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.


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
John Doman
as Carmine Falcone
Gerald Bunsen
as The Toad
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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…

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…

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…

"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…