Synopsis: Bruce Wayne puts the lives of Gotham Natural History Museum historian Niles Winthrop and his grandson Alex, in danger in an attempt to uncover the meaning behind his prized knife from the auction. Meanwhile, Ra’s Al Ghul proves he’ll take deadly measures to achieve what he wants. Also, with Sofia Falcone in town, she is on a mission to win back Gotham from Penguin.
Review: Bruce calls on the help of the Natural History Museum to find out more about the knife and why Ra’s Al Ghul is so desperately trying to get a hold of it. But when Professor Winthrop and his nephew are just getting to the truth. Ra’s Al Ghul pays them a fatal visit and snaps Winthrop’s neck while trying to find the knife. Having witnessed the murder of his grandfather from a hiding place. Alex manages to slip away with the Knife.
Winthrop’s murder leads James Gordon into opening a murder investigation, which Bruce Wayne offers to help with and reluctantly tells Gordon about the knife and eventually Ra’s Al Ghul. The two race against time to find Alex and the knife and try and get him to a safe place.
Elsewhere Riddler is out for revenge and sends Penguin a riddle in hopes of luring him out. Penguin has other things to be concerned about with the arrival of Sofia Falcone who he fears is out to take back the city under the banner of Falcone. She tries to reassure him, and he initially bites but murders the former Falcone henchmen just in case to make a point.
There’s a lot happening in the episode, which is always the case on Gotham given that we often have three or four overarching storylines happening. The most prominent in this episode is to do with Ra’s Al Ghul and the knife and we get to see a very dangerous villain at work here. Alexander Siddig is absolutely brilliant in the role. You’d be hard-pressed to find another actor that could top what he does. He even outshines Liam Neesam in my opinion.
Just how much Al Ghul has managed to impact on Bruce Wayne is unbelievable and Bruce has a hard lesson to learn in this episode, which basically comes down to learning that even doing the right thing comes with some pretty dire consequences when it comes to the collateral damage.
This has to be the best episode of the season thus far.
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