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Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 5
WRITER: JORDAN HARPER
DIRECTOR: BILL EAGLES
AIR DATE: October 19 2015
"Scarification" carries on this season’s overriding theme ‘Rise of the Villains’ on Gotham with answers about the Galavans and the appearance of another family that give a nod towards another Batman villain, the arsonist Firefly.
Things start off grisly with the abduction and mutilation of a Wayne Enterprises executive as part of the Galavans’ agenda against the Wayne name. Theo and Tabitha (James Frain and Jessica Lucas) are after a particular item in a safe. The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) has to lend support to the man currently coercing him, and so employs the services of a family of arsonists, the Pikes. The brothers are abusive to their young sister Bridget (Michelle Veintimilla), who happens to be a friend of Selina (Camren Bicondova). Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue) are busy looking into the arson cases, and the case is one that will lead to a bad end.
After wondering what on earth the Galavan agenda is, it’s finally exposed, and in an interesting way. Cobblepot, in searching for a way to get some advantage against Galavan (and see his mother finally safe) discovers the secrets of the Galavans, with a grudge leading back into the 19th century. The exile of ancestors after one of their own committed a wrong against a Wayne fuels the two Galavan siblings to get even with the Waynes and with Gotham City. One wonders how screwed up one must be if their priority is a two hundred year old family feud.
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Oh, and since they’re tied in with a nefarious priest played by Ron Rifkin (Alias, The Negotiator), that’s more reason to think they’re bonkers. That guy can never be trusted.
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