Eleven episodes of Gotham in a row feels more like a punishment than I thought it would, and while this wedding spectacular ties up most of the storylines from the first half of Season Three, while beginning to tell some new stories (it’s almost like this show is written by real writers), it feels extra long for some reason. If you were rooting for Mario and Lee, you may want to skip this episode.
Gotham finally lets its late ’90s pop punk roots show with Time Bomb, and it answers any questions the audience may have about whether or not Ivy is the worst character in the series (she is), and if Lee would look good in an early ’90s Scorsese film (she would).
Last week we finally saw Captain Barnes lose himself and kill a plastic surgeon (who hasn’t wanted to do that?), but will the crime spree continue? Or will super cop Jim Gordon inexplicably catch his boss in the act within the next 40-something minutes? There’s only one way to find out.
Welcome back to Gotham, where the Police Captain is fighting off a bloodborne pathogen that turns him into a walking psychopath that’s equal parts Punisher, Judge Dredd, and every guy that dropped out of community college to join the police force. Oh, and I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s an engagement party tonight and it’s going to be the biggest event in Gotham’s history.
Last week was Gotham’s best show in, I don’t know, ever. The Mad Hatter led Gordon through a Run Lola Run-style gauntlet of terror until he ended up watching his girlfriend get shot. Hopefully we’ll be as lucky this week. Even typing that feels like a bad move. It’s like I just dared Gotham to do something dumb.
The last time we paid a visit to Gotham, we learned that Nygma wants to kill Penguin as much as we do … er, Butch does, Tetch was finally becoming the Mad Hatter, and Bruce told Selena how he feels. Also someone bought Gordon dinner, which is nice because I think he’s just been subsisting on Scotch and hate since last season.
When we last left Gotham, the little town that could, Bruce had just been out-Bruced by his secret twin. His secret twin had just been picked up by the mysterious owl people. Penguin won the mayoral election, Gordon saved the day, and the Captain had just been dripped on by crazy blood juice. Does any of that make sense? No? Okay, then you know as much as I do about what’s happening on this show.
If you skipped Batman school last week, here’s what you missed: Penguin is starring in his own fan fiction where he’s followed by a mob of people who carry their own body bags. Bad boy 4 life Jim Gordon missed out on the million dollar ransom hanging over Fish, but he got to kiss a pretty lady, which is worth at least $999,999 to my more lonely readers, and Baby Bruce just met his doppelganger. And yes, there’s more, but there really shouldn’t be.
So Gordon is seduced by a hot young Asian woman. Hoo, been there! Does not end well, believe me. Meanwhile, Penguin is rabble-rousing, Fish is dying, Ivy’s a sexpot, Bruce finds out he’s one half of the Bella Twins, Dr. Thompson gets off a train in the ’40s, and Nygma’s nowhere to be found. Just another night in Gotham.