Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell...
Gotham Season 3



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics 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.


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
Jessica Lucas
as Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
as Lucius Fox
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
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.

Sep 19, 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.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…

This is what Gotham looks like when the burden of being the primary protagonist is alleviated from Gordon's character and, instead, he gets to be one part of a larger ensemble. Gotham has never felt this well-balanced, and I hope it continues...

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"Gotham" can stop playing the origins game and let its characters take full advantage of their weird world. But one episode in, it's unclear whether something original is in the offing for this cast.

Dec 12, 2017 | 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Gotham's still a mess, just as we left it at the end of Season 2.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…

There's still plenty of Easter eggs for eagle-eyed Batman fans to spot in this season's first hour, including what looks to be the debuts of some as-yet-unintroduced baddies.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Gotham's Season 3 opener was fairly typical of the series at this point. A ton of villains, old and new, and a driven, daring Bruce hell bent on getting himself killed (maybe Wayne Manor should have actual security at this point).

Sep 20, 2016 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

Overall, Gotham's season premiere was a solid start to what's going to be an exciting season. Despite some head-scratching moments, we were given some interesting threads that will be fun to follow as the season progresses.

Sep 20, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Better to Reign in Hell signaled the arrival of a more confident, assured show that suggests this could be the best season yet.

Sep 19, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…