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Another Monday brings another awesome installment of Gotham Stories. The latest episode, which is titled “Can Gordon and Bullock Help Penguin?,” could very well be the most important viewing of these motion comics to date.
Featuring the voice talents of Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin), Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle/Cat), Nathan Darrow (Victor Fries), Ben McKenzie (Jim Gordon) and Donal Logue (Harvey Bullock), this is the fourth of five motion comics intending to bridge the gap between the first half of Gotham’s second season, “Rise of the Villains,” and its second half, “Wrath of the Villains.”
As fans of the TV series are well aware, Jim Gordon and Oswald Cobblepot have had a storied friendship. Or would “shaky alliance” be a more apt description? Either way you slice it, it would seem their relationship has now concluded as Gordon has no choice but to slap a pair of handcuffs on Gotham City’s biggest crime lord. Hey, I did say this was a rather important episode, did I not?
Considering that initial promo videos for “Wrath of the Villains” show Penguin taking up residence in Arkham Asylum, we can only assume that this is where the first domino fell. The fact that Fox was willing to place such a major plot development in one of these motion comics is indeed a risky move and I applaud them for it. Still, I would not rule out the possibility that this scene – or some variation of it – was shot on film with the intention of including it in the mid-season premiere.
Gotham returns with new episodes next Monday, February 29 at 8:00 pm EST on Fox, and you can expect to see the likes of Mr. Freeze, Dr. Hugo Strange, Matches Malone, and a host of other villains as this season races toward its conclusion.
– Eric Joseph