Gotham 3×1 Review: Better Reign in Hell

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The premiere of Gotham Season 3 left me wanting a lot more. ‘Better Reign in Hell’ felt like a setup episode rather than an actual premiere.

The episode opened with James Gordon going to meet Lee. He finds her kissing another man and decides to leave. There is a six-month time skip and escaped prisoners from Indian Hill are terrorizing the city.

‘Better Reign in Hell’ did a decent job of showing where familiar characters now stand. However, I felt it could’ve been a lot better. I liked that Gordon decided to become a bounty hunter. I just hope he doesn’t go back to being a cop anytime soon. Gordon’s character never shined while working for the GCPD. I like him when he doesn’t do things by the book.

What I didn’t like about Gordon’s character in the premiere was how unprepared he was. Gordon knows he is up against criminals with superpowers. But he enters every fight alone and without a plan. He needs to start thinking things through.

Gotham Season 3 also introduced reporter Valerie Vale (Jamie Chung). I found her character to be quite interesting and won’t mind seeing more of her. Coming to the rest of the characters, Baby Bruce issued an ultimatum to his company’s board about the Court of Owls. One look at the whole scene and you could tell it wasn’t going to end well for him. Kitty Selina continued working for Fish Mooney. Barbara and Tabitha opened up a new bar. And Penguin was still friends with the Riddler.

However, like I said, as far as the plot of ‘Better Reign in Hell’ was concerned, it came across as a setup for hopefully better things to come. If you ask me, the premiere of Gotham Season 3 could’ve worked better as a finale for Season 2.

What did you think of ‘Better Reign in Hell’? Are you excited about Gotham returning for a third season? Let us know!

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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