- Episode: Mad City – Look Into My Eyes (S03E03)
- Review: ★★★★☆
Gotham is one of those shows where most of its viewers know eventually who might pop up in Gotham. Look into My Eyes gives us the our first taste of Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter. His first appearance shows him performing hypnotism. Benedict Samuel has a deep stare that makes us believe that this guy can be evil beyond words. To establish himself in Gotham he does unspeakable acts that are very familiar for Gotham’s tone. Some of the violence is still sometimes disturbing and harsh, but necessary to bring about the coming of the Bat one day.
“James Gordon, the policeman. I don’t need to tell you this is going to hurt a bit.” This is a quote by Mario, who happens to be Lee’s fiance, as he is stitching up Gordon’s head. The sequence had bitter irony for Gordon and creates an interesting introduction to a new character of our story. The reason he happens to be operating on Gordon is because Jim is hired by Tetch to find his sister. In Gordon’s usual fashion he gets into a certain amount of trouble. Gordon as a bounty hunter isn’t really the story I want to see for the character but I imagine it helps his path. Mario’s past has a really cool surprise at the end.
Meanwhile Bruce has been dealing with his doppelgänger problem. This plot line is absolutely strange and we can’t be the only ones ready for it to be over with already. It puts Alfred in an odd position and brings Bruce’s weaker side to light. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out, but hopefully its resolved quickly.
The best part of the show continues to be Penguin’s appearances. They are clearly mirroring Batman Returns by pushing the “Penguin runs for mayor plot”. Oswald already has money and power in Gotham. He even has the respect of Gotham’s citizens. His banter between the previous mayor Aubrey James is fantastic. The old mayor actually shows a pair in the show only to be upped by Oswald. The Penguin also happily returns one of our favorite characters to the fold.
Overall we got an interesting introduction to a big name Batman villain. His introduction was solid enough for us to be excited to see some more of him in the future. The current storylines were a mixed bag, with Bruce’s still being the worst. There’s still enough moving pieces in Gotham that one bad storyline can at least be carried by the rest.