While not the best episode of the season, “Time Bomb” did at least set up the back half of the season in a big way. After all, we are ten episodes into the season, and with Mad Hatter, Barnes, and all the Arkham inmates (that we know of) behind bars or dead (aside from Mooney and Strange), we need to focus now on other things. One wasn’t a surprise, but the other certainly was. And there’s a war taking a very fun turn.
It was fun to see Don Falcone back into the fold in a menacing way. It gotten even more interesting at the end where Falcone himself admitted he used to capitulate to the Court of Owls, something that he made perfectly clear to Catherine as he threatened to “disrupt” their plans should they continue to attack his son. Which of course bring us to Mario, who’s now gone full tilt and become very much like his comic book self. A very deranged man who now apparently has super strength! Wow!
Now the key questions here are: “How did he get his abilities?” “Why does the Court of Owls want him dead?” and of course, “What happens now?” I love how a very amicable goodbye between Gordon and Leslie turned into the fire that made Mario snap.
Where does this go from here? Who knows.
Speaking of “who knows”, there’s the twist with the Court of Owls, who has been officially named now, that they have an enemy in the Whisper Gang. Who is indeed from Batman lore. It was fun seeing Bruce go from “I honored the deal!” to “There’s a way to stop them?” We all knew it was going to happen, but we didn’t know how. Now, this whole “item that can destroy the Court” does sound convenient, but we’ll see how it goes. I also dug the “relationship issues” that Selina and Bruce had. It’s cute, and hilarious, and yet it doesn’t take to long. Yay!
Finally, Riddler. This took an interesting twist. You knew that eventually he would release them because he’d figure out he was wrong. But to have it happen like THAT!?!?! As Tabitha gets her hand chopped off? Wow! And with Barbara now knowing the full truth, and threatening to tell Riddler, things are about to get loud.
Now, while “Time Bomb” was good at advancing things, it did have some sluggish parts. Having Gordon and Mario smash heads over Leslie? Really? And then there was Ivy’s escape, and other little things, but oh well. It was good, but not great. So I hope next episode picks it up a bit.