Gotham: Butch Returns As Solomon Grundy

Welcome back to another week of Gotham!  The show has had a fairly decent start to its new season.  What is in store for viewers in this episode?  Will we uncover more about the mysterious Sofia Falcone?  Will The Riddler get his revenge on Penguin?  Will Ra’s continue to reveal more of his plan?  Read on to find out:


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Enter Solomon Grundy — As viewers remember, Butch was shot by Barbara at the end of last season.  At the beginning of the episode his body is dumped into Slaughter Swamp where viewers see a barrel from Indian Hill.  I was excited to see Solomon Grundy brought to the show, but I wasn’t as excited when I heard Butch was going to be him.  I never liked Butch’s character much.  It isn’t the actor, I just didn’t find the character very interesting.  Now Gotham continues to fly through Batman’s rogues gallery almost as fast as the Flash writers have flown through his.  It seems like the writers extend  stories of characters who aren’t very interesting (Court of Owls, Captain Barnes, etc.) yet quickly shuffle through the more interesting characters (Jerome, Tetch, Scarecrow).


Bruce Is Still Brooding — After mourning the death of Alex from last episode, Bruce wants to get his revenge on Ra’s. He ends up breaking into Blackgate Prison (with the immense amount of training he has had…).  Bruce hesitates killing Ra’s — which was a good nod to his code of not killing — but is then taken captive by officers who work for Ra’s.  The knife from last episode is the only way to kill Ra’s, which he wants Bruce to do.  Well, the whole not killing thing didn’t seem to last.  As Ra’s continued his demented ways in threatening to kill Bruce’s entire family and friends in the future, Bruce stabs Ra’s with the knife out of anger, leading to his seeming disintegration.  Is it me, or are current superhero shows flying through characters when they could have some strongly focused story lines.  Now I am sure Ra’s isn’t dead, dead, but he may not been seen for a while.  The current shows remind me more of the comics of the 50s/60s that were truly weekly specials rather than extended story lines like many are today.  That works in the comics, but it feels like it often breaks the fluidity of the story.  So far this season we have seen Scarecrow, Ra’s, Solomon Grundy, and two of the three appear to be done with for at least a little while.


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Sofia’s Angle — What’s her plan?  Inviting Penguin to dinner to gain his trust…check.  The twist is that it’s a restaurant owned by a friend of her father. Viewers find out that Sofia found Penguin’s mother’s goulash recipe, which clearly brings some trauma to Cobblepot as he abruptly leaves.  She is clearly playing him for the fool.  She’s only delaying the inevitable…bring on the mob.  Give viewers the mob vs. the freaks in an all out war for Gotham!



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Riddler’s Reckoning — On his way to try and find his cognitive strengths again, Nygma breaks into a pharmacy to try and find some medicine to help him.  As he leaves he runs in Grundy, and is knocked out.  The interactions between Nygma and Grundy are fairly entertaining, and he may have found an ally in his quest to get back at Penguin.  Before he can get back in the game, Nygma needs money in order to fix his mind, which leads them to an underground fight club.  As they arrive, the owner calls for the doctor to check out Butch, and the doctor ends up being…Lee Thompkins!  This will obviously lead to more drama between Gordan, Lee, and possibly Sofia.


This once again wasn’t the best episode, but next week definitely looks to have potential.  Even though I do not like how quickly they use characters, next week will be introducing Professor Pyg!  The episode looks to be truly eerie. What did you think of this week’ episode? Leave your comments in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!


Gotham returns next Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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