Detective Gordon takes on the Court of Owls, an organization
controlling Gotham with plans to eradicate the city with a deadly virus.
Gotham (Season 3)
Developed by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz,
Sean Pertwee, Morena Baccarin, Robin Lord Taylor,
Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards,
Jessica Lucas, Chris Chalk, Drew Powell, Maggie Geha, Benedict Samuel, Michael Chiklis, BD Wong,
Nathan Darrow, Jada Pinkett Smith, Leslie Hendrix,
James Remar, James Carpinello, Jamie Chung,
Based on characters from DC Comics
In season two, Gotham's true potential was revealed. It was more than just a Batman show without Batman. It was adding a level of substance to all of the Dark Knight's longtime allies and enemies. The season two finale promised the revelation of the Court of Owls and the introduction of supervillains into Gotham City. Then came season three, which seriously undervalued the power of the Court and pretty much ignored the supervillains in favor of a tedious power struggle between Penguin and the Riddler. This season had some of the coolest ideas in the show so far, as well as some solid villains in Benedict Samuel's Mad Hatter and Michael Chiklis going full dark side as the Executioner. Another thing that bothered me big time this season was the constant repetition of plotlines. Penguin needs to kill some of his enemies for good, as do the rest of Gotham's gangsters. Death in a series means nothing if people keep coming back.
Gotham's third season reintroduced an irritating trend that brought out the worst in season one. For some reason, the writers of this show can't resist making Jim Gordon's love interest a complete and utter psychopath. Near the middle, Dr. Lee Thompkins, a character I happened to like, grew to hate Jim for a really undeserved reason and then went full bad guy on his ass. Not only did this plot thread just seem like yet another storyline to prove the seriousness of the Alice Tetch Virus, this season's McGuffin, but it was entirely out of character and ruined Lee Thompkins for good. Combine that with the supposed real villains of the season, the Court of Owls, and their lack of real power and you've got the worst parts of season three.
Now that we've gotten that nasty business out of the way, there were some big things I liked about this season. The long-awaited return of Cameron Monaghan's Proto-Joker, Jerome Valeska. His character's resurrection paved the way for the future Clown Prince of Crime and his performance was gold. I also liked how this season further explored the mentor and student relationship between Alfred and Bruce Wayne. We get to see how this young damaged teen evolves into the greatest hero Gotham City has ever known. With Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins on track for season four, it's clear that Batman will be appearing sooner than I expected. I just hope that future seasons will strive for a bit more originality and actually have the balls to kill somebody for good. The obvious double-crosses need to stop and somebody needs to emerge as the king of the Gotham criminal underworld. I don't care who it is. I just want that storyline to go away for good.