Gotham’s Mad City story line shifts gears to move past the focus on Jervis & Alice Tetch, though the ramifications of their presence will be felt in the city for a long time to come.
In this week’s episode, there were truly two main archs, a 1A and a 1B. 1A would be Captain Barnes’ struggles in dealing with his disease. Last week’s episode appears to have been a turning point. There needs to be a path to get Jim Gordon into the commissioner’s office, but I will be sad to eventually see Barnes’ give in to dissent. I have enjoyed Michael Chiklis’ performance over the past year or so. In a way, he is yet another pillar that can be pulled down, much like Jim Gordon has been at different times. The overall point being that Bruce Wayne will eventually be that “white knight” we have been waiting for.
Speaking of Bruce, I greatly, greatly enjoyed seeing Bruce, Selena, and Ivy all together. The dynamic between the three actually enhances the relationship between Bruce and Selena. At one point, Ivy asks if the two are now a couple, to which Bruce responds “yes” over Selena’s resounding “no.” There was a bunch of humor throughout the scenes these three shared together, which is something Gotham could use a bit more of. The show is at its best when it finds a way to mix darker intensity with light humor. Here’s to hoping we see a lot more of these three.
A small side story featured Ed Nygma and Oswald Cobblepot. I don’t love this dynamic, as it feels somewhat fabricated and forced. It does give each character drive to accomplish their personal motives, but it’s the weakest of any of the show’s current plots.
The Executioner does a great job in simultaneously telling 3 stories while finding a way for them to have greater ramifications on the Mad City story arch.
+ Maggie Geha’s Poison Ivy adds depth to the series and is beautifully cast.
+ Bruce/Selena/Ivy are just plain fun to watch, with several laugh out loud moments.
+ Gordon’s stance and his new found investigation.
-Cobblepot/Nygma story is weak.
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