Ah, I love when this show comes back on. Like last year we started off with a riot in Arkham, and this year we started with a…different kind of riot in Arkham. New blood in the insane asylum added new life to the series, while Victor Fries was chilling out and cooling down Gotham citizens. This show really does come back with a bang.
I knew Victor was going to be one of the best additions to this show and I wasn’t disappointed. Not only did we get to see him in action right from the start, but we got his tragic backstory pretty quickly as well.
Most importantly we got Nora. AN ACTUAL NORA!
In pretty much every incarnation of the Freeze mythos we never actually got to meet Nora (unless she’s a supervillain). I mean we see her, but she’s usually frozen solid, so it was actually extremely interesting to see her pre-freeze.
It was also pretty painful because I’m not entirely sure what Nora suffers from (I sure hope it’s not MacGregors) but it looks pretty god awful, so I can understand Victor’s urgency when it comes to finding a cure.
It doesn’t mean that him, kidnapping, freezing, testing and usually killing people are things anyone should do. Hell, even Nora was saddened and disgusted when she found out that her scientist husband wasn’t using mice for his experiments after all. But we have an immediate sympathy for him, and when we see that one of his experiments worked, we’re as exultant as he is.
Obviously that’s going to go to hell in handbasket probably immediately, but it’s cool that we got a Fries that succeeded at least once. The whole scenario was just refreshing because in my mind, Victor was a character that needed to be seen long before everything went to hell for him, and while we were thrown into the thick of his experiments, we still got a snippet of how incredibly human Victor was (and always kind of will be), and how much he loves Nora.
Now onto Oswald Cobblepot and his new home. Poor kid, just when he thought he was at the top of the food chain, he was thrown right back down to the bottom. I loved that he didn’t sell out Jim even though it meant being stuck in a loony bin. I’m really nervous about what Dr. Strange plans on doing to him in said loony bin since his creepy experiments just seem all the creepier because we got a little taste to what happens during his normal workday.
Speaking of creepy, Ed is losing it. Which I’m surprisingly not extremely said about. He seems like he has finally come into his own, twisting around lies to save Penguin, putting Bullock in his place. Yeah, he’s still a ticking time bomb, but he seems like he finally accepts that part of him. It’s not that I’m proud or anything…that would be weird…really weird.
The only thing that kind of annoyed me and didn’t fit into the craziness that is happening everywhere else is Barnes trying to find out the truth of what happened to Galavan. I know it’s important to the plot, but each of those scenes really took second place to any scene with a villain in it (which seems like a running theme). Even that one scene with Butch and Tabitha overshadowed every single one of Barnes’s scenes and I think that’s only because literal sparks were flying. It’s like we know Barnes is just trying to get at the truth, but he’s threatening the main character, which means no one cares, and his scenes just become placeholders for other scenes, like when that frozen head got stuck in Bullocks windshield. Good times.
All in all, I’m so happy this show is back, and I never want it to end.