Gotham 2×19 ‘Azrael’: The lord of Light

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The night sure is dark and full of terrors in Gotham this week. But leave to Jim Gordon in his beautiful pea coat to try and right all those wrongs. I’m so glad I finally came back to review an episode that will hopefully only be my favorite until next week’s.

What I love about this show (besides everything) is that it has really found its balance in terms of drama and comedy. Most incarnations of the caped crusader are either grittier than sand or enough camp to choke a cat with, but I truly believe that this show knows how to perfectly meld the two together.

Source: FOX

Source: FOX

So while we get heated discussions between Gordon and Strange, we also get Ed who makes the best out of any bad situation by turning everything into a puzzle that he must solve, and while doing this, he talks to an invisible goose and gets licked by a cannibal.

That type of dark comedy was strewn perfectly throughout the episode to add some levity to an episode that would have been “Prisoners” level of depression and darkness.

Not saying that there’s anything wrong with that. I like grittiness as much as the next person, but to have those absurd elements that are pretty standard within the Batman mythos, adds an extra level to the show that keeps it serious, but also entertaining at the same time.

Speaking of seriousness, this whole journey through Strange’s God complex is disturbing as hell. I mean if you surprise Ed Nygma with how depraved your little “experiments” are, then you know you’re really bad.

Hell, even what he’s doing to Galavan is so cruel that I kind of feel bad for the guy, and Galavan was a total a-hole! B.D. Wong is still being an absolute joy as this supervillain though, and his scenes (next to Ed’s) were some of my favorites, so I can kind of forgive him for being a psychotic mad scientist. Also, great Mad Hatter reference. I hope he’ll be making an appearance soon.

Source: FOX

Source: FOX

I also loved that we got some kind of closure with Gordon and Barnes in this episode. Like I figured Barnes was going to get hurt or die or something because you can’t have that many telling lines without something happening to a side character. Oh, and let’s not forget that Gordon admitted how much killing Galavan was huge mistake, and how he never wants to see Bruce go down that path! We got some character development out the yin-yang last night!

Speaking of which, when I had to take a break on these reviews I didn’t have time to actually watch the last two episode, so seeing Penguin was kind of shocking. I knew what he did, of course, but holy crap, man. No one mentally breaks down like you boo boo. Although Barbz and her cleaver seem to be going down the same path as well.

All in all it was an extremely strong episode, and with the extra bonus of Bruce watching a caped man fly through the air with an extremely thoughtful look on his face was just the cherry on top of this sundae.

Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli

is your average everyday horror writer and TV watcher, who finds herself connecting on a deep level with mythical monsters, and serial killers. She lives in a fantasy world that Joss Whedon created where she goes through a minimum of four character arcs per season, and Spike and Leo Fitz fight for her hand in marriage. When not glued to her TV or laptop, she talks to her cats about life, and writes characters that (she hopes) are crazier than herself. Check out her writing blog in the hopes that she’ll post more than once a week.


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