GOTHAM EPISODE 10 “Lovecraft”
Assassins launch an attack on Wayne manor, looking for Selina Kyle. Selina and Bruce Wayne flee into Gotham while James Gordon, Harvey Bullock and Alfred Pennyworth search the children, their assailants and the man who orchestrated the attack, Dick Lovecraft. Oswald Cobblepot continues to manipulate Don Falcone and Fish Mooney, increasing the tensions in Gotham's mafia.
Sex & Nudity – A teenage kiss.
Violence & Gore – Some melee combat and gunfights.
Profanity – Moderate language for prime time TV; this particular episode wasn’t excessively profane, but did air a few expletives
“Of course I would have tried to stop you, you putz“ – Harvey Bullock
“Lovecraft” begins with a group of assassins infiltrating Wayne Manor in search of Selina Kyle. Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler, fends off the attackers so that Bruce and Selina can escape. Alfred tears into Detective James Gordon for his carelessness, exposing Gordon’s plans to his partner Harvey Bullock. Bullock and Gordon argue with some funny antics until Alfred brings them both back to the reality of the situation.The three split up; James Gordon heads to Harvey Dent to find out how the assassins knew where Selina Kyle was; Harvey Bullock and Alfred Pennyworth search for where Kyle could have taken Bruce.
Don Falcone has Oswald Cobblepot nabbed so that he can interrogate him about the attack on his vault. Oswald Cobblepot continues to manipulate the Mafia Don, furthering the tension between Falcone and Cobblepot’s former employer Fish Mooney. Falcone kills one of his men in a meeting to show Fish Mooney and the other mafia deputies his displeasure . Alfred Penyworth and Harvey Bullock find their way to Fish Mooney while searching for Selina Kyle, and the butler appeals to Mooney’s honor and compassion.
Selina Kyle leads Bruce Wayne into Gotham, introducing the boy to the more sinister side of the city. The two meet up with Ivy Pepper, the daughter of the framed killer of Bruce Wayne’s parents, and the future Poison Ivy.
Harvey Dent brings James Gordon to one of Dick Lovecraft’s hideouts. Lovecraft, the corrupt businessman Dent suspects had a hand in the Wayne’s murder and in “Harvey Dent” the District Attorney who bluffed that he had proof of Lovecraft’s guilt, explains to Gordon that he is not the mastermind, but another underling and goes on to try to explain why he thinks the Waynes were murdered. The two are interrupted by the same assassins that the episode “Lovecraft” started with, and after a fight with Gordon, the female assailant knocks out the detective.
Mooney finds out where Selina Kyle might be and gives the information to Alfred Pennyworth and Harvey Bullock. Bullock calls Gordon, waking him up and telling him where Selina and Bruce are.
Gordon searches the apartment and discovers Dick Lovecraft has been murdered with his service pistol.
Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne meet up with one of the thief’s fences. When Selina refuses to sell items she stole from Wayne Manor for a ridiculously low price the fence captures both.
The assassins show up again, showing that they have worked out a deal with Selina Kyle’s fence. The two children attempt to escape as Alfred Pennyworth and Harvey Bullock arrive at the warehouse the fence runs.
Selina Kyle escapes the warehouse and Alfred and Bruce reunite as James Gordon arrives at the scene.
Mayor James fumes over the murder of Dick Lovecraft and threatens to throw both Detective James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent under the bus, but in the end, only James Gordon suffers the Mayor’s wrath.
Gordon says his goodbyes to Harvey Bullock and Edward Nigma. Meanwhile, Selina returns to Wayne Manor to say her goodbyes to Bruce.
The episode closes with James Gordon entering his new position at Arkham Asylum.
“Butler, mate. I’m the butler” – Alfred Pennyworth
“Lovecraft” continues Gotham‘s trend of successfully picking up the end of previous episodes and rolling hard and fast. The ramifications of Harvey Dent’s bluff cause Jim Gordon to question his alliance with the District Attorney, and Alfred Pennyworth to question his alliance with Detective Gordon. Alfred, “the butler mate,” proves himself to be more than capable at hand to hand combat, fairing much better against the female assassin than Jim Gordon does later on in the show. The former Royal Marine wrestles a pistol away from one of the assassins and manages to kill another, shrugging away a gunshot wound as just a scratch in the process. Alfred continues to show his skill further on in “Lovecraft,” surprising Fish Mooney’s right hand man Butch Gilzean and then convincing Mooney to help him and Harvey Bullock. When Bullock and Pennyworth arrive at the warehouse where Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are suspected to be, Alfred wastes no time going in, literally, guns blazing. Previously, in “Penguin’s Umbrella,” Alfred shows a brief glimmer of his capabilities when he manages to grab Cripus Allen, one of the Major Crimes Detectives, when Allen and Renee Montoya attempt to sneak Jim Gordon into Wayne Manor. Now in “Lovecraft,” Sean Pertwee gets to really run with Alfred Pennyworth being much more than just a billionaire’s Butler. Alfred is a beloved character to many Batman fans regardless if portrayed by the late Michael Gough, Michael Caine, or Jeremy Irons. While Sean Pertwee has done a great job playing Pennyworth up to this point the character hasn’t been in the spotlight too much. Seeing this much of Alfred isjust fantastic.
While Alfred fights off the assassins, Selina grabs Bruce’s hand and runs off. The episode starts right after showing the assassins get to Wayne Manor, with Bruce and Selina balancing on the banister of stairs. The light of the floor below flowing through the banister gives off an eerily cool Batman symbol, making the scene one of the more memorable. Selina is now vacillating between encouraging Bruce’s eclectic study plan and teasing him as she leads him through Gotham, showing a precursor to the inner turmoil of Catwoman not wanting to be evil. David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova are great together, and while I was under the impression Bruce Wayne wouldn’t be such a predominant character Mazouz is bringing to life a young Bruce Wayne only shown briefly in live action media. Selina ditching Bruce in the warehouse, then showing back up to Wayne Manor was a final depiction of her hesitance for the season.
The Mafia boss who many thought was getting too old for the job, but had showed otherwise in “Penguin’s Umbrella,” is back and as impressive as ever in “Lovecraft.” Don Falcone’s calm demeanor is gone after his vault is attacked. First questioning Oswald Cobblepot about the attack, then showing the gravity of the matter by killing another lieutenant in front of Fish Mooney, Falcone is practically on a Rampage. John Doman commanded the screen, being the fun to watch villain just opposite Alfred Pennyworth as the hero. Fish and Oswald are not as impressive in this episode, and I am still worried that Fish Mooney might not survive to see season two.
The final bad…guy introduced in this half of the first season was Copperhead. Kind of. The problem isn’t that Gotham swapped genders in making Copperhead a female—that was already done in the video game Batman: Arkham Origins—and I don’t hate her appearance in it. The problem is that other than her proclivity to knock out victims, there is little indication that this assassin is the future Copperhead. Poison Ivy shows up to say hi in “Lovecraft”; but her name is Ivy, she has red hair. and wears green clothes. The only thing that could have made her future alter ego more obvious was to play the 80’s-90’s glam metal band Poison play when she’s shown, yet there is nothing to make anyone think that the lead assassin could be using toxins to murder in the future. In a show where many avid Batman fans criticize everything for being too on the nose, Copperhead was too underplayed.
One character that was absent for “Lovecraft” was the reviled Barbara Kean. “Harvey Dent” ended with the reveal that Barbara returned to her former lover Renee Montoya, but neither are present in “Lovecraft.” Montoya, and her MCU partner Crispus Allen, are referenced but Jim Gordon’s fiancé was omitted. Was this because the writers have discovered that the thinly written character is getting no love from viewers, or because they have no desire to give Barbara Kean any depth whatsoever? The rumor is that another love interest for Gordon is in store for the second half of the season, so perhaps Kean isn’t long for the show?
“Penguin’s Umbrella” still holds the crown for the best episode, an opinion shared by Executive Producer Danny Cannon, and the ‘”Pilot” episode has to come in second. “Lovecraft” might, just might, deserve the bronze for the first ten episodes.
“Who employs butlers anymore?” – Alfred Pennyworth
With James Gordon officially knocked down from Detective to Jailor at Arkham Asylum at the end of “Lovecraft,” the second half of the season has a lot of potential for introducing more crazy future Batman baddies. It also shows Gordon’s unrelenting tenacity to do the right thing. He mentions the demotion to Harvey Bullock, and his partners response was “….” Gordon refuses to give in though, and we are called to be just as tenacious in our faith. The misconception that Christians are protected from ever seeing troubles in life is unfounded and dangerous. As C.S. Lewis, a favorite author of mine, said “If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” We are never promised that our faith will be easy, or comfortable. What we are promised is, that in this walk of Faith, we’ll never be left alone. We’re never expected to do this life thing on our own; in fact the opposite is the case, and we are encouraged to rely on God. We are heartened to stay faithful to the life He has chosen for us, to let Him guide our actions. We are promised that if we do He’ll never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6), that with Him on our side, no one can defeat us (Romans 8:31). When Jim Gordon entered the gate of Arkham Asylum, all I could think of was “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” (Psalms 23:4). If anything represented the shadow of the valley of death in the Batman Mythos, it would be Arkham. I’m excited to see what the second half of the season holds, and I encourage you to imitate Gordon’s resolve in your own faith!
+ Alfred Pennyworth is the coolest butler ever
+ Harvey Bullock
+ Don Falcone
+ Music by The Sex Pistols
- No Barbara