Queen of Gotham | Gotham “Beware the Green-Eyed Monster” Review
The Tetch storyline continues to weave its way throughout Gotham, and even though he is behind bars, Tetch has set various storylines in motion that have some dire consequences. This week’s episode, “Beware the Green-Eyed Monster,” does a fantastic job of juggling various storylines while, hopefully, putting the Tetch plot to an end.
I have been a huge fan of the Tetch storyline thus far. Jervis is brilliantly brought to life, and the way that Alice’s blood infects people and impacts them based upon what they want deep down inside and twists that upside down is brilliant. Barnes’ drive to rid Gotham of any form of evil was sent into overdrive and turned him into a killing machine; now we have Mario.
Mario being infected sort of came out of nowhere, but it works well as a strong plot device for the star of the show, Jim Gordon. Mario being deeply in love with Lee puts him at an impasse with Jim, and Alice’s blood is turning his lovelust into bloodlust. But, instead of simply killing him, Mario aims to twist-up Jim so much that he makes Lee hate him simply by his own recognizance. Jim being Jim, he follows the bait to a T. His undying love for Lee had him crash in before their wedding and attempt to convince her not to marry Mario. Every step of the way, Jim looked like the fool. That is, until he saved Lee’s life by shooting a crazed Mario.
I loved that they made Mario a pawn of this storyline. He was likeable enough for Lee, but not so much so that you wanted to root for him. Even though Jim definitely appeared as the crazy-ex, it was still easy to hope that he would get Lee back, even as he kept pushing her away. The fact that it has been hinted at The Court of Owls having a hand in Mario’s blood infection, this does a nice job tying all of this to the overarching plot of the season. It also makes you wonder how far the reach of The Court of Owls goes. Did they actually bait Jervis to coming to Gotham? Did they have a hand in infecting Alice in the first place? It’s amazing how all-powerful they have become.
Selina, Bruce and Alfred attempt to break into the vault to collect whatever The Whisper Gang claimed could completely bring down The Court of Owls, key word being attempt. It was quite obvious things weren’t going to work as smoothly as they had planned, but there was definitely more to it than that. It almost appeared as if The Court wanted to see if they could get to it. There were various occasions where they could have intervened but didn’t. The prized possession turned out to be a glass owl? The Court definitely knew, or found out about their scheme and thwarted it. The fight scene in this sequence was great, although the big reveal fell pretty flat. Their savior turned out to be Selina’s mom. She felt just randomly there, with a mere mention of Selina feeling like they were being watched as they were scheming about how to break into the vault.
One of the best parts about the whole heist was seeing the back and forth between Selina and Bruce. Bruce is hilariously infatuated with Selina, and as you would expect, she plays it off like nothing, that is until she gives him a kiss before their heist. The play between the two is great, and it will certainly lead to interesting places as their relationship together develops.
The last major storyline has to deal with Cobblepot’s relationship with Ngyma that is quickly decaying. By some crazy happenstance, Barbara has become one of the most scheming characters in the entirety of Gotham. She has her relationships with just about everyone in the city, and she is craftily using them to become the Queen of Gotham.
The showrunners really breathed new life into Barbara this season. She has been key parts of nearly all storylines, and she may be the fracture that causes Cobblepot and Nygma to become heated enemies. Barbara’s riddle to plant that seed into Nygma’s head to believe that Cobblepot could be the one that killed Isabella was genius. Of all the plotlines in Gotham, this is the one that really has me indifferent. Not that I don’t think it is one of the best/most interesting, but these characters are ones you, somehow, want to root for. The showrunners have done a terrific job of making all of these “villains” likeable, and I honestly feel sad that Cobblepot is sure to ruin everything good he ever has. Cobblepot’s overreaction to killing Isabella is going to be Barbara’s gain since Nygma agreed to help her get the crime lords of Gotham on her side once they destroy Cobblepot.