They doubled-down on Tetch, and this guy ain't pulling it off. I can see they visually went for a guy to give a unDisneyfied Depp-look, but he just has no presence. He's like a community theatre wannabe.
The implication that he had an incestuous relationship with Alice was the only thing that's "redeemable", but it can't make up for the acting. Sorry.
Actually, Cory Michael Smith is doing a fair job at pulling off homoerotic vibes with Robin Lord Taylor...and the latter doesn't have to try hard to play it gay, of course.
That pairing doesn't seem as odd or out of place as the Tetch plotline or Benedict Samuel's performance. That could very well be the jump the shark moment here, unless they really pull it out of the fire with Cameron Monaghan returning, and definitively as The Joker.
I wonder if the gays are up in arms...or fists...over the way Cobblepot is coming across in such a backstabby way now. I can easily imagine complaints of how the gay character is a villain, and jealous of a heterosexual relationship. Given that Robin likely got the producers/writers to make his character gay, as he is, I'm surprised to see it take this turn.
Otherwise, the Kringle thing went in an odd direction that doesn't play well unless she's something else...like Kringle actually resurrected, or maybe a sister seeking the truth as in Psycho (That would be a nice homage, actually).
As for Barnes, is he a series creation, or is he becoming an established DCU character? I have somewhat of a life, so these things aren't always second-nature to me. I half-wonder if he only signed on for this long, wants out, or they want him out, as this looks like his storyline is gonna wrap up by end of season.
As for Tetch, leave him in Arkham and lock away the key until recasting. Ugh, they must know he isn't well received. Also, his fall seemed so out of character. Getting the zombified wait staff to serve the wine before announcing himself might have gotten most to drink it. There's no way that would have happened how it played out. I wonder if the negative reaction to Samuels led them to make a quick fall to write him out that way (bad job, if so).
The Lee/Gordon stuff is too much Sam & Diane now. Gotta kill her off, or get her married to Gordon. That bandage on the back of Mario's neck is a portent of a marriage not to be.
That they embraced throwing out the rulebook was the best thing. I think the only thing to fuck it up would be WB pressure to curtail or change things to tie it into, or conflict less with, the DCU films they are doing.
You saw the episode(s), and still think they will stay dead?
That WAS a Lazarus pit, you know. Needless to say it's gonna feature prominently now, being canon in the show. No one of importance will ever stay dead. That said, it looked like the kinda death Jada Pinkett would have wanted if she really wanted out. Despite that, Fish, Barbara, and Edward can all come back now.
Kinda hate Strange being a lower-rung baddie. Wong is great, and I'd like to see more of him on equal footing with the other big villains.
I also think that may be the best Mr. Freeze suit I've ever seen. Hate him being some local, and thought the origin episode was weak, but that suit rocks.