Anyone else suddenly in love with the idea of Lee (Morena Baccarin) and Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) together after last night’s episode? Because I definitely went into the night Team Nygmobblepot and came out on the other side. Last we had a split focus – Riddler & Lee, on one hand, Barbara (Erin Richards) & The League on the other.
I love Lee and Riddler playing off each other – Lee has really gone to crazy town and after this episode, I feel confident that Riddler is going to help her go there in style. After a seeming double cross – betraying Lee for Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) – Riddler actually pulls a triple cross – leaving Penguin behind for Lee. You might be led to believe Ed has more sway in this insanity, but Riddler makes it clear that HE, not his inner voice, understands Lee. It’s the Riddler Lee will fall in love with, not Ed. To be honest – I think he might be right. Cory Michael Smith is just so damn charming as a villain!
The Riddler – Lee storyline feels like Gotham at it’s best – exploring the weird, twisted minds of those who inhabit this weird, twisted city is where this show shines.
As for Barbara, when Ra’s (Alexander Siddig) is resurrected with Bruce’s (David Mazouz) blood her right to the Demon’s Head is challenged. This was a WEIRD choice for me. Ra’s wanted Bruce to kill him, he was tired after centuries of life. Now, he’s woken up as some creepy skeleton that looks like something out of Ash and the Evil Dead, and suddenly he wants to reclaim his position as the head of the League?
Bruce had to seriously reckon with his choice to kill Ra’s for the first half of this season, and only now seems to have fought through to his strength and goodness once again. It was such a huge sacrifice for him to make that decision and erasing that feels like we just wasted the first half of the season. Ra’s is back to haunt Bruce, and if Bruce has to eventually kill him once more, will he go through all this guilt again?
Barbara is ready to fight for her newfound legacy and self-important view of her place in history. She rallies her troops and calls Ra’s to her to in a challenge. The best part of this storyline though was when Barbara, for the first time, sacrificed her own power for a friend, saving Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) from Ra’s.
Despite her giving up the power of the Demon Hand, her own bravery and willing sacrifice have swayed the women of the League to her side. This will be an interesting storyline, I’m sure Ra’s is not going to let rest the fact that over half his remaining fighters left.
Last night’s episode was solid if a bit confusing with the Ra’s storyline coming back into play. However, Alexander Siddig is great and I’m certainly not going to complain about having him back on board. With only 3 episodes left in the season, and renewal uncertain I’m interested to see what the writers have in store for us.
Gotham next airs Thursday, May 3rd at 8/7c
Follow us on @tvserieshub as we live tweet the episode