead. We also learn that the Wayne's had planned to re-open Arkham Asylum. When they mentioned the Asylum it gave me goosebumps. I spent last weekend ghost hunting in an Asylum, so it made me feel like I had been to Arkham in a way. I know that doesn't make sense but that is an insight to how crazy my fan-brain is.

Anyway, at this point in the show, Falcone threatens fish and then batters her staff. I was a bit shocked by this because sometimes I forget how dark DC really can be. I do like Falcone better than Fish Mooney, although I think Jada Pinkett is doing an amazing job. When she screamed at the customers to get out of her club, I nearly lost my Rice Krispies! I got a massive fright.

Jim Gordon
I love Jim Gordon's character because he stands up to everyone and just doesn't care what they think of him. He just wants to do the right thing, but I think he realises the predicament that he's in. He's a good cop in a bad cop's world. It's like it is a catch-22 situation. He hates the level of crime in Gotham, but he knows that the cops live in the Gangsta's pockets. Him and Bullock even have to go to Fish and make sure that she isn't mad at them anymore before they can get information about the child snatchers.

Penguin was sort of running around in the background. He kills some kids that pick him up when he is hitch-hiking out of Gotham and then threatens one of the kid's parents. He was a bit brutal in this episode and Gordon is going to regret not putting a bullet in him.

It's at this point that we meet Penguin's mother, and I must say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! She is freaky. She really reminded me of Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd! I did not like her one bit, but I think she is going to be coming back for me in future episodes.

I was very impressed with the case in this episode because it twisted and turned all over the place. One minute the kids were snatched, then they were saved and being sent to prison, and then they were snatched again. I did wonder how they were going to join everything together, and then suddenly Cat tells Jim that she knows who killed Bruce's parents and then the credits rolled... My TV is lucky I didn't throw my coffee at it because I was so frustrated that it went off right then. I wanted more. Even now, whilst I am writing this, I feel like I can't wait for next week!  I WANT THE EPISODE NOW, DC, DO YOU HEAR ME???

I ended up loving that Alfred reached out to Gordon because he thinks Bruce is disturbed after we got a glimpse of the man that Bruce is destined to become. He clearly wasn't self harming, he was testing himself. I love that he is planning Batman (in a way), even then. I LOVE THIS TV SHOW!

Gotham does two things amazingly, and that is the music and imagery. It's a dark show and there is hardly any colour at all, but when we see a panned out view of Gotham, it's contrasted with a yellow hue that makes me think about how dangerous the city really is. It addition to this, the use of music in the background is brilliant. It builds suspense to a point that I almost feel dread when the music comes on. It's a weird mixture of dread and excitement because I know something epic is about to happen.

Overall this was a great episode! I thought the origin stories would only last an episode for each villain but I like that it is taking longer. This episode was stronger than last week's pilot because the characters developed a lot more, and you weren't just trying to see the easter eggs of the villains. Plus, even though the Bruce Wayne story is in the background, it's not completely forgotten and keeps popping up. It's almost like a break from the main case.

Rating: 9/10

Check out the trailer for the next episode of Gotham, Balloonman! I can't wait!!!:

Raff is a massive Disney Geek, Thrill Seeker, Gamer and Comic Book reader. Basically she's an all round massive geek! Read more from Raff at and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube.
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