Season 2 of Gotham last year was sub-titled in part as “rise of the villains”, and rise they did. By the end though it was all about Indian Hill and Dr. Hugo Strange. Finally, in an attempt to save many from a large explosion, Gordon stopped a bomb from going off but Fish Mooney managed to escape with a busload of X-men. No, meteor freaks. No, meta humans. Well, whatever we call them, they’re the results of Strange’s experiments.
I confess I was not thrilled to see Fish Mooney back. Call me Jada-ed (see what I did there?), but it is painful most of the time with her over the top acting and one-dimensional character. There is a small but loyal Gotham fanbase who were thrilled when her character seemed to be killed off, and yet like bedbugs, it’s hard to eradicate her character.
But she was in the first episode, and well, she didn’t suck. I don’t want to watch her but if the rest of the season’s shows stuck to the same level of her involvement, I’d be okay with it.
Gordon is okay as the past-wronged, now enjoying his freedom, ex-cop turned bounty hunter. Still enjoyable. Selina is working with Fish and causing trouble, but even she is having her own trouble adapting. Bruce left town after the Indian Hill and has just returned with stunning accusations to the Board at Wayne Enterprises that there is a cabal among them that is corrupt. Lots of little threads to kick off the season.
But I think I liked the interactions between Riddler and Penguin the best. Still fun, still enjoyable. Love Edward Nigma. Even if he’s nuts.