Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 11
"Worse Than a Crime"
WRITER: BRUNO HELLER
DIRECTOR: JEFFREY HUNT
AIR DATE: November 30 2015
"Worse Than a Crime" brings the first half of season two for Gotham to a close, with points of no return for some characters and a couple of nods towards the rise of more villains. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) finds himself in a predicament - wanted by the law for the assault on Theo Galavan (James Frain), and rescued by Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor). The Penguin has more than enough reason to want Galavan dead (preferably suffering immensely before doing so).
Galavan, meanwhile, is fulfilling his role as the Big Bad, gloating about finally getting his family’s revenge on the Waynes. Bruce (David Mazouz) is his captive, and he plans on a ritual killing. Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) and Silver (Natalie Alyn Lind) factor into that gloating in different ways, and Silver features into how Bruce is dealing with the fate Galavan has in mind for him. I like the way that Bruce responds to her, showing an inner fortitude to the boy, on his way to becoming a man.
I like that an unlikely group is coming to the rescue. Gordon, the Penguin, Alfred (Sean Pertwee), Bullock (Donal Logue), and Selina (Camren Bicondova) find themselves working together to go after Galavan and the Order of St. Dumas. By the time it’s all said and done, the Order is shattered, and a schism is rendered in the Galavan family. Gordon himself is brought to a threshold he can’t turn back from - one wonders how he can go back to being a police officer after this.
Silver St. Cloud
There are a couple of moments late in the episode nodding towards where things are going in the second half of the season. One involves a Wayne Enterprises facility working on bodies... under the supervision of a certain Professor Strange. Hugo Strange, of course, is familiar to comics readers. The second finds a man being pursued late at night through the back alleys of Gotham... and frozen alive by his pursuer. Mr. Freeze, it seems, has arrived in Gotham City.
All while Bruce Wayne is still years away from donning the cape and cowl.