TV Review: Gotham S3E19 Heroes Rise: All Will Be Judged

season_3_posterTemple Shaman reveals his hand to Bruce Wayne and sets up the next phase of training. Gordon and Bullock are put into danger as they come across a crystal owl that reveals the most coveted secrets of Gotham’s underworld. Meanwhile, Nygma and Penguin are forced to work together to get out of a tricky situation.

Gotham goes backward with this episode that returns the silly to a point that it’s hard to take seriously and not roll one’s eyes. The Judge has been let loose to take on Gordon and we get a first look at this new get up that… just looks idiotic. A cross between steampunk and the Mask of the Phantasm, the character design just doesn’t fit into the world, which is saying something. With designs in the past that work, and work really well, it makes one wonder why there’s such a divergence from animated versions of the character. The end result is too silly and with Michael Chiklis’ performance not helping at all it takes what were really solid previous episodes.

Then there’s something that happens with Leslie that had me rolling my eyes so hard, it’s difficult to not say this episode drives the car off the road while the last few had righted it so well. That aspect, which I won’t spoil, isn’t something I trust the creators to do right with.

There’s some decent things here though. There’s some reveals involving Bruce and the Temple Shaman that has me going from hating that storyline to actually looking forward to seeing what they plan on doing. But, the biggest surprise is Alfred who steps forward in a way that’s unexpected and gives that character some of the best we’ve seen from him in the entire series.

The episode is a painful one for me to watch, especially since the last few were so good. There’s aspects that just don’t work at all and are presented in a way that loses the vision the series has had for the last few episodes. Hopefully the next episode gets things back on track.

Overall Rating: 6.95