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"Follow the White Rabbit" pits James Gordon directly against the season's overarching villain Mad Hatter, played with devilish aplomb by Benedict Samuel.
The episode's ending... was surprisingly, impressively low-key dark for a show like Gotham. My reaction, in short: "Whoa."
There are two intertwined things that "Follow The White Rabbit" gets right: pacing and structure. More than any other episode this season, the cat-and-mouse game between Jervis Tetch and Jim Gordon moves along at a solid clip
Gotham didn't leave us in suspense for long regarding the nature of Oswald and Edward's relationship, at least from Oswald's point of view. The Penguin is in love, and it's really very sweet.
Luckily for fans, Tetch is perhaps the strongest new villain to hit the show since Hugo Strange arrived on the scene in mid-season 2.
Speaking of love, I also applaud the show for making the Penguin/Riddler relationship be much more than a tease. Even if it is just one-sided right now.
"Follow the White Rabbit" was a significant step forward in the Gordon/Tetch rivalry making for another highly engaging episode.
But "Follow The White Rabbit" falls into old, familiar feelings - all the rage of a dramatic story with no kind of beating heart to make us fall in love.
Mad Hatter's ploy is still in effect, signaling the confidence the show has in this character. It's well-warranted and a fantastic interpretation of one of Batman's lesser-known adversaries.
Gotham works best when it simplifies episodes and doesn't have a dozen, frenzied storylines. It's even better when those fewer, strong stories are unified in a common theme.
Now, this is some Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) man-angst I can actually get behind.
Holy wow, Gotham is actually doing it, you guys! After weeks upon weeks and months upon months of internet speculation and fan fic, Penguin finally confessed that he had feelings for Ed Nygma.
For the second consecutive episode, Gotham has delivered a character-driven story that doesn't sacrifice the weird, disturbing tone that has been a major draw of this show.