Gotham Knights season 1, episode 10 recap: Poison Pill

Gotham Knights -- “Pilot” -- Image Number: GKT101e_0042r -- Pictured (L-R): Oscar Morgan as Turner Hayes and Anna Lore as Stephanie Brown -- Photo: Jasper Savage/The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Gotham Knights -- “Pilot” -- Image Number: GKT101e_0042r -- Pictured (L-R): Oscar Morgan as Turner Hayes and Anna Lore as Stephanie Brown -- Photo: Jasper Savage/The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

At the end of the last episode of Gotham Knights, it seemed like Turner was back home and safe with all his friends after his whole, “getting kidnapped” episode. But just as the episode was about to close, Turner, for no reason, keeled over and got really sick.

As this episode opens, the rest of the group is frantically trying to figure out what is wrong with Turner. Given that the likely culprit is a magic space rock that nobody had ever heard of until two episodes ago, they don’t have much to go on.

But with an old Geiger counter, they do discover that Turner is radioactive, so that adds a new obstacle for them to deal with.

Gotham Knights season 1, episode 10 recap – Solving the magic space rock sickness

The rest of the Gotham Knights all take some iodine pills, so that they’re all still ok to hang out close to radioactive Turner. But after a bit of research, it looks like the way to cure him is with a blood transfusion.

The team splits up, with most of the group trying to figure out how they’re going to make the blood transfusion work, while Stephane goes to answer a cryptic message from Brody March. Carrie confesses to Turner that she was the one who tore some pages out of Bruce’s diary and that the missing entries suggest that Bruce may in fact have been responsible for the death of Turner’s parents.

Turner is obviously not pleased with this new information, but he’s also (understandably) upset with Carrie for having hidden the pages, especially given how much time he’s spent pouring over the diary. Meanwhile, Stephanie meets Brody to learn that while snooping around his house, Brody found his father’s Court of Owls mask, as well as video footage of his father killing Cressida Clarke.

Stephanie tells Brody all about The Court of Owls, how his father is involved, and asks him to go back and find the footage as it could potentially exonerate Turner and the rest of the fugitives. Back at the bell tower, it’s more bad news for Turner.

While most people with radiation poisoning have weeks or even years before they die, a bit of information from an old newspaper article suggests that people with Turner’s specific kind of radiation poisoning (the kind you get from a magic space rock), can kill people in 24 hours. Meaning he has about five hours left.

With the time to save Turner dramatically smaller, the group evacuates their hiding spot and then takes Turner to the hospital where Carrie reveals to her mother that she’s been helping to hide a wanted criminal. Her mother saves Turner’s life thanks to the Hippocratic Oath.

Once cured, Carrie helps him escape, and reveals to her mother that she was once Batman’s sidekick in crime fighting. Back at the tower, Turner is moody about his life, particularly focusing on how his adoptive father may have been responsible for the death of his parents, but also about how we don’t have any idea really what exactly that might mean.

Duela shows up to try and comfort him, and the two of them finally remember they’re on a CW show and start heavily making out.

Gotham Knights season 1, episode 10 recap – Harvey starts talking to himself…

Meanwhile, Harvey is dealing with the alter ego that has been committing crimes in his name over the past few months. He discovers a recording left by his alter ego, that’s just a whole big info dump to catch up on Harvey’s split personality, along with a way for the two personalities to meet in the dream world.

(It involved manipulating medication.) Harvey meets his alter ego in a nether world state, and gets a much bigger info dump basically explaining all the Harvey stuff that the entire series has been teasing so far.

Harvey has a split personality, the lost time is when his alter ego comes out, a specific piece of music can make him switch The Court of Owls has been using this to try and make him think he’s behind a string of murders, and his alter ego killed his father. Then, after all that, the alter ego tries to make a break for it and take over Harvey completely.

The two sides battle it out, (literally in the dream world, metaphorically in the real world) and Harvey manages to kill/subdue his alter ego. He wakes back up with a clear head for the first time in the series.

As for Brody March, he goes back home to try and find his mother, telling her that they need to leave town immediately, because his father is a killer and may come after them. His mother responds to this news by stabbing her son and letting him bleed out on the floor.

Then, when Lincoln gets home, she chastises him for keeping the video footage in the first place, revealing that she may be the even bigger bad of the series. She commands her husband to clean up the mess of their dead son.

But just as the episode is about to close, and Lincoln is getting rid of the body, Brody’s eyes fly open.

Gotham Knights season 1, episode 10 recap – Moving forward at a breakneck speed

You know, it’s pretty easy to make fun of this show. There’s a lot there to mock, but one thing that’s really working out is how much happens in any given episode.

For instance, in this one episode, we get the reveal of who stole the pages from the diary and why, we get Carrie revealing several aspects of her secret life to her mother, we get Brody learning all kinds of things about his father, as well as learning new things about the rest of his family. We get any possibility of a Turner and Stephanie set up shut down to get that out of the way, but with no waiting around, we’re on to Turner and Duela getting together like 20 minutes later.

Plus, we get a whole ton of new information about Harvey, a lot of things we already knew spelled out for us directly, and where the show plans on taking the character in the future. That’s a lot of material and pretty much any one of those plot points could have been dragged across another few episodes, if they had wanted to try and draw any of it out.

But if bad is bad, boring is worse, and Gotham Knights is able to keep itself from being boring by moving so quickly from one plot point to the next. There’s still plenty of ground for the show to cover, but it’s nice when a mystery is brought up.

We don’t have to wait very long before the show clears up those lingering plot threads before moving on to the next piece.

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