I wasn't sure what to think of the most recent Gotham episode, 'Tonight's The Night.' There was a lot of build up for what was ultimately a disappointing payoff. I suppose we still have plenty of episodes to go, but 'Tonight's The Night' seemed uninspired.
In last night's episode we saw Galavan sending Jim Gordon's ex, Barbara, to kill him, presumably to distract Gordon with a plan too complex and surreal for an audience to follow, while he made an attempt to screw over Bruce Wayne.
Galavan's genius plan involved tricking a 13-year-old Bruce into signing away Wayne Enterprises, a "business deal" which any future genius-level tactician and strategist could see through in a heartbeat. Anyway, isn't Bruce too young to sign away a company?
Believe it or not Bruce considers the decision, despite Alfred advising him against it, but changes his mind at the very last minute, after which Galavan is arrested unrealistically promptly for the kidnapping of Mayor James. Galavan is carted off by Gordon and the GCPD, leaving Bruce looking sullen as the letter supposedly containing the identity of his parents' killer burns.
Don't misunderstand, the scene with Bruce sitting across from Galavan is pretty good. Galavan appeals to Bruce's good nature, claiming that Wayne Enterprises is corrupt and in need of cleansing, which of course only he can do.
Actors David Mazouz and James Frain actually worked well on screen to pull together the primary plot point. It was more the writing of the episode that didn't work. The plot was too convenient and poorly constructed, and not everything panned out.
There were also very few easter eggs and DC references in the episode, but I've lined a few up interesting aspects of the episode.
Easter Eggs and DC References
1. The Early Days of Batman
For starters, Bruce and Alfred discussed how long it will take until Bruce is ready to fight the corruption in his family's company.
"My training -- the skills that I need to take down the corruption at Wayne Enterprises -- how long will it take?" [...] "A year, two years, five?"
"Well a lot longer than that for you to be the man that you need to be."
This was a fairly clear reference to the intense training Batman went through to become the vigilante. Of course, the way in which Bruce achieved his Batman status and how long it took has changed with the various reinterpretations of the character; however, it's clear that he doesn't manage it while still a child.
This is also a kick in the teeth for any Gotham fans who were hoping to see Batman in the near future. How long will they have to wait? "A lot longer," apparently.
Sleep and dreams were important thematically this episode, which began with an extended dream sequence fresh from the mind of Barbara Gordon. The interesting scene depicted Barbara and Gordon's wedding which didn't particularly go as planned.
Crazy-story-short, a small black bird flew out of Barbara Gordon's mouth, followed by her finding her mouth bound and the guests pointing guns at her. The sequence seems to represent her defeat, as well as her dissatisfaction with how she's treated others.
Does this mean she's going to be redeemed? Considering how the rest of the episode played out I doubt it, but it was an interesting development to see a visual display of her mental state.
3. The Wedding of The Gordon's
I've already covered this to a certain extent. But it's worth pointing out that in the comic books Jim Gordon and Barbara Kean do get married, after which they start a family, including a couple of mini-Gordons.
After the events of 'Tonight's The Night' it's unlikely that we'll be seeing any fun-size Gordons running around Gotham, but it's a nice wink to the comic books.
4. The Cave
The cave hasn't made much of an appearance on Gotham since its discovery in the Season 1 finale and in the premiere of Season 2. But in order to make the potentially-devastating decision as to whether he should sell his family company, Bruce retired to the pre-batcave.
In it we observe an intense and well-crafted scene between Bruce and Alfred where they discuss his future and training. Amidst the discussion we see some great shots of the future batcave.
The location was the perfect choice for the scene, in which the pair discuss fundamental aspects of Bruce Wayne's childhood and events which will ultimately lead to his becoming Batman.
Overall, I found 'Tonight's The Night' to be a little disappointing, but within the episode some fantastic scenes were imbedded: the dream sequence and the discussion in the batcave. I feel like the show's creators are building up to a big reveal, which I'm anxious to see.