Critic Consensus: Though season two continues to struggle with tonal consistency, "By Fire" sets up a fun showdown between some of Gotham's most explosive characters.
as James Gordon
as Harvey Bullock
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
as Bruce Wayne
as Alfred Pennyworth
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
as Barbara Kean
as Selina Kyle
as Edward Nigma
as Theo Galavan
as Tabitha Galavan
as Lucius Fox
as Harvey Dent/Two-Face
as Butch Gilzean
as Gertrud Kapelput
as Ivy Pepper
as Kristen Kringle
as Silver St. Cloud
as Joe Pike
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Critic reviews for Rise of the Villains: By Fire
All the different stories seemed to have come to a head, and now we're heading into something bigger.
While I thought that Ed's storyline occasionally felt like it was crammed into an episode here and there, the slow, careful unspooling of the storyline really made me feel for Kristen.
"By Fire" was one of the most relentlessly moronic episodes of television I have ever watched.
Not only did it reveal just how Bridgit Pike transformed from weak victim to revenge-fueled villain, it also opened up the door to a whole new chapter of Batman mythology: Indian Hill!
One of Gotham's best episodes yet - and, yes, we have been saying that a lot lately. Season 2 is getting better and better.
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