Gotham returned to Fox this week with Season 3 – Mad City and the season premiere, Better to Reign in Hell, gets it off to an intriguing but slightly slow start. This review will contain full spoilers for this episode and obviously seasons 1 and 2 of the show, so read ahead at your own risk.
At the end of season 2 we saw Jim Gordon set off to see Lee following the breakout from Indian Hill and this season starts with sees him find her, seemingly settled and happy with a new man (who it has to be said looks a lot like Gordon from what we see – she obviously has type!) and Gordon walks away.
The episode picks up 6 months later, the escapees are obviously causing trouble in Gotham. Gordon has not returned to the GCPD and instead is acting as a bounty hunter, attempting to stop a robbery at a pharmacy by one of Hugo Strange’ monsters, an impossibly strong slightly reptilian fellow (the monster not Jim!)
Gothamites are clearly unhappy with the GCPD’s effort to bring the creatures in and so is Oswald Cobblepot who seems terrified by Fish Mooney’ return, pleading with the police to find her and eventually offering a million dollar bounty to anyone who brings her to him, alive or dead, or chopped up into little pieces. Jim Gordon, of course, makes a couple of attempts to capture Fish, firstly when he has a lead to a pharmaceutical company from which we learn that Fish and the rest of Strange’s creations are becoming sick from his genetic tampering. The second attempt to track Mooney down results in the death of Miss Peabody, Strange’s one-time assistant at Indian Hill, at the hands of one of the monsters with ageing powers.
Meanwhile, Bruce returns and issues the Wayne Enterprises board with an ultimatum, he knows who the group who employed Hugo Strange are and they are to come to him in private or he will go public with their names.
Barbara and Tabitha are now running the club and refuse Penguin’ offer of protection, it looks like they will prove to be a wild card at least at the start of this season.
Selina is working with Fish whilst being followed by doppelgänger Bruce (oh the possibilities this revelation offers the season, can you imagine?) and trying to protect Ivy. Unfortunately the episode finishes with Ivy following Selina to Fish’s hideout, but Fish doesn’t want her on the team and we see Ivy chased and eventually falling down into the sewers but not before being grabbed by the monster with the aging powers – the answer to the question of how Ivy will be aged from the 14-year-old she joined the programme as – but for now the episode ends with an upset Selina believing she has seen her friend for the last time.
Phew! This season has been eagerly awaited and the first episode shows a lot of potential. There are many routes this season can take, what will happen to Edward Nygma, still sitting in Arkham, will we see a return for Jerome? Which threads are followed and developed could kill Gotham or secure the franchise, either wayit’s going to be an interesting time in Gotham City.
Gotham airs 8/7c on Fox in the US and should be airing on Channel 5 in the UK early next year.