On this week's episode of Gotham, Butch tries his best to get in with Theo after losing a hand. Gordon is out looking for one of the firebugs that killed an officer. The ex-firebug he finds is no help, and Gordon roughs him up, even though the officers he's with say they have to report him. Selina and the Firefly are teamed up and find themselves at a place that sells women. Selina and Firebug break in and demand everyone's money. It's a robbery!
Alfred teaches Bruce some fighting moves, but Bruce gets a one up on him by biting him. Edward overhears a conversation between Ms. Kringle and Leslie. He swoops in to offer to take her out to dinner. Bullock questions Ivy in order to get some information.
Selina and Firefly are about to part ways, but some men in a van kidnap Firefly and leave Selina. Luckily, Selina has a stash of guns which she goes to grab before going to save her. Gordon busts in and is met with Selina pointing a shotgun at him. Gordon wants to find Firefly and needs answers from Selina. She reveals that it was Bridget's brothers that took her and made her do everything.
Penguin meets with Butch and reiterates the play for Butch to get in with Theo in order to find Penguin's mother. Meanwhile, Firefly burns her brothers to death. Bullock and Gordon investigate the scene and find the bodies. They want to find out who hired them to burn down Wayne Enterprises buildings. Butch thinks he's in with Theo, but Theo is smarter than that, his sister comes in and possibly kills him?
Selina finds Bridget and Bridget has an immense amount of confidence. Selina wants her to slow down and keep in mind there are people that want her dead. Selina calls Gordon to let him know Firefly will be at the auction house. Bridget burns some of the bad guys down there and GCPD is there to stop her. Gordon tries to talk to her and a cop takes a shot, hitting her tank, which starts to leak. She starts shooting again and catches fire.
Bruce and Theo have a conversation in front of a nice fire. Theo wants to talk about an executive at Wayne Enterprises that went missing. Selina shows up at Gordon's place. She asks about Bridget and Gordon has to break the bad news to her.
Edward and Kristen share some coffee after a night of making whoopie. Kristen says she's scared of her ex-boyfriend and Edward admits he killed him. Kristen is freaked out and Edward gets real creepy with her. He accidentally kills her while talking to her, by covering her mouth so she couldn't breathe.
Turns out Firefly isn't dead and she's been sent somewhere in secret to be tested on, Indian Hill.
The conclusion of this two-part story provides a lot of thrills and excitement as Bridget frees herself from her brothers and makes her own decisions without fear. What's great about Bridget/Firefly is that the outfit is practical and looks pretty cool. The original purple costume wouldn't work her and the updated costume in the comics is really cool, but flying is a bit too much for the television show, especially when the character is already holding a flamethrower. The gray outfit with the backpack doesn't look like it gets in the way much and again, that outfit just looks cool.
The Edward Nygma story was a whole lot of uninteresting set-up to one huge payoff. It's nice to see him and Kringle finally together, but that story felt like a bit of a distraction from everything else going on. However, again, that ending was pretty fantastic and it makes me wonder where Edward is going to go from here. Is this what pushes him completely over the edge? He's now killed two people, one on purpose and one completely on accident, the woman he loves.
This story and this episode finally made Selina a real stand-out character. She's always felt like a pawn in someone else's game. Even in the opening episodes of the season, she felt like a character secluded to the background. The relationship between Selina and Bridget worked extremely well during this episode and it was cool to see them work together in order to rob the other criminals. I'm really hoping they keep her involved in some of the other stories, but more as a leader rather than a follower.
At times, the episode does feel a bit all over the place with too many players to keep track of, all working on their own stories. That was certainly the case in this episode, between Butch and Penguin, Theo and Bruce, Selina and Bridget, Edward and Kringle, and Gordon and the GCPD. The episode didn't have as good as a flow as episodes before it and just felt jumpy.
This is all really building to a war between Theo and Penguin, as Theo has Penguin's mother held captive. We saw a build like this in the first season, between the two crime lords of Gotham, but this one is a bit different since Penguin is in the shadow, running the crime syndicate while Theo is out running to be mayor and gaining the public's trust. It's interesting and while it really treads on some familiar territory, it's something fans want to see, since Penguin spent so much time building himself up. We don't want to see him fall.
Overall, "By Fire" was a solid episode and this two-part story was pretty good. If anything, the story did a great job at really establishing Selina as someone that shouldn't be taken lightly, even though there's still a "good" side buried in there. She's a survivor and willing to help those that need to be helped. And she's willing to rob the heck out of some people. Firefly looked great and this villain of the week (for two weeks) worked. Season two continues to be a big step up from the first.
Questions of the Week:
- The GCPD goes to stop Firefly and no one brings a fire extinguisher to put her out?
- Where did Poison Ivy go after being questioned by Bullock?
- Any final words for Butch?