Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow
Critic Consensus: Gotham gives Jim Gordon some much-needed depth in "A Bitter Pill to Swallow," although the surrounding stories are less cohesive.
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 Capt. Sarah Essen
as Silver St. Cloud
as The Lady
as Billy Boy
as Father Creel
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Critic reviews for Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow
So two steps forward character-wise, but one step back in terms of story. That final scene had exactly the opposite amount of impact it needed to introduce these hooded men as the new big threat.
The "Rise of the Villains" just keeps on coming on this week's Gotham, which finally begins to build towards the epic partnership fans have been hoping for since season 1.
Aside from the Bruce being "grounded" story, this week's "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" was really, and violently, eventful.
This episode was everything 'Gotham' could and should be wound in a tightly paced, well-acted, action-packed outing.
Two weeks from the fall finale and Gotham finds itself in what can be cautiously referred to as a groove.
On Monday's episode of Gotham, "Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow," we saw just how much potential for darkness James Gordon truly has inside of him - and just how hard he'll have to work to keep it from coming out.
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