Who knew that “Gotham” without the Penguin could actually work so well? We know Oswald is still out there, but like many other recent installments, Monday night focused mostly on Hugo Strange and the quest to stop him, and let’s just say that things are not going so well right now.
For one, the quest for Bruce Wayne to stop Strange blew up in his face in a huge way. Bruce, Gordon, and Lucius are all trapped in Arkham Asylum, and to make matters even worse, Hugo’s latest creation basically involves a Gordon doppelganger who could do terrible things in his name. Basically, he could give the cops everything that they’ve actually wanted to arrest him for at times this season. It’s yet another crazy twist, and it helps to make up for the fact that we’re barely getting to know Fish Mooney 2.0, who spent most of the episode staring at her hands. Hugo’s clearly up to some crazy stuff, and he thinks he has the upper hand even though he has some of the GCPD coming after him.
As for another crazy twist, Selina is in full-on survival mode now since she has convinced Firefly to let her stay on as her personal servant. We suppose that it is better than dying, right? This character clearly has something more in the tank beyond this season, and the same goes for Mr. Freeze.
The most interesting thing about this episode may just be how straightforward and linear it really was. There were not a whole lot of twists and turns, but there didn’t need to. It was a compelling comic-book story that while not faithful, was fun, thrilling, and a little crazy at the same time. “Gotham” continues to be the show we originally hoped for years ago. Grade: B+.
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