I can sum up my reaction to Gotham‘s third episode of season two in one word: boooooooooooooooooo!
Just when I thought this show could be stupid yet entertaining (as opposed to season one, which was just stupid), Gotham takes all the good will it had engendered in me in the first two episodes and then FLUSHED IT DOWN THE FUCKING TOILET.
Seriously. Fuck this show.
This whole “Who is going to turn out to be the Joker?” thing is the worst idea since having Steve Rogers not be Captain America anymore for the five thousandth time. Jerome was the Joker. I just can’t buy that idea that his insanity was somehow a cultural virus that MAKES PEOPLE ACT EXACTLY LIKE HIM. That is FUCKING STUPID!
And I haven’t even gotten to the whole “You’re only non-hetero characters are bad guys? Fuck you, show.” Also: somebody put some clothes on Selina. She’s a little girl – no backless dresses! CHRIST! She’s a CHILD! Also, she’s stealing to eat? I thought she, like. lived with the Penguin now. What happened to that?
I think Gotham is trying to do an “All characters must die” sorta thing, but frankly, this isn’t Game of Thrones, this is a poorly written soap opera. If you don’t know how to develop your characters (or story arc), randomly killing them off (see last week’s episode) comes off as desperate rather than a well conceived narrative. How they’re going to pull this off for 26ish episodes, I have no idea.