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TV Review: Gotham S2E19 Azrael

Gotham Season 2

Gordon and Bruce question Professor Strange about Project Chimera, which leads Strange to send the newly resurrected Galavan to confront Gordon. Meanwhile, Nygma investigates who Professor Strange is.

Gotham amps of the action as the series barrels towards its second season finale. The last episode ended with Galavan returned from the dead screaming out the term “Azrael.” For fans of the Batman comic series the use of that word is exciting considering its history.

The episode has Strange figuring out how to bring together Galavan’s fractured mind as Gordon continues his investigation. Strange figures out his plan and thus Azrael is born.

The episode is solid in many ways, but primarily it shows off how Batman could work, and work really well on television. In fact Azrael’s appearance has me wanting to see Batman eventually become a regular on the show (and if we have to skip a few years as far as that goes, I’m good). You can see the proto-Batman in many ways and there’s one pivotal scene where Bruce sees Azrael and the show does a solid job of showing the ideas running through his head.

And that’s what this episode really feels like to me, an evil Batman running around Gotham killing people and trying to exact revenge. It’s decent use of the source material and brings together a lot of Batman’s mythos in new and interesting ways. Blending Strange, Dumas, Azrael, and even how it’s tying in Nygma to some extent is solid work.

This episode feels like night and day compared to earlier in the season where the episodes seem to not be sure what they want to be. Instead we have a solid voice, a solid look, what’s clearly a solid vision. It’s the latter season that’s paying off for the earlier’s faults.

I found myself getting to the end of the episode excited to see what happens next. That’s something I haven’t felt for pretty much the rest of the season. And I’m hoping the series sticks the landing after seeing this, because it’s finally coming together and doing so quite well.

Overall Rating: 7.85

One comment

  • Just give us Batman already. Such a mistake to have given him to Snyder, really when there is such a huge hole in this program which can only be filled by Batman, and the show, as you say, seems to finally have landed on its feet.