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Gotham aims for introspection, but settles for bombast in a dark entry that nevertheless deepens Benjamin McKenzie's Jim Gordon.
Truth be told, I'm far more interested in the obvious love triangle forming between Oswald, Eddie Nygma and Butch Gilzean.
It was all somewhat disposable save for the focus on Jim Gordon's underlying self-loathing and how it caused Hatter's suicide trigger to stick with him. That was a really cool way to draw Jim's brokenness out into the open for discussion.
Um, ew. Is Gotham getting into an incest storyline?! I repeat, ew.
The show has settled into its new year with the same predictable plots. But a funny thing happens on the way to the doldrums: the series' veteran cast finally starts to feel comfortable in its cartoonish skin.
Gotham might not have Superman flying in anytime soon, but it's soaring in its own right at this point.
Somehow Gotham has managed to construct a legitimately charming relationship between two outsized villains. I care about them more than any other characters on the show. That's insane.
What does work about Mad Hatter is Samuel's pitch-perfect performance.
If only we lived in a network TV world where Penguin and The Riddler could (dysfunctionally, obviously) fall in love. These two have the more chemistry than anyone else on this show.
Who knew that the been-there-done-that mayor storyline would end its first act on such a high note?
Even the jokes at the expense of the presidential candidates couldn't lighten heavy subject matters such as suicide and incest in "Mad City: New Day Rising." (Yeah, it's one of those episodes. Oof.)