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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Monday night we watched Theo  Galavan apparently going out with a whimper instead of a bang while Barbara Kean took a licking but keeps on kicking in the latest episode of “Gotham.” After spending his entire life dedicated to restoring respect for his family in Gotham City, has one sloppy loose end led to all of Galavan’s plans and schemes fall apart like a castle made of ashes? Or will Theo emulate the Phoenix and rise from the ashes and become an even bigger threat to the city his ancestors got hounded out of?

If this episode truly marked the end to the Theo Galavan story-arc, it looks from this vantage point that he turned out to be far more sizzle than steak. Galavan may fancy himself a criminal-mastermind however the crimes he engineered were filled with showmanship, however except for the massive slaughter at Sarah Essen’s precinct  Gotham City was left relatively unscathed. Besides the attack which took the life of the newly installed Commissioner Essen and many of her officers, those broken out of Arkham Asylum by Galavan and his sister Tabitha suffered the most. All of the seven are either dead or badly injured except for Aaron Helzinger, who seems to have disappeared or gotten forgotten about.

However, I’m not quite certain we’ve had our last visit with the Galavan siblings this season, Gotham’s shown us that fans need to expect the unexpected. Tabitha got winged by Gordon late in the episode, but shouldn’t keep her out of action for long and we likely can look forward to Tabby try to break Theo out sooner rather later.

The episode begins with a nightmare that Barbara Kean’s having, starting out wonderfully as she walks down the aisle of Gotham Cathedral as Jim Gordon stands waiting for her at the altar. However like most nightmares the situation  quickly morphs beginning with their Priest Father Callahan turning into the Penguin. She glances back into the pews and where seconds before sat her wedding guests, inmates from Arkham are now in their seats.

Kean sounds like something’s stuck in her throat and a bird flies out of her mouth. Then she’s in the pews bound and gagged with Lee Thompkins now wearing a bridal gown. She wakes up and realizes it’s a bad dream, but then looks in front of her and she sees a present’s wrapped on the table complete with a bow and a card. The card reads simply Today, G.

Galavan’s looking at his city in the rain through the window in his office when Tabitha walks in and asks doesn’t the mayor get to sleep-in. Theo says that Jim Gordon’s speeded up his time-table and he hopes to meet with Bruce Wayne later and have control of Wayne Enterprises by the end of the day. Barbara enters the room and tells Theo she loves her present and she hopes it means what she thinks it does. He smiles back at her and says today’s the day you get to kill Jim Gordon.

Detectives Gordon and Bullock are having a meeting with GCPD Captain Nathaniel Barnes as Gordon presents his case against Theo Galavan lacking a shred of solid evidence to back his claims up. Barnes tells Gordon he’s relying on  hearsay and innuendo and they can’t issue a warrant based on that. The Captain tells his detectives they need to do some old-fashioned police work and get proof that verifies what they suspect and what Butch Gilzean and Penguin told Jim.

Gordon and Bullock leave the office and go back to the main precinct room when suddenly a couple of uniforms take out their  service-revolvers and tell someone not to take another step. Barbara’s standing there with a big grin on her face and asking Gordon what’s new? She tells the GCPD she’ll only agree to questioning by her former fiancée alone in the interrogation room. She then proceeds to play him like a concert violinist. She tells him to hurt her that she’s been a bad girl, he tells her she’s a good woman but she’s sick. Her face contorts about a thousand different ways in a second and then she bursts into tears.

Gordon rushes over from the opposite end of the room, puts hands around her faces and kisses her gently on the lips. Even Kean’s a bit rocked by that, suddenly smiling and saying I knew you still had feelings for me, he replies of course he still has feelings for her. He asks her to tell him about Galavan and how he engineered the situation and Barbara says she needs to show him something first and it’s not far away. Then she’ll tell him all about the man he hates.

Everybody realizes this is a trap, but Gordon suggests they play along. Another example in Jim’s mind what Bruce Wayne said to him early this season, doing the right thing isn’t always pretty. Does Gordon head into these situations believing he’s John Wayne and that good always triumphs over evil and he’ll come out victorious? Or is there a part of Jim Gordon that longs to go out with his boots on, believing he’d be far more powerful as a martyred symbol than carrying on the fight? Does he forget that he lost his colleague, friend and commander Sarah Essen and that the GCPD’s just as corrupt as it was before she got murdered?

An older car still in good condition’s driving along a road in the countryside, Ed Nygma’s at the wheel with Kristen Kringle’s corpse in a steamer-trunk in the trunk of his car. Nygma removes the steamer-trunk and a long-handled spade and scouts around for a spot to bury the trunk.

Silver St. Cloud greets Bruce with a kiss on his cheek when he arrives at the Galavan estate. She says that her uncle should be right along and Wayne asks her if she knows what Theo wants to discuss with Bruce? She says she doesn’t but he seemed awfully excited. Galavan arrives right then apologizing to Bruce that he’s tardy and says he’s looking forward to discussing some matters.

Barnes introduces Gordon and Bullock to the new members of the Strike-Force who’ll soon have their baptism-by-fire as they’ll be tailing the two detectives and Kean in a fully equipped SUV. Barnes tells them if he feels anything’s going hinky he’s pulling the plug and ordering them to turn around. Jim walks over to Lee and starts to give her his usual speech about he needs to do this, but she refuses to accept the excuse this time. She says this is all on him that Kean sucked him right back in that his sickness feeds off Barbara’s sickness. He says he’s not sick, Lee responds that seeing an abyss and being drawn to it is far from healthy.

Theo asks Bruce what’s his dream what would make his greatest wish a reality and Wayne responds finding out the identity of the man who killed his parents. Galavan asks him what he’s do with that information and the boy responds he’d kill the man.

Theo then says that his fondest wish is to clean up Gotham City and make it corruption free, but to accomplish that he needs Bruce’s help. He then tells Wayne that his family’s company’s involved in all sorts of criminal and corrupt activities and conducting barbaric experiments. Bruce looks a bit confused by thanks Theo for the information and tells the new mayor he’ll rectify the situation but Galavan smiles at him sadly and he says can’t.

He then tells the boy that if Wayne sells Theo his controlling shares of Wayne Enterprises he’ll root out all the corruption and clean up the corporation. Even though Bruce’s young this should tell him to start pumping the brakes, but what follows should cause Wayne to realize Galavan’s a snake. He holds up a manila envelope filled with what he claims is documented proof of who killed Bruce’s parents, including accomplices and photographs. He calls it a deal-sweetener and tells Bruce he has until the end of business that day to give Galavan his decision.

Nygma finishes digging the hole and has the steamer-trunk inside it when he raises a glass of wine and makes a toast to Kringle before he covers her with dirt. He thanks her for she took a man that was two warring halves and finally made him whole. An older hunter comes upon the scene and Nygma kills him with shovel as he’s trying to determine what Ed’s got in the trunk. Nygma says he’s going to have to improvise and tells the stiff not to go anywhere.

Of course Kean’s led them into a trap as the cruiser they’re driving gets T-boned by a tractor-trailer. A shoot-out between the Strike-Force and Galavan’s guys take place, but Kean escapes and Tabitha knocks Gordon out with a hypodermic filled with sedatives she sticks in his neck. When Harvey comes back to the precinct all bandaged up Barnes tells the detective to get home and get rested. Harvey instead goes into the basement and listens to audiotape of Kean’s earlier conversation with Gordon.

Nygma returns to the grave with some hacksaws to cut up the hunter’s corpse when he notices the finger-sandwiches he laid out were eaten by somebody. So not wanting to leave any witnesses behind he follows the tracks of the sandwich thief.

Alfred finds a deeply troubled Bruce in the cave and asks him if he wants something to eat. Bruce then asks his guardian what’s a realistic time-table for him to become the man who can clean-up Wayne Enterprises. Alfred responds that the process could take years, but that Wayne will become that man. Bruce then asks how many innocent people will die at the hands of Wayne Enterprises until he’s ready?

He tells Alfred about Galavan’s offer to purchase Bruce’s controlling shares of the corporation and that if he makes the deal Theo will provide the name of the man that killed his parents. Alfred says that’s extortion and Bruce responds there’s a thin line between extorting and negotiating. Alfred replies that the line still exists and Bruce asks if it’s wrong of him to want to give up and just get closure. His guardian hugs him tightly as he tells the boy it isn’t wrong at all.

Gordon regains consciousness to find he’s tied to a wheelchair, with his hands bound behind the chair by rope. (Don’t these  villains ever watch TV or go to a movie? Galavan’s got BILLIONS, spring for a lousy pair of handcuffs!)  He looks around and realizes he’s in a church along with a gagged and bound Father Callahan and some stragglers Barbara’s henchmen rounded up and tied up who are now seated in the pews as witnesses.

Harvey after listening to the conversation over and over suddenly realizes that Kean’s got Jim imprisoned in the church they were to get married in, Gotham Cathedral. Barnes and Bullock along with the Strike-Force head to the church.

Kean starts chiding Gordon that he realized that she was setting a trap to ensnare him but he still went ahead as he thinks he’ll always win, or perhaps die. He says he doesn’t want to die and she tells him that too bad as that’s the option that she’s chosen for him. He asks her if she’s going to give him anything on Galavan and she reveals that Mayor Aubrey James is stashed in a warehouse on the China Docks.  She then asks what Lee must think about all this and then says lets ask her and she’s wheeled in on another chair. Now Gordon’s got a reason to cut those ropes binding his hands together.

She starts taunting Lee and asking if she knows how Gordon got reinstated to the GCPD and Lee replies that he killed a guy for Penguin. Barbara clasps her hands in glee and says she never thought Gordon would have told her. She then asks Lee if she thinks she knows Jim better than her? She pulls out a long knife and says she loves her more than Thompkins and places it against Lee’ chin. Lee distracts her by saying she loves her wedding gown and asks where she got it? Gordon breaks free of his bonds and grabs Kean’s sawed-off shotgun and kills the two henchmen, she scatters into the upper pews in the church.

Jim tells her to put down the blade and she tries slashing him. He defends himself and knocks the blade out of her hands with the rifle-butt. They struggle and she crashes through the stained glass window, Gordon grabs her hand tells her to hold on. She tells him she loves him and lets go. She survives the fall ending up with numerous broken-bones, a concussion and heads into the ambulance in critical condition.

They find Mayor James in a warehouse with the wooden box still encasing his head. Barnes asks the Mayor who did this to him and James bellows whom do you think. Bruce’s about to sign over his shares to Galavan when he suddenly announces he’s changed his mind. Just then Gordon, Bullock and Barnes walk in and Jim tells Alfred to keep the boy away from Theo. He then hits Galavan in the jaw and tells him he’s under arrest. when Theo asks on what charge Gordon spits back kidnapping and torturing Mayor James.

Back in the country Nygma’s followed the tracks back a to a motor home, darkness has fallen and the lights are on inside. He hesitantly starts touching the camper when a man stumbles out the door causing Ed to fall and lose his glasses momentarily. Ed puts on his glasses just the man drops the pipe he held above his head and sinks to his knees. Ed whispers out Mr. Penguin and a badly injured Oswald Cobblepot pleads for help.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

If a TV show compels me to repeatedly yell to a character to keep their mouth shut, it automatically passes my litmus-test. That actually occurred several times while watching the latest episode of the FOX series “Gotham,” much to my wife and our dogs’ consternation. That sub-plot was one of many that kept this viewer glued to my seat throughout the evening, indicating that in an era when the industry’s embracing comic-book shows, Gotham just maybe a cut above the rest. A war’s taking place in Gotham City and there are wolves masquerading as sheep, while others get pushed into situations they originally wanted no part of.

The blood-feud that’s developed between Theo and Tabitha Lucas and Oswald Cobblepot’s keeps boiling as the Penguin attempts to get Butch Gilzean deep within the Galavan organization. Cobblepot whacked off Butch’s hand with a meat-cleaver near the end of the previous chapter, this week opens with Gilzean telling Theo, Tabitha and Barbara Kean that Penguin’s lost his mind.

Butch tells the trio that Penguin blamed him for the bust at his counting-house and accused Gilzean of plotting behind his back and being a traitor. Butch told them that Oswald then grabbed the cleaver and chopped his hand off, he said that Penguin tried to hit him again but he slipped on the blood and Gilzean escaped and then woke up in a hospital. He then asks Theo for a job, but Galavan doesn’t think it’s a good match.

Butch says he’s got brains and nobody knows Gotham better than he does. Theo asks the women their opinion and Tabitha says she thinks he’s cute and reminds of a sad bear. Kean says that they had an incident last year as Gilzean held her prisoner in her own apartment. Butch says that’s true and he apologizes, Tabitha suddenly gets animated and says them can put a hammer or a knife on his stump. Kean  suggests a mini chainsaw and both women giggle which convinces Galavan to welcome Butch aboard.

We watch a guy running as fast as he can through a seedy Gotham City neighborhood with Jim Gordon in hot pursuit. The suspect knocks over a homeless man  trying to slow Gordon but he sidesteps him. He reaches the end of the alley and two members of the Strike-Force take him down. Gordon slugs the guy and says he’s looking for a firebug, and he knows the guy’s one. The dude says he’s been out of arson for years.

Gordon says he’s looking for a girl who wears a costume and uses a flamethrower, the guy responds he doesn’t know any female firebugs, he says they’re Mad-Rare like unicorns. Gordon punches the guy in the gut and leaves him sprawled among the garbage in the alley. The male Strike-Force member says to Gordon that Captain Barnes’ demanded that any breaking of policy must be reported even if committed by a superior officer. Gordon barks back you do that and stomps away.

Bridget Pike’s staying with Selina and while Kyle’s sleeping she starts cleaning up the condemned apartment. Selina wakes up and asks what she’s doing and Pike replies she can’t sleep she just killed a cop and she’s unwelcome at home. She says she can’t go to the police and asks Kyle what she should do, Selina responds she needs to leave town. Bridget responds she’s got no money and Kyle smiles wickedly and says she knows a way to solve that problem, they’ll pull a heist. Pike’s against the idea but admits it’s her only option.

Just how depraved is Gotham City? How about holding what appears to be a nightly auction where the clientele bids for sex-slaves held against their will? Selina tells Pike this is the place they’re robbing and tells the teen to go in through the back door but to remain hidden until Kyle makes her move.

Both girls enter the building and Selina gets the crowd’s attention by shooting her gun towards the ceiling. She says that the crowd’s getting robbed and some of the folks start to laugh until Bridget shoots a flame into the audience. Pike  wants to free the women who are caged but Selina says they don’t have the time. They gather the money and run out of the place after Bridget shoots another burst fire from her flamethrower to keep anyone from following them.

Back at the precinct Barnes’ reads the riot-act to Gordon telling him we don’t ever beat suspects. He then shows security-cam footage to Jim of the girls entering the auction house, Barnes identifies one of the teens as the firebug but says he’s got no idea whom the other girl is. Gordon realizing it’s Selena says he knows her.

Alfred’s continuing Bruce’s boxing lessons in the cave under the library and he keeps telling Wayne he needs to focus that distractions will lead to his death. He tells Bruce to throw a left at him but it’s a tap and he gets Wayne in a headlock as Bruce struggles to get free. Alfred tells him he needs to fight dirtier than that and his ward bites down hard on his hand making Alfred pull back his arm and Bruce gets free. After complaining about the pain he smiles and tells Bruce good job.

The two resume sparring and Wayne says to Alfred he’s ready to take on the board of Wayne Industries. Pennyworth tells Bruce that Silver St. Cloud called and invited Bruce to the Galavan’s for dinner. The teen drops his hands and stands flat-footed as he processes the news and Alfred knocks him to the ground as he hits him flush in the nose. Pennyworth smiles and says you’re far from ready and extends a hand to help Wayne up.

Kristin Kringle and Lee Thompkins stand in the station engaging in some girl-talk, specifically Kristin saying how sweet and gentle Ed’s been to her. She says she kind of wishes he’d be a little less gentle, says she likes a little fire in a man. Ed’s been standing in the adjoining hallway listening and at that point walks in and invites Kringle over for dinner that night.

Harvey Bullock’s an old-school detective and that’s what makes him so valuable on the Strike-Force. While everybody else runs around like their hair’s on fire, Bullock relies on the same things he’s always done working leads and interviewing people with connections to others. Harvey’s got Ivy Pepper sitting at his desk as he tries to track down Selina Kyle and asks Ivy where she’s living. Ivy looks back at him blank-faced having never heard of Selina Kyle and she’s surprised that’s her friend Cat’s real name. Harvey says if she doesn’t tell him he’ll have child-services take her away, but if she tells him he just might grab a candy-bar and forget she’s at his desk.

Bullock’s chewing on a candy-bar when he finds Gordon and tells him Uncle Harvey knows where Selina lives and gives Jim the address. Gordon says he knows the place thanks his partner and takes off to find her on his own. Bullock advises he take back-up but Jim says with Kyle the quiet way’s more effective.

Selina’s taken her cut of their bounty, leaving Pike with enough money to leave Gotham and start a new life. Kyle says to her when she gets to the bus station to take the first bus heading south and ride it to the end of the line. Bridget asks what she does then and Selina says she’s got plenty of money so she can do what ever she pleases. Suddenly a van drives up to them with Bridget’s brothers inside, the oldest one Joe grabs Bridget and shoves her in the van. Selina tries fighting the younger brother and though she wrests his rifle away, they take off with their sister.

Kyle goes back to her place for more weapons and ammo and Gordon busts down her door holding his pistol aimed at Kyle but she’s holding a twin-barreled shotgun. He tells her to lower her weapon and she gives him a look like get real. Jim says she’s running with a really dangerous girl who could get her killed and Kyle says she doesn’t know who Gordon’s referring to. He says he saw the two of them together on surveillance footage and then says she torched six buildings and killed a cop. Selina says that Bridget didn’t want any involvement but her brothers forced her to, she says they’ve physically abused her and have kept her in chains for years.

Jim holsters his pistol and says to Selina then let him help her. He gives his word that he’ll do everything he can to keep her safe. Selina puts down the shotgun and gives Gordon Bridget’s name and address. He reassures Kyle that he’ll handle everything and save her friend.

Bridget’s in handcuffs as her brother’s count her take from the robbery and it’s six grand and Bridget says they can keep it. Joe says he’s going to keep it but what he’s upset about is she was about to leave them. As he berates her he starts chucking firecrackers at her which she manages to dodge. Joe then comes right up to her and asks if she wants to be part of the family again then lights an M-80 and holds it under her chin and she screams yes.

Joe releases her from the handcuffs and tells her if she ever tries it again he’ll kill her and her fiend Cat as well. He asks if she understands and she says yes. Then he shoves her and tells her to fix their dinner. Bridget’s seething washes her hands and then goes into another room.

Butch pays Penguin a visit with a mallet attached to his stump. Penguin says well at least it’s useful and Butch tells him not to start. Penguin then asks how things are going and Gilzean says he’s in and he’s got Galavan’s trust. Cobblepot asks if he’s located his mother and Gilzean says not yet it takes time. He says if he pushes too fast and too hard he’ll blow his cover. Penguin then starts controlling Butch via the brain-washing process that Victor Zsasz put him through last year. He asks Gilzean if he’s his lord and master and Butch responds he is and then he agrees when Penguin says  he has to follow every order Cobblepot gives him. Penguin then spits out for Gilzean to locate Oswald’s mother or he’ll cut off Butch’s other hand.

Bridget comes out of the other room wearing her costume and carrying the flamethrower. Joe asks if she intends to kill them with a sneer on his face and Bridget says yes then turns on the flamethrower and barbecues them both. She then grabs her money and takes off.

Minutes later Gordon and Bullock walk into the apartment and sees the two bodies on the floor. As Harvey goes over to examine the remains one of the brother’s sits up and grabs Harvey by the ankle and starts talking. Harvey’s scared out of his mind and kicks the guy until he lets go. Gordon then feels for a pulse and he’s dead, Jim says nice going Harvey. Bullock looks at Gordon like he’s insane and says oh my kicking him killed him? Perhaps it was getting roasted extra-crispy style that ended his life.

Ed and Kristen are just finishing dinner at his apartment and she says he’s got to stop spoiling her. He says he intends to spoil her for the rest of his life. They start kissing and she asks if that’s his bedroom, they both smile and head in there.

Gordon and Bullock head back to the precinct and Barnes’ tells Jim he wants that girl and he wants her now. Gordon tries to explain to Barnes that Pike’s brothers forced her to commit the crimes and they abused her and held her prisoner for years. Barnes basically says he lacks any pity for her and she’s going down.

Butch heads back to Galavan’s office and while he’s alone in there he turns on a monitor and sees Mrs. Cobblepot. Galavan walks in and greets Butch, he quickly shuts off the TV. Theo says that Gilzean’s hard-working and the most loyal man he’s ever met, then says it’s too bad that it’s Penguin that Gilzean’s loyal to. He asks Butch why he allowed Oswald to cut off his hand and Gilzean says that Penguin’s his lord and master.

Tabitha enters the room and Theo says we might be able to do something about that. He tells Tabitha that Penguin brain-washed Gilzean and asks her if she can reverse the process and she says she thinks she can. She wraps her whip around Gilzean’s neck until he passes out. Theo reminds his sister that dinner’s in an hour.

Theo, Silver and Bruce sit at the table in the Galavan’s dining room when Tabitha enters and apologizes for running late. She has a spot of blood on her cheek and Theo motions to her to wipe it off. He then proposes a toast to family for in the end that’s all we’ve got.

Kyle goes to Bridget’s building and finds her friend on the roof next to her pigeon-coop. Selina tells Pike she’s got to run, but Bridget says she’s not afraid anymore. She’s going vigilante and she pledges to rid Gotham City of all the scum and pervs that came after them. Selina says nobody ever came after her and once again says she needs to run, Bridget says it’s nice realizing somebody cares. Kyle says she doesn’t care she just thinks Pike’s stupid and starts to walk away but then rushes back to Bridget and hugs her telling her to be careful. Selina then calls Jim and says she thinks she knows where her friends going.

Pike returns to the auction house and after she burns one of the employees to death, she opens the cage and frees all the women. They all run out to the street just as the Strike-Force arrives, when Bridget walks out of the building Gordon tells the other officers to hold their fire and then starts to walk over to Pike with his hands up.

He tells the teen he’s aware that she got forced by her brothers to pull the heists and to kill Officer Garrett. He says if she puts down the flamethrower and comes with him they’ll work things out. Bridget says she’s not going to jail and Gordon says she’s a minor and there’s other options. She gets scared and turns on the flamethrower just enough to push Gordon  back, but a uniform fires a shot hitting one of her tanks and soaking her costume with the accelerant.

Barnes’ repeats the hold your fire command but the shot put Bridget over the top and she starts incinerating a cruiser. Gordon calls out to her to stop, but the cruiser explodes and the fire ignites her suit and she bursts into a ball of flame.

Back at Galavan’s mansion Theo and Bruce have a private conversation and Galavan asks Bruce if he knows a Wayne Enterprises executive named Sid Bunderslaw. Bruce responds that he does and Theo tells him that he’s missing and presumed dead. He then says he’s done extensive research on Wayne Enterprises and he discovered Bruce’s father was a very good man but Wayne Enterprises has a lot of sketchy deals under their control. He tells Bruce he realizes how mature he is and says when he becomes Mayor he’d like to help Bruce clean up his family’s company. Bruce thanks him and they shake hands.

Butch arrives at Penguin’s with his face cut-up, he tells Cobblepot that he’s found Oswald’s mother but they realized he’s a plant and Tabitha tortured him. However he says he escaped and they can save Penguin’s mother if they move now. Penguin says Butch’s loyalty will get rewarded and to sit down while everybody gets armed. Has Gilzean really returned to lead Penguin into a trap.

Gordon tells Selina he tried his best but Bridget didn’t make it. She immediately blames him but Jim says it seemed like she wanted to die and then asks Kyle again who ordered the Pike’s to set the fires? Selina says like you’re going to  do something about your little friend? Jim looks shocked and asks why Penguin hired them. Selina advises Gordon to talk to Cobblepot as she’ll never speak with the detective again.

Ed and Kristin are  basking in the afterglow when she shows concern, Ed asks her what’s wrong and she says she’s afraid her former boyfriend Officer Dougherty’s going to come back and kill her. Ed smiles and says she’s got no reason to worry. Kringle says that’s sweet but Ed’s too gentle to take on Dougherty and then Ed blows it all by telling Kristin he killed Dougherty. Kringle’s immediately repulsed and gathers her clothes so she can get dressed and leave, she says he’s psychotic and he’s going to prison where terrible things will happen to him.

Nygma pleads with her not to talk like that and attempts to calm her down and he puts one hand over her mouth and the other grips her neck. He says he fell in love with her at first sight and she just wanted to protect her. He says Dougherty beat her and he wanted him to stop, so Ed stopped him. Suddenly he realizes she’s not breathing, he accidentally killed her and starts crying cradling her corpse. Looks like the Riddler’s on his way.

We watch two orderlies pushing a gurney with a heavily bandaged body on it. The talkative one says she’s not dead, they said the suit melted onto her skin. She’s fireproof now, that’s right she can’t burn. That’s why we brought her down here with the rest of the monsters so they can perform tests on her. Bridget opens her eyes and sees that every room contains a heavily guarded “patient’ within.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The two prevailing themes so far in the second season of the FOX Network series “Gotham,” have been turbulence and change and we saw a lot more of both in the season’s fourth episode. Gotham City’s gotten shaken like a snow-globe in the young season and we witnessed a whole lot of shaking going on in the chapter entitled “Strike Force.” The show-runners have quickened the pace in their sophomore campaign, making this a tighter, more exciting and more jam-packed series than the show presented last season.

This episode opens with all of Gotham City’s crime-bosses gathered at a conference table and everybody’s talking at once, until the Penguin picks up a shotgun and fires a round into the ceiling. He then asks all gathered to conduct themselves with more civility, as they discuss the problems they’re facing.

Penguin wastes no time getting to the matter of their collective concern, who masterminded the breakout of five inmates from Arkham Asylum. Cobblepot tells the group he finds it very difficult to believe that not one person in the room has any knowledge about who set-up the escape. He then says the GCPD’s main suspect’s a blind old man, murdered by Jerome Valeska. Oswald says it again this time over-emphasizing the word BLIND.

As Penguin’s voice hangs in the air, there’s silence until one of the guys seated tells Cobblepot they thought he arranged the escape. Penguin laughs derisively at the notion, telling all in attendance that he gave each of them all the freedom they wanted and the money was rolling in and everybody happy. Why would he mess a great situation up by bringing chaos into it. He tells the crime bosses they’ve got to reestablish their brand and rid Gotham City of the turmoil plaguing it, then sends them on their way.

As all the hoods leave, Penguin’s right-hand man Butch Gilzean introduces his boss to Tabitha Galavan who entered the room in the middle of the meeting. She tells him that her brother wants to speak to him about a matter that could benefit both of them. She tells him there’s a car downstairs waiting to take them both to see Theo.

Jim Gordon’s arguing with another detective in their precinct house when a large bald man wearing a dark blue three-piece suit stands in the doorway. After watching the back and forth for a couple of minutes, the man picks up a wooden chair and breaks it apart with his hands, then throws the pieces on the floor. He says my name’s Nathaniel Barnes, Captain Nathaniel Barnes and yes I’m your new boss. He then points to a uniform and tells him to clean up the mess he just made.

Barnes then talks about the building surrounding them, telling his personnel that it’s over 100-years old. He says they don’t make them like this anymore, this old girl’s solid and tough. Then he says that didn’t stop some psychopath from coming in here a few days ago and killing your Commissioner and nine of your fellow officers. He says he’s ashamed of it and he wasn’t even there. He then says that if there’s a person in the room that’s not angry and embarrassed they should resign right then and there, the room remains silent.

Barnes chuckles and says some of you are lying to yourselves, I’ve gone through all your files and read them all. He then calls seven officers over and tells them they’re not police officers they’re lowlife criminals. He then tells each of them what crimes they’ve committed and tells them all to hand in their badges and guns to the desk sergeant as they’ve all been fired.

He then tells his remaining staff that the days of looking the other way have ended. He says if you fail to enforce the law you’ll get terminated and if fear or disdain keeps you from helping a fellow officer you’ll get terminated. He then tells his staff to get back to work and tells Gordon he wants to see him in his office.

Barnes asks Jim his thoughts on what he said and Gordon says he agreed with every word the Captain said. Barnes asks Gordon if he’s a brown-noser and Gordon chuckles and says not at all. The Captain then says he went over the detective’s file, his history in the service, the police-academy and the GCPD. He says you’re a trouble-maker and a fighter, would you agree with that description? Gordon smiles and says yes sir and Barnes tells him he’s going to make him his second in command.

Theo Galavan and Penguin meet and we can see by Cobblepot’s expression that he’s confused about why Galavan summoned him. Then Barbara Kean walks in and Penguin quickly realizes that Galavan engineered the escape from Arkham Asylum and set himself up to be the hero at the Children’s hospital charity event. Galavan laughs and says that’s correct and Penguin’s going to be his destroyer.

Cobblepot smiles and says he’s honored that Galavan thought of him, but that’s not his style. He’s a builder and idea man and Theo says then that Penguin will be greatly interested in a new project he’s planning. He removes a sheet and shows Oswald a scale model of this huge modern office-park. Penguin says that the project would be in what’s currently a residential neighborhood and Galavan would need all sorts of political connections to get the houses knocked down and his project built. Theo says when he becomes Gotham City’s new mayor that will clear all the hurdles.

He then tells Penguin that his only problem’s that two already declared candidates could win the race, so he needs them knocked off and an attempt made on his life as well. Cobblepot then says Galavan needs an assassin and since this is Gotham City he can find one in the phone book under the letter A. As Penguin starts to leave, Tabitha grabs a TV remote and Theo says that Tabitha wants to share her favorite reality show with Oswald. When the monitor comes on Penguin sees they’ve got his mother imprisoned, he agrees to help Galavan.

The next morning Lee Thompkins and Jim are sleeping when her phone rings. She picks it up and she’s surprised to find herself speaking with Captain Barnes. Barnes tells her he’s heard great things about her and can’t wait to meet her, then asks to speak to Gordon. She gives Jim the phone and Barnes tells him to meet him in an hour at the Gotham Police Academy. He then tells Gordon that everybody knows he’s sleeping with the Medical Examiner.

Gordon arrives at the academy first and he’s looking through the trophy cases when he hears the Captain’s voice behind him. Barnes says that Gordon was oldest in his class, wasn’t the most athletically or academically gifted, yet he finished at the top of his class. The Captain says that’s because Gordon’s a warrior, but he can’t win the battle to clean up Gotham City on his own. Barnes says that graduation for the academy’s the following week and they’re going to recruit some of these folks for their precinct.

Barnes settles on four recruits, three men and one woman. He tells them they are now the Alpha Unit of the GCPD Strike-Force. They’ll report directly to Gordon and Jim will report directly to him. All seem pleased with the new arrangement, Gordon telling his Captain they’re a great group of kids.

Later that morning Galavan receives a medal for honor and valor for saving Bruce Wayne’s life and killing Jerome at the charity function. A TV news-reporter asks Galavan why he hasn’t declared himself as a candidate for mayor yet? Just then a sedan passes by and a guy leans out the window firing an automatic weapon at Theo but missing him by a mile. When everybody returns to their feet Galavan tells the reporter since the bad guys don’t want him to run he now feels obligated to throw his hat in the ring.

Bruce’s back at school and starts heading to where Alfred’s got the limo parked. As Pennyworth gets out of the car he sees Selina Kyle sitting on the stone wall behind him and asks her if she’s waiting for somebody. She jumps from the wall like a gymnast then tells Pennyworth no that’s his job. Alfred then slaps Kyle across the face and says that’s for Reggie, I know you killed him.

He then says he doesn’t know what she wants with Bruce but from his vantage point his ward’s better off without her. He says so do yourself a favor treacle and jog off. Selina appears to be holding back tears, but she smiles and says all’s good and climbs back up the wall and takes off just before Wayne arrives. Alfred gives his ward a change of clothes and a pair of sneakers. He says your preparation begins today, it’s likely a 90 minute trek home possibly two-hours  depending on how many stops Bruce makes. Wayne looks at Alfred and asks you expect me to walk home? Pennyworth corrects him, telling his ward he expects him to run home.

Penguin and Butch show-up at the campaign headquarters of City Council member Caulfield, as she’s one of the other two-declared candidates for mayor. Gilzean has a ski-mask over his head, while Penguin’s sporting a derby and has a bandana tied around his nose and mouth. He walks into Caulfield’s office and she asks if he’s there to kill her, Penguin says that’s correct. She pleads with him not to, saying she’s a mother. Cobblepot suddenly gets agitated and says he’s got a mother too. After Penguin finishes Butch tells the two witnesses to keep their mouths shut as they have their names and addresses.

Ed Nygma’s trying to summon up the courage to ask Kristin Kringle out and he’s getting more awkward every time he practices. His alter ego steps out of the shadows and tells him he saved Kringle’s life and she owes him, so take what he deserves. Ed writes something on a piece of paper and interrupts Kristin’s conversation with three uniforms. Nygma excuses himself and then says Miss Kringle dinner tonight at eight and gives her the address, she smiles and says I like that, he smiles back and says yes you will. She’s suddenly interested in Ed.

Barnes, Bullock and Gordon talk to the four new officers and Barnes stresses they can never look the other way, because the situation will only escalate. If they see a kid breaking a window and let him go, he’ll only go on to do commit worse crimes and eventually end up with a gun. Just then the meeting’s interrupted as they’re told that City Councilor Caulfield’s been murdered.

Harvey and Jim go down to the headquarters and Jim asks if anybody saw anything and swears they won’t have to testify in court. The woman who was there tells the pair they have their names and addresses and Gordon says that Caulfield got stabbed multiple times and likely drowned on her own blood. Harvey says they’re wasting their time, but the woman says the guy with the knife was short, well-dressed and walked funny. Jim immediately realizes it’s Penguin.

Bruce meets with Theo Galavan for lunch, Alfred tells Wayne he’ll wait for him in the lobby. Theo asks him to join them, but Alfred says Bruce wants to thank Galavan for saving his life and he’d only be in the way. Wayne then says he can never repay him for saving his life and Galavan says he’s unsure what came over him that suddenly made him that brave. Theo then starts talking about the murder of Bruce’s parents and that he’s shocked the GCPD have no leads. Bruce says he’s very disappointed and then Theo says even the board of Wayne Industries are sitting on their hands.

Suddenly Bruce looks out the window and he’s smitten by this very pretty blonde girl about his age playing with the fountain on the grounds. Theo sees where he’s gazing and he tells Wayne the young lady’s Silver St. Cloud, Galavan’s brother was her stepfather until he died. Now she’s Theo’s ward and asks Bruce if he’d like to meet her and Bruce immediately nods yes.

When they reach the fountain Silver greets her Uncle and he introduces her to Bruce. He tells her Silver’s spent the last two-years studying in Geneva but now that she’s back in Gotham City, she’ll attend the same school Bruce does. She asks Wayne what it’s like and he says he just started as he’s been home-schooled for the past year. She smiles brightly and says we’ll take it on together then.

Nygma’s actually invited Kringle to his apartment for dinner, that’s why the note read Chez Moi. He tells her he’s an incredible cook and soon the two of them are having a great time. She apologizes for being so mean to him over the years and he says he deserved it for being so annoying. She says that he was just trying to be nice, then says she can’t believe she accused him of writing the goodbye letter from her former boyfriend. She then says he’s a jerk and Ed says he’s glad he’s dead. She looks at him strangely and says he just left town he’s not dead. Nygma says he meant that he’s dead to her and she excuses herself to use the bathroom. As soon as she leaves, Ed’s alter-ego appears and says Nygma blew it, Ed screams leave me alone and Kristin thinks he’s talking to her.

For some reason Kristin thinks it’s quite normal when Ed says he talks to himself and that the more forceful part of him informed him that he ruined the mood. Kristin says she enjoyed the mood also and the two of them kiss, tentatively at first. But then they both take off their glasses and start kissing passionately.

Butch and Penguin sit in a car in front of the other declared candidate’s campaign headquarters. Gilzean says he never questions Penguin’s orders but asks him why they’re involved in this. Oswald’s voice breaks and says because they have his mother, Butch asks who has her and Penguin says Galavan. Gilzean says we’ve got to find her.

This time Penguin sends our favorite psychopath Victor Zsasz to do the hit. The candidate’s standing there with four other guys and they’re all packing heat. Victor says the odds aren’t quite fair and quickly shoots two of the guys dead. The other two grab the candidate and head to the street with Zsasz in close pursuit.  Victor quickly kills one of the candidates aide’s and takes out the second one just as Gordon and Bullock arrive, with the four recruits right behind them. Gordon feels sick when he sees it’s Victor, meaning Penguin’s involved in this hit as well.

One of the recruits rescues the candidate then they all take on Victor. Zsasz hits two of the kids in their bullet-proof vests knocking them to the ground and Victor escapes. After they make sure all the officers are fine, Gordon tells him they just met Victor Zsasz and he works for Penguin.

Jim arrives at the Penguin’s and sees him sitting at the conference table taking an Alka-Seltzer. Gordon tells him they’ve got witnesses stating that Cobblepot stabbed Caulfield and Zsasz just tried taking out the other candidate and he thinks Penguin’s behind the attempted hit on Galavan. Penguin tells him he’s in no mood for a lecture and Gordon tells him they’ve got a new captain and things are changing on the GCPD.

Penguin looks at Gordon and laughs derisively at him. He says Gordon arrived alone and unarmed, is he afraid that his Captain will find out he killed a man over a debt owed to Cobblepot and that he arranged for Penguin to force Commissioner Loeb to resign? Jim says he killed the man in self-defense and Penguin asks where are the witnesses. Jim says he’s willing to face any consequences of his actions and Oswald smiles and says he’s ready too. Gordon leaves Penguin’s house.

Galavan’s excitedly telling his sister Tabitha, that while the cops hunt for Penguin he’ll steal the Mayoral election. Bruce sees Silver at their school but starts to walk past her, she calls to him and gives him a look like she’s surprised he didn’t stop. Selina’s sitting on the curb as Alfred’s words echo in her ears. Finally we see Penguin sitting in front of his fireplace with a drink in his hand. Butch enters and Oswald asks if he found Penguin’s mother, Gilzean’s face tightens and he squeezes his boss’ shoulder sympathetically. Penguin lets out a cry and throws the glass into the fireplace, making the flames more intense.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

The FOX series “Gotham,” suddenly changed direction in the latest episode making a move that likely will have many fans of the show upset and perhaps irate. Other fans will look at this as a gutsy move by the show-runners, proving that the second-year series will keep viewers on their toes and let them take nothing for granted.

I’m going to break format this go-round and immediately address the elephant in the room. During the show’s first season Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin evolved into a breakout character of the campaign. Taylor’s Penguin broke away from the way Burgess Meredith and Danny DeVito played the role, in appearance and mannerisms. Both actors portrayed the character as he appeared in the comic-books of the Golden and Silver Ages of comics. Short and round with pointed noses, their speech filled with assorted grunts and quacks.

Taylor’s Cobblepot’s a mama’s boy and outsider who dreams of greatness and overcomes his cowardice to end up as the Criminal King of Gotham City. Penguin stabbed each of his benefactors in the back, yet he ended up the first season as last man standing. We watched him transform from Fish Mooney’s umbrella boy to controlling the entire underworld operation in Gotham City.

This year’s breakout character was Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome Valeska, a young man we met last season when Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock arrested him for killing his mother. When Valeska realized that Gordon nailed him for the murder of his mother many fans including this one, believed that Jerome would become perhaps the Caped Crusader’s greatest nemesis The Joker. Jerome starts to break down and cry for a second only to look up at Gordon and flash that unmistakable grin, Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and the Joker from the comic-books, all wrapped up in one magnificently evil smile.

Although those connected with Gotham never confirmed that Jerome would eventually evolve into The Joker, the first two episodes in this short season was enough proof that the ginger would become the deadly criminal. Valeska and four other inmates of the Arkham Asylum received their freedom when they got broken out by Theo and Tabitha Galavan. Valeska quickly became first among equals, becoming the leader of The MANIAX, stressing showmanship along with his brutal slayings.

Jerome terrorized Gotham City’s elite for most of the third episode until the show-runners hit the audience that likely knocked them out of their seats. Theo Galavan called an audible at the line and decided that Valeska could get sacrificed in order to further Galavan’s master plan, to take control of Gotham City.

The first image we see on the screen’s a perp’s getting thrown through a second-story window, his fall softened by trash bags in the alley. We pan up to see Jim Gordon standing in the window and he turns around to talk to his next victim. He tells the guy he’s looking for Jerome Valeska for killing a friend of his and asks the guy what he knows. The dude responds he’s never heard of Valeska and Jim throws a right to his jaw. The guy says he can help the detectives by spreading the word and Gordon tells him that anybody who hides or protects Valeska’s going down. To make sure the guy understood the message, Bullock then threw him through another window to the trash bags below.

After a little playtime for Barbara and Tabitha, Theo walks in with a tray of toast and coffee for Barbara and himself as Tabitha takes off. Galavan then tells Kean that his family built Gotham City, yet their name’s not known. He says he’s out to avenge his ancestors and tells Barbara she’s going to be his star. He then tells her when the time’s right he’ll help her destroy Jim Gordon, not kill him but destroy him body and soul.

Back at the precinct, Harvey suggests to Jim that they pay Penguin a visit, but Gordon brusquely dismisses the idea. Bullock heads to another part of the station, when Gordon sees a female uniform about to take the crime-scene tape off of Captain Sarah Essen’s office door. Jim barks at her to stop then puts the tape back in place. He then shouts to all in the precinct that they lost Essen and nine of their brothers in their house and the killer laughed. He told them to never forget that.

Lee Thompkins puts her hand on his shoulder from behind and he wheels around screams what, before he realizes it’s her. They go off to a corner and talk and Lee mentions the Gotham Children’s Hospital Charity Event’s that evening and she’s involved in the presentation. Jim says he can’t go, he needs to find Jerome.

Just at that moment Valeska and Tabitha arrive at Paul Cicero’s apartment, Cicero’s the blind psychic who admitted to Jerome last season he’s his father. Quickly Cicero’s bound and gagged as Jerome recounts the days of his abusive childhood and blame’s Cicero for never stepping in. He then tells the old man that he’s going to leave manufactured letters between father and son, so that Cicero gets blamed for breaking Jerome out of Arkham.

Back at the precinct Harvey tells Jim that he’s tracked down Paul Cicero and maybe he knows where Jerome’s hiding out. The two quickly drive over to the old man’s apartment.

Valeska stand’s over the old man with a knife and asks him if he has any last words. Cicero says

“You will be a curse upon Gotham. Children will wake from their sleep, screaming from the thought of you. Your legacy will be death and madness.”

Jerome laughs and starts to raise the knife, when there’s a knock at the door as Gordon and Bullock arrived. Gordon calls for Cicero, saying he wants to talk to him about his son but gets met with silence. Suddenly the old man groans and they bust down the door, an instant too late. Cicero’s dead as Valeska stabbed him in the eye and Jim realizes they left through the open window. Harvey examines the body and notices the corpse’s hand’s placed on-top of a tin can, when he moves Cicero’s hand he passes out from the gas coming out of the can. Gordon pulls him out into the hall but he’s barely standing. Then Jerome and Tabitha show up, Jim tries to choke Jerome but he’s easily subdued and Tabitha kicks him in the forehead.

The charity event for Gotham Children’s Hospital kicks off and amongst the guests, Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth. Bruce questions why they’re at the event and Alfred says that Bruce needs to be seen at certain functions, this being one on that list. Lee Thompkins comes over to introduce herself to Bruce, she tells him Gordon talks about him all the time and she wanted to meet him.

Alfred’s smitten and unaware that she’s Gordon’s girlfriend he starts to turn on the charm and make a play for her. Lee tells him she loves his stories and he suggests they have dinner at Wayne Manor. She starts to tell Pennyworth she’s got a boyfriend, but he mentions he’s good friends with the head-chef at an exclusive restaurant. Lee says she’s been trying to get a table there for months.

Bruce sees Selina at the event and tries to talk to her, but she tells him she’s working. She’s robbing Gotham’s elite of some of their “extra-cash.” Wayne mentions the entertainment’s a magician and Kyle tells him she hates magicians and says she’ll see him later.

There’s a last-minute substitution for the magician scheduled to perform. Taking the stage The Great Rudolfo and his lovely assistant, actually Jerome and Barbara in disguise, after they tied up the real magician and locked him in a trunk. Lee’s the hostess of the event and introduces the magician and his assistant.

Rudolfo performs a few tricks and then asks for a volunteer from the audience and asks for Bruce Wayne to come up. Wayne doesn’t want to do it but Alfred tells him to be a good sport. He comes up on stage and Rudolfo places him lying down in a box, Wayne’s head and arms sticking out one end and his feet out the other. Alfred starts to protest when Rudolfo takes two honed steel sheets and sticks them in a slot in the box. He separates the boxes and Bruce’s fine with his feet appearing to stick out one end while he waves to the crowd.

Lee asks Alfred if the performers look familiar and suddenly Kean’s mask slips off and she winks at Thompkins. Lee backs into the hallway and calls Jim telling him Barbara’s there and she thinks Jerome as well when she’s grabbed from behind and a hand goes over her mouth. Gordon rushes to the event.

Rudolfo’s asked for Deputy Mayor Harrison Kane to be his next volunteer and the official takes the stage smiling broadly. Rudolfo then says to the audience nobody’s getting out of her alive tonight and there’s nervous laughter, which turns into screams when he throws a knife into Kane’s chest killing the Deputy Mayor.

Gordon arrives outside the hall where the event’s taking place and a uniform tells him he’s not sending in his men. Jim stomps off and says he’ll go by himself when his cellphone rings and Lee’s number appears. He says thank goodness you’re okay only to hear Jerome at the other end. Valeska says to the detective he wishes he could see what’s going on then says actually it’s on TV so he can. Gordon gets to a monitor and sees Lee tied to a spinning wheel, with Barbara and Jerome on either side of her.

The waiters are part of the gang and start shooting automatic weapons at the ceiling, Alfred takes on one of the guys and almost has the weapon when he sees Bruce chasing Selina. Pennyworth’s caught off-guard and a blow to the head knocks him out.

Theo Galavan takes the stage and says to Valeska that he can’t let this go on and when Jerome asks him his name he turns to the cameras and announces Theo Galavan. He says to Jerome that there must be one cell of compassion within him and he says he appeals to the good in him. Kean knocks on top of his head with a hammer and Galavan falls to the stage.

Selina grabs Bruce and almost has them outside when he says he has to go back for Alfred. She says she’s not going back and he tells her he understands, then says he misses her and heads back to the dining room. Selina shakes her head and heads for safety.

Wayne’s just outside the dining room when he hears Jerome saying he wants Bruce back on the stage. Bruce stands and looks from behind a curtain until Kean says shoot the butler and Alfred’s brought out. Valeska says if Bruce wants to save his friend he best come out, he’s about to enter the dining room when he feels a hand on his shoulder. It’s Gordon and he tells him not to go.

Bruce says he can’t let anything happen to Alfred and he runs in shouting I’m here. Alfred stops him and asks what he’s doing, he gives Alfred a pistol that Gordon gave him and tells him the Detective’s in the hall. He goes to Jerome and he puts a knife against his neck and starts slicing slowly. Gordon and Alfred lack a clear shot at Valeska, suddenly Galavan rises from the floor and severs Jerome’s jugular with a knife. Valeska slumps to the floor still with a huge grin plastered on his face and his eyes wide-open.

Theo talks to Valeska as the life ebbs out of his body. He tells him he’s sorry he deviated from the script but he found it necessary. Valeska dies on the stage with his face frozen in the grin and Galavan’s looked at as the city’s new hero.

Jerome Valeska didn’t become The Joker, but he inspired a following. We watch a guy in his thirties laughing hysterically watching Valeska killing people. Then we watch a kid with braces laughing like a lunatic as he watches. We finally see two homeless stragglers stab a bag-lady to death and then one guy kills his partner.

The final image’s Jerome’s corpse with that grin frozen on his face, as we hear Cicero’s words ringing in the background.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Looks like our old friend Oswald Cobblepot’s going to have a challenger as King Of Gotham City’s world of crime. In the second episode of the second season of the FOX hit series “Gotham,” we watched Theo Galavan’s band of escapees from Arkham Asylum make their presence known in grand fashion. Galavan’s the ultimate marionette, keeping his identity in the shadows as his escapees wreak havoc and getting Gotham City Mayor Aubrey James to publicly disappear through pure intimidation. Can the Penguin and company stand up against Galavan, his sister Tabitha and his escapees?

Published reports during the summer stated that two major characters would get killed off in the season’s first few episodes. One of those deaths took place in this episode and unfortunately our prediction in our season preview article turned out to be correct, ushering in a new day in Gotham City.

The episode opens with a meeting between Galavan, his sister Tabitha and Gotham City Mayor Aubrey Plaza, who finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having a wooden box covering his head. Theo tells James that he’s going to open the latch in the front of the box and one of two things will occur. Either James agrees to call his secretary and tell her he’s run off with a woman and he’ll send her written instructions of what to do, or Galavan will put a tarantula in the box and close the latch. Naturally the Mayor chooses to make the phone call.

James asks Galavan why he’s doing this to him and the businessman and community leader tells him that he’s just a part of the great endeavor, the great cleansing. Theo tells the Mayor that monsters are coming, who’ll cleanse the city in fire and blood.

We head to the offices of the Gotham Gazette and we see the editor in chief turn up his nose at the paper’s headline asking Where’s The Mayor. The editor starts shouting at his staff that he could care less where James is or whom he’s sleeping with, he says that’s not news. As he gives his lecture, we see bodies coming from the roof, dropping past their windows. The reporters rush to the windows to find out what’s going on.

On top of the roof we find the four men that Galavan and his sister busted out of Arkham Asylum, in the first episode. They’ve got seven hostages up on the roof, in straight-jackets and Jerome spray-paints a letter on each of their jackets and Aaron Helzinger picks them up and throws them to the street below. When they’ve finished the dead men on the ground spell out MANIAX! They’ve introduced themselves to Gotham City.

New GCPD Commissioner Sarah Essen’s working out of her old office in her old precinct. She addresses her officers and informs them they’re dealing with a massive problem, then turns over the floor to reinstated Detective Jim Gordon who gives a rundown on the MANIAX personnel. Jerome Valeska killed his mother, Arnold Dobkins’ a schizoid, a thief and rapist. Robert Greenwood murdered and then ate six women, Aaron Helzinger murdered his entire family with his bare hands and Barbara Kean killed her parents. The seven victims were all from the Yellen shipyard.

Galavan’s meeting with the four men planning their introduction, he says what they did was just the overture. Jerome impresses Galavan the most and when the boys get into a spitting contest over whose the boss, Valeska bests Greenwood in a game of Russian Roulette and winning the title.

Barbara and Tabitha enter the room with James in tow, still with the box on his head and the lid’s latched. The women are taking turns whipping him and tell Theo they’re bored. Kean asks when it’s going to be her turn to do something dastardly and Galavan smiles and says soon. Them he asks her what she knows about Jim Gordon?

Alfred and Bruce are down in Wayne’s father’s secret cave located below Wayne Manor and Alfred’s distraught at what he’s finding in there. There’s a cache of weapons and a bullet-proof vest with two slugs embedded in it. Bruce wants to turn on his father’s computer, but Alfred asks him to think it through. Wayne responds he’s thought about it enough, this contains all his father’s secrets. He turns it on, but Pennyworth destroys the server with a sledge-hammer, saying that what’s inside the computer likely cost Bruce’s father his life and he won’t let Bruce get killed. Wayne tells his butler and guardian that he’s fired and for him to leave and never return.

Jim heads down the bar that Harvey bartends at and he has an unpleasant reunion with Bullock’s fiancée Scottie Mullens. She asks why he’s there and tells Harvey he’s going to ask him to go back to being a cop, but Bullock tells her she’s mistaken. Jim says she’s right, that’s exactly why he came and Harvey tells him he’s got a life now and won’t go back. Before Gordon leaves Harvey tells him to look for a connection with Yellen shipyards, where all the hostages got taken from.

Alfred comes into the library with a small suitcase and bids goodbye to Bruce, Wayne tells him if he needs a reference that he’ll give him a great one. Alfred’s hoping the boy had a change of mind, but he leaves the mansion and heads to the train station.

Harvey’s hunch panned out, the MANIAX stole a filled-up fuel truck from the shipyard and the guys have chosen their victims, a school-bus filled with cheerleaders from Gotham City High School. Jerome soon has all the cheerleaders manacled to their seats  and then sprays them all with gasoline from the truck’s hose. He goes to light the gasoline, but his lighter doesn’t work, so Arnold Dobkins tries his, just as the police arrive. The MANIAX fire on the GCPD realizing they won’t receive return fire, standing in front of the schoolhouse. After shooting some officers they take off leaving Dobkins whose lighter’s failing to spark. Gordon grabs him but it’s a second too late as he finally lit the gasoline trail on the ground leading to the bus.

Jim knocks Dobkins to the ground with a punch in the face and then drives the bus to safety, seconds before the gasoline fire explodes. Gordon grabs Dobkins and asks who busted them out of Arkham, but before Arnold can respond Tabitha shoots him through the head with a high-powered rifle from a nearby rooftop. Now the MANIAX are down to four.

Bruce heads down to the train-station and finds Alfred sitting on a bench and sits down next to him. He tells his guardian he doesn’t want him to leave and he understands he did what he did to protect Bruce. However he says that Alfred’s either with him or against him, Pennyworth responds that of course he’s with him but he believes Wayne’s too young and not ready.

Wayne tells him that’s cool, so he wants Alfred to make him ready to teach him how to become a warrior. He says that Alfred’s lived a dangerous life and he can prepare him, the boy even says he’ll go back to school. Pennyworth agrees to the deal if Bruce follows his instructions completely and when Alfred tells him to hold back he’ll restrain himself. Wayne shakes Alfred’s hand and says he’s got a deal, but Alfred has to get the computer fixed. When Pennyworth asks how he’s going to do that, Bruce responds it’s Alfred’s problem since he broke it.

Regular readers of these pages, are well aware of my admiration of Sean Pertwee’s portrayal of Alfred. Although I enjoyed Michael Caine in the role in the Dark Knight Trilogy, Pertwee brings an edge to the part. He’s a dangerous man and when the situation calls for it, Alfred freely reveals that side of him. The next scene showcases that part of Pennyworth’s personality, as he tracks down Wayne Enterprises executive and confidante of Thomas Wayne, Lucius Fox in his favorite watering-hole.

Alfred makes it seem at first that their meeting’s accidental, but he soon tells Fox that he’d been thinking about him. Fox asks him what his thoughts pertained to and Pennyworth tells him the way he figures thing, the world’s made up of two kinds of people, those you can trust and those you can’t. Lucius agrees with him and then Pennyworth tells him that he needs to confide in him, but if Fox betrays him he’ll wind up dead. Lucius says perhaps he should pass on being Alfred’s confidante and the butler tells him that ship sailed, when he told Bruce his father was a stoic.

Lucius looks Alfred in the eyes and tells him he’s got only the best intentions in regards to Bruce. Pennyworth smiles and says he’s glad to hear that. Then he asks Fox if he can fix a computer?

Back at the precinct Gordon gets a call from Barbara Kean and he tries to play things cool asking her how she’s doing and what’s going on. Kean calls him on it and Gordon tells her she’s sick and she needs help. He says she’s really a good and loving woman and that he wants to help her. Suddenly he sees her in the doorway of the precinct, calling from a cellphone and she asks him how she looks. She leaves the precinct and he follows her out holding his pistol and aiming it at her.

As soon as he leaves Jerome and Greenwood enter the station wearing uniforms. Jerome ties up Commissioner Essen and then he and Greenwood open fire on the precinct. The pair kill almost all those in the building, Nygma, Kristin Kringle and Lee Thompkins, are among the few not badly injured in the incident. Essen’s witnessed this all before Jerome turns his attention to her.

Meanwhile Gordon’s following Barbara down an alley and he calls out to her to surrender and he’ll do all he can to help her. She says that’s just going to get her sent back to Arkham and Jim throws up his hands and says let’s talk this out. Kean says it’s too late for that and we hear a scream and Helzinger jumps down and lands on Gordon and starts pummeling him. Jim picks up a steel pipe and hits Helzinger in the head with it and then just stares when he doesn’t react. After a couple of seconds, Aaron softly says oww and then continues beating Gordon to a pulp until Barbara tells him to stop.

Jim’s on the ground on his back barely conscious and Kean straddles him and tells him she kept saying this is what she’s really like, but Gordon wouldn’t listen. She says I’m not sick I’m free, then tells Jim he best get back to the station in a hurry.

Greenwood and Valeska now concentrate on Commissioner Essen, Greenwood picks up a video-camera and starts taping Jerome’s conversation with Essen. She looks at him and through gritted teeth tells him that he’ll soon be dead and nobody will remember his name. Jerome laughs at her and says that’s where you’re wrong, I’ll leave a mark and it’ll spread like a virus throughout the city. Greenwood shouts out there’s nothing as contagious as laughter and Jerome shoots him dead saying that’s his line. Now just three MANIAX remain.

Essen head butts Jerome in the head and he says he likes it and tells her to do it again. The second time she breaks his nose and says that’ll leave a mark. Valeska laughs as blood spurts from his nose, then says now it’s my turn. When Jim arrives back at the precinct, a couple of uniforms are still alive as well as Ed, Kristin and Lee. However Sarah’s dying, her blouse covered in blood. Jim grabs her hand and says it’s a new day Jim and dies.

Lucius Fox is with Bruce in the cave as Lucius inspects the computer and smiles and says it’s certainly broken. Bruce asks him if he can fix it and Fox says he imagines so, but it’ll take some time. He then tells Bruce that he loved his father and he never got a chance to tell him that and he wishes he’d helped him more. Alfred enters the cave with a somber expression and some news for Bruce.

Jim enters Essen’s office and suddenly we see Harvey in the doorway and he says she was a Hell of a lady and Gordon responds she was a Hell of a cop. He then sees Harvey’s sporting his shield and he says he appreciates but Harvey’s not obligated to come back. Bullock says he doesn’t want to talk about it, we are what we are. Jim asks him how Scottie took the news and Harvey says she’ll understand, or she won’t.

As they head out of the office and into the main precinct, Bruce and Alfred arrive. Bruce tells Jim that he’s sorry for the losses but he’s glad Gordon’s okay. He then says he’s sorry he was so rough on Jim the last time they spoke and he gives Gordon a hug. One of the cops turns on a TV and we see a news report containing footage that Jerome sent to the station that he taped during the massacre. He tells the city they’re all prisoners, just cogs in the wheel, then tells them to hang onto their hats as they ain’t seen nothing yet!

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Photo Courtesy Of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The FOX Network series “Gotham,” opened its second season with an episode that should eliminate any doubts the series is going to suffer from the sophomore blues. The show-runners made every moment count in this fast-paced and gripping chapter. The powers that be have labeled season two as “The Rise Of The Villains,” but it could be subtitled “Doing The Right Thing Isn’t Always Pretty.” Alliances were formed that blurred the line between good and bad, in order to achieve the desired endgame. This results in show that no longer pits the white hats against the black hats, now all the characters are varying shades of gray.

Season two opens seconds after the first season finale on another rainy day at Wayne Manor as Bruce and Alfred head down the staircase they discovered hidden behind the fireplace. When they reach the bottom of the staircase, there’s a door in front of them with the carving of a creature that appears to be a cross between a man and a lion. The door’s locked and the only way to enter it is through a keypad. Bruce furiously punches in a number of codes, but the digital display reads access denied with every entry.

We watch a montage of the rest of the characters set to a the Lou Reed classic “Perfect Day,” a perfect counter-balance to what we watch unfold on the screen. Lee helps Jim with his tie as he prepares to direct traffic, now that he’s been demoted to patrolman. His former partner Harvey Bullock quit the department rather than accept the demotion, he’s now a bartender and picks a drunk’s head off the counter to clean it. Penguin now the King Of Crime in Gotham City, kisses a bald man on top of his head before he has Victor Zsasz shoot him to death. We see Barbara Kean arrive at Arkham Asylum and we see a familiar face among the inmates, Jerome Valeska who many fans believe will evolve into the Joker.

We then get our first glimpse of the character that appears destined to become the “Big Bad” of season two, as Theo Galavan gives a hefty man wearing what looks like a superhero costume including a helmet a liquid and tells him to drink it. The man responds yes master and consumes it all.

Gordon’s directing traffic in Gotham City when the dude in the suit comes down the stairs of the elevated-train system and announces that he’s Zaardon Slayer Of Souls. He then pulls out two pistols and fires overhead into the metal bridge, then throws the pistols down and unsheathes a sword and grabs a young woman. Gordon tells Zaardon he doesn’t want to shoot him as there’s too much paperwork involved. Zaardon pushes the woman away and Gordon’s able to deflect the sword, overpower the dude and cuff him.

Just then the uniform that’s supposed to relieve Gordon arrives, another hefty guy munching on a burger as he arrives. Gordon barks at him that he’s late and the uniform smirks and asks Jim what’s his problem and Gordon just pushes him away due to his frustration. He whips around and pulls his weapon, pointing it at some would-be looters and growls bad idea. The guys put down the stuff and take off.

Gordon brings Zaardon back to the station and tells him he’s heading for Arkham Asylum. Zaardon responds that Gordon won the battle but his master will win the war. He tells the patrolman dark days are coming and Jim thanks him for the heads up.

Gordon goes into the men’s room and sees Ed Nygma standing in front of a sink staring into the mirror, without his glasses on. Jim asks him if he’s okay and Ed responds he’s fine and Gordon leaves. We then realize that Jim interrupted a conversation between Nygma and his reflection. His reflection starts talking about pursuing Kristin Kringle in a romantic relationship, but Ed says they have to leave Miss Kringle alone.

We’re now in Captain Sarah Essen’s office along with Essen, Gordon, Commissioner Loeb and the uniform that Jim pushed Officer Frank. Loeb asks Gordon if he put his hands on Frank and he replies that he did and Frank leaves the office. Loeb tells Gordon that the infraction calls for him to be dismissed from the force and tells Essen to take Jim’s gun and badge. The Captain starts to protest but Jim tells her to stop. He then shakes hands with Loeb and says that he told the Commissioner he’d break him and he intends to fulfill that promise.

Jim tells Lee and she tells him that she’s glad he got fired, as he was far too good to be directing traffic. She says she knew he’d never quit so she’s thankful that the decision was taken out of his hands. We can see by Gordon’s expression he doesn’t share her opinion.

Barbara’s reading a magazine in the communal cell at Arkham Asylum when Jerome comes over and introduces himself. He tells her that one of their fellow inmates Richard Sionis wants to be her friend, Kean responds that she’s not interested. Jerome tells her that a girl needs a friend at Arkham as the guards refuse to intercede. She then gets the attention of Aaron Helzinger, a gigantic bald man that looks like a wall with a face. She asks Aaron if he’d become her friend and protect her if someone tried to hurt her. He said of course and Barbara cooed and called him a cutie and thanked him. Jerome says she got a gorilla but Sionis runs Arkham and can get her what ever she wants, Barbara replies she wants a phone.

Gordon goes to see Penguin and says they need to talk, Cobblepot kicks out all his staff except for Selina Kyle, who apparently joined up with Penguin after Fish Mooney’s apparent demise. Jim says Penguin owes him a favor for saving him from Sal Maroni’s guys. Oswald says he thinks they’re even but he tells Gordon he’ll grant his favor. When Jim says Penguin doesn’t know what he wants, he responds that Gordon wants to be reinstated as a detective and Loeb to resign as Police Commissioner. Gordon tells him that’s indeed his wish and Penguin responds that he wants Jim to do him a favor in return and collect a debt. Jim refuses and wishes Penguin luck as he says goodbye.

Jim heads down to Harvey’s bar and soon he’s stinking drunk. He says screw the Penguin, Loeb and the GCPD and asks his former partner if he’s going to join him in a drink? Bullock says he’s been sober for 32-days, without the stress of the department he doesn’t need the booze. He tells Jim that he’s got a woman that doesn’t dislike him, a home and he sleeps well every night. Jim hugs him and tells him that’s great.

Gordon decides he needs to sober up and he decides to walk to Wayne Manor to accomplish that. By the time he reaches Bruce’s home he’s sober as a judge and asks Bruce and Alfred why they’re so dirty? He then tells Bruce that he got fired from the GCPD and so he can’t fulfill his promise to find the killer of Bruce’s parents. Alfred asks if there’s any way he can get reinstated and Jim says he could but it would mean becoming a collector for Penguin, an act he believes is morally wrong.

Bruce says that Gordon can fulfill his promise to Wayne and bring reform to the GCPD, but he refuses to take it as he’d be working for Penguin and that’s demeaning. Then he asks if Jim’s sure it’s not his pride standing in the way of the greater good? Alfred tries to stop Bruce, but Wayne says Gordon wouldn’t have walked there if he wanted Bruce to keep his thoughts to himself. Wayne says doing the right thing isn’t always pretty, but it’s necessary. The two shake hands and Alfred shows Gordon out.

Gordon heads to a night club that’s also the headquarters for the guy that owes Penguin money, Ogden Barker. Gordon enters Barker’s office and says he’s there to collect the debt owed to Penguin and Barker laughs in his face. Gordon says he’s not leaving without the money and Barker pulls out a gun and sticks it in Jim’s face, Gordon says he’s going to count to three and Barker and his henchmen start laughing. Jim grabs the gun then knocks out Barker and two of his goons telling the third guy to fill the bag he gives him with money. He runs out just as Barker recovers and he growls get him.

Gordon starts running on the street with the two goons in pursuit when they see some uniforms ahead of them and one of the guys yells stop thief, so the patrolman start chasing Gordon. However he gives them all the slip as he ducks into a parking garage. His troubles aren’t over as Barker steps out of the shadows and starts shooting at Jim, he misses but Gordon kills Barker with return fire. We see the anguish on his face but Gordon runs off.

Bruce’s frustration not getting the right password on the keypad, causes him to destroy it with a hammer. He then enters the library with a bag of fertilizer and some other objects. He tells Alfred he’s taking his own advice that doing the right thing isn’t always pretty and he’s going to build a bomb to blow the door off his father’s room. He says he’s building it with or without Alfred’s help, his guardian and butler tells Bruce that he’ll need another ten bags of fertilizer to do the job.

Gordon delivers the money to Penguin, who apologizes that things got messy and pledges that Gordon’s name will never be connected with Barker. Jim asks if Penguin knew Barker would react that way and Cobblepot responds that he had no idea things would go down the way they did. He then tells Gordon that his favor will soon get granted.

Jim heads back to his apartment with Lee and she sees something’s bothering him and asks if he’s alright and he responds he’s fine. His cellphone rings and he picks it up and Barbara’s on the other end. He asks her how she got use of a phone and she says the only thing that matters is they’re talking. She then tells Gordon there’s been a terrible mistake, she didn’t attack Lee, Lee attacked her and she’s insane. Jim growls don’t ever call me again and hangs up. Lee asks who it was and he says a salesman, which of course Lee realizes is a lie.

Then her landline rings and Jim tells her not to answer it because it’s Barbara, it goes to her answering machine and we hear Kean say hey girlfriend, sorry I missed you. I just want to wish you a painful death with you going out screaming. Jim says that she’s locked up in Arkham where she can’t cause them harm. Lee suggests they move away and start fresh in a new city and Jim replies he can’t, because he did a bad thing.

Loeb’s in bed asleep that night when he’s woken by noises downstairs. He enters his kitchen and he sees Victor Zsasz standing there, then suddenly we hear Penguin asks Loeb if he’s got any peanut-butter. Loeb asks what Cobblepot said and Penguin puts on the kitchen lights and again requests peanut-butter. The Commissioner shouts for his guards and Zsasz produces a disembodied head that he proceeds to use like a ventriloquist’s dummy. Zsasz moves the heads lips and says in a high squeaky voice Hi Boss, how about a bottle of beer. Penguin and Victor laugh as Zsasz throws the head into the kitchen sink.

Penguin tells the Commissioner as he makes him a peanut-butter sandwich, that usually he threatens his victims with unearthing scandals about them, but Loeb lacks any dirty-laundry. Penguin says that he knows that any threats of force would get ignored by Loeb so he’s just going to have Victor kill him. He says he needs some requests granted, but it will be far easier dealing with Loeb’s successor as Commissioner. Loeb asks Penguin what he wants and Penguin says he wants Gordon reinstated as a detective and Loeb says he’ll do it.

However Penguin says even if Loeb does reinstate Gordon, his hatred of the former detective would cause him to eventually fire him, so he’ll still have to kill him. Zsasz pulls out his gun and Penguin says, unless you’d resign as Commissioner.

Zaardon arrives at Arkham Asylum and he’s put into the same communal cell as Barbara, Jerome and company. He proclaims that he’s Zaardon Slayer Of Souls, but Sionis tells him to shut-up he’s telling a story. After a couple of minutes Zaardon interrupts the story and threatens the other inmates. He then collapses but as he hits the floor, a blue gas comes out of his mouth and knocks out the other inmates. Seconds later an explosion takes place at the other end of the hall and a young woman and a bunch of mercenaries, knock out the guards and grab the inmates.

They come to in another facility and they’re all strapped to large cement poles. One of the inmates asks where they are and Jerome says they’re out of Arkham so things are improving. Theo Galavan and the woman who broke them out of Arkham enter the room, he introduces himself and the woman as his sister Tabitha. He says he broke them out to form a super-band of criminal geniuses. Kean says she just has issues and Galavan says she has ferocity, beauty and desire, that’s all she needs.

Sionis tells Galavan that he wants no part of his plan and wants to be released, he says he’ll get Galavan a million dollars as soon as he hits the street. Galavan says he’s disappointed and the money means nothing to him. Galavan demands that he and Barbara get released and Galavan says oh you’re trouble we need to get rid of you. Tabitha releases the binds then produces a whip and strangles Sionis with it, then when she has him on the ground she slices him to pieces. Galavan asks if anyone else wants to leave.

The next scene’s at the retirement ceremony for Loeb and a men’s choir sing a song from The Sound Of Music. The spokesman takes the podium and says the Mayor couldn’t attend the ceremony but sent a friend in his place. He introduces businessman, scientist Theo Galavan. Galavan says that he’s an adopted son of the city, having recently moved there but he already feels Gotham City’s magic. He thanks the outgoing Commissioner and his replacement Commissioner Sarah Essen.

Essen goes up to Gordon and congratulates him for whatever he did to pull off his amazing feat. Lee congratulates them both then tells Essen that Gordon’s a determined man. Essen excuses herself to take a call and Lee says to Jim I hope this was worth it, Jim replies he does as well. Essen returns with some distressing news six inmates escaped from Arkham including Barbara Kean.

Alfred runs the fuse to the bomb out to the library, then fastens it to an ignition switch and asks Bruce if he’s certain this is what he wants. Bruce says he is and pushes the switch, the bomb knocks the door off it’s hinges and the two enter the room. We see a couple of computer monitors and keyboards covered in cobwebs, on one of the keyboards is a letter for Bruce from his father, that Thomas wrote shortly before he and his wife were shot to death.

He tells Bruce that if he’s reading this message that Thomas has died and Bruce figured out the code for the keypad was Bruce. He then says that his son’s responsible for the room, as Thomas became a better man after he became a father, Then he started to ask the tough questions.

He says he’ll dispense with fatherly advice, except to tell his son he can’t have happiness and the truth. That he’ll have to choose what path to take and he begs his son to choose happiness, unless Bruce feels a deep calling to pursue the truth. We then see Jim Gordon straightening his tie in the men’s room of the GCPD, ready to resume that calling within him.

The Story Continues Next Monday Night at 8:00 pm on FOX.

Photo Courtesy Of Nicole Rivelli/FOX

Photo Courtesy Of Nicole Rivelli/FOX

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Welcome to the Comic-Book Era of Television! While movie-screens are currently dominated by characters hailing from the Marvel Universe, the small screen’s embraced the world(s) of their rival DC Comics. Marvel’s represented on network television with their two entries on ABC “Marvel’s Agents Of Shield” and it’s winter replacement “Agent Carter,”  however their competition will air five shows, on three different networks in the upcoming season. The CW will add Legends Of Tomorrow, likely in January to its schedule joining mainstays Arrow and “The Flash.” CBS brings Supergirl to its lineup in November, in a series that looks very promising judging by its pilot.

The FOX Network comes out of the starting gates first as “Gotham,” returns to the airwaves for its highly anticipated second season, Monday September 21. After setting the story and introducing integral characters in season one, expect the series to go into hyper-drive in the upcoming campaign. Events will occur at a fast and furious pace from the onset according to published reports by “TV Guide,” saying that two major characters will die within the new season’s first few episodes.

One of those characters will likely be Captain Sara Essen, as the actress that portrays her Zabryna Guevara doesn’t appear in any of the preseason publicity package Fox put together. Combine that with the news that veteran TV actor Michael Chiklis joins the cast as a character named Captain Barnes and it seems to be an obvious conclusion. The other character could be Kristin Kringle, part of Edward Nygma journey in becoming the psychopathic criminal we know as The Riddler.

Season Two’s been labeled “The Rise Of The Villains,” Gotham City’s old guard criminals are gone, either dead like Sal Maroni (and presumably Fish Mooney) or left the city and retired following the example of Don Falcone. As season two opens The Penguin appears to be the King Of Gotham City, but that could be changed very quickly. Along with Oswald Cobblepot and Nygma, other familiar faces that we watched go to the Dark-Side in the first season return. Barbara Kean and Jerome meet each other while incarcerated at Arkham Asylum and realize they’ve got something in common, patricide.

Detective Jim Gordon and his partner Detective Harvey Bullock will try to keep the city’s citizens safe, while fighting corruption within the department. Over at Wayne Manor The Boy Who Will Be Batman Bruce Wayne, discovers secrets about his late father with the help of his guardian and family butler Alfred Pennyworth and an ally from Wayne Enterprises Lucius Fox. Last season we watched a sheltered boy turn into a savvy young man, after Bruce witnessed his parents’ murder by a lone gunman. Wayne will continue the search for his parents’ murderer on his own in the upcoming season and try to rid Wayne Enterprises of corruption that dates back to his grandfather’s days with the company.

The Story Resumes Monday September 21, at 8:00 pm on FOX.