I have been meaning to write a post to retract my prior review of Gotham.

I had said it was worth watching, had flaws, but I hoped it overcame those flaws. I wanted to give it a chance.

I did give it a chance and it got more absurd and gorier. I had wanted to write again to say I was so sorry for recommending you watch it.

But then “Penguin’s Umbrella” happened. That is the seventh episode.


I’m a big fan of The Usual Suspects. It is a great movie. Things are separated, spun around, and put back together in an amazing tale of “how did I miss that?!?!”

The first six episodes of Gotham got gorier, grittier, more frustrating, and really more absurd. But the last two episodes have not been as gory. “The Mask” had its moments, but not like earlier episodes. Through both though has been a core of intricate storytelling. They’re clearly weaving a tapestry and the weave is getting tighter. It is something to behold.

So I am glad I did not suggest to stop watching. I’m hooked now. This show is building to something pretty great. And along the way, we’re starting to see a glimmer of hope through the pessimism.