Partners Reunite as Gotham Teeters Into Chaos

first_img Most people figure that Gotham is going to end the second Bruce Wayne dons the cowl. Once that happens, it’s no longer Gotham; it’s Batman. The show certainly seems to be speeding toward that point as David Mazouz gets older, though. Now, he’s basically got everything but the ears. At the outset, he’s finally trying to turn his life around. He’s done with his partying ways, but it looks like he’s also trying to put his brief period as a vigilante behind him. He burns the proto-Batsuit Lucius made for him earlier this season. He even tries to make amends with Alfred, but it doesn’t work right away. Bruce swears up and down that he’s changed, but Alfred knows that talk is cheap. He needs Bruce to show him that he’s changed.Bruce clearly didn’t think that far ahead. It’s one thing to say you’re going to be a better person. It’s a lot harder to do it. Especially for a rich kid whose oldest friend was his butler. Bruce isn’t going to get out of this easily. Nobody wants anything to do with him. Especially not Selina after the way he acted at her club. He’s really going to have to prove himself to move past all this.Sean Pertwee (Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX)The rest of Gotham is under attack yet again. This time by Ivy Pepper. She’s even made a video message to the city threatening to kill everyone with plants. Her first target: Harvey Bullock. Remember, he killed her father trying to protect Jim way back in the first episode of the series. She visits his bar, but he’s off that day. So she kills everyone inside with her new chest-bursting flower instead. This is the show’s ploy to get Bullock and Gordon working together again, and I’m on board for that. Bullock was always one of the best characters on this show, and I’ve missed his banter with Gordon. As much as he insists on working alone, that he’s done with Jim, the pair really do need each other. Gordon without Bullock just isn’t as fun. Bullock without Gordon… has trouble finding his pants.Bullock’s detective skills are as great as ever, but he still gets caught off guard just as easily. He calls Jim over, saying he found a lead. For one brief second, it looks like he’s back to normal. But then Ivy shows up. It turns out she has Bullock under her control. She orders him to shoot his former partner and then himself. Bullock complies readily, and not entirely because of the brainwashing. He and Gordon have a ton of unresolved issues, and if there’s any upside to this chase, it’s that they can finally air all their grievances. Bullock blames Gordon for stealing his job, while Gordon maintains that he never deserved it. After all, Bullock shot a fellow officer and was too afraid to face her the next day. If they’re ever going to be friends again, they were going to have to address this stuff sometime.Ben McKenzie (Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX)It appears to work. As soon as Harvey’s himself again, he’s back at the precinct doing old-fashioned detective work just like he’s always done. He even apologizes to Jim, acknowledging that his problems were really all his own doing. The partners are starting to reunite, and just in time too. Up until about halfway through, the episode felt chaotic. This was by design. The city is once again on the brink of insanity. There’s almost too much going on to keep everything straight. Now, the disparate stories start to come together. It makes for fun TV, but it’s bad news for Gotham City.Bruce Wayne found a way to make amends to Alfred. He dedicates part of his speech at a Wayne Foundation benefit to Alfred. It works. Alfred forgives Bruce, but Bruce isn’t Batman just yet. He’s still, at least a little bit, a whiny kid. Alfred tells him to accept the sensitive part of himself. The part that cares for others and wants to help. Bruce doesn’t like that and almost walks out on Alfred yet again. Then Ivy shows up. She’s about to kill everyone at the benefit, including Alfred. That’s when Bruce’s hero instincts take over. Initially, he’s just going to save Alfred, but his oldest friend encourages him to be the hero he’s destined to become. This is the first time we see some real Batman action on this show. The lights go out; the henchmen get scared, it’s a great first Batman scene. Even if the costume he steals makes him look more like Arrow.Camren Bicondova (Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX)The real hero of the evening, though she would disagree with that term is Selina. After Ivy fails to kill everyone, she returns to her apartment to find Selina waiting. Just as Bruce is growing into his superhero future, Selina is growing into her anti-hero one. She may still be a criminal in the eyes of the law, but she’s not going to let Ivy kill everyone in the city. We get an awesome whip vs. nail fight that ends in Selina destroying the last of Ivy’s Lazarus water. No more chest-bursters for her. After a brief stalemate, Ivy backs off. We haven’t seen the last of her terrorizing Gotham, but she’ll need to come up with something new now. It’s a cool way to keep her around as the villain for a few more episodes without telling the same story over and over again. At this point, Gotham has figured out an effective formula for its character arcs. It’s bonkers, but it works.Over in The Narrows, the two storylines don’t intersect quite as cleanly. Most of it focuses on Lee’s power struggle with Sofia Falcone. Just because they’re sisters-in-law doesn’t mean Sofia is going to play nice. She doesn’t like that there’s one part of Gotham not under her control. She asks Lee for a 30 percent tax on all money made in The Narrows, knowing full well that would cause people to starve. She works with Nygma to figure out a solution, and man, it doesn’t work at all. The Riddler really is the smart version of him. Sofia, with the help of a double agent inside The Narrows, gets the drop on Lee. Not only does Sofia remove Lee from power, but she also breaks her hand with a hammer. Just the one. Because they’re family. Also, the episode shows it. It’s a brief shot, but you definitely see Lee’s hand coming apart. Usually, I like when the show goes for it with the gore, but this was a little too much even for me. There’s just no pretending it was necessary.Cory Michael Smith (Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX)In the end, this episode was all about reuniting the various partnerships this season had split up. As it sets up for the whatever the last big arc of the season is, Gotham needed to make sure everyone was back on the same page. That part of the show worked especially well. Bruce went on a real, powerful journey to earn Alfred’s friendship back. Bullock and Gordon didn’t get nearly as much screen time, but Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue have such natural chemistry with each other, it only took one seen for things to feel like old times again. Then there was Riddler and The Penguin. Penguin wrote a letter to Nygma containing a very obvious code. Nygma completely missed it, but The Riddler didn’t. And he brought Nygma straight to Penguin. Two of Gotham’s best recurring villains are back together. All these reunions are clearly building up to something, but it’s hard to say what. Between Selina and Bruce though, it certainly seems to be heading in a more superhero-y direction. I’m happy to see that. Gotham City definitely needs a hero right now. NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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