TV REVIEW: Gotham 3×05 – Betrayal, deception and young love

Deeper goes Gotham down the rabbit hole.

This season of Gotham has got to be the most enjoyable yet. It has finally become able to delve deeper into the twisted core that the city decays to, hinting to the inevitable need of the Dark Knight. Season three feels like the ride that we all intended to tag along on when Gotham first premiered.

Each character and their respective actor/actress have become unique to the show itself, yet continues to pay welcomed homage to what destiny lies in wait of them. Each cast member, old and new this season, radiate that driven, dark and tormented Gotham feel that follows suit with most Batman mythos.

Now let’s get to this weeks episode.

Penguin, Edward Nygma and Butch before the Red Hood Gang strikes.
Penguin, Edward Nygma and Butch before the Red Hood Gang strikes.

Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) has been elected Mayor of Gotham, now running both underground operations and political in Gotham. However, this is Gotham, and not even Penguin can bring order to this city. The infamous Red Hood Gang returns, attacking Penguin during one of his first public events as mayor, shooting of the head of a statue dedicated to his mother.

With the help of his faithful friend on the case, Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) returns to the GCPD in order to assist with the Red Hood Gang. Nygma eventually discovers where the Red Hood Gang has been hiding out with the help of GCPD evidence, and informs Penguin. Altering Butch (Drew Powell) of the situation, the gang arrives to find Butch has already taken care of the crimson gangsters. Nygma’s suspicions of Butch’s involvement is confirmed when he discovers evidence of Butch organizing the gang to try and win Penguin back from Ed, and manages to persuade Butch that he wants Penguin dead. Along with Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan), Ed blackmails Butch with Tabitha Galavan’s life to betray Penguin. Butch attacks Penguin, Ed double crosses Butch, revealing publically that Butch was behind the Red Hood Gang, enraging Penguin. It was saddening to see the relationship between Butch and Penguin be severed so freely, but it won’t be the last we see of Butch’s character and what he may do to Penguins empire after being his right-hand man.

Ed and Penguins friendship is what Penguin has sought out since season one, and it’s an unlikely yet understandable relationship for the show. The dynamic between the pair is something spawned of insanity and loneliness, both of which each has in abundance. This friendship alone, something so standoffish from almost any Batman mythos, brings more strength to Gotham. It’s what I believe what the show aims to be, something new and different, yet respecting its base material.

On the hero front, Bruce (David Mazous) hires Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) to try and find the missing Ivy (now played by Maggie Geha). However, not much detective work was really done this episode by Jim, more so by Bruce, which was an interesting change of pace. Jim even remarks Bruce’s growing detective skills after Bruce forwardly asks Jim about his new girlfriend. The scenes Bruce and Jim share are usually delightful, giving us an almost Batman-Jim Gordon repertoire, but what I’ve noticed most in the show is the almost fatherly respect Bruce gives Jim, to the point of Jim giving Bruce advice on how to handle Selina (Camren Bicondova) romantically.

Following Jim’s advice, at the subsequent same party Butch betrays Penguin, Bruce declares his feelings for Selina. The two young lovers shared a kiss, bringing the characters relationship to a different level that will follow them into their future, more costumed, adulthood.

Captain Bares (Michael Chiklis) ponders over how to deal with his "condition".
Captain Bares (Michael Chiklis) ponders over how to deal with his “condition”.

Concluding the episode, we get a look at what our Mad Hatter, Jervis Tetch (Benedict Samuel), has been up to after evading police following his sister Alice’s death last episode. Now, Tetch seems to be kidnapping look-alikes of his sister and killing them. Samuel has done a tremendous performance of the demented and obsessive Tetch since his debut in episode three, and is truly putting the mad in Mad Hatter. Meanwhile, Captian Barnes (Michael Chiklis) still suffers from the effects of Alice’s poisonous blood while searching for Tetch, as it slowly starts to warp his mind.

Gotham has been only been getting better since this season began. The characters are feeling stronger, new dynamics are being built that were unforeseen and the show continues to take notes from its base material but evolve into something fresh.

 

Gotham: Season Three Episode Five – “Anything For You”

Directed by: T.J. Scott

Written by: Bruno Heller

Starring: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Cory Michael Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Jessica Lucas, Morena Baccarin, Maggie Geha, Sean Pertwee, Drew Powell

Guest Starring: Benedict Samuel, Anthony Carrigan

Fox: October 17, 2016, 8 p.m. EST