Gotham - Season 2, Episode 8 - Rotten Tomatoes

Rise of the Villains: Tonight's the Night



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.

Episode Info

Galavan wants to make a deal with Bruce Wayne; and sends Barbara after Jim Gordon. Meanwhile, Barnes and Bullock pursue Barbara; and Nygma has a run-in with a familiar face.


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
Camren Bicondova
as Selina Kyle
Cory Michael Smith
as Edward Nigma
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
Richard Kind
as Mayor James
Natalie Alyn Lind
as Silver St. Cloud
Ian Quinlan
as Pinkney
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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.

November 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Somehow raised the bar for the show just not giving a sh**.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Getting emotionally invested in Barbara's plot to bring Jim down, despite her feelings for him, called upon a sentiment for this relationship that, unless I'm completely misjudging the Gotham fanbase, has never really been there.

July 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sometimes it's not worth overanalyzing something if it provides you with the thrill of anticipation.

November 10, 2015 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

The narrative is as bumpy as Jim and Harvey's car ride with Barbara, with head-scratching moments and all-too-predictable plot turns.

November 10, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

November 10, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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