Welcome back to Hollywood journalistThe weekly DC TV Watch, a preview of all things DC Comics on the small screen. Every Saturday, we bring together the major twists and turns, epic fights, new mysteries and everything that happens on The CW Arrow, Flash, Legends of tomorrow, Super girl and Black Lightning and fox Gotham. This week, Gotham focused on an old affair and a new alliance. To note: Super girl, Arrow, The Flash and Black Lightning did not air any new episodes this week.
The big news: Gotham gives, and Gotham Takeaway: Just an episode in the official debut of the Ventriloquist (Andrew Sellon), he was unceremoniously killed by the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith).
What this means: While Arthur Penn has been a staple on Gotham Since last season as Penguin’s loyal and gentle accountant (Robin Lord Taylor), it wasn’t until his miraculous resurrection in this week’s episode that his true villainous origin came out. After years of being ridiculed, yelled at and abused by his former boss Penguin, his near-death experience a few episodes ago caused a fracture in his psyche, and the mannequin he found in a magic store took it all in. his anger and his frustrations. Gangster dummy “Scarface” then began to “control” Penn, forcing him to hold Penguin and Riddler at gunpoint, bringing Penn’s journey to a close as Batman’s iconic villain, Ventriloquist. Penguin even referred to Penn several times as âArnold,â which is the ventriloquist’s real name in the comics. But then Penguin helped destroy Scarface, and Riddler then killed Penn.
It was a seemingly insignificant death after more than a year of build-up, but the ramifications behind Penn’s death are huge: it helped bring Penguin and Riddler together for real, as real friends instead of upset. allies who could turn against each other at any time. This unholy alliance of true friendship will now unleash the full power of Penguin’s trumps and Riddler’s intelligence in ways we haven’t yet seen Gotham, and its potential already promises to be even better than what fans could have hoped for.
Other highlights: Another, more obscure Batman villain was also introduced in the episode to be killed off a few scenes later, but Jane Doe (Sarah Pidgeon) was much more sinister than her comedic origins. Instead of just being a serial killer, she became a serial killer who could morph into anyone she’s ever hit on a whim. She was determined to get revenge on the dirty cops who ruined her life, including Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), who ultimately shot her at the end of the hour. But her death scene was incredibly powerful, as her psychological trauma from Hugo Strange (BD Wong) made her think his real face was horrible when he was, in fact, just a normal beautiful face. His death was tragic, but I hope his legacy prompts Bullock to finally take Strange down for good so he can’t waste any more lives.
Doe’s introduction (and death) also allowed a deeper dive into the stark contrast of who Bullock was before Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) walked into his life and changed things for the better. Think back to GothamIt’s episode one, and the journey Bullock personally took over the course of the series is clear. Now imagine how much worse he was before he met Gordon. Hopefully Bullock (and his friendship with Gordon) will survive the series, as this is either the start of his swan song or simply a love letter to the character over the course of the series.
And was that Killer Croc in the sewers? The mutated man Bruce (David Mazouz) and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) fought there and apparently took on the character from the comic book while staying inside GothamThe (somewhat nebulous) limitations of “staying grounded”. But if he walks like a Killer Croc and roars like a Killer Crocâ¦
Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Black Lightning are all back with new episodes this week, as well as Gotham. The mini break is over!
To note: Super girl aired on Sunday; Arrow and Black Lightning air Mondays; Flash aired on Tuesdays; and Legends of tomorrow returns in April on The CW. Gotham airs Thursdays on Fox.