Season 1 Episode 6: “Spirit of the Goat”
Directed by T.J. Scott
Written by Ben Edlund
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Victoria Cartegena
Air Date: Monday, October 27, 2014, 8pm
Before we get to the Gotham 1.6 “Spirit of the Goat” review, let’s recap, shall we?
Previously on Gotham: Is Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) a good guy or a bad one? He starts out with all these ideals. He didn’t have to choose Gotham, he wanted to make a difference. Poor Jim! Saddled with morally ambiguous partner, Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), Jim got more than he bargained for. He’s been hung upside-down from a meat hook, while investigating Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents’ murder, befriending the boy in the process. He fake killed Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), who is back causing complications galore. His girl Barbara (Erin Richards) is being warned about him by her ex-lesbian lover, Montoya (Victoria Cartagena), with whom he works. He saved future Catwoman (Camryn Bicondova) from a child trafficking ring. Jim and Harvey stop a balloon vigilante and a deadly bone-crumbling drug on the street.
Gotham 1.6 “Spirit of the Goat”: It’s a Bullock flashback as the killer known as the Spirit of the Goat that terrorized Gotham ten years ago when Bullock had a drop more idealism is back! You see where his “Cynicism 101” class came from. Cut to present day and a girl is strung up — exactly the MO of that spirit Bullock thought he killed all those years ago. Montoya gets closer to what she thinks is the truth about Penguin, who is finally reunited with his mommy (Carol Kane). Side note: This relationship is creeeeepy! This episode focuses on the case, with the rest of the cast getting side bits, including Nygma (Cory Michael Smith).
Six episodes in and this DC TV show is developing its characters well. As corrupt as Bullock might be, he is showing compassionate layers. It helps that he is the comic relief as well. It’s darkly campy and very comicbook-y, with future innuendos around every turn. Critics argue that it’s too over the top. I say it has to be if you are growing villains for the future. And I look for the innuendos. Although I’m certainly disappointed that the film and tv projects won’t cross with each other, DC’s creative chief, Geoff Johns, gave a decent reason to Buzzfeed for the multiverse decision:
Well, Arrow and Flash are the same universe, and we get a lot of great story out of that â€” especially when we have episodes that cross them over, but thatâ€™s also where our superhero universe lives. We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, itâ€™s about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world. Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through. I think the characters are iconic enough. I like [Marvelâ€™s Agents of] S.H.I.E.L.D. a lot. I love what Marvel does. Iâ€™m a huge fan. Itâ€™s just a different approach.
Gotham 1.6 “Spirit of the Goat” promo: