“A Dead Man Feels No Cold” *****stars Aired 3/7/2016
Written by Seth Boston
Directed by Eagle Egilsson
*spoilers contained within*
Greetings Gothamites! I think we may have seen the greatest, most emotional episode of Gotham to date! In the opening scene we see Detectives Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) raiding Ace Chemicals (which, in Batman lore, happens to be the same place where a certain villain falls into a vat of chemicals…but’s a different story for a different day) to find Victor Fries (Nathan Darrow). They don’t find Fries but they find his frozen victims everywhere. Captain Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis) is furious but comes up with a plan to use Nora as bait to lure in Fries. While the GCPD is working on Fries, Dr. Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong) is working on Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor). Oswald is strapped to a chair and is put through what seems to be a torturous virtual reality experience. He is then taken away to another location despite his pleas to Detective Gordon to help him. Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is taking out his frustrations on a punching bag while contemplating what to do with “M. Malone,” the man who murdered his parents should he catch him. He’s considering killing him but Alfred (Sean Pertwee) tells him that he’s too young for that while Selina (Camren Bicondova) tells him if he does it, he will not be the same person.
This week’s episode of Gotham may have beaten “Heart of Ice” as the best Mr. Freeze story ever told. The scene with Nora (Kristen Hager), Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) and Victor was absolutely heartbreaking. I have never seen Mr. Freeze portrayed in such a powerful way. Nathan, Kristen and Morena were phenomenal in their roles this week. It was one of those “How far would you go for the ones you love?” situations. I’ll admit I almost teared up when Victor freezes Nora, she cracks and he discovers she switched the canisters on purpose because she wanted to die. He then opens his containment suit (I’d have preferred he stayed with the parka and googles), exposing himself to the freeze chemicals and committing suicide…or so we thought. He wakes up in Indian Hill with blue skin, white hair and bright blue eyes as Dr. Strange observes him. He was brought back but the exposure left him in a condition where he must stay below freezing at all times. The Mr. Freeze we all know and love has finally arrived in Gotham City. As Dr. Strange said, “Death is not an ending. Death is a new beginning.”
If I was able to give this episode fifty stars I would have. Gotham completely blew me away tonight in a way I never expected it to. Here is this dark, twisted story of an almost dystopian city where crime runs rampant and the police are at their wit’s end trying to control it, yet we get an episode like “A Dead man Feels No Cold.” Victor Fries was a criminal but he wasn’t a mindless, psychotic killer or a sociopathic maniac. He is trying everything to save his wife and is running out of options. You could not help but feel sorry for him. The creative team behind Gotham did an amazing job and this is an episode I will never forget.
Gotham airs Mondays at 8pm on Fox. Check your local listings.