Critic Consensus: "Burn the Witch" functions as a transitional episode - introducing an iconic villiain, tying up some loose threads from last season, and laying the groundwork for intriguing new plot and character arcs for season 3.
as James Gordon
as Harvey Bullock
as Bruce Wayne
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
as Alfred Pennyworth
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
as Barbara Kean
as Selina Kyle
as Edward Nigma
as Tabitha Galavan
as Lucius Fox
as Butch Gilzean
as Poison Ivy/Ivy Pepper
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
as Fish Mooney
as Hugo Strange
as Valerie Vale
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Critic reviews for Mad City: Burn the Witch
The real crime? All this drama came at the expense of an appearance by BD Wong as Hugo Strange.
But despite a few standout elements, the results are too close to the nonsensical plot mechanics that sunk its previous years on air. And even when the story tries to pull out an old familiar feeling, the results are unconvincing at best.
Goodbye preteen Ivy, and hello seductive Poison Ivy! Gotham wasted no time in introducing the iconic Batman villain in season three, after her run-in with one of Indian Hill's escaped experiments.
Monday night's episode of Gotham takes our story in some wildly new directions, setting the stage for a Season 3 that's harder to predict than we thought going in. Nothing is certain in Fox's lunatic-dark DC Comics drama, which is really quite wonderful.
It's clear that Gotham ultimately determined it simply didn't know what to do with Ivy in the context that it created for her.
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