TV Review: Gotham S3E17 Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle

season_3_posterSome of Gotham’s worst villains band together while the Riddler continues his conquest of the city; Gordon’s quest for answers leads him back to the Court of Owls; Alfred begins to notice a change in Bruce.

Gotham continues its streak of entertaining episodes with this one that builds upon the last with Riddler on a mission to find out who really runs Gotham and at the same time James has to decide how he’ll deal with the Court of Owls.

It’s a solid episode as it tamps down the silly instead delivering an episode that’s reminiscent of the Batman and Batman Returns. The camp is removed but at the same time there’s winks and nods from what’s come before.

Cory Michael Smith steals the show as the Riddler and his quest. There’s a little bit of Jim Carrey, but he makes the role his own by keeping it grounded and not campy. At the same time, there’s still a bit of fun with it all.

While Riddler is on his quest and James attempts to capture him Penguin continues to gather allies and evil-Bruce does something… well, I said the episode was like Batman Returns. The episode’s side stories are still solid again removing the camp and keeping things focused in tone and style.

Overall, a really great episode that has focus, a consistent tone, and a clear direction. The vision here feels completely different from what we’ve seen the rest of the season, other than last episode. That’s an improvement as lack of focus has plagued this season.

Overall, a solid episode that continues the series in the right direction overall.

Overall Rating: 7.95