Alas my friends…lucky number seven in the season…was the worst episode of the season. Which is really sad, because the previous episodes were easily some of the best of the series.
I’ll start with the positive. Mad Hatter is still great, and his plan to get Alice’s blood into the heads of Gotham was a neat thing. As well his insurance to make sure Jim didn’t interfere via the Red Queen drug. Villains are rarely so methodical in making sure the main hero is out of the equation.
This also allowed the GCPD to actually get a win without Gordon, as Bullock and Barnes took point to ensure Hatter didn’t get his way. Barnes in particular is finally showing the dark side of Alice’s blood, and no doubt (via the tease from the previews) that it’s going to get much darker for him.
Sadly, everything else really fell through. While I admire the desire to show Gordon “who he was”, it really dragged out. In fact, the only part that meant anything at all was the ending with the ride with his father. Because that was the push he needed to become a cop again, which in all honest was a good move, as it wasn’t going to make sense much longer why he didn’t just join back up.
Then there was Bruce and Selina…who had a date…that Selina stood him up on…and then she came back…which made Bruce angry…and then they made up…and then they had cake. That was the whole story…in one sentence. Yeah.
Oh, and then there was the “bromance romance”, which went into fairly predictable territory as Penguin tried to break them up, only for it to backfire, and now Nygma and Abigail are closer than ever. This is exactly what I was fearing. Because we could’ve gotten of the Court of Owls possibly recruiting Penguin (which would be awesome!), but instead, we’ll likely still get this.
There’s honestly not much more to say about this episode. Was it bad? No… But was it good? …not really. It was literally average, so thus is my score.