There are a number of interesting Gotham season 4 episode 1 details to discuss within this article — after all, the Iceberg Lounge is here! It’s one of the most familiar aspects of the Penguin’s identity, so seeing how the show intends to interpret that should be pretty interesting.
Beyond said Iceberg Lounge, though, there are some other interesting elements for the September 21 premiere that carries with it the title of “Pax Penguina.” Contrary to what you may think, that is not a penguin reference (even if the show likely named it that to make you believe such a thing). It translates to mean basically “Romanesque Peace.” It’s the sort of peace that comes about when a domineering force makes certain that they have peace over someone else. It’s basically the weaker party recognizing that there is very little else they can do other than just take what is being handed to them and deal with it.
Now, let’s get to sharing the just-released synopsis for the hour:
“Gordon fears Jonathan Crane (guest star Charlie Tahan) is still alive and back in Gotham, when The Scarecrow’s signature MO is used in a series of robberies. Meanwhile, Penguin’s “licensing” of crime in the city backfires during the grand opening of his new Iceberg Lounge. Also, in the aftermath of his encounter with Ra’s Al Ghul, Bruce begins his vigilante watch.”
The biggest takeaway from here is that the show is wasting little time introducing Jonathan Crane back to the show after having been gone since the first season. It is nice that they also managed to get back the original actor in Charlie Tahan and didn’t go out and try to recast the part. We don’t know if it’s fair to say that this character is a Big Bad for the entire season, but it’s definitely someone you’re going to see a little bit more of in the immediate future.
There are a few other interesting things to note from a casting point of view. For example, Alexander Siddig as Ra’s Ah Ghul and Crystal Reed as Sofia Falcone are both listed as being a part of the main cast for the episode — a definite sign that you’ll be seeing a good bit of each one of them moving forward. Meanwhile, Maggie Geha as Ivy Pepper is listed in the guest cast, which is a sign that she may not be a series regular this time after being recast as one for season 3. There could be some logic in this in that Ivy may need to go off for a while to hone her powers and figure out precisely what sort of villain that she wants herself to be. (For the record, Anthony Carrigan as Zsasz will be a part of the hour.)
Interested in some other Gotham season 4 discussions?
One of the stories that we would recommend for you is over at the link here, given that this is where you can learn more about whether or not Jerome should return at some point during this season. (Photo: Fox.)