Caution: Spoilers ahead. To see what we thought of Episode One, click here or here.

“Gotham” aired last night, and I, for one, was looking forward to it. I like the characters in their respective roles, and I couldn’t wait to see how the show continued to develop in episode two, titled “Selina Kyle”

This episode, we saw a lot of character development and got a new character introduced into the series. Fans of “Arrow” will recall Dollmaker as one of Arrow’s rogues gallery, and now we’re hearing mention of him in “Gotham”, which would beg the question of “do these series share a universe?” but the answer is a resounding “no.”

Unfortunately, we don’t see Dollmaker himself, only two of his lackeys, who are awkward, to say the least. The acting is rigid intentionally, but instead of being creepy and threatening, it’s just weird. The pair are kidnapping homeless kids for Dollmaker, a plot which Selina Kyle helps to foil. Gordon and Bullock are also on the case.

Little of the “Wayne Murders” plot was touched on, aside from Gordon needing to talk to a Bruce who’s been hurting himself to test his limits. There’s also a last-second revelation- for Gordon, anyway, as the reveal is that Selina Kyle saw the Waynes’ murderer. This reveal felt cheap, though, because this was literally the opening scene of the whole series. Whether or not her information will help Gordon, I suppose, is the cliff-hanger.

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“Call me ‘Cat’, the whole ‘Selina Kyle’ thing isn’t obvious enough.”

Fish Mooney and Falcone’s plotline continued on, but was notable mostly for Mooney’s overacting.

Penguin continued to be a character that was both well-acted and well-written. He really does walk like a penguin, which I found amusing. The development of him as we continue to see the depths of his violent nature is also very interesting. And this is a character I don’t typically enjoy.

My biggest complaint continues to be the fast pace of the show. Many parts of the cop-drama aspect of the show seem undeveloped. Characters suffer because of this, too, most notably Riddler and Barbara, who each have one scene, and who each serve solely as plot devices, rather than characters.

Overall, this is an entertaining show, but it still has yet to fix a few things. My hope is that more of the characters will interact and we’ll see common storylines leading to longer, more developed scenes. I, for one, can’t wait to find out next week in episode 3: “The Balloonman”.

Overall score: 4/5

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