Gotham “A Dark Knight: One Of My Three Soups” Review
Last week’s Gotham created another key episode of the series where the following week would be very different from the weeks before. That being because of moves made that change the direction of these characters and storylines. Losing Sofia Falcone opened another void in this city that needs to be filled through a change in status quo. If the teasers for this week were any indication of what week can expect? The loony bin is coming back to town.
When I saw the promo for this week’s episode, I was very happy to see that they aren’t done with the Mad Hatter. The last time that he was out and about it was one of the better story arcs of the series. He’s a villain who makes no sense, and yet also does at the same time. He embraces the craziness of his gimmick and does so without overdoing it. His first scene of the episode set the tone for what was to come perfectly. It started with his freedom, and ended with the rest of the big names who together could flip this city on its head. There was no better statement to make if viewers were asking for the next big danger for the GCPD to tackle. Freeing three at the start did feel like overkill. Just one of these guys are hard enough to take down on their own, but when there are three? You can’t help but see how things will end before getting to that point. Fortunately when it comes to Gotham, I do like it when they entertain me being wrong. This was another great time to expect the unexpected.
Nonetheless, their change of attitudes were just as needed. They got serious, and that was more fitting when this season the dangers are darker than usual. Mad Hatter was out for blood, Jerome had some personal business of his own. It made a big difference for them to be driven by past connections and interactions that got them to where they are now. You wouldn’t think that they could act without chaos on the brain, but their actions say otherwise.
The dynamic of Harvey and Gordon was interesting transitioning from their last conversation. Harvey pressuring Gordon to keep his pride in check was a great way to start since that is easier said than done. If we wanted more from Gordon, then dealing with this lie was the next step to take for a guy who can sometimes fail to see the big picture. It showed growth on Harvey’s end that he could at a time like this. Especially at a time like this were three madness are on the loose.
Barbara finally confronting this gift that Ra’s al Ghul left her was a long time coming. We got the answer to what happened to Barbara after her death, and that changed everything about her direction moving forward. Like those madmen returning, what was revealed here was welcoming for the fact that the idea was not forgotten. I mean surely enough we all forgot, and that is probably why they thought this was the best time to spring this League of Assassin’s storyline on us again. Truthfully better that they switched the center of attention to Barbara when with Bruce it was all hit or miss, mostly miss if you ask me. Barbara took this to a whole new level when she has been able to command like she used to. The Sirens dynamic was nice, though some might agree that she stepped back a bit to share the spotlight with Tabitha and Selina. With that said, one has to wonder what the future is for the potential that has been squandered when it comes to the Sirens and their slice of Gotham.
What adventure Barbara and Bruce set themselves on was enjoyable. To see that even they could find purpose when everything is going to crap around them wasn’t bad. Of course this was Bruce once again making something about himself, but they saved this quickly through someone being right there to tell him what he needs to hear. For the most part that is. Quickly forcing Bruce into the reckless vigilante role again is going to take some warming up to. He’s simply just in the way and doesn’t fit in contrast to those already involved through duty.
Gotham “A Dark Knight: One Of My Three Soups” was everything you could have wanted from madness spilled into the streets once more. It may not be a mad city, but it was one heck of a dark night for the personal vendettas going around. It was only a matter of time before Gotham was turned over to the villains when the crime lords have finished their squabbles.