Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle
Gotham Season 3



Critic Ratings: 10
Critics Consensus

"The Primal Riddle" treats viewers to Edward Nygma's fully-formed persona of The Riddler in all of his quizzical glory.

Episode Info

Some of Gotham's most unhinged villains band together while the Riddler continues his conquest of the city; Gordon's search for answers leads him to the Court of Owls; and, as Alfred begins to notice a change in Bruce, Bruce 2 confides in Selina.

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
Richard Kind
Mayor Aubrey James
Camila Pérez
John Stephens
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Critic Reviews for Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle

It is infinitely hilarious to me that the first two recruits Oswald goes searching for are the two that immediately cancel each other out on a physical level; Mr. Freeze and Firefly.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

The search for The Riddler here provides a clear structure that keeps the episode from feeling sluggish or listless.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This week, some of Gotham's strongest alliances are literally tossed out the window while others are being formed.

May 9, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Gotham can't go wrong any time Riddler gets a big spotlight. And with so many other subplots rolling, we're in for what's shaping up to be an epic final string of episodes.

Jul 19, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

In the end, "The Primal Riddle" offers no answers, nothing new and no excitement beyond a "Did you see what they did there?" gag straight out of a "Family Guy" episode.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Things are about to get even crazier in Gotham as if it wasn't already crazy enough. The pieces are falling into place on Gotham Season 3 Episode 17 as every side works to take control of the city.

May 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Gotham has wasted no time since its return from The Longest Hiatus Ever in getting back into the crazy swing of things, and so far, everyone who is anyone in Gotham has been invited to the party.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Real talk? Penguin's Army of Freaks seems like one of the better deals in town and it's kind of hard not to root for them.

May 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Gotham is nothing if not fearless in trying anything and everything to keep the show moving forward and building the world one supervillain at a time.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Gotham played it mostly smart this week in "The Primal Riddle" by sticking with Edward Nygma and his newly developed criminal genius status, showing us the ups and downs of having such a particular persona.

May 9, 2017 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…