WonderCon 2015: Five Things to Expect from This Week's Gotham

Saturday, 04 April 2015 - 12:04PM
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Saturday, 04 April 2015 - 12:04PM
WonderCon 2015: Five Things to Expect from This Week's Gotham
At WonderCon 2015, we saw an advance screening of this week's episode of Gotham, "Beasts of Prey," which sees a serial killer terrorize the women of Gotham City, Fish Mooney attempt to stage a jailbreak, and Bruce confronting Alfred's attempted murderer. Here are five things to expect from this week's episode, with spoilers kept at an absolute minimum:

The case-of-the-week is much more tolerable than usual

WonderCon 2015: Five Things to Expect from This Week's Gotham

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Usually, the case-of-the-week episodes are the weakest, mostly because the writers never manage to get us to care. Maybe because they do a slightly better job getting us invested in DC Comics vilains, or maybe just because I personally love serial killers, but this case-of-the-week was much more compelling than usual, and at times seemed to have genuine stakes. The real reason for the improvement, though, was probably the episode's MVP:

Milo Ventimiglia makes the perfect serial killer

WonderCon 2015: Five Things to Expect from This Week's Gotham

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Milo Ventimiglia gets more nerd cred from Heroes, but for those of you who watched Gilmore Girls, it should come as no surprise that he plays the good-looking, tortured serial killer to a tee. He brought an intensity to the role that makes me wish he'd stick around for much more than three episodes, but we'll enjoy it while we can.

But the dialogue is just as terrible as ever

WonderCon 2015: Five Things to Expect from This Week's Gotham

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Most of this episode was much more digestible than Gotham at its worst, but the dialogue still landed like bricks. The worst offender was probably Leslie Thompkins's "Whoever did this must be a monster." A monster? Really, Gotham? I've never heard that one before. Even Morena Baccarin looked embarrassed delivering that clunker. And aside from a couple of one-liners from the trusty Donal Logue that inspire a weak chuckle, the episode is completely humorless, which doesn't help.

The Dollmaker finally gets a little bit scary

WonderCon 2015: Five Things to Expect from This Week's Gotham

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The idea of the Dollmaker has always been scary, but the villain himself has never inspired too much terror. He improves by leaps and bounds this episode, becoming a genuine menace to one of the show's most badass characters. He's still a little bit of an anticlimax, and the resolution of the escape storyline is contrived in many ways, but at least the character is becoming a bonafide force to be reckoned with after all that build-up.

You'll never see Selina Kyle the same way

WonderCon 2015: Five Things to Expect from This Week's Gotham

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Baby Batman and Kitten have integrated into the show much better than anticipated, as child characters are often a drag on the proceedings. This episode confirmed that children can still have compelling storylines, as Selina Kyle is developed in a way that demonstrates the show is willing to let Bruce and Selina play with the big kids.

Gotham's "Beasts of Prey" airs on Monday at 8pm on Fox.
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