This is Gotham. This isn't Smallville.
It's hard for me to write entertaining and well-thought-out reviews of substandard material. As I've previously noted, I don't like talking trash about a show I love either. Finally, it's a strange feeling watching a show where you feel like part of it has jumped the shark but you still love all the rest of it. I can't think of any other case of this in my television viewing history. So, this will be a short review.
What happens in this episode is simple. Jim captures Barnes and Eddie finds out Isabella was murdered, telling Ozzie he believes Butch to be the culprit. It's unclear if that's a ruse or not - Edward being Edward, I would think so - but both these plots are very primitive and straightforward. That said they're all very well acted. Especially Michael as Barnes is doing a great job, the tension between him and Jim is palpable and their rapport is great. As for Isabella being dead, that's just... weird. We never got to know her motive or background, and I have a hard time believing she's really gone forever.
Then we have the Batcat storyline, which is just rather confusing.
In summary, Ivy meets a man and steals a diamond necklace from him, then runs to Selina for protection. This, of course, means she has to reveal her identity to her, which makes you question why the show bothered to have her hiding it in the first place. Her making fun of Selina and keeping her in the dark for one episode in 'Anything For You' serves no purpose, and the reveal itself packs no punch. It almost looks like Camren herself thinks the whole situation is absurd.
After that, some men of unknown affiliation show up at Selina's place shooting at them, they run and Bruce decides they should return the necklace but end up finding the owner dead in his home, murdered by the same men who chased them. Finally they notice there's a key inside the diamond. One would assume that the reason for this plot is to re-fire the Court of Owls arc, even though I have no idea where this is going.
The weak link here is the new Ivy Pepper. It pains me to say this, but the truth is Maggie Geha is no great actress and her scripts are awkwardly written. Her character lacks emotional depth and pairing her with the brilliant David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova she falls stunningly flat despite being "ten feet tall".
You can't just throw in a Smallville-esque pretend-teen with the ensemble's real teens and think no-one will notice. I do realize that "she got aged up by a monster", which is among the most nonsensical pieces of storytelling I've seen on the show, but the show advertised her new persona as "nineteen years old" and Maggie is nearly one decade older. All in all, their scenes are simply grating, some cute fluff aside, even if their storyline is currently among the most promising ones on the show as both Barnes and Jervis are incarcerated.
"Most promising" doesn't equal "least contrived", though. Frankly, it's amazing how much trouble these kids are getting themselves into, even when not looking for it.
In this show, Jim and Harvey are the cops, Eddie and Ozzie are the crooks, and Bruce, Selina and Ivy are the Scooby-Doo gang. They've been shot at with crossbows, gassed, attacked by life-draining monsters, hunted by assassins and a sword-wielding madman, kidnapped multiple times and nearly sacrificed by an insane cult and burned alive by a crazed pyromaniac. Judging from Bruce and Selina alone, it's a miracle any Gotham teenager survives into adulthood.
In "Batcat romance news" Selina denies that Bruce is her boyfriend. I guess this is the show setting up a situation with Ivy seeing that as a window of opportunity and Selina coming to regret that statement. However, I'm not sure the show will actually go through with showing anything physical between Bruce and Ivy. That would make for uncomfortable viewing for most people, seeing as Maggie is almost twice David's age. Then again, Gotham is known for its crazy.
The bottom line is this is the weakest installment since the second episode of the season, and much of it is due to hamfisted dialog, telegraphed plotlines and... well, Ivy. However, the next one looks to be a bomb. Pun intended.
Episode still courtesy of farfarawaysite.com