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REVIEW: Gotham 2×21 “Wrath of the Villains: A Legion of Horribles”

Another week of Gotham means another episode that tries to seem as though it’s providing a lot while actually providing very little. As of late, Gotham has been inundated with a great deal of talking about nothing and, “A Legion of Horribles,” was another edition to the boring saga. It’s actually little sad to me that an episode this horrible was ironically titled, “A Legion of Horribles.”

Spoilers ahead!

As it turns out, Dr. Strange and his experimenting isn’t being done simply because he’s interested in scientific discovery. He is but a mere pawn in someone else’s game, waking the dead for a mysterious group of employers that are less-than pleased with the results thus far. Apparently awaking people with no memories and releasing crazies like Galazrael on the world isn’t exactly something that mystery group wanted when they hired Strange.

Of course, Strange doesn’t really care about something as trivial as memories and manages to awaken one more formerly deceased before anyone can stop him. As it happens, this living corpse does have some memories and, when asked her name, replies, “My name is Fish Mooney, bitch, and you’d better tell me what the hell is going on.”

Mooney isn’t the only one interested in WTF is going down at Arkham as Gordon, Alfred, Bruce, and Fox figure out that Strange’s secret lab is likely located beneath the asylum. The gang works out a plan for big-donor Bruce to ask for a tour of the facility while Jim sneaks in and Fox uses a radiation detector to try and locate the entrance to the mystery lab that’s reanimating dead people. It goes mostly smoothly with all-of-the above happening a few minutes into their visit.

Gotham Bruce:Fox

Of course, Strange knew what they were up to all along and, after Bruce rejects his plea/pseudo threat to back off, the doctor has his staff round up the infiltrators. Fox and Bruce are left in the hands of Nygma while Gordon is taken straight to the bad doctor and turned into his newest experiment. Rather… his face is copied and morphed onto Strange’s latest experiment… thus creating a perfect Jim Gordon copy.

Once again, Gotham pulled out the same tired plots and dynamics that it’s been struggling to make relevant all season. The Wayne deaths and Selina are the motivating factors for Bruce, Bruce is the motivating for everyone else, and there was a painful amount of discussion that, when not a complete repetition of stuff we’ve already heard, was irrelevant to everything. It’s hard to imagine what the finale will be like because, while I technically know that the show has been leading up to something, the recent episodes have been so boring to me that I can’t really fathom what could happen that will make me even remotely interested in Season 3.

Am I supposed to care who Strange’s bosses are? Am I supposed to want Gordon and Co. to take out Strange and Fauxrdon? Am I supposed to have even a modicum of interest in the plots that have been beaten to death, revived, and then beaten to death again?

As a penultimate episode, “A Legion of Horribles,” failed pretty spectacularly because I have as little excitement towards the finale as I’ve had towards the entire, “Wrath of the Villains,” line-up.

Episode Grade: D

Episode Highs:

  • Honestly nothing but if I’m forced to pick something I guess Nygma’s interaction with his new cannibalistic roommate was marginally humorous.
  • Actually I just remembered that Mooney was spliced with a cuttlefish so I guess it’s kinda funny that she’s now literally Fish
  • “Want to make yourself useful? Make me a grilled cheese sandwich.”

Episode Lows:

  • Holy hell this was a slow episode. There was SO much repetition that every three minutes felt like a moment of deja vu.
  • Bruce is the worst, Jim is the worst, Alfred is the worst, Strange is the worst. This episode was the worst.

Additional Thoughts:

  • This show doesn’t require much thought and I can’t really be bothered to come up with an additional

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Silje Falck-Pedersen