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.
"A Bitter Pill to Swallow" isn't dull, then, as much as it is pointless.
I came away from the ninth episode of this particularly violent second season feeling like mutliple characters had died and/or been injured in a variety of gruesome ways, but that Gotham didn't have anything particularly interesting to say about it.
The grab-bag of characters, settings, and visuals feels somewhat scattered and haphazard.
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.
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