We had a brand new Gotham this week but because of my decision to watch sportsball I was to tired to watch it. So consider this a Gotham open thread for those who did. As always, spoilers ahead.
This looks like an interesting episode. We had Theo come back at the end of “Pinewood” and the Azrael storyline that has been hinted at for months is finally starting to develop. What will this mean for our heroes? Discuss it in the comments or check out one of the other recaps linked below.
“Strong as an ox, fast as a snake, mad as a hatter.”That’s how Hugo Strange and his No. 2, Peabody, describe the newly revived Theo Galavan on Monday night’s Gotham, “Wrath of the Villains: Azrael,” and they could not be more right. As the title of the episode suggests, the Order of St. Dumas comes back in a big, big way to the series, but this time it’s not Theo pulling the strings. After last episode’s resurrection of Theo Galavan, things pick up fairly soon after. Galavan stands alone in the testing/torture chamber a day later. He’s killed all the scientists that were there. He’s strong and fast now, but a little on the crazy side. He’s written things in blood on the wall, from “The Will and Order of St. Dumas,” the sacred text of the Order of St. Dumas, Hugo Strange explains – he has the book, too. One of the longest-running issues with Gotham has been its futile search for an identity. For almost two seasons now the show has struggled to define what it is and, more importantly, what it has to offer each and every week. That last point is especially significant in today’s TV climate, where superhero shows are treated with the same amount of reverence afforded so-called prestige dramas; in fact, the age of Peak TV seems to make superhero shows even more popular, as their blend of episodic and serialized storytelling perfectly fit into models of both binge watching and week-to-week appointment viewing. Gotham finally released Theo Galavan back into the world, only now he has superhuman abilities and thinks he’s a 12th Century knight named Azrael. After Galavan came back to life, Dr. Hugo Strange noticed he was suffering from a lack of memories, so he gave him some. Strange also said that he was Azrael’s feudal master, which meant he had to obey when told to kill Jim Gordon.