Gotham Season 3 Episode 2 Review: Burn the Witch...

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I'm rather disappointed in Penguin.

I think Professor Strange's experiments affected him a lot more than we thought. As we saw on Gotham Season 3 Episode 2, Penguin had the perfect opportunity to end Fish Mooney, but instead he let her go. 

What exactly is his deal?

Batman Lives - Gotham Season 3 Episode 2

We know Penguin's not 100 percent soft, because he killed the territory boss on Gotham Season 3 Episode 1, so some viciousness still flows through him.

But, we're seeing another side to our favorite villain, and I'm not sure I like it. At least not in the case of Fish. Fish's head was given to him on a platter, and he passed it up. He could've killed Strange too, considering all the stuff he went through at Strange's hands, but it's almost like Penguin has a conscience.

He's thinking before he acts. In some cases, anyway. And they all have to do with women.

Bullock Gets a Facial - Gotham Season 3 Episode 2

Is his mother affecting him somehow? I'm thinking with Fish at least that it must be. Maybe in that moment when Fish gave him her great speech, he thought of his mother and her love and how what Fish said is something his mother might have said.

Maybe he just has a case of sentimentality.

There's no way Penguin has forgotten how mean Fish was to him. But maybe he did? Could Strange's experiments have blocked out some of his memories?

What's going to happen when the people of Gotham find out he let Fish go? He's going to lose all credibility. 

You were my umbrella boy, remember? You rubbed my feet when they were tired. And, now, look at you. The terror of Gotham. Everything I've done in my life, possibly the best thing, was turning Oswald Cobblepot into the Penguin.


I'm also surprised he didn't have Butch with him when he confronted her. Butch is at his side ALL THE TIME! Why wouldn't he have been at his side this time? There was no guarantee that Fish would have gone down without a fight, so it makes no sense that Butch wasn't with him.

Unless Jim told him he had to go alone, but that doesn't make any sense either. It just seems out of character for Penguin to keep letting people go out of some sense of sentimentality or whatever it might be.

Jim and Vale knows what's up and its going to be interesting to see what they do now that they figured out what really happened. Of course, they have no proof, but it was pretty easy to figure it out. Jim can't be too happy about it either, even if the whole reason he did it was to save Harvey.

Speaking of Vale and Jim, I cannot believe they're already a couple after two episodes. That certainly didn't take long, but I guess we needed something to interfere with what could possibly be a Jim and Lee reunion. As I mentioned before, I'm not a Jim and Lee shipper so I hope Lee isn't going to try to get back together with Jim, because he does not deserve her at all.

Lee Returns - Gotham Season 3 Episode 2

Barbara made an appearance this hour, and I liked how uncomfortable Jim was around her. She still seems a little over the top to me, but it was definitely better than last hour. 

It wasn't surprising to see Ivy return. We knew it was coming. What was surprising though was her killing that guy for not taking care of his plants. It's a huge turning point for Ivy and it's going to be interesting to see where it all goes. Selina is definitely going to be surprised at the new Ivy. I think everyone will be.

I was alone. Abandoned. Then something happened. I changed. Grew. I'm different now, inside and out.


I loved Bruce's confrontation with Catherine. Somehow, I really don't get the feeling Bruce or the Court of Owls are going to keep their end of the deal for long. Bruce taking dancing lessons, while cute and on par to where he's headed, isn't going to last long.

The Court of Owls - Gotham Season 3 Episode 2

His mind is going to keep churning, and he's eventually going to back down the road. His curiosity and sense of right and wrong is too strong to just let it all go.

My favorite scene of the hour had to be when Bruce and Alfred confronted the Freaky Bruce. What must be going through their minds? And what does Freaky Bruce want? Why did he feel the need to break through a window at night and not just ring the bell? He seems harmless, but maybe that's not the case at all. After all, he was one of Professor Strange's experiments. 

Whatever is going on, I think Bruce's story going to be the most interesting of the season. And, it's about time.

What did you think of "Burn the Witch..."? Is Penguin getting soft? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Burn the Witch... Review

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Gotham Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

You cannot give someone what they already possess.


Is that why you're here Bruce? To ask questions you already know the anwers to?