Gotham: Mad Season – The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

  • Episode: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (S3E14)
  • Review:  ★★★★☆

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In Darkness we descend into Madness.  Mad Season continues with the Gotham Police Department  struggling with a massive blackout created from Jerome’s explosive event. This gives our hero James Gordon something to focus on as he uses his detective skills to track down Jerome in all the chaos. Frankly, Gordon’s involvement in the situation is more of a sideline to the main event of the story.

Jerome was dead and the last thing he remembers is that he was going to kill Bruce Wayne. So why not pick up where he left off? It’s a wonder Bruce and Alfred ever got the Batcave into operation since people intrude the mansion on a daily basis. Jerome is being built up to be the Joker and Cameron Monaghan pulls off a great Heath Leadger Joker in his speech. Most of the scenes with Jerome and Bruce shows Jerome’s thugs killing innocents in a effort to amuse Jerome. It’s all very hard to watch, but very much in the tone that Gotham has set.

I honestly was going to give up on the episode until Bruce and Jerome go man to man in a hall of glass. Bruce’s appearance in the scene makes it work so well. It’s very Batman vs Joker in so many ways that I’m happy they did the scene that way.  It also set up one of Batman’s mantras as a crime fighter, that he will not kill.  It provides some serious bonding between Bruce and Alfred as well.

GOTHAM: L-R: Sean Pertwee, Ben McKenzie and Donal Lgoue in the “Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies” winter finale episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Jan. 30 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX.

In all the insanity Oswald and Edward’s relationship come to a head as they discuss their feelings.  It’s a wonder they would ever team-up again.  In the end it will put The Penguin and The Riddler at odds with each other for the rest of their evil lives. The final scene does reflect a sequence that happened early in the show for a nice callback.

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When it’s all said and done, Gotham also adds another cast member to show with James Remar playing Uncle Frank Gordon. He has some apparent ties with another underground society of Gotham. It’ll be interesting to see how all this ties to Gordon’s rise within the GCPD. Otherwise a solid episode that makes us wanting more and more.

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