Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 19
WRITERS: JIM BARNES and KEN WOODRUFF
DIRECTOR: LARYSSA KONDRACKI
AIR DATE: May 2 2016
"Azrael" moves the second season of Gotham towards its final phase, picking up where things left off, with the resurrection of someone killed off earlier in the season. The machinations of Professor Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong) and his nefarious experiments have brought back the dead in a big way, and that threat is unleashed on the people of Gotham City.
Earlier in the season we had the Order of St. Dumas featured, a nod towards the comics and the same secret society tied to the assassin-operative codenamed Azrael. In the comics, the most notable Azrael took on the mantle of the Batman for a time. Here Azrael fills some of the same purpose - a member of the order, deadly and powerful, and in this case, reborn from the grave. It’s the former mayor of Gotham, Theo Galavan (James Frain), not quite himself, and open to manipulation by Strange.
The not so good professor is the subject of suspicion from James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), and sending his personal assassin to clear things up seems to be a good idea. Certainly Azrael is formidable, cutting a path of destruction through the Gotham Police, killing several officers and ultimately wounding Barnes (Michael Chiklis).
While all this is going on, Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) is imprisoned at Arkham, but true to who he’s become, is busy learning more about his surroundings and seeking an advantage. Bruce (David Mazouz) finds himself trying to come to terms with the fact that the path to bringing the person truly responsible for the murders of his parents might not be able to be arrested - and seeing perhaps a hint of his own future in a dangerous figure operating in the shadows.
By episode’s end, things are at a crossroads. Havoc has been wrecked at the Gotham PD station house - leaving one wondering how often the place needs drastic repairs. Azrael has been unmasked, and his status made known to multiple people who might well have a stake in his continued existence, or ending it.