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Gotham is back this week and our own Leonard Marciano is here to review the final episode of the year as the mid season finale takes place.
Gotham: Beware The Green-Eyed Monster Review
This week we look forward to the three main storylines that have been going on the last couple of weeks. On one side we have the Riddler seeking revenge for Isabella on the Penguin. We also have Bruce and Selina making a play at ending the Court of Owls, and finally we have the question of what will happen between the love triangle of Gordon, Lee, and Mario.
First up is the Riddler and his quest for retribution against the Penguin. One nice touch in this episode was having Nygma start to don a green suit. Throughout the episode we see Nygma fantasizing about killing Penguin. Ultimately Riddler foregoes this option and chooses to destroy Penguin and his empire instead as he looks to make a mends with Barbara, Butch, and Tabitha. In their final scene Barbara proposes to Butch and Tabitha to not kill Nygma, but rather use him to help destroy Penguin’s empire. It was a nice touch to see Barbara reference what a brilliant strategist Nygma is, as this point is highly emphasized during Scott Snyder’s “Batman: Zero Year,” storyline.
Next us we have Bruce and Selina as well as Alfred along for the ride. We see Bruce and Selina practice tight rope walking in Bruce’s mansion in order to not get caught when they try to steal the artifact the Whisper gang told them could help destroy the Court of Owls. Although Bruce can make it through a couple of times he falls a lot more. Selina decides it’s a crazy endeavor to go through with, but Alfred advises her that she too is in danger. Alfred lets Selina know that Bruce had stopped pursuing the Court of Owls in order to keep her safe, but she decides to leave anyways. Alfred and Bruce arrive at the Court’s location and are surprised by Selina who agrees to help them, but warns them that she feels like they’re being watched. Bruce and Selina go in together while Alfred works on securing the area. While Bruce and Selina successfully open the vault to reveal a crystal owl they are met by Talon who causes Selina to fall and trip the alarm. They work on running away, but are chased by Talon. Alfred is able to assist in holding off Talon but is losing, and Bruce decides to try and stay to help and so does Selina. Just as things look bad a mysterious woman breaks in and hits Talon with a glass vase allowing Alfred to deal a killing blow to Talon. The mystery woman is revealed to be Selina’s mother. This was an interesting reveal as in “Batman: Dark Victory,” and “Catwoman: When in Rome,”we learn that Selina may actually be Carmine Falcone’s daughter. Whether or not this origin is explored it is interesting to see Selina’s mother introduced in what may be an interesting second half to the season.
The final story that takes place throughout the episode is the love triangle between Gordon, Lee, and Mario. The episode opens with Mario breaking into a facility that has a method to test Alice’s blood in order to see if a person has been infected or not. Gordon goes to visit the Mad Hatter to find out the identity, but has to use rhymes to make the Hatter reveal the identity unwillingly because of his compulsion, which was great to watch. This was very reminiscent of something Batman would do; as we see Gordon appears to play the role of Batman throughout much of the series. Gordon brings in Mario who he suspects and has Lucious Fox test him, but all three tests reveal that Mario is not infected. We later learn that Gordon’s suspicions of Mario having found a method to cheat the tests are true. Mario and Gordon have a great scene together where Mario admits he is infected and has Zsaz hold Jim at gunpoint until Mario’s wedding to Lee is about to begin. When Gordon arrives he tells Lee everything and even professes his love to her, but she said Mario warned her of this (obviously leaving out the part where he had Jim hostage). Lee decides to move forward with the wedding and Carmine Falcone has two of his men escort Jim out. Jim tries to fight free but another one of Falcone’s men decides to help attack Gordon. Later on Gordon gets confirmation that Mario is in fact infected, and he goes to Falcone for the location of Mario. Carmine at first refuses until Jim decides to shoot both of the men Carmine was going to send, and Carmine allows Jim to go on the condition he bring Mario back alive.
We then see Mario about to stab Lee from behind as she had told him earlier that she would always have feelings for Jim but decided to marry him. Jim arrives just in time and shoots Mario to save Lee. An interesting thing to note was that the knife Mario had fell from the second floor onto the river appearing to be washed away.
The most interesting thing from the previews for next year was that Jerome will in fact be back. One big thing we speculated on the “Gotham: Executioner Review,”was that Jerome might be affected by Alice’s blood upon his resurrection. It may in fact be a combination of that and Hugo Strange’s resurrection methods. Tune in January for more Gotham!
Leonard Marciano is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @LeonardTLM
Overall this episode did a great job at closing out everyones story arc’s while opening up new ones for next year. The interactions we saw between: Barbara and Nygma, Selina and Bruce, and Gordon and anyone else really stole the show. The chemistry was there as the scenes really were quite enjoyable to watch.