‘Gotham’ Recap: A Legion of Horribles

'Gotham' Recap- A Legion of Horribles

Last night’s Gotham episode, “A Legion of Horribles,” opens with Firefly trying to kill Selina as Strange watches. But Selina is good, evading the fire as she races around the room. Firefly seems a little confused, insisting that Selina should be honored to become a sacrifice to the goddess of fire.

Meanwhile, Bullock tells the press how Azrael died, although he attributes the explosion to “unknown persons.” He also refuses to go after Strange, telling Jim that they can’t actually charge Strange with anything. He has to be concerned about this now that he’s the Acting Captain of the Gotham City Police Department.

So Jim decides to go on his own. But he’s interrupted by a horrified Bruce. Selina didn’t show up for their roof meeting, which means Strange has her.

The professor in question “reanimates” another person who doesn’t remember anything about himself – although he can stretch his skin like a rubber band. Strange is thrilled. The octopod DNA provided the effect he was looking for AND he gets to give his personas to his subjects that he can design and control. But Peabody isn’t so pleased. This is the 7th person Strange has woken up who has no memory, and she’s worried about their employers. Indeed, a woman in an owl mask somewhere tells her friends that Strange is losing control and they need to “gather the court.”

At Wayne Manor, Alfred is furious that Bruce involved Selina against his express wishes. Bruce wants to make it right, so the group devises a plan to get everybody in and save her. They know Strange’s mystery lab has to be at Arkham since he spends all his time there. Wayne Enterprises gives Arkham a quarter of its operating budget. So Bruce will ask for a tour of the asylum, and bring along Lucius Fox sand his pocket Geiger counter. Strange is likely using plutonium isotopes in his lab, so Lucius will figure out where it is by detecting radiation levels. Lucius will sneak Jim in. Alfred is stuck behind at Wayne Manor because he injured his leg in last week’s episode.

At Indian Hill, Strange uses a higher voltage amount than normal to reanimate Fish Mooney after combining her DNA with cuttlefish DNA. And when she wakes up, Mooney remembers her name and her past! Strange is thrilled that he’s performed the “first true reanimation,” although he doesn’t know exactly what allowed Mooney to retain her memories. He also agrees to let Nygma have a go at stopping Jim Gordon. After all, Nygma knows the man best.

Before Bruce leaves Wayne Manor, Alfred pulls him aside for a chat. Alfred says he’ll call Bullock unless he hears from him in an hour. He also chooses to let Bruce go with his blessing, since that’s what Thomas Wayne would have done. Alfred seems very proud of Bruce for taking responsibility for his actions and fighting for what he believes in.

So the trio head to Arkham Asylum, where Lucius is given a tour while Bruce meets with an eager Strange. Lucius snuck Jim in via the trunk of his car (so original), and he’ll tag any place with high radiation for Jim to find. Once Jim finds it, he’ll call in Bullock. Jim sneaks into Arkham dressed as a prison guard. Lucius soon finds the location and tags it, lying to Peabody that his Geiger counter actually measures air quality.

Bruce speaks with Strange, who strangely misses Thomas Wayne and thus likes Bruce. Strange insists that Thomas’ “actions fired the bullet that killed him and [Martha].” He talks about how science and moral absolutes don’t get along well, and says that he begged Thomas to listen but he didn’t, and that’s why Thomas died. Strange doesn’t want Bruce making the same mistake his father did. Bruce takes this as a confession, and admits that while he would do anything to have his parents back, “[His] father fought and died for what he believed was right, and if necessary, so will [he].”

So Strange is forced to capture Lucius, Bruce and Jim, whose terrible disguise clearly didn’t fool anybody. But he’s reluctant to kill them, and he’s discussing this with Peabody when the owl woman appears on the screen. She apparently wants to achieve immortality and is prepared to shut Indian Hill down until Strange reveals that he actually reanimated someone. So the woman tells Strange to find out what Bruce and his companions know, move everything to the upstate facility, then blow up and destroy Indian Hill.

Meanwhile, Selina learns that Firefly is immune to fire and thinks she’s the goddess of fire because that’s what Strange told her. Selina tries to remind Firefly that she’s actually Bridgit. Firefly remembers killing her brothers but not Selina..so Selina tries another tactic. She tells Firefly that all goddesses have servants and tells Firefly that she will become Firefly’s. Firefly agrees.

We also learn about some of Mooney’s new powers. She touches a guard’s hand and demands a grilled cheese sandwich, and he shows up later with one. But it seems she can only control people when she touches them, and she remains stuck in her prison cell.

Alfred rushes to Bullock and convinces him to send a strike force to GCPD when he doesn’t hear from Bruce. Meanwhile, Lucius and Bruce are tossed into the same cell. Bruce is sorry he got Lucius and others into this mess. Lucius reminds Bruce that he didn’t force anybody; everybody had a choice. But their sweet moment is interrupted by Nygma’s voice coming in over the loudspeakers. Nygma says they have five minutes to reveal what they know about Strange’s project and who else they told it to. Otherwise, he’ll release poison gas and they’ll die.

And finally, Strange straps Jim into a chair. Before putting some kind of device onto his head, Strange insists he’s pushing the boundaries of evolution and his ways are the future. After taking the device off, Strange shows Jim exactly what his new creation Basil (Brian McManamon) can do. When Basil is put into the same device, he comes out looking exactly like Jim. He learns to imitate Jim’s voice after Jim says just a few words. The only difference? Basil is bald, so he has to wear a wig to look exactly like Jim…but otherwise, the two are identical.

All in all, “A Legion of Horribles” felt like a long buildup to next week’s finale. Still, it did raise some fascinating points! First off, the woman in the owl mask is clearly a member of the Court of Owls. In the comics, this group has been running events behind-the-scenes in Gotham for decades, and in the TV show they’ve been running Indian Hill this whole time. What will this mean for Strange and Bruce? And secondly, I LOVE that Mooney is back – she was an excellent villain and I was sorry to see her go. I’m eager to see how she uses her newfound mind control to her advantage. With Mooney, you know it’s going to be good.

Luckily, there were some points that I really enjoyed about last night’s episode itself. Mainly, I loved how Selina dealt with Firefly! Selina using Strange’s tactics to her own advantage was brilliant and cunning, and exactly why I want to see more of Selina next season. And finally, I liked the moment where Alfred basically acknowledged that Bruce is no longer a child but a young man. I mean, Alfred’s been treating Bruce like an adult this whole time, so it was sweet of him to finally acknowledge it. That said, how old IS Bruce? I have never figured it out and I’m still not sure sending him off to fight dangerous criminals is a good idea. He’s not Batman yet!

Then again, next week is the season finale. Maybe he’ll start getting some Batman training next season?

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image via Fox

Last night’s Gotham episode, “A Legion of Horribles,” opens with Firefly trying to kill Selina as Strange watches. But Selina is good, evading the fire as she races around the room. Firefly seems a little confused, insisting that Selina should be honored to become a sacrifice to the goddess of fire.

Meanwhile, Bullock tells the press how Azrael died, although he attributes the explosion to “unknown persons.” He also refuses to go after Strange, telling Jim that they can’t actually charge Strange with anything. He has to be concerned about this now that he’s the Acting Captain of the Gotham City Police Department.

So Jim decides to go on his own. But he’s interrupted by a horrified Bruce. Selina didn’t show up for their roof meeting, which means Strange has her.

The professor in question “reanimates” another person who doesn’t remember anything about himself – although he can stretch his skin like a rubber band. Strange is thrilled. The octopod DNA provided the effect he was looking for AND he gets to give his personas to his subjects that he can design and control. But Peabody isn’t so pleased. This is the 7th person Strange has woken up who has no memory, and she’s worried about their employers. Indeed, a woman in an owl mask somewhere tells her friends that Strange is losing control and they need to “gather the court.”

At Wayne Manor, Alfred is furious that Bruce involved Selina against his express wishes. Bruce wants to make it right, so the group devises a plan to get everybody in and save her. They know Strange’s mystery lab has to be at Arkham since he spends all his time there. Wayne Enterprises gives Arkham a quarter of its operating budget. So Bruce will ask for a tour of the asylum, and bring along Lucius Fox sand his pocket Geiger counter. Strange is likely using plutonium isotopes in his lab, so Lucius will figure out where it is by detecting radiation levels. Lucius will sneak Jim in. Alfred is stuck behind at Wayne Manor because he injured his leg in last week’s episode.

At Indian Hill, Strange uses a higher voltage amount than normal to reanimate Fish Mooney after combining her DNA with cuttlefish DNA. And when she wakes up, Mooney remembers her name and her past! Strange is thrilled that he’s performed the “first true reanimation,” although he doesn’t know exactly what allowed Mooney to retain her memories. He also agrees to let Nygma have a go at stopping Jim Gordon. After all, Nygma knows the man best.

Before Bruce leaves Wayne Manor, Alfred pulls him aside for a chat. Alfred says he’ll call Bullock unless he hears from him in an hour. He also chooses to let Bruce go with his blessing, since that’s what Thomas Wayne would have done. Alfred seems very proud of Bruce for taking responsibility for his actions and fighting for what he believes in.

So the trio head to Arkham Asylum, where Lucius is given a tour while Bruce meets with an eager Strange. Lucius snuck Jim in via the trunk of his car (so original), and he’ll tag any place with high radiation for Jim to find. Once Jim finds it, he’ll call in Bullock. Jim sneaks into Arkham dressed as a prison guard. Lucius soon finds the location and tags it, lying to Peabody that his Geiger counter actually measures air quality.

Bruce speaks with Strange, who strangely misses Thomas Wayne and thus likes Bruce. Strange insists that Thomas’ “actions fired the bullet that killed him and [Martha].” He talks about how science and moral absolutes don’t get along well, and says that he begged Thomas to listen but he didn’t, and that’s why Thomas died. Strange doesn’t want Bruce making the same mistake his father did. Bruce takes this as a confession, and admits that while he would do anything to have his parents back, “[His] father fought and died for what he believed was right, and if necessary, so will [he].”

So Strange is forced to capture Lucius, Bruce and Jim, whose terrible disguise clearly didn’t fool anybody. But he’s reluctant to kill them, and he’s discussing this with Peabody when the owl woman appears on the screen. She apparently wants to achieve immortality and is prepared to shut Indian Hill down until Strange reveals that he actually reanimated someone. So the woman tells Strange to find out what Bruce and his companions know, move everything to the upstate facility, then blow up and destroy Indian Hill.

Meanwhile, Selina learns that Firefly is immune to fire and thinks she’s the goddess of fire because that’s what Strange told her. Selina tries to remind Firefly that she’s actually Bridgit. Firefly remembers killing her brothers but not Selina..so Selina tries another tactic. She tells Firefly that all goddesses have servants and tells Firefly that she will become Firefly’s. Firefly agrees.

We also learn about some of Mooney’s new powers. She touches a guard’s hand and demands a grilled cheese sandwich, and he shows up later with one. But it seems she can only control people when she touches them, and she remains stuck in her prison cell.

Alfred rushes to Bullock and convinces him to send a strike force to GCPD when he doesn’t hear from Bruce. Meanwhile, Lucius and Bruce are tossed into the same cell. Bruce is sorry he got Lucius and others into this mess. Lucius reminds Bruce that he didn’t force anybody; everybody had a choice. But their sweet moment is interrupted by Nygma’s voice coming in over the loudspeakers. Nygma says they have five minutes to reveal what they know about Strange’s project and who else they told it to. Otherwise, he’ll release poison gas and they’ll die.

And finally, Strange straps Jim into a chair. Before putting some kind of device onto his head, Strange insists he’s pushing the boundaries of evolution and his ways are the future. After taking the device off, Strange shows Jim exactly what his new creation Basil (Brian McManamon) can do. When Basil is put into the same device, he comes out looking exactly like Jim. He learns to imitate Jim’s voice after Jim says just a few words. The only difference? Basil is bald, so he has to wear a wig to look exactly like Jim…but otherwise, the two are identical.

All in all, “A Legion of Horribles” felt like a long buildup to next week’s finale. Still, it did raise some fascinating points! First off, the woman in the owl mask is clearly a member of the Court of Owls. In the comics, this group has been running events behind-the-scenes in Gotham for decades, and in the TV show they’ve been running Indian Hill this whole time. What will this mean for Strange and Bruce? And secondly, I LOVE that Mooney is back – she was an excellent villain and I was sorry to see her go. I’m eager to see how she uses her newfound mind control to her advantage. With Mooney, you know it’s going to be good.

Luckily, there were some points that I really enjoyed about last night’s episode itself. Mainly, I loved how Selina dealt with Firefly! Selina using Strange’s tactics to her own advantage was brilliant and cunning, and exactly why I want to see more of Selina next season. And finally, I liked the moment where Alfred basically acknowledged that Bruce is no longer a child but a young man. I mean, Alfred’s been treating Bruce like an adult this whole time, so it was sweet of him to finally acknowledge it. That said, how old IS Bruce? I have never figured it out and I’m still not sure sending him off to fight dangerous criminals is a good idea. He’s not Batman yet!

Then again, next week is the season finale. Maybe he’ll start getting some Batman training next season?

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image via Fox

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