Last week on Gotham, the truth about Galavan’s evil plans were coming to light to a number of the city’s residents. The Penguin made his move to take his enemy out and failed, but Gordon learned plenty in the process. In the meanwhile, Bruce was getting lured into Galavan’s web via the seductions of Silver. And poor Edward Nygma was officially turned evil. This week, ‘Tonight’s the Night’, is a very Barbara-centric episode that also pushes the Galavan plotline right along toward its final outcome. Read on for all the details.
We begin with Barbara walking down the aisle and getting married to her old flame, Jim Gordon. Things start to get a little bit weird and it isn’t long before we realize that we’re just passengers on a trip through one of Barbara’s crazy-ass dreams. As it turns out, she does wake up to a present from her good buddy Galavan, one that will have a significant impact on the events of the coming day. Galavan, now the mayor, is planning on putting the finishing touches on his “let’s kill Bruce Wayne” plan. But first he has to keep Gordon busy and who else but Barbara to take care of that task?
Back with Gordon, our hero is trying to explain to the head honcho that Galavan is corrupt. And though the man’s innocence isn’t in question, Gordon just doesn’t have enough evidence for the GCPD to take him down. So it’s up to him and Bullock to find that evidence and, what do you know, Barbara walks right into the cop shop and surrenders.
Gordon faces off against Barbara in the interrogation room and even gives her a kiss in hopes of coaxing some useful information out of her crazy skull. She offers her former fiancé a chance to learn more, but first he must go with her into what is obviously some sort of trap. The rest of the squad isn’t too keen on walking into danger, but Gordon needs to know more, so they armor up and head out.
They all take a ride downtown and, naturally, right into the trap that Galavan has set for them. Gordon gets snatched and dragged away to a church where Barbara insists on monologuing to him in typical villain style. She even brings along Gordon’s new squeeze to enjoy the show. In the process of ranting and raving and stroking her own ego, she lets some important information out regarding the location of a certain former mayor who happens to still be alive.
Bullock and the GCPD eventually figure out where Gordon is being held, but not before he escapes his bonds and goes after Barbara himself. One shoot-out later and Gordon is forced to confront his ex in a battle to the finish; a battle that results in Barbara falling out a window (though she regrettably survives the fall). Then off they go to find the old mayor and rescue him.
On Bruce’s side of things, he’s still hanging out with Silver and being courted by Galavan. The new mayor makes little Batman an interesting offer – Bruce will sign over his shares of Wayne Enterprises so that Galavan can clean up the corruption within and Galavan will hand over the identity of the person who killed Bruce’s parents.
Bruce has a chat with Alfred about the moral implications of giving up his company versus his desire to know who killed his parents. But when it comes right down to it, Bruce refuses to sign away his legacy. And, just in the nick of time, the GCPD shows up to arrest Galavan. Not before he throws the info on the Wayne killer into the fire, of course.
And back with Edward Nygma, he’s having a nice day out in the woods. He’s burying Miss Kringle’s body and celebrating with a small picnic. But Nygma’s life is filled with bad luck and here comes a hunter to interrupt the make-shift funeral. So it’s time to add another body to the grave. But when Nygma takes a break, he comes back to find that someone has eaten his delicious picnic meal! Following a trail of blood, the future Riddler comes across a trailer. And inside that trailer? Why, it’s The Penguin. It looks like the two of them may become good friends in the near future.
Even though Barbara played a major role in this week’s episode, it still turned out to be pretty good. We had the chance to see Jim Gordon pushing past his emotional side and being all business, despite his former involvement with Barbara. It was a strong portrayal of the character and his obsession with bringing justice to his city. The more the series goes on, the more Gotham’s Gordon starts to resemble the Gordon we know and love from the comics. This season has really stepped up that development, particularly during the last few episodes. I’m slowly getting away from shrugging every time Gordon comes on the screen and actually looking forward to how they twist and turn him each week.
We also saw some great, albeit much smaller, performances from Bullock and Nygma along with the coming together of two of the Batman universe’s best villains. Where The Penguin and the soon-to-be Riddler go with their relationship is yet to be seen, but we can only hope that they hate each other as much in Gotham as they do in other incarnations of the story.
And finally, the Galavan storyline has switched gears and that’s a good thing. Unless the writers do something stupid like have Galavan let loose on a legal technicality so that he can run about and do his evil plans as if nothing happened, we’re going to see some new faces in the form of Galvan’s allies coming to town. While Bruce being the main target this season is still an obvious plot point, the writers can really go anywhere with it since we have no idea what could be coming next. Hopefully, a villain more worthy than Galavan will arrive to carry the rest of the season.
As far as the bad stuff goes, the only main thing was having to watch Barbara get so much screen time. As possibly the worst character and actress in the entire show, Erin Richards is sometimes painful to watch. She’s been less so since going crazy, but still leaves plenty to be desired. We can only hope that her recent in-show accident will cause her to disappear from the series for a while.
Next week, ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow’ has Gordon almost crossing the line and turning to the dark side. In the meantime, The Penguin and future Riddler are making friends and disposing of bodies together. It looks to be a darker episode that will delve into the minds of the characters – something that Gotham does well when it takes the time to do it. Check out the trailer for that one below.