TV Review: Gotham S2E21 A Legion of Horribles
Gotham has just one more episode to go after this one and boy does it set up a hell of a lot. While I might not have totally agreed with the direction and pacing of the season, I will say it has given us a fairly logical point for the creation of a lot of Batman’s rogue gallery (though Batman himself is about 10 years too young).
Tonight, we get yet another classic villain introduced, but also the return of one from the first season. Like so many comic characters, the dead don’t stay dead and we get the return of Fish Mooney. But Mooney to me isn’t the best introduction. In a previous episode we saw a character who is likely Killer Croc, and this episode we get someone named Basil who is an actor. For those who know Batman comics, this is Basil Karlo, aka Clayface a rather interesting and cool villain. We see his abilities on full display in a way that saves a bit on special fx. While I’d love to see Clayface in his full classic look, what they’re doing so far is a bit more grounded and interesting in ways.
But, what I think is the most intriguing thing is the introduction of the Court of Owls in the episode. Though the title isn’t used we learn Strange answers to a higher power. For those who have read Scott Snyder’s recent run on Batman, or those who have read interviews with the producers of the show, it shouldn’t be a surprise as to the introduction of this group and nemesis of Batman. The season has been hinting at it with its focus on cryogenics and we finally get their first on screen moments. I’m sure we’ll see more of them in season three.
And with all of that, we also get a Gotham Police Department completely caught off guard by the explosion of crazy and not sure how they should be dealing with it all. It’s probably one of the most realistic things about the season. They wouldn’t have a clue what’s going on and be a bit lost.
There’s a lot to go through and wrap up before the season ends, and I’d imagine we’ll see a lot of this bleed over into a third season. Who will get out and be the villains for then should be interesting.
Overall Rating: 7.65