‘Gotham: Mad City’ Recap Season 3 Episode 1 “Better to Reign in Hell…”


Gotham season three premiered on Monday with the episode “Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell.” In case anyone forgot about the end of last season, Arkham Asylum nearly blew up, and some of Dr. Hugo Strange‘s patients escaped. One of these patients was Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) who now has mind control powers.

At the end of season two, Penguin witnessed Fish Mooney crash a school bus full of Dr. Strange’s patients. Now, he’s is trying to convince the GCPD that Fish is alive and the leader of those who she helped escape. Jim Gordon is now a rogue hunter, trying to bring in all of Hugo’s experiments. Meanwhile, Bruce is attempting to take over Wayne Enterprises.

Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney in Gotham: Mad City

All in all, it was a pretty jam-packed episode, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds. The only thing I’m hoping is that they get rid of Fish Mooney. While I love Jada Pinkett Smith, I’m getting a bit sick of her character. I almost feel as if FOX is just dragging her storyline along unnecessarily so that the show continues to keep its only ethnically diverse character. It’s disheartening, to say the least. Maybe, if we’re lucky, in this season Fish will find the cure for her ability and Gotham: Mad City producers will do something interesting with her character again.

The Bruce look-a-like is an intriguing character. Where did he come from and why does he have Bruce’s memories? Will Selina recognize what’s going on or will this Bruce look-a-like disrupt their relationship even more? I’m hoping he mends their relationship. I love Selina and Bruce’s dynamic and can’t wait to see more of it. They’re both so stubborn and resourceful and could really learn a lot from each other.

I’m eager to see how the show sets up all of the character storylines in relation to the DC Comics, especially Gordon. I can’t wait to see how he ends up as Commissioner. Aside from the Selina and Bruce relationship, it’s probably one of the things I’m looking forward to the most.

Overall, I think Gotham: Mad City has the potential to be amazing. However, at this stage, this season could equally turn out to be one of the best or the worst.

Need a refresher on how Gotham season two shaped up? Check out our look at Bruce’s friends and foes from last season.

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