Fox‘s Gotham Beasts of Prey TV Show Review. Gotham Season 1, Episode 19: Beasts of Prey lives up to its name with a deeply cynical narrative. Gotham has never been a very pleasant place, and always packed full of rogues, but the degree to which almost everyone is at their most savage here borders on exploitation film territory–an impression not helped because, in common Gotham fashion, there’s not enough apparent depth beneath the brutality.
Among the arcs going on here is the plan, by Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) to escape the clutches of the sociopathic Dr. Francis Dulmacher (Colm Feore). As always, Fish’s biggest asset is her willingness to sink to any level to double-cross her way to success, so her getting lean and mean isn’t too much of a shock, and in fact can be a guilty pleasure. On the other hand, this week’s villain, the titular Ogre, Jason Lennon (Milo Ventimiglia) is simply a flat and heartless serial killer who projects essentially no entertainment value on his own. Instead, he functions as a big bump in the misadventures of Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he eyes the presidency of the police force. Meanwhile, having been blackmailed into silence by Gordon, Commissioner Loeb (Peter Scolari)
Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) is eying a divey bar owned by a religious old hag named Lidia (Barbara Rosenblat), and makes a pact with her to “rescue” her granddaughter from her hated boyfriend, in a brutal fashion.
Simultaneously, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) opts to go after the man who stabbed Alfred (Sean Pertwee), eschewing the help of Jim Gordon but getting voluntary assistance from Selina Kyle (Camren Bicodova) who undertakes the task with ruthless efficiency.
It would be nice to be able to reveal more, but unfortunately, because of this episode being essentially many setups to bleak behavior all across the board, going into detail anywhere would serve to spoil things. That said, although it’s not a very good episode taken by itself, it does feel like a segue to the long portent season finale where all Hell breaks loose, as by now, even the ever-ethical Gordon might be reaching his moral breaking point…
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