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I do like Gordon’s dedication, however. He is unwavering in his civic duty and isn’t going through the usual “Am I a good cop?” routine. Gordon and Bullock are just trying to help as many folks as they can for as long as they can. Too bad the big foil of the season so far is a radio. Gordon is trying to beg the federal government for aid after Gotham’s been cut off from the rest of the United States. It’s all kind of very Under the Dome like, so look forward to lots of scenes of Gordon yelling at bureaucrats on a ham radio. DRAMA! Hey, doesn’t Gordon know we’re in the midst of a government shutdown? I guess cutting off Gotham from the rest of the nation is very MAGA? Who needs those killer clowns, penguin people, and Ra’s Al Ghuls sneaking across the Gotham border?

Could you tell I don’t have much to say about this dud of an episode? I’m floundering here, kids.

Let’s check in on Bruce and Selina. Bruce’s hunt for the Witch continues. Last week, I speculated it could be Zatanna, but I’m a moron, because clearly the woman that can cure the paralyzed Selina Kyle is none other than Poison Ivy! I mean, it’s not like I haven’t been watching the series for five years. The hell is wrong with me? Anyway, things really get medieval as a group of angry Gothamites (complete with cockney accents. Really?) attack the Witch in her greenhouse and lock her in a salted, lightless, waterless room. Things take a very Universal Monsters twist as an angry mob is called to take down the plant controlling witch once and for all. I mean, where did this ol’ blimey group come from, the Little Ye Olde England neighborhood of Gotham City? I mean, Gotham has been cut off from the rest of the U.S. for five minutes, why has everyone reverted to ignorant agrarian villager mode, complete with pitch forks?!

Anyway, in a cool little moment, Ivy kills the villagers, acts all angry at Selina because of the future Catwoman destroying the last of the Lazarus water, but gives in and gives Bruce a magical cure of all seed. Well, that’s… convenient. Ivy gives Bruce the seed that will cure Selina but also unlocks the darker side of her personality. Gotham is just throwing shit to the wall at this point, isn’t it? So Bruce brings the seed to Selina, so why not just eat the seed the crazy plant witch gives you after she calls Selina a bitch and blames her for destroying the last of the Lazarus water? Scarecrow uses fear gas but is Ivy using stupid gas on these kids? But there you go.

After a pretty well done shootout between the GCPD, the pseudo-Bane people led by Sykes, and the masquerade mime people, the trend of characters acting stupidly continues in a creepy ass hotel. Gordon, Bullock, and the leader of the slave kids named Gabrielle end up at some kind of murder motel where Bullock finds plates filled with teeth and fingers (Oh, Gotham), and we are formally introduced to the character of Mother. Mother attacks the cops and kids, but Gordon fends her off as Gotham continues to careen from one thing to another in OCD-like fashion. Mother snarls a bit and acts like a PG-13 Scooby-Doo villain before our heroes escape and make it to a safe part of Gotham where Lucius Fox awaits. It all ends with the Bane people attacking, but Barbara shows up in a Mad Max dune buggy thing and saves the cops because she needs them to help in her war of vengeance against Penguin. Okay, we like Barbara, Barbara is cool. . What was the point of all this? There was Bane people and then Mother and some well-dressed day glo killers, and fighting. Gotham usually somehow pulls it all off with sheer story guts and gumption, but this week is just loud and ponderous.

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Gotham (season 5)

Fifth season of the TV series Gotham

Season of television series

The fifth and final season of the American television series Gotham, based on characters from DC Comics related to the Batman franchise, revolves around the characters of James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. The season is produced by Primrose Hill Productions, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television, with John Stephens serving as the showrunner. The season was inspired and adapted elements from the comic book storylines of Batman: No Man's Land and Batman: Zero Year. The subtitle for the season is Legend of the Dark Knight.

The season was ordered in May 2018. Production began that July and ended that December. Ben McKenzie stars as Gordon, alongside returning principal cast members Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Morena Baccarin, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Jessica Lucas and Chris Chalk. The fifth season premiered on January 3, 2019 on Fox and concluded on April 25, 2019, consisting of 12 episodes.

Cast and characters[edit]

See also: List of Gotham characters

  1. ^Only credited for the episodes she appears in.
  2. ^Only credited in "Year Zero".

Episodes[edit]

See also: List of Gotham episodes

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On May 13, 2018, Fox renewed Gotham for a fifth and final season.[34] While the season was initially given a 10-episode order,[35] this was later increased to 12,[36] thereby making the season finale the series' 100th episode.[37]John Stephens serves as the season's showrunner.[38]

Writing[edit]

The fifth season is shorter than the previous seasons, all of which had 22 episodes each. As a result of this, Stephens said, "We move really quickly [...] We tried to build out the character moments as well. Sometimes we've had so much plot that we had to squeeze out some of the character stuff and now that it's the last chance we have to be with these characters, we're letting them live in these moments."[38] The season is inspired by, and adapts elements from two comic book storylines: Batman: No Man's Land, in which the beleaguered Gotham City is cut off from the rest of the world;[39] and Batman: Zero Year, which focuses on Bruce Wayne / Batman's initial period as a costumed vigilante, and his efforts to stop Edward Nygma / Riddler from taking over Gotham.[40] The No Man's Land arc was planned three years in advance, and the producers intended for it to be an "inspiration", rather than a "religious" adaptation of the comic book storyline.[39] The season features ellipsis and analepsis, and therefore three time periods: the season premiere opens 391 days after the events of the season four finale "No Man's Land", before settling back at 87 days. The final episode jumps 10 years into the future, where Bruce is established as a vigilante.[41]

Casting[edit]

Main cast members Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Morena Baccarin, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Jessica Lucas and Chris Chalk return from previous seasons as James Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Bruce Wayne, Leslie Thompkins,[38]Alfred Pennyworth,[42]Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin,[38]Barbara Kean,[43]Selina Kyle,[44] Edward Nygma / Riddler,[38]Tabitha Galavan,[45] and Lucius Fox.[46] Despite Lucas initially being advertised as a regular for the season, her character was killed off in the season premiere.[45] For the final episode, Lili Simmons replaced Bicondova to portray Selina as an adult.[19]

Benedict Samuel, who played Jervis Tetch / Mad Hatter as a regular in the third season and a guest in the fourth season, returned as a guest in the fifth season.[12] Andrew Sellon, who recurred as Arthur Penn in the fourth season, returned for the fifth season in a guest capacity. He said his character would have become the series' version of the Ventriloquist, but due to the shortened season and pacing reasons, the idea was initially scrapped.[47] After Fox extended the season's episode count from 10 to 12, the creative team were able to continue with their original plan of making Penn the Ventriloquist.[7]Shane West played the recurring role of Gordon's military ally Eduardo Dorrance, written as the series' version of Bane.[48] In October 2018, Jaime Murray was cast in a recurring role as Theresa Walker;[2] it was eventually revealed that her character was actually Nyssa al Ghul.[49]

Design[edit]

John Glaser designed the season's costumes.[50] Stephens compared the Batsuit worn by Bruce Wayne in the season finale to the one seen in the film The Dark Knight Rises (2012) due to being a matte, metallic short-eared battlesuit.[51] Mazouz provided the close up shots and voice for the character,[52] while stunt double Mikhail Mudrik filled in for distant shots to fit with the character's grown-up appearance.[53] Lord Taylor said the season finale would feature Oswald Cobblepot resembling the character as he in the comics. To achieve Cobblepot's fat look, he wore a fatsuit. At Lord Taylor's request, the costume designer consciously avoided making Cobblepot resemble Violet Beauregarde's "blueberry girl" look from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and instead went for a "little more monstrous" look, which included depicting the character with a hunch.[54] Additionally, Edward Nygma's season finale Riddler costume was designed to look exactly as in the comics, by having a green color scheme and being filled with question marks throughout.[55] The final episode sees Selina established as a cat burglar; Bicondova said the costume for this episode eschewed the ears seen in most Catwoman costumes in order to look more grounded.[50]

Filming[edit]

The season began production in July 2018.[56] Before the season began filming, Ben McKenzie began growing a moustache to accurately resemble Gordon as seen in the comics.[57] However, since he had only two days to grow the moustache, it was ultimately decided that he sport a fake one.[58] Erin Richards directed "The Trial of Jim Gordon", which was the season's twelfth and final episode to be produced but ninth to air,[15] making her directorial debut on television.[59] Filming for the season ended in December.[60]

Release[edit]

The season premiered on January 3, 2019 on Fox in the United States,[22] and ended on April 25, 2019.[33] The season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 11, 2019.[61]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 85% approval rating with an average rating of 7.17/10 based on 20 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Gotham concludes in a glorious free-for-all that takes full advantage of the series' dense roster of colorful villains, making for an extended climax that is equal parts daffy and thrilling."[74]

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The second episode of Gotham aired yesterday night, and boy, it was WILD. Last week we ended with a fantastic performance from Erin Richards, screaming that she’d kill Oswald Cobblepot. We also saw that over a year into the new Gotham; the city isn’t doing well at all. People are dying, terrified, and hungry. Bruce Wayne is becoming a public hero by letting a helicopter fly in the city with food, medicine and more. He earned his place into the police department.

The GCPD:
Jim Gordon gets called back into his office, and he talks to the main line on the radio, explaining again that there are children in danger. The government, however, still doesn’t want to be a part of Gotham to help them in their downfall. He goes over the Siren’s territory and searches for Barbara Kean. Of course, Jim gets a lot of attention walking into her club. Barbara has a lot of anger and tells everyone to leave the club. You can see she came a long way; her character had such a phenomenal development. You can see there is a new fire between Barbara and Jim, once Jim tells her that he is trying to keep the city from falling apart, Barbara says he’s too late. Now, don’t get me wrong, she has a point. Gotham is pretty much on fire everywhere, but at least Barbara could be the reason to rebuild the city again. That’s not something she wants to do as she’s full of grieve, losing her best friend just a day before. She does, however, let Jim and the GCPD use her transportation. Jim Gordon gets caught between two gangs trying to kill him to get a reward from Penguin. Of course, Barbara decided to come to save the day at the last moment. It always surprises me how lucky Jim Gordon gets.

Bruce Wayne:
Bruce Wayne is on his own adventure when he opens a gate and walks right in the building in the park. A few people surround him, and before Bruce attacks, the people ask if he is with the so-called ‘witch’ they keep mentioning. The men aren’t happy with the Witch’s work though. They are ready to take her down, and already captured her and locked her away. Plants keep moving around in the background, and the men talk about how she talks to the plants. Once Bruce gets a moment alone with Ivy, she tries to plead with him, that she didn’t kill those men outside in the vines. Bruce doesn’t trust her pleas, for a good reason, but he decides to see the good in people, and that’s why he decided to trust Ivy. Once she gets out of the cage, she kills all of the men outside. Right at that moment, I feel like they made the right casting choice for Poison Ivy. Peyton List has the perfect amount of sultriness that Poison Ivy should have. It makes me think of Ivy in the video games. Of course, she gets ticked off by Bruce telling her the park smells of death and resembles a nightmare. She calls it ‘a work in progress.’ Bruce makes a deal that if she helps him, Bruce will leave her alone.

Ivy takes Bruce into her garden and grabs what Selina needs to be able to walk again. The cure that will make her walk, or (and it’s a big ‘or’) Selina will get killed. He makes his way to the hospital, and once Alfred knows it’s from Ivy, he doesn’t want the root near them at all. Selina, however, wants to try it. What else could she do? Selina eats the root and waits for whatever is to come. After a small anecdote of how she met Ivy on the streets, Selina started convulsing on her bed. That’s when the change happened, and Selina wasn’t the same anymore. The last thing we see to this episode is when Selina open’s her eyes when she’s hugging Bruce, and her eyes change to a brighter color and become very catlike.

Ladies and gentlemen, we officially have a young Catwoman, we have a Poison Ivy making her botanical garden in a park in Gotham, and we have Barbara deciding to play nice for Jim Gordon. This episode and this whole season is one big puzzle that’s slowly unraveling itself until the end.

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!

Gotham’s third episode of this final season will air next Thursday on FOX.

 

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Gotham Season 5 Episode 2

Gotham Season 5 Episode 2 Recap

Gotham Season 5 Episode 2 Recap

In last week’s episode of Gotham, we caught up with Gordon, Bruce, and the rest of our heroes as they dealt with the realities of living in the now isolated city. Struggling to get help form the outside world, Bruce decided to help by calling in a Wayne Enterprises supply drop. When the helicopter was shot down, Penguin and his gang, Barbara and Tabitha, and the GCPD all converged on the wreckage. After Penguin killed Tabitha, Barbara vowed her revenge against him. Meanwhile GCPD recovered the supplies.

In Gotham season 5, episode 2, our heroes went up against a new gang in town, while Bruce tracked down a lead to cure Selina’s paralysis.

Uneasy Alliances

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Gordon and Bullock debate whether to go after the Soothsayers, a new gang in the city that is using child labor. Gordon once again communicates to the outside world, where he still struggles to get the US government to send supplies. Lucius, Gordon, and Bullock formulate a plan to save a group of children. Lucius will find a new home for the kids, while the two GCPD officers will and rescue them from the Soothsayers.

Meanwhile, Bruce searches for the Witch in an old, run down mansion. As he explores, Bruce discovers dead bodies wrapped up in vines. Bruce confirms that “the witch” is none other than Poison Ivy. Gordon visits Barbara and asks for her help in transporting the children. He remains coy about the details and Barbara eventually gives in, although she is still reeling over the loss of Tabitha. She also expresses anger about Gordon leaving the Penguin alive.

The Soothsayers

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Using the transportation provided, Gordon and Bullock are ambushed in the badlands by a gang wearing war pant. Elsewhere, the Soothsayers are using the children to dig trade tunnels under the city. The leader of the gang is Sykes, a scarred, gas mask wearing thug who inhales a substance called “smoke”. When one of the children complains about the conditions, Sykes chastises the kid before being called outside by his men.

Gordon confronts Sykes, and the latter orders his men to kill Gordon for the bounty on his head. However, Bullock and the rest of the GCPD men flank the Soothsayers, and Gordon walks right in to free the children. Outside, a firefight erupts with Gordon, Bullock, and three of the children narrowly escaping through an alleyway.

“The Witch”

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At the abandoned mansion with Bruce, Ivy wakes up and tries to convince him that she’s not responsible for the deaths of the men outside. Bruce asks for her help with their mutual friend, after learning that one of Ivy’s seeds would cure Selina. Ivy asks Bruce to help her defeat the men outside as payment. Meanwhile, Gordon, Bullock, and the remaining children take refuge in a seemingly abandoned house. When the two policemen explore it, Gordon finds a boy upstairs, while Bullock finds something more sinister is going on in the basement.

Bruce confronts the men outside, when Ivy slaughters all of them in one fell swoop. At first, she seems unwilling to help Selina, but Bruce gets finally gets Ivy to help under the condition that he leaver her alone afterward. Gordon learns from the child that “the ghost” is in the basement, and Bullock tries to warn them. “The ghost” — who looks like a version of Mother from Batman & Robin Eternal — ambushes the duo, only to retreat after loosing the upper hand.

Barbara Saves The Day

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Ivy informs Bruce that although the seed will cure Selina, it will also alter her personality. Bruce doesn’t trust ivy, but sees the seed as a necessary evil. Bullock, Gordon and the children leave the house, where the Soothsayers and the war paint gang catch up with the group outside. Back at the infirmary, Alfred argues against using the seed on Selina. But she interjects and takes it. Selina suddenly remembers her time on the street with Ivy before going into shock.

While the two gangs argue over who gets Gordon, Barbara shows up at the last minute. She mows the gang members down, but leaves Sykes alive. Barbara wants Gordon to help her kill Penguin, but he is focused on getting the kids to safety first. Back in the green zone, Lucius has found a safe apartment complex for all of remaining citizens. Gordon and Barbara effectively create an uneasy alliance.

Catseye

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Back at his hideout, Nygma wakes up tied to a table. He did it intentionally to prevent his sleepwalking, but he soon discovers a hostage in his bathtub. Nygma discovers that he captured a member of the Street Demons gang. He then tortures the thug for information. Eventually, Nygma learns where the Street Demons’ base is located, but he takes his hostage with him. Nygma and the thug arrive at the hideout; only to learn that the gang leader he was looking for was already dead.

“Penguin was here” is written on the wall, but it’s clear that Nygma wrote that message to start a turf war. Sometime later, Bruce learns that Selina survived the initial shock of the seed, and she is mobile within hours. However, Selina says that she feels “different” and that she has never felt better. The final image shows a close-up on Selina’s face, and her eyes are now cat-like.

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Gotham season 5, episode 2 recap: Trespassers

Despite the bounty on his head, Jim ventures into the Badlands with Harvey. Elsewhere, Bruce seeks out the witch on tonight’s Gotham.

Picking up where the Gotham season premiere left off, Jim leads a mission to rescue the “brothers and sisters” of young Will Thomas. Will was orphaned in a home invasion and trafficked into a child slave labor ring run by a gang known as the Soothsayers.

They operate out of “the Badlands,” the sector of Gotham that never regained power after the blackout, so Jim and a reluctant Harvey head out with assistance from a surprising ally.

Meanwhile, Bruce runs into a familiar face in his quest to help Selina and is forced to make an impossible choice when he learns that a cure for her paralysis will come with life-altering side effects.

Catwoman Begins

As it turns out, the witch is not a stranger but an old frenemy of Bruce and Selina’s. Bruce finds Ivy Pepper locked up in a park. A group of vigilantes is seeking revenge because she took the “souls” of their friends, who had sought her out for help.

Bruce negotiates for five minutes alone with her to inquire about his “missing brother.” Ivy claims innocence and insists that “the plants” had killed the men to protect her. She agrees to help Bruce get a seed that can cure “his friend” if he protects her from the angry mob.

GOTHAM: Guest star Peyton List in the “Trespassers” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Jan. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: FOX

Of course, Ivy is playing Bruce, though. She gleefully kills the men as soon as Bruce frees her,  explains that she’s been using dead bodies to strength her plants and threatens to make Bruce her latest victim. Nonetheless, Bruce tries to appeal to her humanity and reveals that it’s Selina who needs the cure.

Unfortunately, Ivy is still mad about Selina destroying her last Lazarus water vile, but she offers to help Bruce in exchange for him leaving her alone. We’ll have to wait and see if proto-Batman holds up his end of the bargain going forward and lets her continue killing people.

As promised, Ivy gives him the cure, a weird looking seed that has human blood in it. However, she warns Bruce that it won’t work if Selina isn’t strong enough and will “alter her forever.” (DUN DUN DUN!) “The darker angels of [her] nature [will be] unlocked and set free.”

Back at the hospital, Bruce is conflicted about giving it to Selina, especially because Ivy can’t be trusted, but Selina says she wants to take it. “If Ivy wants to kill me, she can have at it.”

The cure appears to have no effect at all, though, and Selina nostalgically reflects on her past with Ivy. In a touching speech, wonderfully delivered by Bicondova, Selina reveals that she still cares about the person she “took under [her] wing”, once upon a time. “She’ll always be that little girl to me.”

Just then, Selina starts seizing violently, and Bruce fears that he’s killed his best friend. Hours later, Selina emerges from her baptism of fire walking around with no pain and feeling “even better than before, in fact.” She and Bruce hug for the first time in months and her green cat eyes make their debut!

Jim Gordon 5.0

As long-time fans know, Jim has changed quite a bit over the years. He’s felt torn between maintaining his moral code and doing what it takes to survive in and save Gotham. This episode proves that he’s no so torn anymore.

Jim successfully rescues the kids from the Soothsayers, who had tasked them with tunneling to the Mainland, but he puts a target on his back (courtesy of Penguin’s bounty). And they aren’t the only gang-bangers who want to reap the rewards of his death. Jim soon gets caught up in a turf war between the Soothsayers and what appears to be the Neon Gang (introduced to the DC universe in Batman Forever).

Jim is ultimately rescued by Barbara, who rolls onto the scene in a tank. However, it’s Jim who takes down the gang leaders… in a very un-Jim-like fashion. He shoots them in the head without hesitation, despite them not aiming at him first. He shoots preemptively, not in self-defense.

By all appearances, the rookie who risked his life to spare Penguin’s in Gotham‘s pilot is gone. Or is he?

GOTHAM: L-R: Erin Richards and Ben McKenzie in the “Trespassers” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Jan. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: FOX

While Jim shoots the gang leaders rather callously, he appears to still have a bit of a soft spot for Oswald. After all, Jim felt guilty for non-lethally shooting him, and despite Penguin subsequently putting out the bounty, Jim seems reluctant to help Barbara kill him.

Granted, that’s partly because it would be a suicide mission given the army that Penguin has acquired. Barbara is, of course, still raw from losing “best friend in the world” and is more than willing to join her, if it means taking Penguin down, too. “We’re all slowly dying, just some of us get to choose how.”

It’s understandable that Jim doesn’t want to follow Barbara down a self-destructive path, but that can’t be the only reason he doesn’t want to join the Penguin assassination squad. Barbara certainly seems to think she has leverage over him now, though, after lending him truck trucks to rescue the kids from the Soothsayers and saving his life.

Here I go again

Barbara isn’t the only person in Gotham gunning for Penguin. Despite taking the drastic step of chaining himself to his bed, Riddler/Ed continues to experience memory gaps. During his latest sleepwalking session, he may have framed Penguin for a massacre.

Ed wakes up to find a man, who identifies himself as Tank, tied up in his tub. He reveals that Ed kidnapped and tortured him to get information but claims he can’t remember what the information was.

Since Ed can’t remember either, he interrogates Tank again. Tank reluctantly reveals that Ed wanted to know where The Street Demons’ base was and if the boss, Emmanuel Vasquez, would be there at a certain time.

Still unsure whether it was Ed or Riddler who kidnapped Tank, he also asks Tank about the kidnapper’s personality. Tank describes him as being “in a daze,” but Ed isn’t sure what to make of that description.

He then takes Tank to the Demons’ base and discovers that it has been massacred. “Penguin was here” is spray painted on a wall, but Ed doesn’t think Penguin is actually is responsible. Tank asserts that even if Penguin isn’t, he will still face retaliation for the massacre.

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Save The Children

Last week, we left the shattered remains of Gotham City with an exhausted boy begging Jim Gordon for help. With a profound lack of Penguin this week, Episode 2 instead focuses predominantly on Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon as they embark on separate missions to save those in need of help. While the episode lacks the same big set-piece driven action and meaningful plot development the first episode had, the final few scenes are likely to be a highlight for fans of the show. In many ways, Trespassers follows the rigid formula of Gotham episodes gone by with the added danger of feeling like Gotham could implode at any moment.

The story this week sees Jim gather his limited forces at the precinct, determined to drive into The Dark Zone where a whole group of kids are being held captive. It turns out they’ve been forced to dig a tunnel to the mainland at the hands of a ruthless gang. After navigating a myriad of dangerous locations, Jim finds himself caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs who erupt into a flurry of gunfire. It’s at this point where Jim finds help from the most unlikely of sources with one promise in return – kill Penguin and end this nightmare.

Interspersed between Jim Gordon’s heroic rescue are two predominant storylines, one involving Bruce Wayne and the other, The Riddler. The latter sees Ed wake up chained to a bed, patting himself on the back for beating his sleep walking problem. Only to find out he’s captured and evidently tortured a street gang member who’s left tied up in his bath. After some less-than-friendly negotiations, the gang member reluctantly takes Ed to his hideout only to find someone’s been there before him and left a message on the wall, with all fingers pointing at The Penguin.

Rounding out this trio of stories is Bruce Wayne’s journey into the depths of Gotham’s underbelly to find The Witch to help Salina. Once he arrives, it turns out the witch is actually Poison Ivy who’s ensnared various people who’s stumbled into her territory. After a tense confrontation, she agrees to help for the sake of Salina, giving Bruce something that’ll help herget better. It’s at this point where the episode cuts to the final credits, teasing the beginnings of Salina’s origin story and her destined transformation into Catwoman.

While the episode itself doesn’t push the overall narrative of Gotham forward, it does set up some intriguing questions going forward. In true Gotham fashion, the episodes are chock full of action accompanied by many twists and turns along the way. If there’s one thing Gotham’s always done well, it’s embracing the manic nature of Gotham’s various colourful inhabitants and this episode is no exception. The Riddler is one of the stand outs here, and has been since very early in the show’s run. Given there’s only 12 episodes to play with this season, it’ll be a real shame if the bulk of that time is used up with his amnesia rather than the manic Riddle-obsessed villain we’ve come to know over the years.

Along with the great acting that perfectly captures the persona for many of Gotham’s heroes and villains, it’s worth mentioning the underrated camera work and use of colour here too. There’s some really nice 45 degree angled shots throughout the episode and they’re used perfectly to really capture the off-kilter feel of Gotham. The use of colour, although slightly predictable, changes from dull and grey to full of vibrant brightness toward the end of the episode too, a nice touch to reflect Jim successfully completing his mission.

With a profound lack of Penguin this week, the trio of stories at play here work really well together. These are perfectly balanced through the majority of the episode’s run time too and for the most part, does well to hold your attention until the final scenes. This is likely to be the talking point this week though and it’ll be really interesting to see where they go with Bruce Wayne’s story. Of course, a lot of this season has been focused on the various villains and the ongoing feuds that are gripping Gotham’s new world order but Bruce’s transformation into Batman is something everyone is waiting to see. I’m guessing we’re going to be given a fair amount of character development for Master Wayne this season, perhaps ending with Batman saving the day in the finale. It’s still early days though but like the inhabitants of Gotham City, we’re hungry for more.

 

 

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