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Gotham recap: 'Harvey Dent'

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Gotham
Jessica Miglio/Fox

Gotham

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
2
run date:
09/22/14
performer:
Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith
broadcaster:
Fox
genre:
Crime, ActionAdventure

It’s amazing how quickly things can change. One minute you can be loving every moment of your favorite show and the next you’re caught in some inescapable filler episode, where minutes seems to take hours. Two episodes ago, Gotham had appeared to have found its footing. The action was addicting and characters were growing into their roles. The city of Gotham had never felt more alive.

That’s all gone now.

“Harvey Dent” is an episode that hangs in limbo, where after the credits roll, it’s hard to really pinpoint if anything important even happened. This episode primarily stumbles around a pointless bomber plot that unfolds into a bunch of nothing. This is only met with equal emotionless scenes involving a lonely Jim Gordon bemoaning (maybe?) the loss of Barbara and the arrival of Harvey Dent, the episode’s future Two-Face namesake, that brings a painful relapse to the hokey, Joel Schumacher-esque pilot episode. There’s just not really a lot to like here, but let’s dig through it and see if there isn’t something worth remembering.

The episode opens with pint-size Selina Kyle being brought to Gordon’s apartment. Jim soon realizes that he’s been jilted… again. At this point, it’s best to label this Gordon/Barbara back-and-forth as a toxic relationship. It’s somewhat similar to when a good friend of yours dates someone you find really, really annoying. You’re sad when they eventually break up, because your friend is sad, but deep, deep down you’re all smiles. It’s easy to feel somewhat happy every time Barbara leaves Jim, and that’s probably not the emotion the show writers are going for.

Anyways, Cat is in Jim’s apartment in the first place because she’s decided to finally cooperate with Gordon so she can stay out of juvenile detention. For her protection, she’s quickly spirited away to Wayne Manor. Bruce and Cat exchange a few rosy-cheeked, eyelash-flashing exchanges—which felt a little weird to watch two 12-year-olds flirt but whatever—and is a clear allusion to the two characters’ on-again off-again romantic future as depicted in the comics.

Now that Cat is safe with Bruce and an irritated Alfred Pennyworth, Gordon and the coin-flipping Harvey Dent try to oust the Waynes’ killer by entrapping a high brow billionaire named Dick Lovecraft as the possible murderous mastermind. There’s a couple problems with all of this. First off, when we meet Harvey Dent (Heroes‘ Nicholas D’Agosto) for the first time, within two minutes he’s already flipping his two-headed coin and leaving things up to chance and doing the good ole Harvey Dent thing.

NEXT: An explosion!… of boring

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