Gotham, “Pieces of a Broken Mirror” (Episode 412) Reviews




…Tonight, they return from winter break with a fan treat, entertaining, grand slam episode.

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Gotham Season 4 Episode 12, “Pieces of a Broken Mirror,” is a jam-packed thrill ride that doesn’t plateau until the credits roll.

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…Gotham has never felt more interconnected than in the midseason premiere, which sees characters running into each other in wonderful ways…

…Damn, the Gotham midseason return is good. Not only is it gorgeous to look at, but this city has never felt more lived in or interconnected…

…There was a measuredness to this episode in general that really worked. I’d like to see it continue… (How amazing was that Sirens commercial? Perhaps my favorite part of the episode.)

4.5/5 Stars

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Luckily, “A Dark Knight: Pieces Of A Broken Mirror” is a strong premiere, one that follows through on the storylines from last fall in interesting ways while also pushing the story, and the characters, in a new direction…

…What’s different about Gotham this season is that it has a confidence about it that wasn’t there before. It feels like the writers and actors have all settled into the show’s tone and found what makes it work: a bit of comedy, some dark brutality, and more attention paid to how every storyline works with the others. That confidence is present in this week’s fantastic cold open. As the camera moves around the shady alleys and buildings of The Narrows, we’re reacquainted and introduced to a number of people…

…It’s a smart, well-executed way to once again familiarize us with these stories after such a lengthy hiatus…

…There’s a great comedic cue in Cherry’s where some serious music is playing while Gordon and Thompkins see each other for the first time in ages. The scene is shot in tight closeups. Then, when Gordon disdainfully asks why she’s working with Nygma, the music abruptly stops and the camera cuts to a wider shot that reveals Nygma. “I’m right here,” he says. Great use of music and shot composition.

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