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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Gotham Season 5 Episode 9: The Trial Of Jim Gordon

March 8th, 2019 by Todd Black Comments

And then there were three. Gotham is coming to an end pretty soon, and “The Trial Of Jim Gordon” took an interesting turn as multiple time jumps were had, a key villain returned to her comic book roots, and Jim Gordon fought for his life. Again.

The main crux for this episode was that Gordon made a summit to try and get peace long enough for a supply chain to be reestablished. And surprise surprise, he got shot, and while in a coma, he went through a “trial” in his mind. I’m of two minds on this (pun intended). While I admire the outcome of him wanting to live and understanding that there were things he wanted to live for (Leslie and his unborn child with Barbara), things were just very melodramatic. Especially at the beginning where Leslie acted like Season 1 Leslia and not Season 4 Leslie who was very hardcore.

Yes, the wedding was nice, and Barbara’s revelation that she will leave town and make sure Jim doesn’t get to raise the child was cool. But it was just too on the nose at times. Plus, because of the flash forward at the beginning of the season, we KNOW that Gordon lives until at least the final battle “for Gotham”. So the trial was rather pointless.

What wasn’t pointless to an extent was the return of Ivy, who decided to use Jeremiah’s toxins to try and poison the city enough so that it could be reborn as a “Green City”. Peyton List did a great job tonight, and really brought forth Ivy’s more eco-centric nature. It really worked for her.

The fight between Bruce and Selina was fun, especially after they had their first official date. And that kiss they had at the wedding (to which Selina still wore her claws oddly enough) was great. I’m not sure where BatCat will be at the end of the season, but at least we had this.

The time jumps were weird though. It’s clear that weeks had passed since last episode because of Barbara’s pregnancy. And then there was a month jump after the attack on GCPD and their wedding. I know they need to skip forward to day 389 or whatever, but it felt odd spelling it out.

Still, “The Trial of Jim Gordon” was good enough. And in two weeks, the end truly begins, as Bane returns, and everything is going to burn.

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!