Gotham Season 4 Episode 13 Review: A Beautiful Darkness

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After weeks of hype, Jerome made his return, but for this viewer, it didn't quite live up to the hype.

Out of everything that happened on Gotham Season 4 Episode 13, Jerome and Penguin's story was the most boring -- and aggravating. 

How many times are we going to have to watch Penguin try to reinvent himself? Why can't he just be his evil self without having to be picked up by some other psychopath?

Jerome is in Charge - Gotham Season 4 Episode 13

And while I love Jerome's character, Cameron Monaghan must've been doing a deep Heath Ledger study because that's all I kept thinking of every time he opened his mouth. Sorry, buddy, you did much better when you were part of the Maniax.

Now there was a Jerome I could get behind!

The good thing is we only had to deal with Jerome in small doses. Most of the hour focused on Ivy and Bruce and were a lot more fun!

Ivy is continuing her evil ways but would we expect anything less? I loved everything having to do with Lucius under Ivy's spell. He is so special. And adorable. Wouldn't it be great if he had his own spinoff? I'd totally be on board with that.

I'm still not sure exactly why Ivy wants to kill everyone in Gotham. They aren't all plant killers. How does she find these people anyway? Do the plants talk to her? I don't fully understand what's happening with her, but it doesn't matter.

She's sexy as hell, and I already have a girl crush on her, so the more we see Ivy, the better. Sorry, Babs. 

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I have to admit that it's too bad things didn't work out between her and the Sirens. She would have fit in with them quite nicely. And I'll always be behind the women taking over Gotham. They'd do such a better job. They're definitely a hell of a lot more exciting than any of the men.

It was interesting to learn that Wayne Enterprises was researching Lazarus juice. There must be plans underfoot for something deeper. Bruce had to have shared that the juice can bring people back to life.

Ivy Searches For a Secret Project - Gotham

Or maybe he didn't. I'd be curious to learn if researchers found any side effects from using the liquid from the Lazarus Pit. I'm always going to wonder if Alfred will develop some sort of after effect from being revived by the pit. I imagine that something is going to develop at some point, and it's not going to be good.

Gotham always borders on the bizarre, but it went way off the deep end this installment, and it was the greatest thing ever! I loved every minute of Bruce's Poison Ivy-induced hallucination.

Bruce might have failed in his attempt to become Batman before, but this time around Batman found him. I hope this means the bratty Bruce we've been tortured with the past few episodes will finally go away.

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I hate every bit of him. He's rude, arrogant and a complete dick. I get that's how the character was supposed to be so kudos to David Mazouz for pulling that off, but I'm ready for it to be over. Aren't you?

It's too bad we'll never be able to revisit that costume party he went to. Did anybody catch Jim's mustache? Was that a little nod to the future Commissioner Gordon? Did you notice Barbara was at his side instead of Lee? 

Costume Ball - Gotham Season 4 Episode 13

Does this mean they might get back together, or am I reading too much into it! I love them together!

And what was the deal with Bullock and the rooster? The only connection I can make has to do with Carmine Falcone, but I'm not sure if that was the intention. Help me out here, people!

But the absolute best part was Alfred being James Bond and coming through the window to save Bruce and take him to his true destiny. That particular Alfred was a hell of a lot more interesting than the Alfred from Gotham Season 4 Episode 12. At least I thought so!

It won't be long before those two are back in good graces. From the preview, it looks like it's going to take some time for that to happen, but Bruce cannot be Batman without Alfred. That's just the way it is.

So, over to you guys!

What did you think of a "Beautiful Darkness"? Were you glad to see Jerome again?

How do you feel about the new Ivy? Will Sofia team up with Lee?

Will we finally see Bruce become Batman?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts!

If you need to catch up, you can watch Gotham online right here via TV Fanatic!

A Beautiful Darkness Review

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Gotham Season 4 Episode 13 Quotes

Jim: I'm looking for Selina.
Babs: Haven't seen her. She's more of an alley cat than a house cat.

Ivy: I'm here to speak to those who can't speak for themselves, Bruce. I'm here to speak for the plants.
Bruce: Okay. My head hurts. Please get out.