‘Year Zero’ S05E01 Gotham Review

Well hello there fellow Gothamites! It has been a while but we are finally back with the final 🙁 season of Gotham. The beginning of 2019 will have one hell of a start.

The first scenes of this episode consist out of a flash forward of Day 391 where Gordon, Bullock, Nygma, Penguin and the other GCPD cops team up to open fire to some other people(?) behind a wall. Could this be a teaser of what is about to come in later episodes or how Gotham will be after the final season finale?

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Then we go to the current day, Day 87. A lot has happened since the last time we visited Gotham and the bridges were blown up. Penguin occupies the City Hall like some kind of citadel, Barbara and Tabitha still have the sirens club as some kind of save heaven for women in the city, while Scarecrow has his own area and Firefly and Freeze battle over another. The GCPD does its best to help civilians who couldn’t get out of the city, but they are running low on food and the government is still not willing to help.

Penguin doesn’t only have the city hall under his control, but he also controls all the ammunition factories. But you can’t eat bullets so he sends Mr Penn to the Sirens to trade his bullets for meat. Barbara is willing to trade, but Tabitha is still mad that Penguin killed Butch and will revenge him. But it doesn’t matter how much food Penguin gathers, he lets his factory workers starve causing them to produce faulty bullets. He even gives his dog Edward better and mostly more food than the workers get.

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Meanwhile, Scarecrow and his gang attack the GCPD to steal their supplies. At first, they get in unnoticed, but when they break the generator, the GCPD notices that something is wrong. Gordon goes down to the generator and needs to fight with Scarecrow before the latter disappears. In another part, Bruce attacks the 4 men that are stealing the medicines with the help of night goggles made by Fox. But when the lights come back on, he gets blinded and the men can escape.

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After the supplies from the GCPD decrease from one month to just a week, Bruce arranges for an illegal import of food and medicine from the mainland. It works and the helicopter is on its way, but it gets shot out of the air in the ‘little boys’ territory. When the little boys are raiding the chopper, Penguin and the GCPD arrive. But because the GCPD is low on ammunition they can’t do much to stop Penguin from taking all the supplies. Then Tabitha arrives to kill Penguin, but due to one of his faulty bullets, he has the chance to stab her in the heart just as Barbara comes in. While everyone is busy inside of the warehouse, Bruce has the chance to steal some ammunition from Penguins truck standing outside. With the help of this ammunition, the GCPD is able to win the firefight, shoot Penguin in the leg and take all the supplies.

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Sometime later we see a girl with a strange mask who breaks in into the GCPD to give Gordon a message from Jeremiah in the shape of the HaHaHa sign. Then Gordon receives a call from across the river that there are people willing to help them before he spots Jeremiah’s logo. When Gordon reunites with Bullock and Fox, a young boy is brought into the station claiming that he came from across the city to get help for this brothers and sisters who are apparently still locked up somewhere. Regardless of the little information they have, Gordon still lets some cops suit up to offer help in any way they can.

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Meanwhile, Nygma begins to suffer from schizophrenic outbursts after he continuously blacks out and wakes up in different locations. He also has no idea how he got there or what he did in those hours and starts to suspect that his other persona takes control when he is sleeping. Simultaneously, Selina is operated on to prevent her spine from collapsing, though she remains paralyzed and she unsuccessfully attempts suicide. Then one of the hospital’s nurses advises Bruce to seek out “The Witch” to help save her.

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