Synopsis: Nygma comes face to face with Butch, but he is not who he used to be. In an attempt to regain power and identity, Nygma decides to put his former partner’s skills to the test. Elsewhere, Sofia Falcone takes action to protect her own life by appealing to Penguin’s vulnerable side. With the power of the dagger in his hands, Bruce surprises those around him with his bold actions.
Review: This episode seemingly ties up the Ra’s Al Ghul storyline, which is a great shame because Alexander Siddig has been awesome in the role. The main arc is Bruce going after Al Ghul for revenge. Al Ghul, who is in Blackgate has gained influence over the guards and seemingly has his own people in place. But even that cannot stop Bruce from getting to him. But the question remains. Is Ra’s Al Ghul really dead? We did see him transfer some sort of energy over to Barbara Keen, who he happened to revive via his Lazarus Pit.
Elsewhere Butch who is in a coma gets dumped in some swamp land, which happens to have some nuclear materials being dumped there. These combined elements see the birth of Solomon Grundy, who is a kind of innocent type of character who is likely to be corrupted by circumstance and his newfound association with Nygma. By the close of the episode, Nygma takes Grundy to an underground fight tournament where he’ll become a fighter. The relationship struck up between Nygma and Grundy is fun viewing and looks set to continue down that path as Nygma provides the brain while Grundy becomes the brawn. But what is Lee doing as a Doctor in an illegal Fight club?
The most fun though is watching Sofia Falcone get her claws into the Penguin. She is fast becoming an interesting character to watch as she uses a combination of subtlety and sex appeal in order to gain Penguin’s trust. I look forward to seeing where this goes in the weeks to come.
This episode was pretty solid, but I have to admit to being a bit concerned at the fact that they seem to have dispatched the strongest villain from the season in the form of Ra’s Al Ghul. Hopefully, this is only temporary and we do get to see him return somehow.
The scenes between Alfred and Bruce Wayne were as strong as ever, but the one that stands out this episode is Gordon reassuring, Bruce Wayne with regard to the fact that he’d just killed Ra’s Al Ghul.
Look forward to next week to see what is on offer then. Especially given that we no longer of Ra’s Al Ghul. At least for the moment.
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