Gotham “Mad Grey Dawn”
*****stars Aired 3/21/2016
Directed by Nick Copus
Written by Robert Hull
*spoilers contained within*
Greetings Gothamites! This week’s episode of Gotham was a real head-spinner. Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) begins a life of crime to set up Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) to be revealed as Theo Galavan’s killer to escape being discovered as Kristen Kringle’s killer. Captain Nathaniel Barnes has Det. Gordon arrested for Galavan’s murder and the murder of Officer Carl Pickney (Ian Quinlan) even though Det. Gordon did not do it. Ivy (Clare Foley) has turned up in Gotham as a mushroom grower for Butch Gilzean’s (Drew Powell) nephew, Sonny and his gang. Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) is trying his best to stay reformed even when he is taunted by Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) and Butch. When he visits his mother, a man named Elijah Van Dahl (Paul Reubens) appears and claims to have known Oswald’s mother, Gertrude.
As much fun as it was finally seeing Paul Reubens on the show and revealing everything about Gertrude, himself and Oswald, it was seeing Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) take out Sonny and his thugs that made this episode memorable. He is finally taking on the Batman mentality. He follows Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) through the streets and alleys of Gotham and stands up for her despite taking a vicious beating from Sonny. Selina sees enough and fights back as well before stitching him up. When Bruce says, “It was like nothing else existed. The emptiness and confusion… it just vanished. For the first time in a long time I knew I was going to be okay,” I immediately thought of him already grown up as Batman. When Det. Gordon is found guilty, Bruce looks at the TV and says, “This isn’t right.” Speaking of Det. Gordon’s being found guilty, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) finally wakes up from her coma. That was a nice touch and kind of amusing. Ed Nygma leaving the question marks was a great sight to see. He has essentially gone full-blown Riddler. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before he starts wearing green. Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) is one committed partner. He always has Det. Gordon’s back no matter what.
Gotham has to be one of the best, if not the best, comic-related show on television. This second half has been nothing but spectacular. It is twisted and dark yet so gripping and exciting that you can’t help but smile and enjoy everything that goes on. Everyone involved in the show is so top-notch and talented. I wouldn’t be surprised it lasts enough to see Bruce finally become Batman.
Gotham airs Mondays at 8pm on Fox. Check your local listings.