Gotham “Ghosts” review and recap
Gotham “Ghosts” Review and Recap
Gotham returned this week from its Mid-Season break with the episode “Ghosts”. Spoiler alert from this point on.
I applaud Gotham for how well it can have so many story lines running in the same episode, they touched on pretty much everything left over from before the break and even managed to bring in a few new story arcs to bring us into the new year. Let’s talk about the one story arc that most fans were anticipating for the next group of episodes, Jerome and his Joker arc
So this was probably the least fleshed out part of the episode but it really did just act as a prologue for what’s to come, the little subtle Joker hints throughout the first part of the episode were great, I loved the little Joker stickers in the morgue. The story took a creepy twist when we met up with the little Joker gang in the abandoned theater, this was when Jim and Harvey started to realize what was really going on although I don’t think they put the pieces together yet that Jerome is actually going to be brought back to life. Speaking of being brought back to life, our final scene of the episode was the scary image of Jerome’s smiling body, it just gave off Joker vibes to me.
Arguably the biggest arc of the episode was that of the Jim/ Falcone/ Lee situation. It was obvious that Jim was going to be in serious trouble when he shot Mario at the end of the last episode and that trouble came for Jim in this episode as Falcone put out a hit on Gordon (with a little help from Lee) for killing his son. So we once again saw Zsasz gunning for Jim and the predictable fight scenes between them occur, I don’t know why Jim didn’t arrest Zsasz, he could have saved himself a lot of trouble instead of just leaving him there. Lee was very angry and justifiably so with Jim this week and after finding out about how Mario had the virus she went to visit Barnes in Arkham and after about a two-minute conversation with him she decided to change her mind and decide Jim was great and doesn’t deserve to die. To be honest I would have preferred if they waited an episode or two before Lee started to be okay with this. After Falcone saw that Lee didn’t want Jim to die then he decided to call off the hit but I am expecting Zsasz and Falcone to come knocking for him again sometime this season.
The next story arc of the episode consisted of Oswald and him being mayor, this was another creepy aspect to the episode and while kind of silly, I liked it, it stuck with this version of Oswald. It had Oswald seeing his dead father everywhere and thinking that he’s going crazy, I liked this as family has always been very important to Oswald, but as the episode went on we discovered that it was a ploy by Nigma, Clayface, Barbara and Tabitha yo make Oswald seem unhinged and show is true face to the people of Gotham. One part that didn’t make much sense though is how no one was able to notice Oswald’s father besides well Oswald, I mean I’m pretty sure his face is at least a bit recognizable. I did like the twist on this story though because if it did turn out to just be Oswald literally seeing the ghost of his dead dad then I’d be a little disappointed.
The final story arc and the one that I kind of disliked was Selina’s mother coming back, this one was kind of weird as it mainly just consisted of Selina telling everyone she hates her mother, but then doesn’t hate her and then when her mother gets into a problem with the wrong crowd Selina decides to use Bruce and get his money again. It was nice seeing Bruce be able to talk Selina into talking with her mother though.
Overall I thought this episode was well done, it was the usual Gotham style of episode.
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