Stay on target Gotham sure is taking a while to live up to the promise of its current arc. It spent so much time building up Jerome Valeska’s escape, and now that he’s out he’s… not doing all that much. He’s even recruited some of the show’s scarier villains, and they do little more than follow him around. At the episode’s outset, Bruce Wayne is looking for Jerome, following the lead he got at the end of last week: A Catholic school. Unfortunately for him, Jerome’s been there and gone. He did leave a trap for Bruce behind, though. Jervis Tetch strapped a bomb to the principal, forcing him to blow himself up at just the right time. Fortunately, Jim Gordon and Bullock are there to save Bruce. Not the principal, though. He shoots the clock that appears to be hypnotizing the man, but it turns out he had a pocketwatch that was doing the trick. Fortunately, Bruce, Gordon and Bullock duck at just the right time. Good thing those big wooden desks are explosion-proof.We get a fun scene with all the villains gathered around a brunch table discussing their evil plans. It’s a classic DC Comics Legion of Doom moment, though Jerome calls it the Legion of Horribles. It’s a fitting name coming from a show whose characters can have a decidedly off-brand feel sometimes. Jerome wants to cause chaos in the city, and he’s enlisted every villain he knows to help. Once the city falls, they can divvy it out however they see fit. But first, he needs to find someone named Xander Wild. Why? we don’t know yet. He visit’s Xander’s company looking for some answers, but nobody there has even met the guy. He communicates via proxy. So we have a decent race for this episode. Both Jerome and the police need to find this Wild guy.Michelle Veintimilla (Cr: FOX)Jerome is able to track down Wild’s proxy, but he hits a snag. She, as it turns out, was waiting for him. For a brief instant, the scene gets tense and just a little scary. Cameron Monaghan is very good in this role, and can make any scene deeply unsettling. Especially when he’s dragging a knife across someone’s face. Then Wild’s proxy points out a cage, says she plans to transport him in it, and knocks him out. Meanwhile, the police and Bruce discover that he met with Thomas Wayne years ago. Even stranger, Bruce’s father apparently drove out to the middle of nowhere alone to meet with him. That’s enough to give Bullock and Gordon an address to check out.They find a creepy underground bunker with CCTV cameras everywhere. Including one monitoring Jerome, who’s being held in a cell. The episode does a good job of building up Xander’s reveal. The way Jerome taunts him makes you wonder just what their connection is. Particularly when he jokes about confusing himself with Xander. Every shot of him has his face in shadow or his back to the camera. Until Bullock and Gordon come face to face with him. The reveal that he’s Jerome’s identical twin is pulled off pretty well. He tells them his real name is Jeremiah, and that Jerome tried to kill him multiple times when they were kids. To protect him, his family sent him away to the catholic school.Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue (Cr: FOX)It’s a plausible story, but something tells the Gordon that he’s not telling the whole truth. That’s when they notice that his CCTV monitors are all turned off. Gordon inspects them, and finds out that Jeremiah is holding Jerome captive. Before he can really deal with that though, he sees something else on the monitors. The rest of the villains are there to break Jerome out. It’s honestly a little frustrating that the story stays with Gordon, Bullock and Jeremiah for this whole sequence. I was really excited to see all these Batman villains teaming up, and we hardly get to see them do anything.At least it leads to a fun, tense sequence in a maze. Who doesn’t love a good maze? The two cops stick close to Jeremiah to find the way out, but the three get separated when they come across Jeremiah’s hypnotized proxy. The fight scene that follows is nothing spectacular, but things get interesting when a now-solo Jeremiah runs right into the arms of Jerome. It would seem his stories of attempted murder when they were children were slightly exaggerated. Jerome may not have been the nicest kid, but he never tried to kill his brother. Not until after Jeremiah poisoned their mother against him.Here, the story takes a page right out of The Dark Knight’s script. I guess that’s appropriate because, as much as Monaghan is pulling from every previous iconic Joker for his performance, Heath Ledger’s is clearly the biggest influence. He was driven to kill his mother, driven to insanity, by one bad day. Now, he’s going to do the same to his brother. Or he would if Bullock and Gordon hadn’t shown up right on time. They realize Jerome doesn’t plan on killing his brother just yet, and they’re able to take Jeremiah into protective custody while Jerome escapes. Anticlimactic? Yes, but it’s not like this was the most exciting story to begin with. Side note: I love the way Bullock avoids getting hypnotized by Tetch. Just screaming “not again” and running at him at full speed. God, it’s good to have Bullock back.Benedict Samuel (Cr: FOX)For his part, the Riddler is up to his own villainous activities in The Narrows. He’s running a game show where a contestant must answer a riddle and stump The Riddler with one of their own to win a cash prize. If they lose, they have to spin the Wheel of Misfortune. Cory Michael Smith is having so much fun hamming it up in these scenes; it’s just such a joy to watch. This is the Riddler I’ve been waiting for from this show. It’s cartoony, ridiculous and completely implausible. Everything that makes this character so much fun. Lee isn’t quite as happy as Riddler’s audience. She offers to play his game. If he wins, she’ll take a consequence from the Wheel of Misfortune. If she wins, The Riddler has to shut his operation down.The battle of wits they have is easily the most fun part of the episode. This is exactly the kind of scene you want from The Riddler, and it’s a shame it wasn’t given more focus in the episode. Lee plays on The Riddler’s emotions, appealing to the Ed Nygma she knows is still buried inside him somewhere. It works. She comes up with the correct answer to his riddle, and thinks up one that he can’t say the answer to even though he knows it. (The answer is “I love you.”) I’m not entirely on board with this Lee-Riddler love story. It was never really set up before this, so it kind of comes out of nowhere. And it’s not like the two have great chemistry together. They play off each other well enough, but it’s a stretch to believe Nygma/Riddler is suddenly madly in love with her. Though I do admit I love the way they plan to rob banks together. Villain Lee is so much more fun.Cameron Monaghan (Cr: FOX)Occasionally Gotham takes one episode more than it should for set-up. That’s what happened this week. For all the hype and excitement of all these villains working together, they didn’t do all that much. They went after Jerome’s twin brother, and didn’t get him. Very little of consequence happened, leading to one of the more boring episodes of the season. The twist that Jeremiah lied about Jerome is interesting, and could lead somewhere cool down the line, so the episode has that going for it. Then there’s the ending, which explains the origin of Joker toxin. Having it come from scarecrow makes sense, and it led to one hell of a final image. That guy’s face twisting into a grotesque smile as he laughs uncontrollably… that image will stick with us for a while. Honestly, it’s one of the better depictions of Joker toxin I’ve seen in any Batman media. 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