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Gotham has few fans as big as our own Leonard Marciano. In this review Leonard walks us through his thoughts in the latest Gotham episode Look Into My Eyes and the fallout for the series going forward.
Gotham: Look Into My Eyes Review
This week we have a brand new episode on Gotham and we get our first look at the titular villain of the first half of this season Jervis Tetch “The Mad Hatter.”
This episode really started off strong by introducing us to Jarvis Tetch who in this iteration appears to be a hypnotist performing at Barbara and Tabitha’s club. Actor Benedict Samuel’s performance in the opening scene was very good. He really went for it and his stage presence along with his darker ulterior motives showed a very different iteration of the Mad Hatter we haven’t quite seen before as he seems to be part drifter and part murderer/possible serial killer. We learn later on that he’s looking for his sister Alice, and that he’s contracted the services of Bounty Hunter Jim Gordon to help find her.
Elsewhere we catch up with Bruce and Fruce (Fake Bruce see previous two reviews for our naming of him) getting acquainted. Bruce had offered him a meal while Fruce mentioned that he goes by the name Five as in 5148. Alfred is reluctant in helping Five as he sees him as a “thing,” while Bruce sees him as a victim. As we see more of Five throughout the episode we see that he is impervious to pain and appears to have eidetic memory as he picks up some boxing moves from seeing Bruce and Alfred training. Later on Selina asks Bruce for help in locating Ivy, but Bruce declines as he previously hid Five prior to her entering the manor. Their interaction was great as well as it was very reminiscent of Smallville and Lex’s and Clark’s early interactions as the mythos is being built before our eyes. Five then cuts his hair and borrows one of Bruce’s cars to help Selina by pretending to be Bruce. This storyline is quite intriguing as initially I speculated they might use Five to help Bruce be in two places at once so that he could continue investigating the Court of Owls. Now it appears as though we will be seeing more of a Hush from the Batman Reborn and also House of Hush storylines. One interesting thing Five may be able to add is if he joins Selina in her criminal escapade this can essentially create a criminal persona for Bruce along with his reckless playboy tendencies giving Bruce a cover for his Bruce Wayne persona that the public sees.
One major story going on was Penguin announcing his candidacy for Mayor of Gotham. In the past I’ve mentioned that Gotham is very similar to Batman Earth One and this definitely moves it into that direction. Gotham has done a nice job over the past two seasons in leading us to this point. The major points that definitely sell this were Theo Galavan’s candidacy and Penguin’s discovery of his father and his wealth. After last week’s episode it was the next logical step for him to not only go for power in the Underground, but legitametly in public office. Penguin’s announcement upset Mayor Aubrey James and he invited Penguin to have words over dinner. He tries to get the drop on him, but Penguin was three steps ahead and got the drop on Mayor James. Later on in the episode we see Penguin go to Gotham and ask the new head of Arkham Asylum to free one of his colleagues in exchange for any job that he wants; however if he did not oblige to Penguin’s request then Penguin promised to make him a janitor for Arkham Asylum instead. The new head of Arkham obliged and freed the Riddler. Riddler was surprised to be let go, but also happy when he saw Penguin peek his head out of his car. This storyline is becoming possibly the best storyline of the series as we are now possibly seeing the Riddler become his New 52 incarnation from Zero Year. Instead of being a corporate strategist for Wayne Enterprises we will possibly see him as Penguin’s campaign/political strategist. This storyline is very intriguing and these two actors play really well off of each other. Their characters’ relationship makes sense as well as they are both very selfish people, but they mutually understand that, and never really tell the other directly while still helping each other in order to survive their predicaments.
The final storyline this week dealt with Gordon’s adventures. As mentioned earlier he was approached by Jarvis Tetch to help find his sister Alice. Alice appears to have more of Poison Ivy’s powers where anyone she touches appears to become infected, but they differ as it appears as though her blood is poison as well. We also saw Lee at GCPD who was offered her job back. She mentions to Gordon that she’s moved back with her fiancee Mario, who is a doctor who Gordon happens to meet after getting attacked in a bar Alice use to work at. The major reveal came at the end as we learned that her fiancee is actually Mario Falcone (see Batman: Dark Victory for more information on his character), and he supposedly has nothing to do with the “family business,” according to Carmine Falcone.
Leonard Marciano is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @TLMLeonard
Overall this episode was really great. The past two episodes were solid, but this episode really pushed the overall story arc further. It also showed how the more that Gotham’s landscape changes the more it somewhat stays the same as certain players evolve into something new in the case of Gordon and Penguin.