TV Review: Gotham 1.7 “Penguin’s Umbrella”
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Season 1 Episode 7: “Penguin’s Umbrella”
Written 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, November 3, 2014, 8pm

Gotham’s golden rule: No heroes! And…spoiler alert!

So who was the villain du jour on last week’s Gotham? Bullock (Donal Logue) thought he killed him ten years ago. Is this “Spirit of the Goat” a copycat? Milky rising from the grave? Gotham’s firstborn one percenters are being strung up and displayed surrounded by candles in tribute. Bullock’s layers are showing. He is more and more enjoyable this week. Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) cannot stop being awkward–first by telling Bullock bad riddles and then harassing his crush. Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) is comforted by his mom (Carol Kane), and seems like they would be comfortable as members of the Bates family. The best moment of the episode was Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey’s old partner commiserating that Bullock always thinks he’s right. Montoya thinks she has enough to arrest Gordon. Ah, the dramatic irony! Who else LOVED the last second nose-to-nose moment of the episode?

Gotham 1.7 “Penguin’s Umbrella” review:

With Penguin’s big reveal, everything is upside-down and twisted around. Gordon and Barbara (Erin Richards) are in danger, and of course Penguin has a big bulls-eye on his back from Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith).

This episode is one of the first devoted to the overarching storyline, without a minor “big bad” to apprehend. It is heartwarming to see Barbara stand by her man. No wonder he ended up marrying her. This is one of the better episodes as you see Gordon starting to get a “good guy” following, instead of being the odd man out. He may regret not killing Penguin because of all the trouble he is now in, and even without the audience knowing the timeline that he did NOT kill Penguin, he knows it was the right thing to do. Look to start liking Montoya and Allen this episode.


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