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This week Gotham returns with the ninth episode of this season, and our own Leonard Marciano is here to review all the Madness.
Gotham: The Executioner Review
This week picks up with the aftermath of Simon’s murder and Gordon looking into it as Simon’s last words were revealed Barnes to be the killer. Gordon shares his theory with Bullock who thinks Gordon has it all wrong. Gordon tries to look in Barnes’ office for proof only to be surprised by him. Barnes questions Jim who tells Barnes he has a lead on Simon’s killer and the two go off together, even though Jim wanted to bring Bullock along. After witnessing Barnes kill a man, Jim realizes that Barnes is in fact infected with the Tetch virus from Alice’s blood.
An interesting note is that Barnes does, in fact, take on the role of the Executioner from Alice in Wonderland.
Gordon and Barnes engage in a game of cat and mouse throughout the episode, as Jim declines an offer to join Barnes in his quest for justice. Barnes calls the GCPD in, making them believe that Gordon is the one who has gone crazy. Gordon on the other hand does manage to call Bullock during all of the chaos, and Bullock and Lee devise a plan which has the GCPD realize that Barnes is actually infected with the Tetch virus by fabricating a blood exam.
The final encounter of the episode has a great dialogue between Barnes and Gordon, as Barnes reminds Gordon that not too long ago their roles were reversed when Jim shot Galavant. Jim owns up to it and says he wishes he could take it back,k as he realizes it had cost him Lee and so much more. Just as Barnes is about to shoot Jim, Bullock arrives with the cavalry who is there to arrest Barnes. Barnes and Jim have a scuffle which ultimately ends with both men having a draw and Jim shooting Barnes without killing him.
One big take away from all this is that perhaps Alice’s blood will lead to creating the Joker, since it affects people differently while ultimately driving them insane. It’s important to note that it has been highly speculated that Jerome might still return, given the fact that Gotham has the ability to bring people back from the dead.
The aftermath is a conversation with Gordon and Lee as Jim thanks her for her help. This scene was great as the story seems to show that Jim will actually play the role of Sarah Essen who has already appeared in Gotham in season one, but was killed by Jerome and his Maniac’s crew. In the Batman: Year One comic version he and Essen are partners and Gordon has an affair with her while still married to Barbara.
The reason I say it appears he is playing this role is because it looks like Lee will still marry Mario, but the audience can tell she still has feelings for Jim.
Elsewhere in Gotham, there were two other storylines being followed this week. The first was the aftermath of Isabella’s car crash. We find out that she is in fact dead. Ed mourns her loss while Penguin tries to make his move on him by suggesting he move on. Ed agrees to go to the train intersection where Isabella died to pay his final respects. When he arrives there he realizes that she was only four blocks from her house and could not have fallen asleep like the police originally suspected. He questions a man who tells Ed he heard Isabella begging for help before the train hit. Ed then visits the garage where they were keeping Isabella’s car and finds the brakes were cut. He tells Penguin he knows who did it, and Penguin looks worried. Ed then tells him that he suspects Butch. Penguin agrees with a sigh of relief and promises Ed to help find Butch.
Overall it was sad to see Isabella go as her story with Ed was quite enjoyable to see as we saw Ed was just an outlier looking for a match in someone that understood him.
The final story revolved around Bruce, Selina, and Ivy. We learn that Ivy has been seducing men only to rob them by intoxicating them with perfume she has derived from plants. She ultimately ends up stealing an emerald and goes to Selena for help while revealing her identity. They were then being chased by some men with cross bows, but all three of them manage to get away. Bruce ends up convincing Ivy to sell him the stolen Jewel for 1000, then 2000, and then finally 5000 dollars while Selina laughs. When they go to return the Emerald they find the man Ivy seduced dead with an arrow through his eye. Selena throws the Emerald and we see that it breaks revealing a key.
They all then agree to go back to Bruce’s house to hideout since Selena’s place had been discovered by their would be assailant who finds an article of Bruce’s parents murder at her place while searching for the Emerald/key.
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Overall this episode was a solid good episode moving everyones story forward. The one thing to take away from all of this is that besides Gotham being a character, we are seeing Batman being born in the actions of all of its characters from both sides as Bruce will ultimately inherit all of everyones experiences to become the hero he is destined to be. Things should be interesting next week as we learn the men chasing Bruce and co. are the Court of Owls.