***THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR 'GOTHAM' SEASON 2***
Gotham has continued to go from strength to strength this season, and with tensions reaching an all-time high at the conclusion of Episodes 12 and 13, things are set to get a lot worse for the residents of this perky little city. But it's not all been doom and gloom, I mean there were some humorous moments thrown in to help alleviate the tension. The arguments over the correct pronunciation of "fries," was comedic enough to help break up the more heartfelt issues woven into the Mr. Freeze plot line.
In the dramatic last episode, Bruce had begun taking his training to aggressive new levels and created a plan to track down and murder his parents' (supposed) killer, Matches Malone. Alfred intervened and convinced Bruce to allow him to kill Matches instead of young Master Wayne, Bruce stuck to his original plan however and talked Selena into finding him a gun. Despite her attempts to dissuade Bruce, she reluctantly left to track down a weapon for our future Dark Knight.
These weren't the only plot threads left hanging by the end of the episode though. During the induction to Indian Hills, given to Mr. Freeze by Hugo Strange, fans were treated to a glimpse at some familiar faces being held by the mad doctor. In a dark room in the mysterious lab, the bodies of Jerrome, Fish, Theo, and an unknown one-armed man were all contained in individual Star Wars style life-support tanks.
In the books, Strange uses his station of employment to create his own brand of villainy, mainly to keep his hands from getting dirtied in the criminal underbelly of Gotham (but how often does that work out?). So it's not too much of a stretch to assume the same could be coming this season, and some of the city's greatest villains could be making a comeback.
Strange told Fries, "death is only the beginning." In an interview with TV Guide, BD Wong, who plays the doctor, said that us viewers will have to wait a bit to see what exactly Strange is doing with the bodies at Indian Hill, but did tease with this statement:
"We know that he's interested in reanimation. Why he's interested in that or what he's going to do with that ability isn't really clear, even to me, It does mean, if he's ever successful in reanimating someone, that all bets are off for anyone that's ever died."
This news and the recently released photos from Episode 14 have added even more mystery to Gotham's elusive Joker. Lori Petty has been featured in the released images in a pretty convincing Joker outfit, and the show's creator has teased in the past at the possibility of a gender-swapped criminal, he's even stated that fan-favorite Jerome would go on to inspire the person who becomes the Joker.
But with all this talk of reanimation and the sight of Jerome being held at Indian Hills, I can't help but wonder if she too will be another red herring. Jerome may well have inspired many other mad men in the end montage of his final episode, but this woman could just be another fan.
The fact that Jerome inspires the true Joker, could well mean that his reanimated corpse could become the Joker, but technically isn't the original Jerome (grasping at straws, I know. But he was just too awesome to not be featured properly as a villain).
It's totally plausible though. I mean, if you check out my previous Gotham article here, you can clearly see Theo Galavan returns as Azrael. So if Theo can return to fulfill his destiny, why can't Jerome?
All of this spells bad news for my favorite character on the show, as the Penguin's abusive medical treatment appears to be continuing in the coming episode as Strange attempts to crush Oswald's rage and criminal behavior.
It's unclear at this point, what Strange's intention are for the Penguin, but my guess would be that he wants to break the man who ruled Gotham in order to make him as subservient as possible. Let's face it, this version of the Penguin has been pretty unpredictable so far. But Strange's relationship with Mr. Freeze will continue to evolve as the pair come to rely on each other more to aid in their goals, and Strange will need Victor's help to bring Theo back to life.
In the Episode 14 promo video, Selena is shown giving Bruce the gun that he asked for previously, while Alfred is lying in the hospital warning Gordon and Bullock that Bruce has gone to the dark side (sorry, wrong franchise), and is going to kill a man. Gordon will have to try and prevent Bruce from getting to Malone, but Bruce is shown confronting Malone about what he did.
Gordon is going to have a tough time of it in Episode 14. In addition to trying to stop Bruce from committing his murderous revenge, Gordon will also have to talk to Nygma about Kristin Kringle's disappearance, as it looks like Gordon is becoming very suspicious of her disappearance (especially after he witnessed Nygma and Cobblepot's budding bromance).
Gordon will also have to work things out with his pregnant fiancée, Lee, who's upset with him for not being honest with her about what really happened with Theo. Although, if she's carrying Wade Wilson's baby, they're going to have bigger issues...
Fox has released a sneak preview for next Monday's episode of Gotham, titled 'This Ball of Mud and Meanness,' as well as the official synopsis and preview photos which you can view below:
Alfred and Selena help Bruce on his quest to find his parents’ killer, Matches Malone (guest star Michael Bowen). Meanwhile, Gordon follows up with Edward Nygma on Kristin Kringle’s whereabouts and Hugo Strange (guest star BD Wong) continues his treatment to reduce Penguin’s aggression.
I, for one, am loving the direction this show is going in and can't wait to see how this season ends in the coming weeks.
But for now, sound off in the comments section below and let me know all of your Gotham theories and future wishes/ideas for our favorite vile city.
I just hope they fix whatever was going on with Mr. Freeze's final costume at the end of Episode 13. I mean, it looked like he was ready to venture into deep space in his home-made polystyrene astronaut suit, the original street level get-up was so much cooler (no Arnie level pun intended there), just look for yourselves:
Now, I know they do eventually get a suit closer to that in the source material. I just wanted a chance to poke fun at that hilariously brilliant white ensemble. You can see how Victor eventually turns out by following this link here.
Episode 14, 'Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness' on Gotham will air Monday, March 14 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on Fox.