Mad City: Blood Rush
Gotham Season 3



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

Michael Chiklis' performs an unconvincing heel turn in an underwhelming entry that underscores the series' discomfort with nuance.

Episode Info

Barnes begins to go mad; Nygma is out of his depth with Isabella; and Carmine Falcone hosts an engagement party for Lee and Mario.

Cast & Crew

Benjamin McKenzie
Detective James Gordon
Donal Logue
Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
Bruce Wayne
Morena Baccarin
Leslie Thompkins
Robin Taylor
Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
Barbara Kean
Camren Bicondova
Selina Kyle/The Future Catwoman
Cory Michael Smith
Edward Nygma/The Future Riddler
Jessica Lucas
Tabitha Galavan
Chris Chalk
Lucius Fox
Drew Powell
Butch Gilzean
Maggie Geha
Ivy Pepper
Michael Chiklis
Detective Nathaniel Barnes
Benedict Samuel
Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter
John Doman
Carmine Falcone
John Stephens
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Critic Reviews for Mad City: Blood Rush

"Blood Rush" works perfectly as a showcase for a Captain Barnes rapidly losing control of his own mind.

Nov 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Goes from somewhat inspired to insipid real fast.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Jim Gordon is a cop again, and something tells me this time, it'll stick. (Canon. Canon tells me that.)

Nov 8, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

We're only a few episodes in to this season and things are already getting delightfully batty!

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Groan. This is why people don't like puns. Leave that garbage in the past with Schwarzenegger flicks and "CSI: Miami" episodes.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

While the show is frequently a mess of mixed motivations, gruesome gore and thin story logic, the occasional hour of the program ties its disparate threads together with one singular purpose

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Gotham hadn't exactly been wasting Michael Chiklis, but this arc is really taking advantage of the fact the show has such a tremendous talent on the cast.

Nov 21, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

"Blood Rush" shined a bright spotlight on Barnes for the first time since his introduction. I like that he's been spun into the show's new villain, and how it also feels like a natural "Mad City" extension of the Hatter arc.

Nov 8, 2016 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

Gotham may have temporarily put a pin in its Mad Hatter storyline last week, but the "Mad City" still has plenty of wild cards still in play.

Nov 8, 2016 | Full Review…

On a show that once saw someone bazooka someone else, it's hard to sit through an entire episode semi-dedicated to an awkward engagement party.

Nov 8, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Penguin and Nygma's complex and deliciously tragic relationship could have been a high point in a season that sorely needs one, but that would have required nuance and after three seasons, I can't make excuses anymore -- Gotham just can't do it.

Nov 8, 2016 | Full Review…

While Barnes was the main focus of "Blood Rush," the rest of the hour was odd. Very odd.

Nov 8, 2016 | Rating: 2.5.5 | Full Review…