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"Red Queen" resolves Jim Gordon's psychedelic crisis of faith with a satisfying set piece, but the rest of the episode feels like the season is already stalling for time.
I love that Gotham is setting up a love triangle that only one participant is aware of, because it highlights wonderfully the character this particular Penguin has become over three seasons.
I've said this before, but I'll say it again: it's really hard to buy into the supposed consequences of these stories each season when Gotham has a tendency to go through villains like napkins at a BBQ joint.
The Mad Hatter's tea party game fulfilled its purpose: Gordon decided who would get the bullet, and Valerie and Lee got the same message.
"Red Queen" played out more like a transitional episode that might look better in hindsight in the larger context of the season.
Gotham gave us a nice twist... but for the most part "Red Queen" felt like middling nonsense designed to fill time bell-to-bell.
But with this latest, finally drug-fueled tribute to "Alice In Wonderland's" arrival, the Fox drama played more like a total square's theoretical description of what drugs are like than a turned on, tuned out journey into the center of Jim Gordon's psyche
After the madness of last week's Gotham, our suspicions about Jim Gordon's choice to tell the Mad Hatter to kill his ex Lee instead of his new girlfriend Valerie Vale were proven right.
Welcome back, Jim. It took him a while, but Jim finally faced his demons on Gotham Season 3 Episode 7 and ended back on the GCPD, right where he belongs.
The not-so-good: everything else and do not get me started on Penguin's (Robin Lord Taylor) new role as the evil gay man creepily pining for his straight bestie while attempting to sabotage bestie's shiny new hetero hook-up.
The payoff with Gordon's father, while worthwhile, could have been delivered in a more straightforward manner. That aside, there's not all that much to recommend about this episode.
Gotham backtracks on some of its most promising recent narrative choices, but still delivers an entertaining episode.
This season has done a gripping job comparing Gotham to the depraved and topsy-turvy Wonderland. Both are filled with outlandish and evil characters, but Gotham has a darker side.