Final Thoughts From the Gotham Episode "Worse Than a Crime"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 2 fall finale that first aired November 30, 2015.

Synopsis: Now a wanted fugitive, Gordon (Ben McKenzie) teams with Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) to bring Galavan (James Frain) down. Things become complicated when he learns Galavan has kidnapped Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Leslie (Morena Baccarin) is pregnant with his child.

I'm Not Sure I Like the New Jim Gordon

Originally, this show was about Jim Gordon trying to fight crime and corruption while sticking to his principles. That was a decent concept and, even when he did, ultimately, have to bend a few rules, the fact he stayed true to his convictions and knew when to draw a line made him likable as a hero.

Now, after this episode, I honestly don't know if I have the same respect for him. Yes, Penguin was likely right and Galavan would find a way back on the streets. But shooting a defenseless Galavan makes Jim Gordon a murderer, not a hero. At minimum, it would have been better to see him kill Galavan in self defense or have Penguin get the jump on him, kidnap Galavan and commit the murder on his own.

Gordon's Actions Do Raise Some Questions

I have a hard time believing Barnes (Michael Chiklis) won't have at least a strong suspicion about what happened to Gotham City's mayor and, because of that, I am curious what will happen to Gordon when the show returns in February. Is he going to come back to work as though nothing happened? Or, is he going to be arrested and charged? At minimum, I think he needs to see some sort of internal discipline.

I Wonder If Nygma is Still Above Suspicion

Up until this episode, I think everyone still thought he was his normal, non-violent, self. But, now that the cat is out of the bag and people know he and Penguin are friends, I would be seriously disappointed if someone didn't at least question that. And, once they do, I'm sure they will also start questioning why people he has associated with have gone missing.

Who Is This Professor Strange and What is He Up to?

Well, we at least have a name behind why some of Gotham City's villains are being wheeled into a secret lair. And, while I don't really know who Professor Strange is (I'm not much of a comic book person), I recognize the name. However, I am definitely curious about what he is up to.

Oh, and was that Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) in one of those tanks? It sure looked like her from behind.

I Can't Help But Be Suspicious of Leslie's Pregnancy

OK, her and Gordon have been pretty active in the bedroom and, because of that, the idea of her being pregnant isn't unlikely. But, the timing of her announcement almost seemed to be a bit desperate, as though it popped into her head at the last second as a way of getting him to come with her.

In any case, it'll be interesting to see if she says yes to his marriage proposal and, if she really is pregnant, if they have a girl named Barbara (also known as the future Batgirl).

Final Opinion

The episode had some interesting moments. But, to be honest, there were a lot of things about this one that were pretty predictable too, including Silver (Natalie Alyn Lind) having a change of heart with Bruce and Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas) betraying her brother. As a result of that, and the way it turned Gordon into a cold-blooded murderer, I was left somewhat disappointed.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 12/01/2015, StevenHelmer
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StevenHelmer on 12/02/2015

The one possibility that crossed my mind is perhaps the Joker will be some sort of man-made, Frankenstein's monster-like villain possessing traits from the deceased villains we've already seen.

dustytoes on 12/02/2015

I too was disappointed in this episode. There was too much of Silver whining in Bruce's, cell for one thing. And I agree that Penguin should have been the one to kill Galavan, not Gordon. I thought the red haired woman in limbo could be Fish too, but from the front, a glimpse of her face, did not look like that was her.
I thought I watched a Batman movie once where all the villains were controlled by one person. If this Dr. Strange is somehow bringing people back from the dead, to do his dirty work, we would see these characters again, but maybe under his control. The fact that The Joker is supposedly gone, makes me think that something like that will happen.

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