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Gotham continues it's third season with episode two Burn The Witch. Our very own Leonard Marciano is back to break down this weeks episode in our official ComiConverse Gotham review.
Gotham: Burn The Witch Review
Tonight's episode is all about the ladies as it revolves around Ivy and Fish. The episode begins with Bruce waking up and speaking with Katherine who appears to be the current leader of the Court of Owls. During their conversation we learn that Bruce knows the group that was responsible for infiltrating his company and murdering his parents, but he does not know their true identity. Katherine contemplates eliminating Bruce right there, but Bruce convinces her that he can still use his name to draw attention away from their organization. Katherine agrees to his proposal as long as Bruce agrees to stop investigating her organization, Indian Hill, and his parents murder. Bruce agrees to the terms and is later returned to Wayne Manor. Overall this scene was pretty good as it showed a moment where Bruce would have to make a decision that would affect not only himself, but it did not really feel as though Bruce would be giving up his hunt or the truth.
Next up we find Ivy washed ashore in some industrial district looking much older and like a beautiful young woman. She is found by someone in the area who offers to help her by bringing her back to his place. She agrees as she is thirsty, and upon their arrival Ivy notices several withering plants. We do not see her having any abilities aside from having aged. Ivy becomes upset when the man throws away a plant that he hasn't watered. Towards the end of the episode we see that Ivy murdered the man for not watering his plants and just considering them as a common commodity that could be thrown away.
We jump back to Gordon who is approached by Valerie Vale for another opportunity at finding Fish Mooney. Gordon agrees to help if she discloses her source. Once Gordon learns it's Selina he goes to see Barbara in order to try and find Fish's whereabouts. When he sees Barbara she is completely unhinged, but so is Gordon for where he's at in life after giving up on reconciling with Lee. Barbara did a great job in this scene and is becoming quite enjoyable to watch as she has completely lost her marbles and just says the first thing that comes out of her mouth. After learning of a possible whereabouts from Barbara, Valerie ditches Gordon and informs the GCPD so that they can raid Fish's lair.
Harvey and a group of GCPD members attempt to capture Fish, but both sides take losses. This scene was a really well done as we saw an electric type monster rip through the GCPD and snap one of their necks. Some of Fish's henchmen are captured during the raid, and Harvey is captured by Fish on his way to his car; as apparently he and Barnes are the only two people that know the location of Hugo Strange. Fish uses her powers of persuasion on Harvey and gets him to reveal the location. Gordon and Lucious deduce that Harvey has been taken, and that Fish is targeting Strange. Gordon asks Barnes for his help in saving Harvey and Barnes agrees to it. I'm not sure what to make of this weird triangle between Gordon, Barnes and Harvey. On the one hand it serves as good foreshadowing of what makes Gordon become Commissioner Gordon in the future; as we see Barnes and Harvey playing an angel and devil to his character development. On the other hand it feels a bit repetitive in terms of the Batman story without a Batman in play.
For the last half of the episode we see a standoff between the GCPD, Fish's crew, and Penguin's mob. Ultimately it culminates in Gordon infiltrating the safe house to help Fish escape with Hugo, but not before double crossing her and leading her straight into a trap with Penguin. This scene with Penguin and Fish was great, and perhaps the best of the episode. In it Penguin asks Fish why she didn't kill him during their encounter in the bridge. Fish admits that despite everything that has happened between them she considers Penguin to be her greatest creation and that she's proud of him. In that moment Penguin decides to let Fish and Strange go, but not before warning her to get out of Gotham. The reason this scene is so great is that we really saw the evolution of both of these characters along with a mutual respect as equals. It's also a great callback to when Gordon told Penguin the exact same thing. When you look at the board they are probably the two most powerful factions in Gotham today which was what they were gunning for since the beginning of the series.
The episode itself ends with Valerie meeting up with Gordon and the two of them kissing, agreeing to make one more mistake that night. Meanwhile we cut over to see Lee arriving back into Gotham. Hopefully we see more then just Gordon's love triangles from past seasons. We also see Faux Bruce (or Fruce) reveal himself to Alfred and Bruce which should make things interesting for next week as Fruce's revelation might allow Alfred and Bruce to continue their investigation.
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Overall the episode was pretty solid and I rate it as good. Nothing major groundbreaking, but these first few episodes have done a good job of building from past seasons. It is also interesting to see how Penguin is being embraced by the mobs of people as the Gotham show runners seem to be borrowing heavily from "Batman Earth One," where Penguin is the mayor of Gotham.