How exhilarating can a single episode be?  How many times can it shock its viewers?  Even with the
Viewer Discretion Advisory at the beginning, I can’t believe they’re showing this on television.  Material
this intense ought to be in theaters.

I’m the Ranting Usher.  Let me talk you to your seat.

Years before Batman emerges, casting a shadow of justice over criminals in the city of Gotham,
Detective James Gordon, played by ben Mackenzie, cracks down on rampant corruption.  

His own daughter, Barbara Gordon, has succumbed to a sickness that turns her against him, testing him
beyond his limits.  At his weakest, Gordon endures an internal struggle that creates the potential for an
unsettling character arc, thus contributing to a thread of tension already running through the show.  Yet
he never loses sight of what is right and wrong.  Gordon is the truest, toughest, most honest cop in
town.  He claims he never once thought of walking away from his job but even he can’t do it alone.  

Penguin may be the “King of Gotham” but how can he compete with Maniax, a crew of terrorists who
throw prison inmates off skyscrapers, douse children with gasoline while on a school bus and attempt to
set them on fire?  

Cameron Monaghan’s performance as Jerome, the soon to be Joker, complements Nicholson’s hilarious
insanity as well as Ledger’s panache for chaos, all while delivering a frenzied enthusiasm that is uniquely
his own.  His catch phrases will likely be quoted for months to come.  “Nothing is more contagious than

Woven into the episode is a theme of rekindling that creates a mild contrast to the anarchy unleashed
upon the city, yet redemption does not come easy.  Nowhere is this more clearly portrayed than in
“Knock, Knock.”  

The writers dared to script a falling out between young Bruce Wayne and his elder guardian Alfred
Pennyworth. “You’re fired, Alfred.  Please leave and don’t come back.”

Did Bruce really say that?  

This is one of the many moments that make “Knock, Knock” unforgettable.  Things are heating up already
and the second season is just getting started.  Those who have followed Gotham from the beginning
have likely been blown away.  Viewers tuning in for the first time may already be hooked.  
I can’t wait to see what happens next.  It’s going to be amazing.  

I’m the Ranting Usher.  Let me talk you into the bat-cave.

Do you agree with my review?  Are you a "Gotham" fan?  If so, what part of this episode shocked you the
most?  Let me know in the comments section.