Gotham: “These Delicate and Dark Obsessions” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Jim Gordon himself, Ben McKenzie, officially sat in the director’s chair for “These Delicate and Dark Obsessions” – an overstuffed episode that brought the League of Shadows into the mix as the formal puppeting entity behind the Court of Owls, which in turn puppets all of Gotham. Yes, Gotham needs to be put down once again. Gotham always seems to need a violent enema. It’s kind of old hat at this point. Especially when you consider that Theo Galavan already did very “League”-ish things back in Season 2.

What a strange role for Raymond J. Barry. As the far-off-land “monk” who took Bruce through the repeating corridors, and sent him back to memories of his parents’ deaths from the pilot episode, Barry doesn’t look or feel like a man full of primal wisdom. I’m assuming there’ll be an explanation as to why he looks like a rich guy who’d be on the Court, or on the board of Wayne Enterprises, and not Ra’s. Granted, he’s either going to be Ra’s in a different form or a decoy of some sort but his appearance needs addressing. Is this the form of Bruce’s grandfather and Bruce just doesn’t remember what he looks like?

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