“Knock Knock” The Joker is Here! Gotham Review
Episode two was a bit of a let down after a strong season opener. This episode sort of felt thrown together, with the story slightly scattered about. The focus of “Knock Knock” is mainly on the “Maniax”, what the group of Arkham breakouts have dubbed themselves, and the GCPD trying to catch them. We get to see more of Galavan and learn that he’s planning to take over the media with these crazies. Once again, Barbara is shoved aside, it seems like everything the writers worked for to make her stronger was just thrown to the wayside in this episode. She’s used as bait and doesn’t get to do anything worth noting, slightly disappointing.
The secondary storyline is between Alfred and Bruce, which is actually very sad! The secret cave holds computers full of information but Alfred is worried about Bruce meeting the same fate as his parents because of the information he may find. It makes sense for Alfred to be so worried because Bruce is the only thing he has left and he loves him like his own son, if anything happened to Bruce, Alfred would be lost! Bruce did go a little crazy when he decides to fire Alfred, but he had to prove a point to Alfred that nothing would stand in his way of finding out the truth. After sending Alfred away, Bruce goes to him to bring him back. They make a deal, if Bruce wants to continue searching for clues, he has to be ready, Alfred agrees to to train him. In return Bruce must listen to everything Alfred asks of him. Another deal is made and Alfred has to fix the computer he destroyed earlier in the episode. This leads to a really awkward exchange between Alfred and Lucius Fox, the man who encouraged Bruce to follow clues at the end of the first season. It’s honestly painfully awkward… but Lucius agrees to help Alfred fix the computer.
Gordon has a small plot as well, but he’s basically just a cop in this episode. He goes to the bar to plead to Bullock to return to the force, but Bullock refuses noting that “he has a life now” and doesn’t want to ruin that. The real reason is because of his fiancée, who adamantly said “absolutely not” before Gordon even asked the question. Gordon and Lee have an awkward exchange, as well. It seems as though she hasn’t really forgiven him for his actions of the last episode, but of course, who would! It does sort of worry me that their relationship is going to change, Gordon really can’t afford to lose Lee, I feel as though he’d come unhinged if something happened. Barbara once again comes into the picture and lures Gordon out of the GCPD, how dumb is it that he fell for that though? She’s a wanted criminal and running with a crazed pack of lunatics hell bent on taking down Gotham, why in the world would you follow her out of the precinct? This is when everything hits the fan!
We get to see Jerome in action a lot this time around and it’s really cool because he carries this episode! He goes all out and shows how crazy he’s willing to get. It’s interesting that he’s just letting Galavan call the shots though, I wonder when the dynamic will change between them and when Jerome will take over. It was a nice touch with the blood on his mouth at the end of the episode, he had the classic “Joker” look to him! I am surprised that they actually killed off the Commissioner, I definitely don’t agree with that choice, but I guess it was a necessary step to put Gordon in charge. Though I wonder if Loeb will have to return, what an interesting twist that would be! We got to see another small taste of Nygma and how awesome he’s going to be this season, I know I can’t wait to see more! There was a sweet moment with Gordon and Bruce and it’s good to see that Bruce feels bad about pushing Gordon to the limit.
Overall, this episode just didn’t stand up to the prior, which was a smidge disappointing. Hopefully they change their tune with Barbara again, I don’t like that they gave her such an interesting story arc and just took it away in the blink of an eye. Gordon is going to face a lot of challenges too, but it’s nice that Bullock decided to come back to the force!
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