Gotham Knights season 1, episode 9 recap: Dark Knight of the Soul

Gotham Knights -- “Pilot” -- Image Number: GKT101a_0047r2 -- Pictured: Olivia Rose Keegan as Duela Doe -- Photo: Jasper Savage/The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Gotham Knights -- “Pilot” -- Image Number: GKT101a_0047r2 -- Pictured: Olivia Rose Keegan as Duela Doe -- Photo: Jasper Savage/The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

At the end of the last episode of Gotham Knights, Harvey woke up with an Owl mask on his face and covered in blood, with no idea how he wound up in such a state. He starts out the episode by testing the blood and learning it was Cressida’s blood.

Given that her remains were also found in the woods at the beginning of the episode, it’s not a good look for Harvey to be covered in her blood, so he quickly buries the evidence.

Gotham Knights season 1, episode 9 recap – Turner faces his kidnappers

Meanwhile, the Gotham Knights are pretty upset with the fact that The Court of Owls have taken Turner hostage and they have no idea where they went or how to get him back. Duela seems unusually invested in saving the life of someone who isn’t her.

The Gotham Knights think if they can find the magic space rock that grants immortality that The Court has been looking for, they might be able to trade it for Turner’s life. The Court is already looking for their prize, but the Knights still have the map that was stolen last episode.

After a bit of trial and error, they are able to figure out the secret code behind Alan Wayne’s map and figure out the location of the electrum. Stephanie and Harper put together a device that will help them detect the location of the electrum.

They seem to be enjoying each other’s company as they work together. Cullen notices the growing affection.

Once they have the magical space rock that lets people live forever, Duela wants to give it to The Court in exchange for Turner. But Carrie thinks they should keep the rock, as a magical space rock that lets people live forever would obviously be a great thing to have, and to study, and to revolutionize modern medicine with.

Cullen offers a compromise where they will make a decoy magic space rock and trade that for Turner’s life. Meanwhile, at the Wayne manor, the Head Owl reveals himself to be Lincoln Marsh to Turner and promises him that he will reveal the truth.

Then he drugs Turner by way of putting the drugs on the tip of a knife and stabbing him with said knife. Seems like a bad way to administer drugs, but it works.

Turner begins to hallucinate his dead parents, and through his hallucinations, realizes that Batman, in some way, was involved with their murder. Lincoln Marsh holds this new information as a reason for Turner to join The Court as their new Talon.

(Apparently the Talon has lost whatever repetitive powers he had earlier in the series, or his powers were just no match for getting his head cut off.)

Gotham Knights season 1, episode 9 recap – The tried and true magic space rock strategy

Turner turns down the offer to join once again, and that’s about the time when the Gotham Knights show up with the electrum, as well as a bunch of grenades to highlight that they mean business. Cullen offers the electrum in exchange for Turner.

Lincoln gets to be a clever villain for once, and slashes Turner’s throat. As Turner lies bleeding out on the floor, Lincoln says that if the electrum is real, then they can use it to heal Turner.

Obviously, the decoy won’t do anything. It seems like Turner is done for until Carrie shows up with the real electrum and agrees to give it to The Court in exchange for being able to save Turner.

The magic of the rock means that you just have to hold it close to a fatal wound and the wound instantly gets better. Good thing there’s no intricate manner in how to handle a magical healing rock from space that nobody has ever used before, because Carrie was quickly able to use it and save Turner.

Then, Lincoln takes the rock and leaves with the rest of the Owls. Back at the secret hideout, Carrie is feeling guilty about giving up such a powerful item to The Court.

But Cullen makes her see how her actions saved Turner and how that means that she made the right call. Turner, meanwhile, is thanking everybody for saving him, but he just can’t catch a break because he collapses, overcome with some kind of fever.

(Maybe the rules to electrum aren’t as cut and dry as we thought.) Meanwhile, Harvey decides that will all the evidence mounting against him, he should make a video confession about how much evidence there is against him.

But how does he know for sure he didn’t commit all those crimes that all the evidence points to? As Harvey is recording his video, he finds that the memory on the camera is full, and there’s a video that he has no memory of recording.

He presses play to reveal his alter ego, with a message just for him, as the episode comes to a close.

Gotham Knights season 1, episode 9 recap – Remember when this was pitched as a Batman show?

Look, we all know that Batman is dead. That’s the whole point of this series; this is what happens in a city without Batman.

But it seems like almost every other part of the Batman mythos is gone along with Batman himself. We have The Court of Owls, which is something that Batman himself faced in the comics, but Batman faced a lot of villains and they seem to have vanished.

Where’s the Riddler? Where’s the Mad Hatter?

Where’s anybody else who interacted with Batman during his supposed decade long war on crime from this universe? We know that Two-Face never happened in this world, at least not yet.

And it seems like Cluemaster hasn’t happened yet either. But Harvey has mentioned in the show that Penguin was mayor at one point in the past.

So, where’s Penguin now? He should be having the best time being a crime lord of Gotham with no Batman to stop him, but he’s nowhere to be found.

Batman exists like a shadow over the series, but one that only comes into play when it’s convenient.

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