5/10 I’ve realized as I’ve watched “Gotham” that seasons having 22 episodes are much harder to review than the current streaming standard of eight to ten episodes, especially when watching seasons back to back. Seasons flow together and due to their length, it can be hard to remember how the season began without looking up information on each episode. That being said, “Gotham” season three has an extremely rocky start and the end of the season isn’t much better. While certain aspects continue to work, this is probably the weakest season overall and a small step down from season two. A big problem with this season is how many moments are either unrealistic, convenient (someone showing up at the exact right moment in this giant, crowded city) or downright silly. After Jim Gordon has to kill someone important to another character, he remains silent instead of explaining why he had to do what he had just done. This is done to create tension between him and another character instead of what common sense would bring about, which is just him explaining himself. Another big problem this season involves death. While some characters died and were brought back to life in previous seasons (I obviously won’t say which ones to avoid spoilers), the gimmick is not only getting old and repetitive but also lowers the stakes since we can now assume that anyone and everyone who dies will somehow magically be brought back. When it happened earlier in the show and was explained, I didn’t love it but could swallow that pill. Now that the same pill has been shoved down my throat for a third season in a row, I’m frankly getting sick of it. Wayne Manor and the Gotham City Police Department headquarters also have some of the worst security I’ve ever seen. A PD with budget cuts I can maybe understand but billionaire Bruce Wayne having garbage security where anyone can just waltz in is pretty embarrassing. Despite a lot of these problems, there are still likeable aspects to be found, some of which have stayed consistent throughout each season. A lot of the relationship dynamics work well (minus one). The partnership between Gordon and Harvey Bullock evolving into a friendship and their back and forth banter is a joy to watch, especially compared to how their relationship started in the opening season. Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth have a great father/son relationship with both becoming pretty badass. Even The Penguin and The Riddler have a satisfying rivalry this season. The only relationship that felt off (besides Selina Kyle becoming increasingly annoying) was Poison Ivy teaming up with another villain, which she had zero character motivation to do. Her loyalty to the other villain felt completely unjustified. Overall the relationships are strong and the overarching plot this season dealing with a secret court controlling Gotham, as well as a deadly virus (too soon!), were solid plots to stretch throughout the season. If you’ve watched thus far, you might as well finish the show (granted the last two seasons don’t completely nuke the fridge) as all three seasons so far have stayed pretty consistent in their quality. It’s just a shame that this season is a slight step below the first two so here’s to hoping that season four rebounds before we get a shortened and final season five.

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