Gotham (2013) season 2, episode 21
"A Legion of Horribles"
WRITER: JORDAN HARPER
DIRECTOR: ROB BAILEY
AIR DATE: May 16 2016
"A Legion of Horribles" moves things forward in the penultimate episode of season two of Gotham, and the sub-title ‘Wrath of the Villains’ that has underlined the second half of the season seems entirely fitting. The episode is dominated by the machinations of Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong), his agenda, and the efforts of more than one party to find a way to bring the professor down once and for all. Along the way we see hints of another evil, the arrival of a villain well known to comics readers, and a returning face from the past.
Selina (Camren Bicondova) finds herself in peril at the hands of her former friend Bridget (Michelle Ventimilla), who’s been brainwashed by the work of Strange and his assistant Miss Peabody (Tonya Pinkins), and is calling herself Firefly. Strange himself, it turns out, has benefactors, who are dubious of the success of his projects- gathering the Court is mentioned, a nod towards the Court of Owls, a recent addition in the comics that suggests a secret society has pulled strings in Gotham City since its earliest founding days.
Strange himself is busy experimenting on one of his patients, Basil Karlo. Those readers familiar with the name might know he’s one of the number of people who have been Clayface during the history of the comics, a villain capable of morphing his appearance. That certainly plays out here, as the episode ends with a cliffhanger with Clayface assuming another identity. That’s not all the professor’s been up to, with another resurrection. Fish Mooney (Jana Pinkett Smith) is back from the dead, with all the attitude you’d expect. I’m not quite sure as to why- when Season One ended, it felt as if all that needed to be said about the character had been said. But she’s back... and in a strange way, she’s come back with some improvements of sorts.
A good part of the remainder of the episode concentrates on efforts made to find evidence against Strange. Bruce (David Mazouz), Gordon (Ben McKenzie), and Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) devise a plan to infiltrate the asylum, confront Strange, and find that evidence. Where this takes them leads into immediate danger for two of them, while another finds himself face to face with a double.
There is a lot packed into the episode. And yet despite all that, giving us a hint of what’s to come in Season Three with the mystery of the Court of Owls is a nice touch. Strange, though, all of these villains rising up long before Bruce Wayne is in any position to take on the mantle of the Dark Knight.
and his face of clay