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Gotham Review: Strange Villains

Written by  Published May 3, 2016 04:17
For some reason FOX is attempting to stretch out season two for as long as possible. Last week we got yet another re-run which totally screwed up the momentum. Last night’s show should have been incredible but it was just sorta meh. Two weeks ago we were witnessing the resurrection of Theo Galavan, then last week we got a re-run where we re-watched (maybe, but probably not) Theo Galavan being murdered down by the river. Then this week we got to see him come back to life again. This doesn’t work so well in a time when people can easily switch the channel and find something better to watch. Lose the momentum, lose the interest. Episode 19 did have some moments worth tuning in for, but any more interruptions in the flow and it will start to feel like a chore to watch.

galavanAgain, Galavan has been brought back to life. That shouldn’t really be a spoiler, they’ve been teasing that for a month now. Up until the last 10 minutes of the show it was a little boring to watch him come back to life. Hugo Strange has finally been successful at his reanimation attempts. When Theo Galavan was carted into his laboratory with an umbrella stuffed down his throat it wasn’t exactly clear what his plans were. The comic book version of Hugo Strange was always on a mission to create his own army to rule over Gotham. What for? Who knows? In the show we know that Galavan isn’t the only test subject Strange is still experimenting on.  Strange felt the need to hasten Galavan’s re-introduction in Gotham.

The problem was when Galavan died so did his life’s purpose. He came back to life not knowing why he was there. This is when Strange gave him a new identity and a new purpose to live. What was interesting about that was that it all came with the help from Jim Gordon and Ed Nygma. Gordon supplied Strange with the reason and Nygma supplied him with the how. Those scenes were somewhat boring but there were little nuggets of information that will prove to be more interesting later on. Although the scene between Strange and Gordon was a little gratifying. Gordon was able to wipe the smug smile off of Strange’s face and showed us that Gordon is both brain and brawn.

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If you’ve been faithfully watching the show this should not come off as a spoiler either, Theo Galavan is now Azrael. Not really by choice because Strange implanted that idea into his brain, but it makes for better TV this way. Galavan now has super-human strength and one mission in life, to kill Jim Gordon. Oh, he also has a fancy super-villain suit. There is one scene where Azrael is leaping from the floor to the ceiling and from window to window in his long flowing cape and mask and they cut to Bruce watching him. Bruce is completely mesmerized and you can almost hear his thoughts.  Is it odd that Bruce should be inspired by this insane villain brought back from the dead? Maybe, but the costume is really cool so you can’t blame him.

Now that everyone in Gotham knows that Galavan is back from the dead things are going to get interesting. Especially since only a handful of them know he’s a raving nutter who now goes by the name Azrael. Penguin will no doubt seek revenge on a man who probably doesn’t remember killing his mother. Does Azrael remember that he has a sister? Or is it had? Coming back from the dead is a lot more complicated than it sounds. 

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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