Gotham: The Mask begins with two men fighting in what appears to be an abandoned office. Using whatever they can find as weapons, the two fight until one is dead and the other loses a thumb. The entire battle is caught on the room’s cctv. The body of the loser is found at the docks the next day. Enigma asks if he should run all the prints as he pulls the winner’s thumb out of the dead man’s mouth.
The latest episode of Gotham: Penguin’s Umbrella reveals a great many things behind the scenes in the hometown of Bruce Wayne, not least of which being that the entire police department requires shooting lessons. It also shows what forces are behind what players. Jim Gordon has a lot of support from Barbara Keen, and later his partner Harvey Bullock proves that he also supports his partner. Granted Gordon has more than a little support from Bruce Wayne and his “trusted” manservant Alfred. In terms of whom is behind who by the time the episode ends, Penguin has some surprising support, Don Falcone.
In Gotham this week a new drug hits the streets called Viper and while Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock try to find the source, Penguin, aka Oswald Cobblepot makes a new friend in Sal Maroni who believes that Falcone was the one who stole his money in the Cobblepot orchestrated robbery. As origins stories go, Gotham is fairly entertaining. Just in the female stakes alone, this FOX series has not only Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers, The Last House on the Left) but Jada Pinkett Smith (Hawthorne, Collateral) as well. Although Paxton’s character was not in this episode.
Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates, is surprisingly good, despite its contrived plot. The film is classed as a comedy and it is funny, but it is also quite touching. For this reason alone perhaps a label of “dramedy” would be a better fit.