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Gotham Review: “Blood Rush” Is a Big, Ugly Mess

by on November 8, 2016

As we march forward to Barnes becoming totally taken over by that evil blood coursing through his veins, which was a lot of fun this week, it became apparent that no one thought about what to do with the rest of the episode as it was well…a disaster. Each part felt boring and incomplete, not to mention messy and unorganized. The character of Barnes deserved better than to be part of this mess.

Watching Barnes slow descent into madness and rage has been rather enjoyable, thanks in large part to the strong acting by Michael Chiklis. It was interesting to see his crazy ass psychosis start to target not just real criminals but people he ‘thinks’ are criminals. This is where we cross the line from ok, he’s killing criminals to uh oh, what the hell is he thinking? I really hGOTHAM: Michael Chiklis in the “Mad City: Red Queen” episode of GOTHAM airing “Mad City: Blood Rush” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.ope they don’t kill him off too soon but the way the episode ended leads me to think that even though the real Barnes is already gone, the body and mind of Barnes now might be heading to the grave soon as well.

It will also be interesting to see how Barnes now views Gordon, who has returned to the GCPD. Good guy Barnes knows Gordon has a lot of skeletons in his closet, especially when it comes to his involvement with the death of Galavan, so will the new madman Barnes decide he must face his kind of justice as well? We all know Gordon won’t die but it does bring up some interesting ideas and storylines.

The whole Riddler/Penguin/Isabella storyline has quickly become dull and plodding, and that all might change now that Isabella has developed car issues at just the wrong time. Still, regardless of her fate, this plot arc has not only bored the hell out of me but kind of thrown a wet blanket over the Riddler/Penguin relationship as well. Maybe that was planned and maybe it’s for the best, what with these two destined to become competitors and enemies eventually anyways but it still feels like I was robbed of something that was for a time, so much damn fun.

Speaking of love triangles,gotham-308_scn15_jn0171_f_hires2-750x333 although this one is more of what we are used to, now we have Jim/Mario/Lee going at it like a bunch of hormone charged teenagers. This is another boring plot arc that I wish would go away as the whole engagement party scene was so excruciatingly dull. You know things are bad when you have Barbara pop in to stir things up and that falls flat as well. The best thing to come out of this part was seeing Falcone again, knowing full well his time on the sidelines is quickly coming to an end. At least I have that to look forward to.

Gotham has always been messy in terms of being organized and focused but when they manage to shuffle the chaos together into a continuous loop, it turns out wacky and fun. Unfortunately, this was not one of those episodes. This show cannot afford to waste time hell, waste episodes on character building when the show is built around the chaos and the fun that comes from that. The Barnes storyline was solid and fun but the rest of the episode was an ugly waste of time.

Two stars out of five


- Michael Chiklis is obviously having fun playing Barnes

- No Fish Mooney. Always a plus.


- Boring storyline between Jim, Mario and Lee

- NOW a boring storyline between Nygma, Cobblepot and Isabella

- If you remove the Barnes arc from this, I don't even want to go there

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Only Michael Chiklis saved this episode from being a complete disaster and still, it was pretty damn bad. "Blood Rush" had little life at all so let's hope the writer's get back to what makes Gotham unique, that being it's organized chaos.

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