Rise of the Villains: Scarification



Critic Consensus: "Scarification" suffers from an overabundance of plot points, but the episode's attention-getting acts of violence hint at more compelling developments to follow.

Episode Info

Galavan and Penguin join forces with a dangerous family; and the rivalry between the Waynes and the Galavans resurfaces.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
James Frain
as Theo Galavan
Jessica Lucas
as Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
as Lucius Fox
Nick D'Agosto
as Harvey Dent/Two-Face
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Chelsea Spack
as Kristen Kringle
Lenny Platt
as Luke Garrett
Ian Quinlan
as Pinkney
Michael Potts
as Sid Bunderslaw
Noah Robbins
as Evan Pike
Mary Joy
as Edwige
Ron Rifkin
as Fr. Creel
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Villains: Scarification

Honestly, any dullness was outweighed by the scene in which Oswald gets Butch drunk then chops off his hand.

Oct 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Gotham has lost what little remnants of sanity it had.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

A much-needed exposition hour filled with flashbacks to the beginnings of Gotham city, but that's not to say that it wasn't action-packed in the present day...

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm a huge fan of this direction even if the journey getting there will be a little bumpy.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

The first live action appearance of the Court and that's pretty darn cool. Now, if only the rest of the episode matched the coolness of the arrival of Batman's greatest 21st century villains, we would have reason to celebrate.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Thus far this season, the show has done a solid job of showing the cause-and-effect throughout the criminal underbelly in Gotham.

Oct 20, 2015 | Full Review…

I was disappointed in last night's episode for one specific reason. Because last season didn't exploit every future villain possible, the show returned to the tired trope of introducing another Batman villain.

Oct 20, 2015 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Luckily, Gotham did not allow its misstep {last week] to turn into a full-on slide, picking itself up quickly with a far more competent and interesting hour of television with last night's "Scarification" (though the name is supremely stupid).

Oct 20, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

"Scarification" is the first episode of Gotham's second season that is, for better and worse, a must-see.

Oct 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Scarification" wasn't terrible, but it did kind of feel like a return to some of the lesser aspects of Season 1.

Oct 20, 2015 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…