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Season 2: Episode 14: This Ball of Mud and Meaness

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Josh and Don are singing quite a different tune this week in regards to the latest episode! Is this the most intense Bruce Wayne scene so far? Was Gordon taking a backseat a good thing? What about Nygma? Is he biting off more than he can chew presuming Gordon’s on to him? All this lus more irreverent Disney references. Be sure to leave your thoughts below!


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  • Lauren

    This Ball of Mud and Meanness was an episode I thoroughly enjoyed. I felt it was one of the first episodes of Gotham that I’ve watched in a while that held my attention. All the Bruce Wayne stuff was solid and I felt done very well for the show and the actor. It was a promising episode that lived up to the hype of the promo.
    However, Mad Grey Dawn, had the complete opposite affect on me. I found it very difficult to hold interest, throughout the episode. Especially, with The Riddler and Gordon’s plot line, I feel as though Gotham is going back to being typical Gotham and the writers are throwing together things very poorly and sloppy. This story line is very boring and drawn out and most of all I detest what they’ve made the Riddler out to be.
    The Bruce and Selena stuff is about the only relief I found in the episode, and even that isn’t at it’s best.
    The Penguin story line isn’t exactly at it’s top notch, but I guess it’s better then Professor Stranger and Peabody twirling their evil mustaches while laughing and giving him ice cream to make all the other inmates at Arkham jealous. It could be interesting to see where this story line is going with Pee Wee Herman, I mean Penguin’s estrange father, but only time well tell with that. Side note, I did kinda enjoy the “Time Burton style” background and music for the scene in Penguin’s father’s house.

  • Josh and Don,

    I haven’t commented on the last two episodes because I enjoyed them more than you did. But, there is no point in arguing about your opinion just because I have a different perspective.

    We agree on this week’s story. Bruce had some of the best scenes in the episode. The scene with ‘Matches was very good. Both actors captured the essence of their characters in the scene, but neither overplayed to make the point.

    You didn’t comment on what I thought was the key to the series. In his letter to Alfred, Bruce made his first stab at the vow that will make him Batman. And it shows that he will not become the very dark character he has been in recent comics.

    “You can’t kill murder.You can’t get revenge on evil. You can only begin to fight such things by not doing them.”

    It reminds me of a quote from Martin Luther King that would be appropriate to the death of one person or a suicide bomb that kills many.

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

    Waiting for Bruce’s next life lesson.

    Michael Ridge