Throwing punches at Gotham is a little like kicking a bad and limping dog; you’ve already screamed and shouted about its uselessness, any other insults just fill you with guilt. You begin to pity it, like some pathetic thing that cannot get over its own problems, chasing after its own rabid tail and ending up in more pain. You want to throw it a scrap of meat but it just makes the same mistakes constantly so you ended up searching for thin comments of praise to shower it with, patting its back carefully in case it bites you instead.
So can Welcome Back, Jim Gordon stop chasing the same plot points and messages around?
Well, the costumes are great.
How sick are you of me tearing into Gotham’s repetitiveness? Not possibly as much as I am of having to watch a show that continues to use incessant tropes and plot points as though the entire series is on a factory assembly line. Did you know that one of the most basic definitions of insanity is to repeat the same thing, expecting different results? This is probably one of the reasons why Gotham is so infuriating; and driving everyone insane. Because Gordon is trying to rally against murderous cops only to be told that he shouldn’t by his super has been done. He’s even done the whole monologue thing and angry “You are all bad cops, hurdurhdurh,” speech. And it shouldn’t be brought back into the show.
All Gotham needs is a change of story and pace. Give Gordon one case that takes him in and out of the police station that travels over three episodes that isn’t the Wayne deaths. All the while simultaneously battling with the corruption and how easy it is to solve crimes when he laps it up. Let Fish disappear for a while only to come back in a blaze of glory (if she survives this whole debacle that is) and give Penguin something dastardly to do.
And holy rusty metal Batman, let’s have one episode where we aren’t reminded of our characters future incarnations.