Who knew water could stop a nuclear bomb? Apparently not Jim Gordon or Lucius Fox, but that didn’t stop them from trying it anyway as the lives of thousands of citizens hung in the balance. God bless em. And God bless this show for throwing sanity out the window, and just letting the chaos take over this beautiful, beautiful episode.
Let’s hear it for the ladies who unintentionally saved the day in this episode! Of course the obsessive and forever stylish Barbara would figure out that Clayface Jim Gordon was not the man she loved and stalked for so long. And I love that she figured it out because Jim wanted to get back with her. Also, the fact that she, a mentally unstable woman who just woke up from a coma, was able to figure that out while his partner and an intelligent butler couldn’t, made it all the better.
Now let’s hear it for Ms. Peabody who just wanted a damn drink of water! I hope her character pops up again next season because I was really enjoying her last night, especially when she interacted with Fish. I also want her to beat the crap out of Strange just because.
Let’s also hear it for the women who intentionally did some cool things last night. Like Selina saving the boys by being far more manipulative than Bruce. We can also give a round to Bridget who showed us all, along with the handsome-ly creepy Mr. Freeze, that fire and ice do not mix well, especially when your “creator” gets spooked and runs away. She also called Selina her “friend” and I’ve been crying for hours because of it.
We can also raise a glass to Fish who’s reveal to Penguin and Butch was probably my favorite, favorite part of the episode. She also inadvertently released a bunch of monsters, including one who laughed a little too hard, and a clone (or brother) of Bruce Wayne, but still she was just trying to find freedom like she did for basically the entire second half of last season, so give it up for her dogged perseverance.
So you go, Gotham girls. Most of you are scary, crazy, or a little bit of both, but I love you all just the same.
Now onto the boys.
Did anyone else get the chills when Bruce was trying to figure out Ed’s puzzle? Mini Batman might have failed the second question, but he was smart enough to know that Ed was just trying to get some intel, and I can’t wait to see their future cat and mouse games.
Which Strange was trying to do too, except like most villains he let it slip about the “secret council” and gave Bruce a new lead to follow even though technically his parents killer is dead and the guy who wanted him dead is a broken man going to Blackgate. And I mean we knew it would kind of happen since his parents’ death is literally the reason he becomes Batman, and to see him fall into the crux of his character development this season was pretty damn cool.
I also did really enjoy seeing Strange’s entire psyche break down in this episode as he finally saw (by almost being killed) what monsters he created, and how they didn’t really give a crap about him whatsoever. I wonder if they’ll bring him back next season, and in what capacity because I really did enjoy his mania while it lasted.
I also wonder what they’re going to do with Jim next season as he basically threw up his hands and said “f***k it, I’m finding my woman.” I’m kind of glad that he’s getting over his guilt even though a maniac with a God complex was the one who helped him see that. Jim honestly needs a little normalcy, but with this show I doubt it’s going to last long.
All in all, what a fantastic season. We went from a noir thriller to a complete dark circus in the span of two seasons and I honestly can’t love it more. I really enjoy the way they’re interweaving these origin stories, and how they affect the life of the burgeoning, black cowl-ed vigilante who is just trying to make sense out of a senseless world. Great job this season, and I cannot, CANNOT wait for the next one.