Gotham: Viper review

Posted on Nov 14, 2014


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I am almost a week late with this review as I have been busy with my other writing projects but it is better late than never, so here goes…

The Storyline

Episode five of Gotham starts with Bruce putting up clues to who may have killed his parents and wants to know how his company, his legacy works. Alfred tries to help him, worried he is losing himself in darkness.

Meanwhile Cobblepot is now head waiter at Maroni’s restaurant and is watching everything that goes on in his quest for ultimate power.

A busker in the streets is given a green liquid drug called Viper as a payment that he stupidly takes only for it to give him immense strength and psychotic behaviour, resulting him ripping an ATM out of the wall and running off with it.

Fish is still vying for power too over Falcone using her new pet Liza, a nightclub singer to get what she wants.

Gordon and Bullock give chase in their search for the busker who tries to get them to listen but dies in an horrific way, causing all bones to break inside them, before he can do so. Meanwhile, the man who gave him the Viper drug is giving many more out on the streets of Gotham to anyone who will accept them.

Cobblepot meanwhile tells Maroni who he really is thinking it the right move but that is his mistake.

Gordon and Bullock interview a woman from the company WellZyn who confirms to them that the drug was made at their labs. As Gordon is about to investigate further, one of Maroni’s henchmen come to collect him, telling him they have Cobblepot and will kill him and expose his part in letting him live if he doesn’t. He has a black bag put over his head and they drive away from Gotham City Police Department.

Maroni threatens the life of Cobblepot directly to Gordon if he does not tell the truth, but Gordon is a good man and tells him what he wants to hear much to Cobblepot’s relief and Maroni’s joy; the latter promising to be in touch with Gordon very soon if needed.

Gordonn and Bullock question and elderly professor who is in on the Viper terrorism with Stan Potolsky and says WellZyn and Wayne Enterprises has to pay before taking the drug himself and attacking them both.

Bruce and Alfred are at a party held by Wayne Enterprises but do not realise that Potolsky is about to gas them all with the Viper drug Potolsky created who is himself infected by the drug after Gordon shoots a cannister to stop it leaking down to the party below.

Before Potolsky dies, he tells them to go to warehouse 39 but when they do they find nothing there. Bruce and Alfred in the meantime are now working together to fight the corruption in Wayne Enterprises that was responsible for the Viper drug.

Liza meets Falcone in a park where she begins the infiltration planned by Fish and Nikolai


Written by yet another writer from Bruce Heller’s brilliant Mentalist family, this was yet again another very strong episode and delves into the Batman myth deeper than before.

The storylines have all been complex and interwoven but this one went further, like spidery tendrils creeping into the darkest shadows of your soul.

For me, I just cannot get Robin Lord Taylor out of my head as the cunning Penguin. The man is obviously enjoying playing the role and you can see it in his whole demeanour as he waddles through in his shifty way. I have no doubts he will get awards for his part in this brilliant series.

There are so many stories in this that it sometimes can be hard to follow if you take your eyes away for just a few moments so full concentration is needed.

The ratings in America have dropped from the pilot episode to Viper, going from 14.15 million viewers to 10.12 million. This does not bode well for it as Americans can lose interest quickly and if that happens then the rest of the world loses out. This has happened to many shows in the past. If it stays on the same channel and at the same time then it has hope but if it changes it may well not survive to a full five season average. I only hope that it does and more besides for it has so much potential to grow and be better than it already is.


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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 – Rebecca Perry Cutter
Director – Tim Hunter