Gotham 2×6: By Fire

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The two episode arc that served as the origin story for Firefly came to an end this week on Gotham. And while it sealed the dreadful fate of the flamethrower-wielding antagonist, it also changed things for a lot of the main players.

I liked the fact that Gotham decided to gender swap Firefly. It added some much needed female power to the roster of villains. Bridget’s journey into becoming Firefly came across as quite emotional. Being her childhood friend, Selina (Camren Bicondova) played an important role in enabling Bridget to take control of her life. Selina wanted her friend to start anew, far away from her abusive brothers, but things didn’t work out the way the two young girls had hoped.

Seeing Bridget slide down the dark path made me worry for Selina. After being told by Alfred to stay away from Bruce, and having no family or friends, she doesn’t have anyone else to turn to. She even cut off her ties to Gordon (Ben McKenzie) who was unable help Bridget during her apparent death.

I think we’ll get to see Selina acting out on the new emotions she’s experiencing and eventually get into some serious trouble. Catwoman has always been a complicated character, and it’ll be interesting to see Selina become more like her comic book counterpart.

The episode ended with Bridget being sent to Indian Hills, a research facility funded by Wayne Enterprises. A lot of famous Batman villains were hinted at during the scene, such as Killer Croc and Mr. Freeze. I don’t know if these villains will be making an appearance on the show before Baby Bruce (David Mazouz) becomes Batman, but it would be nice to see Gordon dealing with them if they do pop up.

Speaking of Baby Bruce, he seemed smitten by the Galavans, especially Silver St. Cloud. With Theo Galavan planning to kill him, it’s only a matter of time before Baby Bruce gets into trouble and Kitty Selina has to come rescue him. The showdown between Silver St. Cloud and Kitty Selina needs to happen!

vlcsnap-2015-10-28-00h17m14s157Another interesting thing that occurred was how Nygma’s and Ms. Kringle’s relationship came to an end. The story of their relationship had been going on from the beginning of this show and seeing it end in such a manner was a surprise. I half expected Kringle to smile after Nygma revealed he had murdered her boyfriend. I mean, it’s Gotham; don’t blame me if I assume every character has the potential to act crazy mad given the right circumstances. I don’t know how Nygma will cover up killing Ms. Kringle, so I’m looking forward to that. And is it only me, or does no one have an idea regarding how the current Nygma will end up becoming the Riddler?

Also, what started out as an amazing character arc for Barbara seems to now be forgotten by the writers. Why hasn’t she done anything of importance lately? I hated the scene where she stood behind the couch Theo was sitting on as if she was some sort of prize. Please, Gotham writers, don’t forget about Barbara after making her do such awesome stuff during the start of this season.

What did you think of this week’s episode of Gotham? Did you like Bridget’s origin story in By Fire? What will Selina do next? Let us know!

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.



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