Critic Consensus: "Worse Than a Crime" is an effective, action-packed mid-season finale that ties up loose ends and makes room for neglected characters while leaving the future wide open.
as James Gordon
as Harvey Bullock
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
as Alfred Pennyworth
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
as Barbara Kean
as Bruce Wayne
as Selina Kyle
as Edward Nigma
as Theo Galavan
as Tabitha Galavan
as Lucius Fox
as Harvey Dent/Two-Face
as Butch Gilzean
as Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze
as Silver St. Cloud
as Father Creed
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Critic reviews for Rise of the Villains: Worse Than a Crime
If the point of a fall finale is to tease, hint, and set up what's coming after the break, bravo Gotham. 'More Than a Crime' has me doubly excited for season two to recommence come February.
Even though most episodes of Gotham leave me with my jaw open, disbelieving what I've just seen, last night's episode actually has me doubting my own sanity.
We definitely did not see that one coming, although it was a nice callback to the pilot...
Too many shows throw plot lines at the script like spaghetti at the wall, hoping that something will stick. Gotham is one of the only shows I can think of that has successfully made it an art form.
"Worse Than a Crime" is almost criminally uneven, reflecting the unevenness that has plagued the "Rise of the Villains" season all fall.
[Galavan's] importance to the narrative has held the year back, but last night's "Worse Than a Crime," the midseason finale, distanced the season from Galavan, and repurposed the character in a curious way for potential use in the future.
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