In Review: Gotham – Destiny Calling & Heavy Dirty Soul

Bruce meets Ra's Al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfil his destiny

Synopsis: With the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney, The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra’s Al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfil his destiny, but realises he can’t let go of his past.

Review: The two hour season finale of Gotham came to a close on Tuesday evening and ended at a point where if the show does not get picked up. It will have served its purpose.

The scenes between Alfred and Bruce in these final two episodes were nothing short of brilliant and illustrated how much an important role that Alfred has. Sean Pertwee was fantastic as was David Mazouz as the lost Bruce Wayne.

The final showdown between Bruce and Ra’s Al Ghul was well played out, but seemed to be somewhat more of a tease for things to come. Especially given that by the close of the episode. Bruce had committed his first act as a masked vigilante. Not quite the Batman as yet. But the training that Ra’s Al Ghul’s organisation provided and Alfred’s moral compass are just two important components in what lies ahead for the young Bruce Wayne.

Also good were the lovely Morena Baccarin as the infected Lee Tompkins. I thought she worked out much cooler as a villain than she does as the girlfriend. But have always fancied the vilenesses more than the heroic women anyhow. I’m not sure what that says about me.

Baccarin’s scenes with Ben McKenzie as she tries to convince Jim to give into the virus were fantastic fun to watch.

As always. Gotham would be nothing without its villains. And although the return of Fish Mooney is somewhat short lived. It does give us some nice scenes with Penguin and makes the pay off when he gets his own back on Riddler so much more satisfying.

The girl power dynamic is now changed in Gotham thanks to the fact that Barbara is no more or is she. When Barbara kills Butch. Tabitha snaps and finishes her. Barbara is basically electrocuted, but given how she has defeated death in the past. I’d not put it past the writers to somehow bring her back.

Also we learn that Butch is maybe not quite so dead by the close of the episode. We also learn that he may not be who he has been claiming to be.

By the close of the season. 90% of those that were infected by the Mad Hatter’s virus have been cured.

Tabitha and Selena Kyle have began an interesting adventure. And Penguin and Ivy have plans to open a new night club.

So all is in play for the fourth season and whats more. We’ll likely see some more early Batman stuff develop in the next season. Especially given that we now know that Bruce has made that important step.

Overall. This was a satisfying season finale, but has the show not gotten picked up for a fourth season. It would have made for a satisfactory series finale.

Gotham - Destiny Calling & Heavy Dirty Soul
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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