“Mr. Freeze” *****stars Aired 2/29/16
Directed by Nick Copus
Written by Megan Mostyn-Brown
*spoilers contained within*
Greetings Gothamites! We made it through the long, cold winter break and were treated to an outstanding episode! Gotham was heart-pounding from the start when we see D.A. Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto) along with Captain Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis) questioning Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) about his involvement with Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) and the death of Theo Galavan (James Frain). Detective Gordon denies he shot and killed Galavan, saying Cobblepot was the culprit. He is cleared of all charges and reinstated for active duty on the GCPD. He is greeted to a not-so-friendly welcome from Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) who updates him on a Mr. Freeze case. After Detective Bullock gets snippy with Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), Detective Gordon asks Ed about his relationship with Cobblepot. Ed explains how he found him and took him in but Cobblepot did not hold up to his promise of being a changed man. A short time later, Captain Barnes triumphantly marches through the doors, a slovenly-dressed Cobblepot in hand. Things go from bad to worse for Cobblepot as he is transferred to Arkham Asylum. Just when the GCPD thinks it’s in the clear with Cobblepot locked away, an icy cold chill fills the void.
It feels great to be back recapping and reviewing Gotham again. The show returned and quenched our thirst with everything we knew was coming and other things we did not. Did anyone else feel bad for Cobblepot sitting in the cafeteria in Arkham Asylum? It was a brilliant scene because it made the audience feel for him and seem to love him even more than they already do. We can all relate to that feeling at some point where we are somewhere we don’t belong or in a situation where everything around us seems to be going crazy. Using Cobblepot to introduce Dr. Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong) was an excellent move by the creative team. B.D. pulled off the look and the accent flawlessly and seemed to be made for the role. I look forward to seeing him in episodes going forward and how the character is developed. Our other newcomer, Nathan Darrow, did an amazing job in his first full episode as Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze. The show’s creative team did a fantastic job with Mr. Freeze’s development especially including Nora (Kristen Hager) who is just starting to show the severe symptoms of her illness. You can see his desperation to save his wife when he attacks the pharmacy and is experimenting on humans. The character is being bred to become the Mr. Freeze we always knew. In an unexpected twist, we see Butch (Drew Powell) making use of a drill to replace his prosthetic hand when Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas) appears with an intimate offer. Is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship between two people with common interests or is there more in the making?
I cannot wait for next week and for every episode from now until the rest of the season. Gotham has truly come into its own this season using classic Batman villains as its main characters. Not only does that make the show more fun to watch, it solidifies that link to Batman universe. While the show has been doing its own thing, it has made sure to stick as close to the Batman universe as possible and that is a great thing. I was excited to see Nora Fries show up in the episode as I’m sure many other true Batman fans were too. It is little things like that or even the reference to venom in season one which would foreshadow the existence of Bane that make this show so special. There were two little bonuses in this episode as Cory Michael Smith starred in the first of season-long skits, sponsored by Ford, which will reveal behind-the-scenes easter eggs about the villains and there was the final chapter of the motion comic series, Gotham Stories. You can see the full series of clips put together in their entirety below.
Gotham airs Mondays at 8pm on Fox. Check your local listings.