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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

With only two episodes left until the two-part Season Finale, what does Gotham have in store for viewers this week?  We know that Barnes will transform into The Executioner (not sold on the costume), but will he be able to carry out The Court’s plan to purge Gotham and start anew?  Will The Freaks team up to take-down The Court and gain control of Gotham?  Read on to find out the highlights from this week’s episode:

Photo Courtesy of Fox.

Photo Courtesy of Fox.

The Penguin vs. The Riddler Cobblepot and Nygma clearly hate each other, with good reason.  Both are looking to kill each other once they get out of the hands of The Court. Unleash the two at the end of this season and make them the focus of Season 4.  There is a ton of source material they could use from the comics for story lines, and both actors are easily the strongest individuals on the show.  This could be a way to make Season 4 a strong, consistently interesting season.  Riddler poisoning Penguin, then Penguin creating noise thwarting Riddler’s escape showed just how vindictive the two can be. The two then worked together, out of necessity, to escape, which truly shows how powerful they can be when working together, yet their narcissistic nature will not allow for that to happen. I enjoyed them saying that they needed to help each other escape so that they could be free to kill each other.

Photo Courtesy of Fox.

Photo Courtesy of Fox.

The Executioner — Meh. I wasn’t a fan of the Barnes going mad story line, and this may be worse.  First of all, the costume…yikes.  I’m not sure what was worse, the random eye make-up, or the ax hand.  Not only was it bad, but it was corny, like when Barnes said, “Barnes will be presiding as judge, jury, and executioner.”… It reminded me of the following quote, “Tonight’s forecast: a freeze is coming!”  Name the movie…Executioner isn’t needed.  The Court has numerous Talons who could do exactly what he Barnes was doing in this episode.  I know it makes a connection to Gordon, but it is a weak one that seems forced.  This is what I had mentioned in a previous article, about the writers being unsure of how to properly incorporate Gordon into the story, so they force an odd side story. I will say this though, I did not see it coming when the Executioner cut off Kathryn’s head. 

Photo Courtesy of Fox.

Photo Courtesy of Fox.

Mad Hatter — Tetch should have been in more episodes this season.  He is such an interesting character on the show, and well portrayed by Benedict Samuel.  The interaction between he and Lee was eerily believable.   Make him one of the major players next year with Nygma, Cobblepot, the other “Freaks” and it may make for consistently interesting episodes.  His psychological manipulation is on par with Penguin and The Riddler, which could create and even stronger power struggle.

Photo Courtesy of Fox.

Photo Courtesy of Fox.

Kathryn Wasn’t the Leader of The Court — Most saw this coming after the inclusion of the old man training Bruce, but the he seemingly doesn’t agree with The Court’s methods, so he plans to destroy Gotham and have Bruce rise from the ashes.  I could do without this part.  It feels like to Gordon story line…forced.  Is the old man Ra’s al Ghul?  He could be, but haven’t we been down this road before? I don’t see a need to go down that path again.

Lee Injects Herself with the Tetch Virus –– That was…odd. I am assuming she is so consumed from grief over Mario, and Gordon, that she now feels guilty and wants to empathize with Mario?   If Lee has been against the Tetch virus, and saw what it did to Mario and Barnes then why would she want to inject herself with it? This was an odd end, and doesn’t seem necessary because there is already so many other stories occurring. 

This episode leads us closer to the two-part Season Finale of Gotham. What did you think of tonight’s episode?  Are you excited for next week, or are you ready for this season to be over?  Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.