Mad City: Time Bomb
Gotham Season 3



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

Edward Nygma steals the show in an episode that generously gives every member of the core cast a moment to shine.

Episode Info

A threat to Mario and Lee is revealed on the eve of their rehearsal dinner, which causes Falcone to turn to Jim for help. In other events, Nygma seeks revenge; and Bruce discovers more about the Court of Owls.


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
Costa Ronin
as Luka Volk
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Critic Reviews for Mad City: Time Bomb

Well, surprise surprise, it turns out you can't even get engaged to the son of a notorious crime boss in Gotham City anymore without having to worry about him getting infected with magical carnie blood and turning into a hulking rage-monster.

Nov 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Never change, Barbara. You're perfect.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The persistent, low-key animosity between Selina and Alfred is my favorite.

Nov 22, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Jim and Lee just aren't that interesting or sympathetic compared to literally everyone else on this show right now.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Whether you're a good guy like Jim Gordon, an innocent bystander like Lee's fiance Mario, or even a villain like Edward Nygma or Tabitha Galavan, you're always ending up with the short end of the stick.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

"Time Bomb" wasn't a great episode, but it did use just about every Gotham performer in a meaningful way.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

That grotesque zig-zag style served this week's "Time Bomb" episode well.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

"Time Bomb" was a particularly bloody episode of Gotham, but it balanced the gore by tying together multiple plotlines in satisfying ways.

Nov 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Bruce and Selina's discovery regarding the Court of Owls has re-energized what many assumed would be the major thrust of the season but which has taken a backseat ever since Bruce made a truce with the secret organization earlier this season.

Nov 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Going back to the Lee/Gordon well seems like a misstep, but the developments of Nygma and Barbara's crew definitely made this a good step in what's been a great Riddler arc.

Dec 29, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

As suspected, Mario isn't as innocent as he appears, and on Gotham Season 3 Episode 10 we learned exactly what his little secret might be. It doesn't spell good news for Jim or Lee.

Nov 22, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…