Gotham Season 3 Episode 15 Review: How the Riddler Got His Name

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It took a while, but on Gotham Season 3 Episode 15 after some disturbing hallucinations and a few GCPD games, Edward Nygma finally figured out his villainous persona. 

The Riddler has finally arrived!

Getting Closer - Gotham Season 3 Episode 15

If you didn't get chills when Nygma put on his hat and walked away from the pier as The Riddler, then you weren't watching the same show I was.

Yes, how he finally got to that point was campy and goofy, but it was still a lot of fun to watch.

It seems that Nygma couldn't handle killing Penguin very well and resorted to hallucinatory drugs which brought a messy Penguin back whenever he needed some guidance.

I loved every minute ghost Penguin was on the screen. He was as honest as Penguin could be mocking Nygma at every opportunity including copying his moves when Nygma was contemplating about the people he killed and making fun of him for being called "The Chess Killer" by the press.

Is Penguin Back? - Gotham Season 3 Episode 15

The most bizarre and perhaps best part of Nygma's hallucination was when Penguin broke out into a song and dance routine. It was definitely unexpected but was a great way to show just how whacked out and broken Nygma had become after killing his best friend.

Nygma was searching for a qualified adversary and finally found one in Lucius Fox. He originally wanted James Gordon, but Gordon was indisposed, so he got Fox which was a lot more fun than Jim would have been. 

Because Jim was gone, Bullock and Fox were working together to solve the mystery of who was killing all the brainiacs in Gotham.

They were the perfect crime-solving duo. Wouldn't it be great if they were partners all the time?

If things turn out the way it looks like it's going to turn out with Jim, Lucius and Bullock just may become permanent partners.

Penguin wanted to play the ultimate game with Lucius and used Bullock as the prize if he won.

It was crazy how frustrated Nygma got when people couldn't answer his riddles, and he was even more so when Foxy couldn't answer the first two of his riddles.

Lucius on the Stairs - Gotham Season 3 Episode 15

It was amazing how Lucius was able to save Bullock from falling to his death. Not only is the man a brainiac, he must be Superman with all that strength.

Fox figured out Nygma killed Penguin, and it was Fox who helped Nygma find his new persona! It was a thrilling moment.

But the thrill of The Riddler may be cut short because guess who is alive and well? That's right. Penguin lives (did anyone really think he'd be gone forever?), and it's all thanks to Poison Ivy.

So now it looks like we're going to have a Penguin and Poison Ivy partnership going up against The Riddler and whoever gets on his side.

It's going to be a lot of fun watching these villains battle each other.

But they all better watch out because the Batman is coming.

Don't Mess with Bruce - Gotham Season 3 Episode 15

Bruce was kidnapped by the Court of Owls and taken to someplace in the Arctic. Or somewhere with mountains and snow.

It was clever how the Court of Owls came up with the plan to get rid of Bruce and replace him with Doppelganger Bruce (I'll be calling him Bruce D from now on.) He's exactly like the real Bruce, but there are nuances that people like Alfred should be able to pick up.

It seemed like Alfred thought Bruce D wasn't Bruce at all when he left the kitchen, but we'll have to wait and see.

It's clear what the Court of Owls plans to do with Bruce based on the previews Gotham has released. They are going to train him to become Gotham's savior. 

So does that mean all the monsters they created were to help with Bruce's training when he finally gets back to Gotham? It makes no sense otherwise.

I'm excited about seeing Bruce finally take a larger step toward his destiny. We already know Ra's al Ghul is coming, and I can't wait to see how Gotham handles that story.

All in Black - Gotham Season 3 Episode 15

Also what will become of Bruce D once he's discovered? How will Alfred handle it? How will Alfred handle the real Bruce once he returns to Gotham? 

How long will Bruce's training take?

The Court of Owls is also courting Jim Gordon which is interesting in itself. I don't know what it's going to mean for Gotham or for Bruce if he takes his uncle up on his offer, but I cant wait to see how it turns out.

Gotham hit it out of the park this hour not only by giving us The Riddler but also by setting up other exciting storylines to take us through the rest of the season.

What did you think of "How the Riddler Got His Name"? Are you excited about the storylines the show has set up for the second half of the season? Which is your favorite?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts!

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How the Riddler Got His Name Review

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