“There’s No Place To Go But Down”
Written by: Adam Stein
Directed by: Colin Heck
Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, J.B. Smoove, Jason Alexander, Tony Hale, Matt Oberg, Diedrich Bader, Christopher Meloni, James Adomian
Synopsis “Acting as a judge, Two Face (Andy Daly) sentences Harley and Ivy to life in Bane’s prison: a giant pit in the ground. Meanwhile, Jim Gordon (Chris Meloni) and Batgirl vow to take back the GCPD headquarters from Two Face.”
Last week may have pleased some of the Release the Snyder cut fans and this week’s episode should please the Harlvy fans. As with all my reviews I like to stay spoiler free so I won’t give away any details. What I will say is that if you have been waiting for Harley and Ivy’s relationship to develop more in line with the comics then you will enjoy “There’s no place to go but down”.
As per the episode synopsis Harley and Ivy are sentenced to life in Bane’s prison. They desperately seek a way out of the prison while they find themselves discovering more about who they are. Bane is on hand to help with rehabilitation with comedic consequences. This is also a DC comics fans wet dream as we find the prison full of the most bizarre villains from the DC archives.
It’s taken 20 episodes but is Jim Gordon finally getting things together? With Harley and Ivy in prison and Batman still recovering Gotham only has Batgirl and her drunken father Jim Gordon for protection. A show known for its comedy orchestrated a genuine, heart felt scene between Jim and Barbara. As father and daughter set out to not only save Gotham but also Jim’s sanity.
This was a tough episode to pick one stand out character as there were quite a few. I decided to pop Bane’s cherry and award James Adomian as the week’s MVP. Bane stepped forward this week as one of the primary characters and was elegantly funny in every scene. His massive, ferocious physicality is conflicted by his innocent and friendly persona. Always desperate to be involved and make friends this episode was the perfect setting for him to shine. James Adomian brings a child-like immaturity to Bane’s voice but still maintains the strong Tom Hardy esq voice behind a mask.