Gotham - Season 3, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell...

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Critic Consensus: "Better to Reign in Hell..." is a gratifying premiere whose messiness is part of its intriguing charm.

Episode Info

The Season 3 premiere finds Gordon working as a bounty hunter while seeking answers about the Indian Hill escapees, including why their powers appear to be killing them. In other events, Bruce's doppelgänger roams the streets; and Barbara and Tabitha open a nightclub.

Cast

Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
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
Jessica Lucas
as Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
as Lucius Fox
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Fish Mooney
Jamie Chung
as Valerie Vale
Tonya Pinkins
as Ethel Peabody
Richard Kind
as Mayor Aubrey James
Clare Foley
as Ivy Pepper
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Critic reviews for Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell...

I applaud the fact that Gotham, never one to shy away from a cheap comics nod, seems to have simply made up their own gang of weirdos for the Arkham Asylum escapees.

September 19, 2016 | Full Review…

The returning series kicks off at full throttle.

September 21, 2016 | Full Review…

There's still plenty of intrigue for the show going forward, especially with the concluding scene. The question is whether or not the payoff will be worth it, depending on the speed with which it is acquired.

September 20, 2016 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Gotham has returned to our TVs at last, bringing with it the usual messy trail of WTF and AWESOME because this series can't decide if it wants to be a serious show on serious Earth or some kind of uncomfortable Batman '66 mashup.

September 20, 2016 | Full Review…

In other words, while I enjoyed the Season 3 premiere and am curious to see where all this is going, right now there's a lot of moving pieces in the air and not a lot of direction.

September 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Oswald Cobblepot continues to be Gotham's strongest character, and I like him best when he and Gordon are working towards some version of the same goal.

September 20, 2016 | Full Review…

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