Gotham: Arkham review

Posted on Nov 3, 2014


Gotham Season 1, Episode 4, “Arkham”

Gotham Season 1, Episode 4, “Arkham”
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The Storyline

This fourth episode of Gotham is set around Arkham and starts off with Cobblepot turning up at at Gordon’s home with an offer to help him from the inside, telling him of an oncoming war concerning Arkham then disappears as soon as his head is turned.

Meanwhile a man approaches two politicians and kills them with a small strange handheld weapon.

The killer, now known to be a hitman, then kills a councillor in the grounds of a dilapidated Arkham Asylum as plans are unveiled by the mayor to build a new, better and stronger asylum in its place.

Cobblepot keeps his ears and eyes open to help Gordon but also to help himself and is reprimanded by crime boss Maroni.

Gordon and Bullock find out their killers name, a hitman named Blackwell, who is killing to affect the vote if the Arkham project and miss him by seconds, Gordon almost becoming a victim himself.

Bruce starts his own investigation into the murder of his parents helped by Alfred.

The restaurant where Cobblepot works is raided by masked gunman and people are killed and money stolen but he manages to save some of it and hide until help comes.

Because of his quick thinking, Don Maroni promotes him from dishwasher to restaurant manager, much to Cobblepot’s glee as their one was killed in the raid. Maroni wants to retaliate in revenge, thinking Falcone is responsible.

Gordon and Barbara have an argument about truth and lies, the latter coming clean and Bullock finds out the real Blackwell died long ago.

Fish finds a weapon in a young singer who auditions at her club that she’ll use against Falcone.

Cobblepot supplies Gordon with information about another hit, this time against the Mayor himself as Gordon races against time to his home. He arrives as does the hitman moments later…

A fight breaks out at the Mayor’s home and Gordon is almost killed until Bullock arrives in the nick of time.

Barbara keeps pushing Gordon, asking him about Cobblepot but he refuses to tell her to protect her from any outcome.

Cobblepot goes to his apartment where three men are waiting with a bundle of money. They are the ones who stole from the restaurant earlier, ordered by him. He gives them cake and they eat it, the last they will ever on this earth.


This story was fantastic and darker than the previous three episodes. It was more of a vehicle for the Penguin and the building of his empire, pitting everyone against each other as he climbs his way up to the top in the shadows.

The writing is top-notch as is the direction and production. It is showing great promise of being a modern Gothic classic series that will be remembered for many years to come.

Each episode has so far been a morsel of dark sublime and cleverly crafted scriptwriting that weaves a thread into the recesses of the soul. The stories within the main story are as good as the rest but this is what you expect from the creator of the Mentalist and the writers and rest Bruno Heller has brought along to help him with his new venture.

The young boy who plays Bruce Wayne is a great little actor and if the show continues for five years or so we could see him possibly find his destiny in part as the Dark Knight. We can only hope.

Roll on next weeks episode…


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‘Making a deal with the Devil’ – Gotham – Episode 4 – Arkham –
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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 – Ken Woodruff
Director – TJ Scott