“A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie” was all about friendships. Alliances, colleagues, frenemies – these were put to the test as their trust was questioned. For the last few weeks on Gotham, we’ve been watching as these close partnerships toyed with the truth. Between the lies and the plotting, it was one shady thing after the other. Well, that’s all done with…for the most part. The Professor Pyg storyline finished the back and forth manipulation to set up the next phase of the fight. And, if we’re judging by Oswald’s devastated face, it’s won’t be calm.
I’m not going to miss Professor Pyg. He served his purpose for causing destruction in Gotham City and he eventually needed to be stopped regardless. He had “middle-tier villain” written all over him. For me, the line was drawn when he resorted to cannibalism as part of his revenge on the rich; that scene of the party guests devouring human meat pies was disgusting. However, I did like that he made a grand spectacle at the dinner with his revenge. Him resorting to dinner and a show felt very much like the character from the comics. Nothing is ever subtle with Professor Pyg; he likes to add a bit of theatrics to everything. His choice of doing a cover from the musical RENT was an interesting choice. Why did he settle on that song? (And did he spend time planning the lyrics beforehand?)
Kudos to the fight scene between James Gordon and Professor Pyg! The editing and fight choreography worked well together to create an intense moment. Close-up shots of Professor Pyg swinging the butcher knife on the table felt like he was swinging directly at the camera/the audience – it was a gripping editing choice. I’m glad the dinner and fight scene didn’t end too quickly. Professor Pyg built up the drama starting from the musical number, to Penguin murdering the rich man, to Pyg fighting with James on the table. Everything about the climax of “A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie” was well worth the wait.
Though, I had a question about that dinner scene: Why didn’t Penguin get arrested? I mean, he murdered someone in cold blood! Professor Pyg may have been threatening Martin’s life, but he didn’t order Penguin to kill the rich man. James Gordon could’ve easily had Oswald arrested and sent to prison. While Gotham City may have loose laws/criminal actions, there was something unbelievable about this.
What do you think Penguin has in mind for Sofia’s revenge? Death doesn’t seem like the top option here. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t put it past Penguin to resort to death at some point if he’s really mad at her. However, she is still the daughter of Carmine Falcone. He might not want to risk a war. This could be something to do with her business/philanthropic aspirations in Gotham City. Penguin may go right to the heart and hurt her just as badly as she hurt him. Even though they’re friends, it’s becoming a bit clearer he might care about her more than that.
His payback could also be to hurt James Gordon. Sofia gave Oswald the power to choose the GCPD Captain, and with James currently in that role, he has power over his frenemy. I don’t think he’ll take him out of the position just yet. It’s more advantageous for him to have James where he can keep him before hurting him. Though, with James capturing Professor Pyg and doing good in Gotham City, it might be hard to get him out of the role quickly.
Bruce’s storyline can best be described as the “bratty teen phase.” He owned his party lifestyle this week and rebelled against Alfred in true rich-kid-with-privilege style. It’s sad to see him still treat Alfred with such disregard after Alfred had that touching one-on-one moment with him in the woods. We don’t get much of Alfred’s backstory, so to see him share this important piece of information about Bruce’s own father was something that should’ve felt special. Bruce didn’t care at all and I think he will regret this in the future.