Critic Consensus: "Tonight's the Night" reaps some delightfully demented narrative seeds sown earlier in the season, albeit slightly at the expense of sound narrative structure and character development.
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 Mayor James
as Silver St. Cloud
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Critic reviews for Rise of the Villains: Tonight's the Night
Gotham has performed actual miracle work by turning Barbara not only into a convincing villain, but transforming her into Jim Gordon's version of the Joker.
Sometimes it's not worth overanalyzing something if it provides you with the thrill of anticipation.
The narrative is as bumpy as Jim and Harvey's car ride with Barbara, with head-scratching moments and all-too-predictable plot turns.
All in all, a decent episode that had its moments, but maybe wasn't as crazy as the majority of episodes this season, which is saying something, given that opening.
Gotham writers make it increasingly more difficult to root for the good guys when they're only as smart or as stupid as the episode plot demands.
Fun is exactly what "Rise Of The Villains: Tonight's The Night" is. It kicks off with a trippy dream sequence, sustains momentum with a compelling cat-and-mouse chase, and ends with a bloodied Penguin asking a wandering Nygma for help.
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