The addition of Valerie Vale shows that she is the audience viewpoint and we’re seeing this through her eyes. It feels like she is the main protagonist instead of Jim Gordon, who is continuing to take a dark path as a bounty hunter. His relationship with Gotham City Police is very rocky as no one is interested in dealing with him, especially Barnes.
Meanwhile we have Fish Mooney kidnapping Harvey Bullock, who lost his police badge likely on purpose so that the police can follow his trail. Whatever chemistry was once there between Bullock and Mooney seems to be gone.
Bruce Wayne is showing hints of his future as Batman when he deals with a masked person about striking an agreement while Poison Ivy has aged as she emerged from the waters as a little bit grown from the last time we saw her.
The episode title really refers to Penguin gathering others to go after Fish Mooney like a witch hunter going after a witch. Like the premiere, so much is crammed in this episode. An okay episode at best.
Last season ended with Ezra with a Sith Holocron, Kanan Jarrus blind, and Ahsoka Tano missing but alive. The premiere is set some few months later where Ezra has a buzzcut while his skills are improving, but they are from the Sith holocron as this concerns Kanan that created tension between them. Speaking of Kanan, he is meditating in the rebel base to get used to being blind while he senses the presence of a Force wielder named Bendu who is neither Jedi or Sith. The Bendu has some kind of an agenda that’s unknown to us.
We see Ezra leading the team of Zeb, Sabine, Rex, and Chopper in freeing Ezra’s old friend Hondo who was kept prisoner by the Imperials. From there Hondo accompanies the Rebels in freeing several ships while Hondo himself steals one and leaves with the Ugnaughts who are from the Old Republic MMO game. All the while Ezra is displaying dark traits that caused things to go wrong for himself.
Kanan learns how to see from within and through the Force as he uses the native spiders as an example. We see how his blindness looks after fighting Darth Maul last season. Kanan and Hera didn’t get involved until the climax as we see how important they are to the team.
We are introduced to Grand Admiral Thrawn from the novels as he has a calculated plan against the Rebels that distinguishes him from the Sith Inquisitors from the last two seasons. This is better than last season, except for Siege of Lothal. It’s like they went back to basics on what made the show great in the first place. I have a feeling I am going to like the third season better than the last one.
Great start to the third season overall.
Gotham returns for the third season premiere where Jim Gordon works as a bounty hunter operating outside the law and this puts him at odds with the Gotham City police, particularly Harvey Bullock and Barnes as well as Lucius Fox, who works as a scientist for Wayne Enterprises. Bullock and Fox are there to put Gordon on the path of straight and arrow. The latest bounty is the Penguin offering Gordon to go after Fish Mooney while the end sees Bruce Wayne being kidnapped by the Court of Owls. Bringing back Fish Mooney feels like regression as she was one of the reasons why Gotham is not getting the ratings it should. An okay start to the third season, but needs a big event to jump start the whole thing in a big way.
While today is my dad’s birthday, it’s also the birthday of Batman Adam West who turns 88. We look forward to your upcoming animated movie Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders later this year.
Comedian film and TV actor Gene Wilder has passed away at the age of 83 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has starred in many films, including Willy Wonka, Young Frankenstein, Bonnie and Clyde, See No Evil Hear No Evil, Woman In Red, and Haunted Honeymoon among other films. Wilder has worked with many great actors including Richard Pryor, Sidney Poitier, Warren Beatty, and Mel Brooks. He will be missed by all worldwide.
Wrestling manager Mr. Fuji passed away at the age of 82. He was born Harry Fujiwara and was a Japanese-American born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He started out as a Japanese heel wrestler and part of a tag team before becoming a wrestling manager thus managing the likes of Don Muraco, Demolition, Powers of Pain, and Yokozuna. Through Yokozuna, he was able to do what other wrestling managers failed to do – ending Hulkamania in 1993 when Yokozuna defeated Hulk Hogan for the World title in the first King of the Ring and it was Hogan’s last match for WWE at the time before returning in 2002. Mr. Fuji was known to pull many ribs behind the scenes and is well-liked among the wrestlers. He sued the video game called WCW Vs. NWO World Tour when one of the characters resembled him. After retiring from wrestling, he ran a couple of wrestling schools in Tennessee. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Don Muraco. Mr. Fuji’s legacy is cemented in pro wrestling and he will be missed by all.
The end of last episode led us to believe that a certain Decepticon leader would make his appearance in this episode and we were proven right. Here we see Megatron taking on three of the Constructicons for his training in the ruins on Earth. Optimus Prime and Windblade go to Megatron to seek his help while Megatron wants to go at it with Prime one more time, but even Windblade got involved. The flashbacks showed the difference between the leaders of both Autobots and Decepticons respectively. There were great character moments, especially between Optimus Prime and Windblade. The series gets better and better with each succeeding episode. I think this is going to lead into Optimus Prime/ Megatron/ Windblade Vs. Rodimus Prime/ Starscream/ Mistress of Flames, along with the Combiners. Great episode overall.