The Mask
Gotham Season 1



Critic Ratings: 25
Critics Consensus

The appearance of a familiar Batman villain and a bullying scene at Bruce's school make "The Mask" an important episode, though it returns to Gotham's procedural format.

Episode Info

Gordon and Bullock check out a brutal fight club that features bouts between candidates applying for work at a financial firm. Meanwhile, upon his return to school, Bruce makes a new friend.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara
as Capt. Sarah Essen
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Victoria Cartagena
as Renee Montoya
John Doman
as Carmine Falcone
Richard Kind
as Mayor James
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Nick D'Agosto
as Harvey Dent
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Critic Reviews for The Mask

The show returned to a "villain of the week" format, but it was a good one.

Dec 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Lot of the stuff that had started working on this show stopped working again. But the episode still won us over, mostly because of the incredibly bloody scenes of violence it managed in prime-time.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

While there's nothing to be found in the way of bombshell developments, and it's a fairly by-the-numbers case of the week scenario, this might be the best job the show has done of balancing out its competing halves.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Fight Club gone Gotham is a generally harmless tale which feels as if it exists to simply stand next to the over-arching narratives, and in that respect it's successful.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

What it lacks in story quality it makes up for in seeing these main characters with a stronger sense of purpose behind their actions, given what everyone has gone through in recent weeks. Gotham is growing.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Look, I'm as susceptible as anyone to the lizard-brain pleasures of seeing privileged nasties get what's coming to them. There's just not much substance to it.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

When all was said and done, though, it was a solid enough episode, I thought, with some great character moments for Bruce, Alfred, Gordon and Bullock throughout.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Eight episodes in, Gotham still hasn't found a consistent tone or even decent writing throughout an entire episode.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

So much of what has troubled Gotham reared its head in "The Mask." A bland main story overrun by a mass of subplots was the main culprit here, flanked by subpar writing and phoned-in acting.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The show's lack of conviction in its central idea of a company boss whose recruitment regime includes getting the candidates to fight each other to the death is evidenced by the fact that the plot runs out of steam after 18 minutes.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…