Fish Mooney was one of the bigger original characters that Fox's Gotham created in the first season. But the runaway success of the show is undoubtably the Penguin that actor Robin Lord Taylor has turned into a memorably devious and double faced criminal. What is to come of these two memorable characters as the first season of Gotham comes to a close?
The Rise and Fall of Fish Mooney
Well, one thing is for sure, we're not going to see too much of Jada Pinkett Smith after this season as the actress made some headlines not too long ago when she let everyone know that she would not be renewing her contract after season one finishes. That would probably mean we wouldn't be seeing much of Fish Mooney either, right?
Well, oddly enough, it looks like Gotham might have other ideas than simply offing the would-be crime boss or sending her packing. It could very well be that there is a reason Fish Mooney has ended up where she has in the past few episodes.
Recently Fish Mooney fled the city of Gotham for fear of getting punished by Carmine Falcone over a plot she had hatched against him that didn't go so well. Of course a certain Penguin had something to do with revealing the plan to Falcone. But Mooney didn't make it to far.
While out on a boat, Fish Mooney was kidnapped and placed in a strange basement full of other victims. She, of course, quickly rose the ranks of this makeshift society until she found out that this is actually the spare parts supply for the Dollmaker. Or, sorry, Dr. Dulmacher, if you will.
Not long after that, Fish Mooney got a little taste of what the good doctor is up to when she saw was of his victims get turned into a random hodgepodge of various body parts. And when she tried to remove her own eye rather than have the Dollmaker use it for one of these hideous projects, she woke up to find Dulmacher has supplied her with a replacement.
This blue eye could be a sign of things to come for Fish Mooney. While Jada Pinkett Smith might not be around to play Mooney, perhaps we'll be seeing Fish Mooney turn into someone else during her captivity on Dr. Dulmacher's crazy hospital island?
This could actually turn out to be something of a plan that Fish Mooney could get behind. What better way to get back to Gotham and get back into the overthrow-Carmine game than to have a completely new identity? It seems more likely than Gotham ditching it's best original creation.
Everyone Loves Penguin
Fish Mooney could end up getting released by the Dollmaker after her transformation and go about plotting her revenge against Penguin. Oswald Cobblepot has been bouncing between Carmine Falcone, Sal Maroni and Fish Mooney - and pretty much making enemies of all of them.
We'll see if his uneasy alliance with Falcone will continue to keep him protected against the death wishes of Sal Maroni, but I'm hoping none of these threats will keep Penguin from cooking up some good backstabbing plans on Gotham.
After the near death experience in a car crusher at the hands of Maroni, Penguin has been keeping a frustratingly low profile for the past few episodes of Gotham. It would be good to see him getting back out and mixing things up with the rest of the gang instead of hanging out in his dismal looking nightclub and worrying about his booze supply.
If he can't rely on the protection of Carmine Falcone, he needs to find a way to get rid of Maroni. Rather than laying low and hoping his door isn't kicked in at any given moment - it would be good to see Penguin get proactive again and find a way to get Maroni out of the picture.
One of the reason's Penguin has been such a good character is that he is also trying to take down the crime bosses - only not for the good of the people, but so he can run the show. And as long as he's making steps in that direction he'll remain an interesting character. Leave him stuck in a nightclub worrying about finances, then you have a problem.
One of the reasons I think the first season got off to a bit of a shaky start is due to the season getting expanded mid-way through and having to whip up more episodes and pad things out. Hopefully, having found their footing, the folks behind Gotham can finish strong and go into season two on a high note.