Gotham: The Balloonman review

Posted on Oct 27, 2014



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Episode 3 of Gotham begins with a corrupt banker being attached to a large balloon and elevated into the sky. Selina Kyle leading Jim Gordon to the scene of the Wayne’s death, relaying what she saw. She escapes not long after he takes her there.

Meanwhile Cobblepot arrives back in Gotham, killing another person who was going to take him to Fish Mooney.
Montoya and Allen accuse Gordon of killing Cobblepot, little realising he is alive and well, quite insane and killing in Gotham again…

The Balloonman strikes again, this time attacking a detective of the Gotham City Police Department, himself corrupt. A vigilante is at work it seems who has killed two and has possible other victims.

Alfred tries to teach Bruce how to fence using canes as foils to teach him defence and discipline.
Cobblepot gets a job in a kitchen where gangsters frequent and he sees this as an opportunity to build his empire, keeping his head down and his ears and eyes open.

Fish is still vying for power behind the scenes, trying to kill Falcone by any means necessary without any comeback her way but Falcone is suspicious…

Gordon and Bullock capture the Balloonman who tells them he may have been caught but others will follow in his wake to fight corruption and crime in Gotham.

Barbara is confronted by Montoya, claiming Gordon Killed Cobblepot, only for him to turn up later at the home of Gordon, much to his astonishment and shock.

The Balloonman was a strong episode and has sewn the seeds of young Bruce’s path to his destiny as he reads the news and watches what is going on in the media.

The acting and writing in Gotham is top-notch, especially from Robin Lord Taylor and Sean Pertwee. Both are stealing the show for me and I have a feeling they are both enjoying their roles immensely. As for the show itself and the direction in which the story is going, well, whose to say? It is following the source material as closely as possible whilst going in its own direction. I am loving it so far.


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Gotham – Balloonman
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Ben McKenzie as James Gordon.
Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara as Sarah Esse
Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot
Erin Richards as Barbara Kean
Camren Bicondova as Selina “Cat” Kyle
Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma
Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney
Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, detective in the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department
Andrew Stewart-Jones as Crispus Allen, detective in the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department
John Doman as Carmine Falcone

Richard Kind as Aubrey James, the Mayor of Gotham City
Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Fish Mooney’s second-in-command
Clare Foley as Ivy Pepper, loosely based on the character Poison Ivy
Kyle Massey as Macky, a kid living on the streets of Gotham
Carol Kane as Gertrud Kapelput, the over-possessive, mother of Oswald Cobblepot.
David Zayas as Salvatore Maroni, a Mafia Don who heads a crime family rival to Don Falcone’s
Michaelangelo Milano as Lazlo, a waiter who works for Fish Mooney and is also her lover
Nicholas D’Agosto as Harvey Dent, Assistant District Attorney
Makenzie Leigh as Liza, a wild child


Writer – John Stephens
Director – Dermott Downs