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Gotham Review: Azrael Unleashed

Written by  Published May 10, 2016 12:49
Episode 20 of Gotham had all the makings of a blockbuster action movie. If this was 1998. Still, that’s pretty good for a television show about supervillains and no superhero. From start to finish this episode was fun to watch, even with the bad actors. By now everyone should know that Theo Galavan has been reanimated by Hugo Strange.  During the process Theo forgot who he was and needed a new purpose in life so Strange implanted the idea that Theo is now Azrael and his mission is to kill Jim Gordon. He has so far been unsuccessful in his mission but Gordon isn’t waiting around for the day that he is. He enlists the help of Theo’s sister Tabitha.  Tabitha knows where Azrael’s sword and all its mystical powers is.  Cue the bad acting scenes. This part, like a 90s action movie, is predictable.

Gothamep20 4The scene where Selina breaks into Arkham will give fans goose bumps. (So many great cat puns could be included here.) The thing about Arkham, we all know it’s not just a prison for the criminally insane, it’s Hugo Strange’s playground. Ed Nygma ventured off to find out what people were doing when they disappeared down “that hallway”.  Now that he’s seen it he wants to get the grody feeling off of him and find a way out. What exactly did he see in that secret hallway? Well, we know for sure Firefly is down there and Azrael should be but he’s on the loose in a snazzy mask and cape. Azrael’s outfit is pretty great even though it’s giving off some Phantasm vibes. If you’ve yet to see “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” you should go do that now. So all of these monstrosities are being held in the lowest level of Arkham for what reason? The comic book version of Hugo Strange has him creating an army to take over Gotham.  Why does he want to take over Gotham?  Gotham is so doom and gloom already, it’s like someone wanting to take over Gary, Indiana in real life. It’s a shell of its former self, what would you have to gain by taking over a crime-filled, dilapidated city? So the comic version of Strange has him turning Arkham inmates into ginormous zombies. 

In this TV version he’s experimenting on them and turning them into more than just mindless muscles. It almost seems like Strange is creating Gotham’s villains.  Implanting the idea of Azrael into Galavan’s head, creating Mr. Freeze’s suit and now possibly Killer Croc.  That’s right, Waylon Jones may have been on the show last night, but it’s scepticism at this point. Then again, who else could that scaly guy have been? How do we feel about Strange creating all of these villains? It sort of feels like that’s what’s happening. Almost all of the villains now have been either created by Strange or affected by him.  Penguin and Nygma have both been to Arkham. Penguin has had some sort of treatment from Strange and Nygma may soon get the same treatment. Is Strange going to create the Joker as well?

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Getting back to the episode, it’s great to see Penguin and Butch back together again. Those two could have a show all on their own. Maybe they’re the undynamic duo, but they’re hilarious together. They even make blowing people up entertaining. Hopefully their reunion won’t be short lived.

Since Galavan was reminded of his true mission in life, the life he had before he died and was brought back as Azrael. What a soap opera life he leads. He is now going after both Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. the son of Gotham. Again this takes us back to the 90s action films where things are rather predictable but still so fun to watch.

There are only two new episodes left after this one. Who will Strange bring back from the dead? What will happen to Nygma and Selina? Will Bruce figure out where all the keys to his cars are? Hopefully the last two episodes are as fun as this one was. 

Jessica Kirby

It was a cold winter day when we had decided to play hide-n-seek in the house. I hid in a dark closet in the attic. That's where I found my first comic book. I have never returned from that dark closet in the attic. They have tried to drag me back into the light. But they cannot. I will forever be on the DarXide.

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