In Review: Gotham – The Primal Riddle

Some of Gotham's most unhinged villains band together, while The Riddler continues his conquest of the city.

Synopsis: Some of Gotham’s most unhinged villains band together, while The Riddler continues his conquest of the city.

Review: Power plays seems to be the name of the game in this weeks episode.

While Riddler continues his conquest of the city. Penguin and Ivy have started a recruitment drive by embracing the freakier villains of Gotham.

Riddler’s exploits are not making everyone happy though. Barbara and Tabitha still have it in for him, but at the same time are still using her as a pawn in their game.

Gordon is still seeking answers and all roads lead to the court of owls.

Even the Riddler’s latest plot to get information from the Mayor winds up leading to the court of Owls.

We get very little of Bruce Wayne this week. Most the episode focuses on his Clone who seemingly has a limited time left to live.

This was a fun episode with lots of plot twists.

Cory Michael Smith was excellent as a Riddler who is embracing his new place in Gotham more and more. Even to the point of getting closer to the Riddler that we all know and love from the various animated shows and the comics. 

I also enjoyed Barbara and Tabitha’s roles in this episode. It looks like their friendship could well be on borrowed time as Barbara is becoming more hungry for power. And when she learns that Tabitha pretty much handed Nygma over to Gordon fully gift wrapper for the court of owls. She fully flips.

Maggie Geha is proving to be really good casting as the fully grown Ivy and much like last week. He scenes with Penguin were a great deal of fun to watch. 

The climax of the episode will not shock anyone. It was inevitable for Gordon would join the Owls in order to get to the truth. It was just a matter of how he’d join and who’s get shafted in order for him to do so.

Gordon could be on shaky ground though given that Lesley has figured out his play and has spotted the iffy evidence that Gordon left after shooting his uncle.

The ingredients are in place for what could be a really good season three finale. I only hope that it doesn’t disappoint.


Gotham - The Primal Riddle
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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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