Gotham: S3E16: “These Delicate and Dark Obsessions”

7.3 Overall Score

Well, you can’t run from your fear forever, Bruce. Throughout the long march of three seasons, we have been witness to Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) reluctantly flow into his overall purpose of being Gotham’s protector. What’s the rush? It’s not like he can do much in his teenage state. One of the satisfying things to see is that Bruce is becoming more confident with every source of trauma that he goes through. Oh, but his parents’ murder. That still serves as an Achilles heel.

While we wait for the eventual arrival of one Ra’s al Guhl, Bruce begins a training session with a shaman. The shaman makes him face the fear by reliving his parents death and opens his eyes to what will be his overall purpose. Gotham needs a symbol against fear, after all, but with Bruce under the stewardship of what we think is the LoS, where does this leave Alfred? Is Bruce not coming home for a while?

The past two episodes have put an emphasis on unconventional pairings; last episode with Lucious Fox (Chris Chalk) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and now with Ivy (Maggie Geha) and Oswald (Robin Lord Taylor). Yes, Oswald survived (did you expect anything else?) and is looking for revenge. Problem is, Oswald’s power grab is always hampered of his naive trusting of anybody. While Ivy is still an adolescence in mind, she’s very useful in the techniques that she implores while helping Oswald escape Gabe and his henchmen. Gabe’s “truth” while under the spell of Ivy’s perfume underscores Oswald’s reoccurring issue. Those that assisted him in Gotham were just helping him out of fear, thus calling him a freak. Indian Hill’s “freaks” are still around Gotham and are headed for a big team up to retake the city and get revenge of Edward.

The Jim Gordon/Court of Owls story line kind of sends him on a wild goose chase. First, his leads about his father’s killer leads him to Carmine Falcone (John Doman), however, all eyes turn back to Frank (James Remar). Frank’s intentions are quite murky – you don’t get the sense if he’s on Jim’s side or not, but his self-sacrifice seems to be the olive branch in making amends for the murder. Sure! Jim then meets Kathryn and takes steps of joining the Court. With Jim’s altruistic side, he can’t possibly turn his back on the city, right?

Jim and Harvey enlists the help of both Barbara (Erin Richards) and Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) to track down the “weapon” that is supposed to destroy Gotham. As an aside, the Court of Owls has done this twice before. You would think that they have thought of a more efficient way of keeping the things they want in Gotham. After getting attacked by one of the talons, we find out that the “weapon” is already in the city. All signs point to clone Bruce on this one as the Indian Hill box is a nice clue.

While the Gordon story-line was a little wonky, the episode had some nice balance with the pairing of Oswald and Ivy and Bruce becoming the Bat…not just yet. With two episodes left, Gotham is bursting at the seems with a lot of evil entities fighting for control, but will their be a Gotham left to divide up?

Main Photo Credit: Fox


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Author: Murjani Rawls View all posts by
Journalist, Self-published author of five books, podcast host, and photographer since 2014, Murjani Rawls has been stretching the capabilities of his creativity and passions, Rawls has as a portfolio spanning through many mediums including music, television, movies, and more. Operating out of the New York area, Rawls has photographed over 200+ artists spanning many genres, written over 700 articles ranging displaying his passionate aspirations to keep evolving as his years in media continue.

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