“Prisoners”- ***** stars – aired 3/28/16
Written by Danny Cannon
Directed by Scott White
*spoilers contained within*
Greetings Gothamites! The worlds of Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) and Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) have been turned upside down lately. Detective Gordon is now an inmate at Blackgate Penitentiary for a crime he did not commit and Oswald is part of a new-found family led by Elijah Van Dahl (Paul Reubens). In this week’s episode, “Prisoners,” we see Detective Gordon going through the motions of prison life. He is a constant target of abuse by inmates and the Warden (Ned Bellamy). He is befriended by a young inmate named Peter a.k.a. Puck (Peter Mark Kendall). As often as he tells Puck not to be friends with him, Puck keeps on trying. Puck is severely beaten by the other inmates when the Warden sets up Gordon using an inmate named Weaver, who is a favorite of his. Back at the Van Dahl estate, Oswald discovers Elijah sleepwalking so he helps him to bed and reveals his crime-ridden past. The rest of the family does not take too kindly to Oswald’s revelations when they discover them for themselves.
This week’s episode of Gotham, “Prisoners”, turned out thrilling. The music was quite haunting when set to scenes depicting everyday life in prison. The scenes with Oswald and the Van Dahls were reminiscent of The Addams Family with the dark, macabre motif of the mansion and the way the family conducted themselves. Melinda Clarke is excellent as the scheming Grace Van Dahl who uses her daughter Sasha (Kaley Ronayne) as “Plan B” against Oswald. Paul Reubens is excellent as Elijah. He reminds me almost of an Edgar Allan Poe character. The star of this week’s episode had to be Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). He stepped up and pulled out all of the stops to help Detective Gordon, including talking to Don Carmine Falcone (John Doman). Who wouldn’t want Detective Bullock as their partner?
Judging from the preview of April 11th’s episode, this week was only the beginning of the mayhem that is to come. This week’s episode was so well-written with the various plot twists and shocking moments. Gotham gets better and better every episode which is one of the many reasons it has been renewed for a third season. There are many good things ahead for the remainder of this season and I cannot wait to share them with all of you, my fellow Gothamites.
Gotham airs Mondays at 8pm on Fox. Check your local listings.