By: Darryl Frisbie
The song, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”, sung by Johnny Cash, was the perfect intro to what would foreshadow this episode. I loved it! Each character is getting revenge or retribution for something; Jim Gordon is fighting to be a detective, Penguin schemes his way to the top, the Electrocutioner hunts down his fellow bank robbers, and Falcone brings hell upon Fish Mooney.
The common thread between all of them is their obsession with ambition and power. I wonder if Jim Gordon’s fight for justice will corrupt a part of him. We know that he has already made compromises like letting Penguin live under the threat of Falcone. There was an anger driving him to get back on the force and he did not shy away from letting the Commissioner know his place in it. The Electrocutioner is merely a shadow of those who manipulate and conspire from a place of madness. Jack Gruber targets Maroni and what is Gordon’s plan? Instead of letting Maroni get eaten by the sharks he uses him as bait to draw out Jack the Electrocutioner. He knows Maroni is corrupt but he sees Jack as more of a threat. He holds Maroni in custody at the Police Station where he puts everyone else at risk. This will not be the last time Jim Gordon will gamble to bring down the bad guys.
Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Jim Gordon must be careful he does not lose himself just to bring down one man. He eventually does lure The Electrocutioner to the station where he stuns everyone except him. The Electrocutioner is thwarted by a cup of water which I could not help but laugh at. He was more of a threat with Aaron, his bodyguard, but Jim takes him down.
The other suspenseful plot was seeing Liza, Falcone’s maid, be captured by Fish Mooney. Falcone is wise to Mooney’s plan and knows she is the one holding her for ransom. She threatens to kill Liz if he doesn’t leave town and take her with him. He almost falls for Mooney’s threats until Penguin warns him that she is bluffing and Liza is working for her. It is tragic because we know that Falcone cares for Liza deeply but he trusts Penguin’s suspicions instead. When he finally confronts Fish, he strangles Liza without shedding a tear and kills her. It’s quite disturbing to see Falcone be so cold. I thought he had a shred of humanity but he lost whatever good he possessed a long time ago. As for Liza ,I feel like she was in over her head to begin with. She beat a girl to the pulp to get a position at Mooney’s club and she fell further by betraying Falcone’s trust. But with that said; I feel like she was innocent and naïve to her circumstances. She let others manipulate her and it cost her, her life.
On the lighter side of things, Edward gave Kringle a cupcake with a bullet on it? I hope this season Edward Nygma will have a couple of episodes where he can play an intricate part to the story. He’s brilliant, smart, and incredibly awkward. I’ve said it before but it will be sad to see him become a villain.
Overall Grade: 10/10