Gotham season 2 episode 12 marked the return of the show from break, and it came back really strong! I’ve had my ups and downs with Gotham, but I’m thinking that this show has found its voice, and is sticking to it now. So let’s discuss Gotham season 2 episode 12!
Batman has one of the best rogues gallery, so you might as well use them. Maybe Bats himself isn’t on the show, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore these interesting characters. This episode focused on 3 in particular: Penguin, Mr. Freeze and Hugo Strange.
Penguin of course we already all know and love. After him and Jim killed Galavan (who’s totally going to come back some way), Cobblepot finds himself in Arkham, failing to have his greatness acknowledged by anyone.
The big thing about Penguin is that he always wants to be above everyone else, he is very image conscious. So the fact that he can’t even get a bunch of crazy people to care about his importance, must be hurting him pretty bad.
His partner in crime, Jim Gordon, is still sitting comfortably in his job. I don’t know where they are planning to go with this dark Jim story arc. Because we know he isn’t one of Batman’s villains, he is one of Batman’s closest allies. So Jim better start finding his path towards the light again, otherwise he’s going to end up in Arkham as well.
Speaking of Arkham, Gotham season 2 episode 12 introduced us to Hugo Strange. Hugo Strange is one of Batman’s oldest villains, and one of Batman’s smartest villains. Strange will probably be bringing back Theo and Fish Mooney (who is unfortunately returning), we know for sure he has Firefly, and hopefully he brings back fake Joker as well.
Hugo Strange is obsessive and deceptive, and we’re already starting to see how his mind works, through his experimentation. I’m curious to see if they’re going the Monster Men route with this arc, and having Strange experiment on all these criminals to build his own little chaotic army.
However the main attraction of this episode was Mr. Freeze. Mr. Freeze was once just a simple Batman villain, but Batman: The Animated Series helped to bring a lot of popularity to his character. Gotham has taken from that origin, where Fries is viewed as a more sympathetic character.
He’s doing what he’s doing out of love. A character of circumstance, Fries is desperate to save his wife. But to save his wife means revealing the monster inside of him. We see at the end that after his failed experiments (and I must say Gotham can be awfully graphic at times), he was able to successfully unfreeze someone. Although not sure how that’s going to work for him now that his wife knows who he is, and the GCPD are after him.
I think it’s great that Gotham is spending time developing arcs for major villains, because villains is where the strength of the show lies. Gotham is a fascinating city full of fascinatingly dark characters, they should embrace that. And they finally are! You have some of the most interesting bad guys from the Batman mythology, and the show is at its strongest when it realises that.
Overall Gotham season 2 episode 12 was a great episode that introduced us to two really interesting characters. I’m hoping we see more episodes like this, that focus on Batman’s great rogues gallery!
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