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Gotham "Wrath Of The Villains: Into The Woods" Review - AVClub

AVClub: Despite all the side plots and divergences and the over-abundance of villains, the second season of Gotham has been preoccupied with a single theme: is Jim Gordon any better than the people he’s putting behind bars? It’s a familiar trope in a variety of mediums, and for good reason. There’s something compelling about considering how good and evil is a sliding scale, how all actions can fall in a morally grey area. For the most part, Gotham has failed to meaningfully engage with the very theme it seems so preoccupied with, too often giving Gordon a pass within the narrative. Sure, Gordon went to prison, but the stakes weren’t all that high. The show mostly glossed over the death of Galavan, meaning that Gordon’s murderous moment has never really been reckoned with. In fact, the show has gone out of its way to construct a frame job that merely distracts from the fact that Gordon actually killed someone in cold blood, and “Wrath Of The Villains: Into The Woods” continues Gotham’s recent streak of failing to really deal with Gordon’s shoddy morality while indulging in seemingly meaningless and plodding subplots.

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