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Gotham Review: The Gangs All Here in “The Primal Riddle”

by on May 9, 2017

While there were a lot of fun story lines this week, in the end there was too much going on, leaving the episode a little convoluted and messy. You can have great plot arcs going on but if it seems like it’s kind of thrown together like it was this week, the overall impact is not really what it should be.

Riddler in now out and about in full swagger mgotham-heroes-rise-the-prime-riddle-photo011-1494007429763_1280wode but seems to have bitten off a bit more than he can chew concerning The Court of Owls. The man and his ego wants to control Gotham but hearing that there is a secret society pulling all the strings, something Hugo Strange made mention of during his time at Arkham well, this sends Riddler into a tizzy and on a mission to find out who there are and remove them.

In what was probably the most interesting and fun story line this week, Penguin as begun to build his army of freaks, who now consist of Mr.Freeze, Firefly, Poison Ivy and of course himself. While he still seems hell bent on revenge against Riddler, (what is it with these villains and their obsessive compulsive behavior?) the chaos he is going to unless with this group, and who knows how much more, should be very entertaining indeed.

Doppelganger Bruce is not making a smooth transition into Bruce Wayne’s shoes, but I think we all knew that was bound to happen anyways. It won’t be long before Alfred figures it out and with Doppelganger Bruce not in the best of health, this will conveniently happen sooner than later. I did enjoy his moments with Selina and her big moment was not getting tossed out a window but what happened after. As with the theme in this episode, everything seemeGOTHAM: Erin Richards in the “Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, May 8 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOXd rushed and unfocused, causing this important moment to have less effect, at least for me, than it should have.

Gordon has some big moments this week as well and of course, The Court of Owls was right in the middle of it. His desire to get to the bottom of The Court is noble, and Gordon is like a dog with a bone, we know he won’t let it go, but watching how far he is willing to go to gain their trust is disturbing indeed. One begins to wonder just how much of this Gordon can take, that being walking both sides of the road so to speak, without disaster. Oh yeah, I forgot, his life is a disaster. Well, at least Gotham is keeping that a consistent plot arc week after week.

The dumb plot of the week involved Tabitha, Barbara, and Nigma. None of these three play well together and some of the things they were running around and doing were just too contrived or simply unbelievable. That is quite a statement when talking about this show but yeah, it didn’t work for me. I love crazy Barbara, don’t get me wrong, but her talents seem wasted in this episode

The final shot of the episode was good and now we get to see where Gordon goes from here. There is no doubt in my mind the last few episodes will be messy, and the body count high but hey, the darkness is where Gotham thrives.

Three and a half stars out of five


- Penguins collection of freaks looks like tons of fun

- The Riddler, for all his flaws, is becoming a central figure on Gotham



- The Barbara/Tabitha plot arc was a dud

-Gordon continues to be the smartest and dumbest character on the show

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Convoluted and messy, "The Primal Riddle" showed off Gotham's flaws that could have made this an excellent episode. As is usually the case, when the focus is blurred, Gotham is all over the place, as was the case this week. Saying that, the episode still had some great moments that were a lot of fun.

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