Warning: There are some minor spoilers in this review
Barbara leaves James to get her act together and Selina Kyle is going to tell the police what the person who shots the Waynes looks like, but she's going to stay at the Wayne Manor. Alfred teaches Bruce to fight, but Bruce soon learns that it takes more than fighting skills to last in Gotham. Harvey Dent is introduced, along with his coin, as a counselor who wants justice for Gotham. He goes about it in a very unorthodox way and has a darker side.
Ian Hargrove, a bomb maker, escapes from Blackgate while being transported. Bullock and Gordon go on the hunt for him. Hargrove is forced to make bombs for a group of men, but Hargrove leaves clues along the way. They took the "villain of the week" story they've been on and off using since the beginning and added a little something extra to it, which was a nice change of pace, to see a villain who not only wants to be caught, but doesn't want to be involved in his crimes.
The best way to describe this episode is chaotic build-up. It seems every loose thread in this series is dealt with but not concluded. What's left is a tangled pile of cords on a mildly pleasing plate. Minus Falcone and Maroni, every single supporting character is featured at some point during this episode. You'll get whiplash from looking back and forth trying to figure out which way to look.
The biggest thing this episode offers is the introduction of Harvey Dent portrayed by Nicolas D'Agosto. Like many other characters in the show, he's over-the-top, but it works. Sure, the scene where he loses it is a bit much, but his "Good guy with a dark side" portrayal of the character really works and is one of the few actually entertaining pieces in this episode. He gives the viewer a "too good to be true" performance, relating to his taking a bite out of crime attitude. At one point, we do get to see him break and it's actually pretty shocking and down-right frightening. Hopefully, we don't see this become an over-used point in future episodes.
Maybe it's my increasing anger that Selina is shoehorned into random episodes but the Selina living with Bruce scenario makes little sense. I understand that Gordon can't trust the cops because there are moles, but staying with the Wayne family is insane. The Selina/Bruce relationship is being forced onto the viewers and it's obvious. Although Alfred finds Selina to be a "cheeky little minx," Camren Bicondova does a swell job as her, for the most part; however, she's at the mercy of some downright sloppy writing. The dialogue between Bruce and her which changes subjects at a rapid pace, and it's incredibly awkward. There's this obsession Selina has with wanting Bruce to kiss her weaved throughout the show. Everything feels forced and crammed down the viewer's throats. In addition, their scenes are tonally the exact opposite of everything else in the show. We go from gritty crime to a food fight. Understandably, the writers are trying to show that Bruce is becoming a kid again, but it falls flat.
The dialogue isn't just rough with Selina. Edward has a whole conversation about video games that leads no where as he gives Bullock and Gordon some evidence. Nygma is a character that could and should be written better. There's a lot of potential there and his two scenes this week didn't help.
The music during the scene where Penguin goes through Liza's house is fantastic and sets this mischievous tone. Overall, except for a couple missed cues in earlier episodes, the music is wonderful at setting the tone of each scene and not overpowering the events on the screen.
We are left at a place where Arkham Asylum is reopened, as Hargrove enters there instead of going to Blackgate. This opens up a lot of opportunities for the show and not just to toss in some Batvillains. While there was a ton of buildup for almost every storyline they have going, Gotham does a fine job with softballing this at the end, to get fans excited for future episode.
"Harvey Dent," an episode mainly about Selina Kyle, introduces a few really cool concepts to the Gotham universe, but overall, this was one of the weaker episodes of the series. Watching Bruce train himself to eventually become the vigilante Batman was interesting, but having Selina there was just bizarre. It feels like the writers have no idea what to do with Selina, but want her in every episode. At times, the same goes for Bruce. Frankly, there's way too much going on in the episode and what should be the main story suffers because of it. Gotham is still a dynamite show and let's hope this is just a bump in the road.