Gotham “Heroes Rise: Light The Wick” Review
Everyone finds themselves in it pretty deep at this point. You’re either looking for trouble for you’re unfortunate like some last episode for trouble to come looking for you. As I said last week, some villains are actually remembering what true power is, and others are starting to live up to the name of this current story arc. Gotham is once again evolving, though it is time to see if this time for better or for worse.
I must admit, this episode started on one of their better openings. Not everyday where off the bat we could be treated to an encounter between two who are more than your average foe. When I saw promos of this week’s episode, I did have to ask myself how Barnes, or Executioner would end up back on the scene. Great reintroduction into the big picture while also humoring us with another familiar face.
It is hard to say that I initially found the Court of Owls to be threatening. Their comic counterpart without question was a force to be reckoned with, but there wasn’t too much to go off of aside from their Talon who really puts the fear into anyone who is not a genuinely capable combatant. Though as we progress they have managed to sell that they are not to be messed with through connections and association. That is their power and while it took some time to reveal it, the message has now started to be felt. For Gotham “Heroes Rise: Light The Wick” they take things a step further and the extreme measures for this “Judgement” was a smart way in bringing us back to something you could have almost forgotten from the earlier points of this season. There are many weapons that could come to mind to destroy Gotham, but this poison was the right choice. Something that doesn’t involve too many uncontrollable variables beyond the poison itself.
Gordon’s actions here stayed true to who he is at the core, but at the same time a bit painfully predictable. There are so many things you can do with a character like him, yet we always find ourselves dancing around the same decisions.
Selina being shoved out of a window was definitely a chilling moment. As much as I criticize her importance in Gotham, that is still something you wouldn’t wish on a character like her. Though with that said, you also had to wonder where they were going with this. You can’t argue that the way she was lying on the pavement that there wasn’t a nostalgic sensation surfacing concerning what jump-starts her rise to Catwoman. Nonetheless this turned out to be another key episode for Ivy. To those who may still not be satisfied with her not having plant powers, we at the very least are seeing what more grounded feats she can achieve through the application of plants. On the other end, I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about where they are taking Bruce. One thing leads to another and when you thought he was at the mercy of the Court, now he is being trained? Cool action sequences aside, I struggle to see any other outcome aside from them trying to take steps to groom him for a higher purpose. If not the case, then they certainly at the moment seem to be wasting time.
What Penguin does next challenges things. Part of me definitely thought he might be satisfied with Nygma’s fate, but that would be too easy. What fire he throws himself into was the best play to make sure he isn’t too far off doing his own thing.
Now I may seem like a broken record, but they really need to find some actual relevance for Lee. Right now she is nothing but a distraction when there are less petty things developing all around Gotham. Her loss was big, but dragging on this need for vengeance is just going in circles. Especially when we all know she is just getting herself into trouble sniffing around where she shouldn’t. If this episode is it for her, I do hope this time they stick with that choice.
Gotham “Heroes Rise: Light The Wick” had some high points and did have some areas in question. The inclusion of some familiar faces brought us to new heights as Gotham hasn’t seen the worst that the Court has to offer, before their final judgement is passed.