Mad City: Red Queen
Gotham Season 3



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

"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.

Episode Info

The Mad Hatter sends Gordon on a psychedelic trip of his past, present and future; and Penguin struggles with Nygma's new relationship.


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
Maggie Geha
as Poison Ivy/Ivy Pepper
Michael Chiklis
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
Benedict Samuel
as Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter
Jamie Chung
as Valerie Vale
Michael Park
as Peter Gordon
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Critic Reviews for Mad City: Red Queen

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.

Nov 1, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Nov 1, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

"Red Queen" played out more like a transitional episode that might look better in hindsight in the larger context of the season.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Gotham gave us a nice twist... but for the most part "Red Queen" felt like middling nonsense designed to fill time bell-to-bell.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 1, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 1, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 1, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 1, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Gotham backtracks on some of its most promising recent narrative choices, but still delivers an entertaining episode.

Nov 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 2, 2016 | Full Review…