In Gotham Knights season 1 episode 6, Joe Chill is scheduled to be executed. After having killed the parents of Bruce Wayne, he has been in prison ever since and is finally going to pay for his crime.
But right before his execution, he requests a meeting with Harvey Dent. He shows Harvey a Court of Owls coin that suggests that he might know something about the secret Court.
But he won’t tell anybody, except for the son of Bruce Wayne.
Gotham Knights season 1, episode 6 recap – Turner and Joe Chill meet face to face
Harvey reaches out to Stephanie to set up an opportunity for a truce, so that Turner can meet Joe Chill. Turner isn’t interested.
He doesn’t want to meet with the person who killed the parents of his adoptive father. He’s so put off by the idea, he doesn’t even consider the more obvious point, that a wanted fugitive probably shouldn’t be setting up meetings with the man hunting him down.
But when the Court of Owls is mentioned, Turner agrees to the meeting. He meets with Harvey and they work out a plan for Turner to be able to sneak into the prison and face Joe Chill.
Once Joe Chill and Turner are face to face, Joe Chill claims that he’s innocent of the crime, that The Court set him up to take the fall for the Waynes’ murder. Turner believes Joe.
After all, Tuner was also framed for a crime he didn’t commit, so sure, it could be possible that the same thing happened to Joe. With Turner and Joe on the same side now, he asks Joe about the Court of Owls and what secret information he has that might help him take down the Court.
It turns out that Joe has nothing. He tells him that people who get the coin are marked from death. But given that pretty much everyone who’s gotten a coin so far on the show has died, that feels like something that Turner should have been able to figure out on his own.
He also repeats a two-line part of the Court of Owls nursery rhyme, and really leans into the words “watches” and “time”, so that’s probably some clue that will come back later on.
Gotham Knights season 1, episode 6 recap – A book for the puzzles
Speaking of clues, while Tuner is visiting the condemned prisoner, the rest of the Gotham Knights are trying to crack the code from the mob accounting book that they stole last episode. Stephanie’s dad, who is a quizmaster game show host, gives her a clue that the code is based on a book cypher.
Meaning that they just need to find the right book and it will help them crack the code. The right book turns out to be Ulysses, an Irish book and this particular mob family is Irish.
The legacy of the world’s greatest detective lives on. With the code cracked, the Gotham Knights go to an address that they’ve uncovered and bust up a drug ring.
This scene really only serves to have one action set in the episode, and so that Stephane can learn that being a vigilante can be dangerous, since that hadn’t really occurred to her before now. Harvey, meanwhile, returns from the encounter with Joe Chill and decides to tell his mayoral race opponent, Lincoln, that the coin he just received is a sign from the Court of Owls that marks him for death.
Lincoln tells Harvey he doesn’t believe him and then immediately gets stabbed through by The Talon. He is rushed to the hospital where remains in stable condition, as the episode comes to a close.
Gotham Knights season 1, episode 6 recap – Ruining good character dynamics
One of the most interesting dynamics set up in the series was that between Harvey and Turner. The DA and the prime suspect in the highest profile murder the city has ever seen.
Yet they keep finding themselves forced to work together to unwind the deep-rooted conspiracy, as they continue this dance of always having to stay one step ahead of the other. Only, apparently that’s over now.
Apparently, Harvey fully believes that Turner is innocent and was framed for the murder. What new evidence did he uncover to make him change his mind?
Well, Turner said that he was innocent. So, if that’s all it took, why didn’t Turner say he was innocent in the first episode?
He did? So why does Harvey believe him now?
Oh, Turner said it hurt his feelings that people didn’t believe he was innocent. That’s apparently all the proof this district attorney ever needed.
Look, there’s a lot of good character dynamics set up in this show. The offspring of Batman and The Joker, forced to work together.
The son of Batman having to grapple with a classmate, being entrusted with his father’s biggest secret that the son never got a chance to know. Two super genius teenagers who could be completely alike, except fate, put them in different social classes, dictating their entire path from the beginning.
There’s a lot to play with in this show, but time and again, it keeps making huge leaps for the sake of plot convenience and undercuts any depth it had previously given the characters. So Harvey isn’t going to track down the teenagers now?
So, it never occurred to Stephanie that fighting crime might be dangerous? (The show literally kicked off with the death of a crime fighter).
Complicated obstacles that should improve the show as a whole, don’t work when you cast them aside whenever they’re inconvenient for a single episode.
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Stay tuned for a new episode May 2 on The CW.