The Hugo Strange story line came to an abrupt halt on Monday’s season finale of Gotham, but what’s left me the most confused about “Wrath of the Villains: Transference” is the complete 180 of James Gordon. Is one drug-induced therapy session with Professor Strange really all it takes to lift decades of guilt and burden off of Gordon’s shoulders so much so that he shirks his desire for justice and protection of his city in what could be its greatest time of need?
Now I’m not saying he shouldn’t go looking for Lee so that he can live a happy, love-filled life with her. She seems to be a good woman (despite her rather underdeveloped story line this season), and Gordon deserves to be happy (as all heroes should), but I’m torn by the suddenness of this decision. Perhaps that’s because all we really know about Gordon is that he works hard for justice so much so that he sacrifices so many things about his own life to get it. And even then, he fails. A LOT. And if that’s the man we’ve grown accustomed to for the past two seasons, then how could one druggy conversation in which a clear madman pretending God “absolves” all of Gordon’s guilt, really change Gordon’s entire personality?
I’ll be sitting with this story line for quite some time (maybe I’m the only one who’s ridiculous enough to dwell on something others may find totally normal), but for now, there’s more pressing Gotham matters to discuss: Mainly the release of Hugo Strange’s monsters into the city, and the “secret council” whose bad hiring practices inadvertently made this soon-to-be disaster happen.
“Transference” picks up immediately after last week’s events: Gordon has been locked up by Strange and just witnessed Basil, a.k.a. Clayface, take on his appearance. Lucius and Bruce are also taken prisoner by Strange’s lackey, who just so happens to be Edward Nygma. Selina meanwhile has found her way to safety as Firefly’s sidekick, and Fish Mooney is just biding her time, waiting for the opportune moment to use her newfound powers to escape Indian Hill.
Gordon undergoes his drug-filled emotional release with Strange while Nygma forces Lucius and Bruce to play a question-and-answer game based on what they really know about Indian Hill. Get a question wrong, Nygma threatens, and they die by poison gas. (It’s a fun game!) Bruce correctly surmises that Indian Hill is run by Wayne Enterprises, but when Nygma asks them who runs Wayne Enterprises, both captives are at a loss, and it’s lights out. Thankfully for them, they awaken next to a still tied-up and locked-up Gordon, whose truth drug therapy was also a way for Strange to find out how much he knew about who really pulls the strings in Gotham.
NEXT: What is this “secret council”?