Synopsis: Arkham’s “finest” give Gordon and Bullock a run for their money, as they hatch a plan to escape the asylum. Meanwhile, Bruce devises his own strategy to thwart their plans. Also, Barbara gets an offer she can’t refuse.
Review: Gotham moves ever closer to introducing The Joker and the escape, which Jerome leads from Arkham is a little bit of foreshadowing. We also see Barabara’s story arc reach a new point as she is revealed as the Demons head who has been chosen by Ras Al Ghul. Also, Bruce Wayne gets ever closer to becoming the Batman as the weight of responsibility takes hold. A Weight of responsibility, which Selina Kyle does not share, but she still chooses to help where she can.
The main villain in this episode though is Mad Hatter aka Jervis Tetch who hypnotizes most of the city and has Gordon and Bullock running themselves ragged. It’s obvious that Jerome is playing the long game here and is using Tetch and Scarecrow as a means to distract Gotham PD and Jim Gordon from his activities. Benedict Samuel puts in a fantastic performance as Tetch and the scenes he has with Gordon are fantastic and Ben McKenzie puts in a great performance also as he captures the desperation of Gordon as he tries to unpick the damage that Tetch has done.
Cameron Monaghan is also great as Jerome and the scene where he manically tells Bruce about the beating that he took from his uncle was really powerful and reminiscent a little bit of the Joker from the most recent Batman trilogy of films.
Overall. This was the best episode of Gotham we have had in awhile and it looks to be setting things up for what could well be a brilliant season four finale, which with only 7 episode left. Isn’t too far off.
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