‘Gotham’ season 2, episode 9 review: The Order of St Dumas arrives

Jim GordonLast week’s new episode of “Gotham” was an excellent showcase of Jim Gordon versus Barbara Kean, and he was forced to confront some of his demons in a way that he hadn’t been for most of the season when it comes to her.

So how did the show follow that awesomeness up? With an episode that was for the most part a valley in a season full of peaks. There was too much of a deliberate attempt to form a bridge between one story and the next, and while we understand this needs to happen from time to time, seeing Tabitha unleash some assassins on Jim was not altogether compelling. It mostly gave us a chance to see him working alongside Captain Barnes, and we’ll give some credit to Michael Chiklis for lifting this story up slightly beyond procedural territory. We understand now more of why he is so literal when it comes to his interpretation of the law, and why he allows for little to no breathing room at almost all times.

Jim’s work is starting to impact his relationship with Lee greatly, and he finally asked a question many of us were wondering: Why is she with him? While he may be all hard-nosed and charming, he also has a laundry list of people who want to kill him. What we just don’t understand is why Tabitha, given her skills, isn’t going after Jim herself … even while in recovery.

There were a few highlights elsewhere: Bruce and Alfred battling over how to treat Silver St. Cloud was interesting albeit somewhat predictable. Meanwhile, Nygma “inspiring” the Penguin was fun, and we suppose some of the more plodding stories were worth it just to get to the Order of St. Dumas reveal at the end. Their presence should make things interesting moving forward, given that they are a great part of the Batman mythology. Grade: B-.

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