Gotham Season 3 Episode 4: New Day Rising

Gotham Season 3 Episode 4:  New Day Rising

Gotham Season 3 Episode 4: New Day Rising

0 comments 📅14 October 2016, 13:21

Last week we left on a bit of a cliffhanger (or roof hanger if you’re Jim Gordon). We saw Jim rescued from the clutches of the Mad Hatter, Penguin running for mayor and getting his man crush, Nygma, out of Arkham and all sorts of craziness on the Bruce Wayne & Bruce Wayne Doppleganger front. This episode wraps up a lot of those things quite nicely while expanding on some other things that look like they’ll continue to unfold as the season goes on.  I tried to make this article non spoilery but I horribly failed. I am sorry, but you have been warned.


GOTHAM: Ben McKenzie in the“Mad City: New Day Rising” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Oct. 10 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX.

GOTHAM: Ben McKenzie in the“Mad City: New Day Rising” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Oct. 10 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX.

Pretty early on we get to see Mad Hatter’s true colors. You REALLY get a feel for just how crazy and even disturbed he is. He smashes a guy’s head with a carnival game mallet, and you get a bit more background on him and Alcie. While it’s not really explained Alice hints at him having some incestuous obsession with her, super creepy. The thing is that’s how he’s supposed to be; and that was the only issue I had with him last episode, not disturbed enough, and that’s definitely changed.


My second favorite thing about this episode, is you get to see the dark places in Jim Gordon’s mind. While we’ve been seeing that dark place for quite some time, you get to explore just how it is. We see him continuously try to kill himself while under Mad Hatter’s control. In case you don’t remember from last episode he can only make people do things that they already have an inclination towards.

Keeping that in mind the fact that he was convinced to kill himself at all already tells plenty about Gordon’s mental and emotional state. Then it gets even darker when the trance doesn’t wear off.  When Gordon speaks to Alice later in the episode she tells him it should have already worn off. That’s why it’s so much darker, she says her brother “must have really tapped into something”. Does this mean Jim is worse off than we thought? In the end it all works itself out, more on how later.


Pennygma?  Riddleguin?  Osward? I don’t know what to call them honestly but their relationship is quite possibly my favorite part of the show. Things get a little rocky for the supervillain duo in this episode. What with Ed trying to show Oswald that he can win the election without dirty tricks. Penguin deciding he needs to play dirty and if Ed doesn’t agree maybe he doesn’t love him. Well he says friendship but his eyes screamed something different, sorry, I just really ship them. We’ll wrap up the resolution later on, for now let’s get to the future caped crusader and his clone.


Last episode we saw Bruceygangger run off in the Rolls Royce to meet Cat. This after cutting his hair to impersonate Bruce. Yes i’m going to call him Bruceygangger because his oficial name is stranger, and that’s just lame. Anyways they really made it seem like his intentions were something evil, luckily that was just a knuckleball.  We get to see more of Bruceygangger’s bad ass combat skills and his strange interaction with Cat. She has apparently decided he’s a better Bruce than Bruce.  Both the writer’s and David Mazouz did a great job making the Bruceygangger seem like a completely different person. He comes off as a damaged kid who knows nothing but loneliness. In the end he leaves Bruce and Alfred after they’ve found him, but not before rubbing the kiss he shared with Selina in Bruce’s face.


While Gotham has had a bit of a problem keeping casual fans interested this episode did a good job of balancing being entertaining, wrapping up last episode’s arc and leaving us all with some questions about what’s going to happen next. This next bit is the super spoilery bit so beware, you have been warned:

The Super Spoilery Spoilerness

In the end Gordon and Lee both move on after talking it out; which is exactly what helps him manage to break free of gotham_304_006Mad Hatter’s mind control at the very last second.  Alice is about to be saved by Gordon when she manages to run away from her brother and get herself killed in the process, pretty anticlimactic.  We get to see some more of Harvey’s awesomeness and Alfred’s badassery not to mention his sass. Penguin finally understands that Nygma was trying to tell him that he, and essentially the entire city, loved him all along and he didn’t need to play dirty to win over people’s hearts.

Bruce is pretty annoyed by Bruceygangger’s kissing his girl, but then he goes all billionaire playboy on us and says “I bet she thought it was me.” The most interesting part of the ending was definitely Bruceygangger getting picked up by the court of owls. As many of us already know Bruce Wayne’s brother, Thomas Wayne Jr, ends up being Owlman in the New 52 continuity, and this really seems like it might be what leads Bruceygangger to take on the name of Thomas Wayne Jr and eventually pick up the mantle of Owlman.


Regardless of if some of the speculations I have made are true or not this season of Gotham is really shaping up to be a good one. In case you didn’t notice I’m not Luke, however I shall be covering Gotham from now on, this just happened which is why it took so long to get the article up. I promise they’ll be up sooner in the future.

Joe Rodriguez
Joe Rodriguez

Just your average nerd. Big on comic books, movies, videogames and TV shows.

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