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GOTHAM - "Viper" Review

Raff takes a break from building that penguin enclosure to bring us her review of this weeks new Gotham episode, Viper.

Well, Gotham certainly is a grower! I loved the first episode, fell off the wagon with the second, third and fourth and now, after watching the fifth, I am in love with it again! For the first time ever, I watched my shows at night and found it really hard to stay awake. Not because the episode was boring, but because I was all drugged up with Night Nurse. I'm full of cold and actually feel like there is Gotham inside me, waging war against me! Anyway, I managed to stay awake to watch the credits begin and the blue lights flash across the Gotham font... and then I was well away.

Fast Paced
The reason that I thought this episode was a lot better than the others was because of the pace. We saw more of the characters and we weren't just given tidbits here and there. I felt like we saw more of Bruce and got to know him a bit more, but I will go into that later. We got into the meat of the crime straight away, with the gist of it being that there was a drug called "viper" which made people super powerful for about an hour, but then their bones seemed to disintegrate and they turned to jelly. In itself this process was grossly awesome!

One problem that I did have with this drug was people seemed to carry on taking it even though they knew that the first bloke had turned to mush! I found that a bit hard to believe. Plus, sometimes I think people are a lot smarter than just blindly inhaling from a bottle that says "breathe me," but having said that I have seen some people in my time that were a few planks short of a ladder!

Bruce and Alfred
I love their storyline. In this episode we learn that Bruce has been digging through some old paperwork and has found a conspiracy within the Wayne Enterprises to give the Gangsters a share of Arkham. He is not having any of it and goes to the Wayne fundraiser to confront the members of the board. What I like about this arc is that it shows Alfred and Bruce bonding, because Alfred is finally helping with the investigation into the company. When Bruce saw him do that his little face lit up.

Fish Mooney
In the first few episodes, I really liked Fish. I thought she was cool and I liked to see a female Gangster. However I'm finding her too evil to like now. She is going to be that character that we all love to hate, and to be honest, I don't really like Maroni either. The only gangster I do like is Falcone, because he reminds me of the old school Rat Pack. I feel like he's going to be the lesser evil in this show. After all, he hated that the Wayne's were killed and understood that for there to be evil, there needs to be some good in the world.

I am not going to lie, I am finding it really hard to like Gordon. I want to like him so much but sometimes he needs a kick up the backside. I just need some emotion from him. I liked him when he panicked about Penguin's little home visit last week, but now he's back to being a bit too straight faced. I did think it was hilarious when Maroni had him kidnapped and he had to save Penguin, that was a brilliant twist. I do like Penguin at the moment, I remember being disgusted by him in the movie, but in this show he is sort of like a loveable rogue - oh, and this has nothing to do with my love for penguins overall! Yes, I would like a pet penguin and to turn my back garden into a penguin palace, but not this Penguin!!

Overall I thought this was a strong 'monster of the week' episode, but I think it is time for a juicy two-parter to get us into the thick of the mythology.

Rating: 7/10

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

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