Gotham: Legend of the Dark Knight 5.09 The Trial of Jim Gordon
This season of Gotham has been packed full of comic-enriched content, but it has also been most unkind to Jim Gordon, and The Trial of Jim Gordon starts off no different. Jim Gordon has plenty of emotional dilemma going on; what with his love triangle between Lee Thompkins and Barbara, his unborn child and perhaps more importantly; the restoration of Gotham City. Despite all this, our beloved Jim Gordon takes a bullet whilst addressing the crowd (still waiting for the moment this guy can catch a break), a bullet that kickstarts this perfectly titled episode. Lee Thompkins said it best, “Sometimes I feel like you won’t be satisfied until you sacrifice yourself for them” - it certainly radiates some truth from what we’ve seen over the course of the show.
A lot of the focus in Jim’s hallucinogenic courtroom trial was clearly on the people he feels he has failed. They each visit him in the courtroom during this hallucinatory spell - but that is Jim, he cannot accept failure and certainly holds himself accountable when things go awry. It’s a good attempt at some character building; as clearly for Jim to escape this mindset he must face these demons head on and be the hero Gotham needs.
Those happy to see a Harvey-centric episode in the previous entry will have been pleased with The Trial of Jim Gordon as he leads the front lines in Jim’s absence. Having faced his own demons in last week's episode, Harvey seems hellbent on finding the person responsible. As much as it would have been predictable to have Penguin and Barbara as the culprits (given their respective ongoing feuds with Jim), it turned out to be Victor Zsasz. Harvey was impressive in this episode; authoritative, a man on a mission. His own development over the course of the series has gone more unnoticed until now, but I think Jim Gordon would be proud of how he stepped up - not all superheroes wear capes.
Victor Zsasz has been a fascinating character throughout the series; he comes in handy at the best of times (to whoever he is being paid by that day anyway), and always carries an unclear motive - adding some mystery to his involvement. As we have already seen this season, Zsasz is mistakingly trialled for the Haven attack and we have seen Zsasz yet again fall victim to someone else’s crime - the poor bloke is always in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Each Gotham episode tends to have a contradictory moment, a moment that is laughable. In this instance, seeing Bruce Wayne immediately grappled by Poison Ivy was questionable - we’ve literally seen Bruce taking on a number of assailants in their numbers over previous episodes this season. I thought we were close to seeing the Dark Knight come to fruition; a worrying thought given how this entanglement unfolded.
For all the hallucinations Jim saw on his deathbed, it gave him the kick he needed to marry Lee, and given Gotham’s situation, it was actually quite beautifully done - Harvey’s speech in particular was as humorous as it could be without taking anything away from a momentous occasion. I’m all for action but it was rather nice to have an ending like that for once; and besides, let’s face it, we are likely due an action-packed finale to this season. Let them be happy, if only for a short while.