Review: Gotham 2×09-A Bitter Pill to Swallow

This review contains spoilers.

In this episode, Tabitha orders a hit on Gordon.


Tabitha wants vengeance for what happened to Barbara so she asks a mysterious group to kill Gordon. This group will not stop sending assassins until Gordon is dead. Gordon and Barnes are trapped inside Galavan’s office as the assassins come after them. After the first several ones fail, Eduardo Flamingo is sent in to kill Gordon. While that is going on, Nygma tries to cheer up Penguin while Alfred and Selina take measures to keep Bruce away from Silver.


Cory Michael Smith and Robin Lord Taylor are a lot of fun together. They play the most popular characters on the show so it was inevitable for them to get together. It’s random but it is fun to watch.

The subplot with Bruce is potentially interesting only if Bruce doesn’t believe that Silver is on his side. I like the idea that Bruce would try to manipulate her into getting the information he wants.


Captain Barnes has an incredibly dumb line when he claims that there is no line between the cops and the bad guys; he claims that the law is what separates them. Clearly, there is a line then. That line is the law. I have no idea why the “by the books” captain feels that there isn’t a line of morality. His speech makes him seem more corrupt than most of the characters on the show in an attempt to justify Gordon.

I love the idea that Gordon has to deal with his rage and impulsiveness but it seems too late and random. The time to deal with this should have been after what happened with Firefly. Gordon has actually been fairly reasonable in the last two episodes so I’m not sure how what he did in last week’s episode is a result of him not seeing the line.

While the actors are fun, the subplot with Nygma and Penguin serves no purpose other than to establish that they still exist. The writers have a hard time balancing their large cast and it can get really irritating.

The assassins stop coming after Flamingo is defeated. Did they run out?


This is another dull episode. There are a couple of interesting moments and ideas but there are confusing character motivations and an annoying amount of padding. The show is currently trying to have its cake and eat it, too. It wants the random insanity of season one while trying to tell a legitimate story. The show can’t have it both ways but it is desperately trying to. It’s not fun anymore because it is asking me to think too much but the show doesn’t excel in that area.



Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.