“Your legacy will be death and madness”
You see, this episode was intriguing and had lot of twists during the entirety of Gotham Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh duration. During this episode we see how Gordon became more ferocious when dealing with street criminals while his partner Bullock almost toned down his misbehaving police attitude and even went to Penguin to stop him from making Gordon asking favors from the ‘King of Gotham‘.
The episode was entirely focused on Jerome, the young kid who leads the MANIAX and whom we thought would be The Joker. There’s even one scene that shows him, as a magician, together with Barbara, who happens to be sporting a pre-Harley Quinn character, behind a roulette and we almost jumped on our seat. Honestly, this episode almost ruin the comics version of the Batman characters and origins because of these weird story-lines introduced since the beginning of Season 2. Which were good, by the way.
We almost believed that Jerome would turn out to be The Joker because of the way he moves, talks, made fun of his victims, and of course, with his sickening and infectious laugh. Before Jerome killed his father, the blind fortune teller, he even asked the old man his future to which his father replied “Your legacy will be death and madness.”
The title creeps with the last laugh and we were really intrigued by that caption. Then the last part of the episode came through and Jerome got killed by the man he taught was his ally, Theo Galavan during an act of ‘fake’ heroism by the latter to get the people’s trust on him.
Our high hopes of seeing Jerome Valeska more in the rest of the season crash when we realized that he’s not going to be the Joker of the future after all. We almost got deceived seeing young Bruce Wayne meeting his ‘arch-enemy’ face-to-face and thought of it as a nice prelude to their future encounters.
Maybe, Jerome’s father was right. The legacy he’d left will be curtained with death and madness. With Jerome’s death, a lot of punks and street criminals were shown in the ending of the episode inspired by him and his crazy laugh. And so, one of them will be the heir to the throne that Jerome unwillingly left behind. Until then, we’ll be missing that last laugh of the kid we almost thought was The Joker.
On a lighter side. We saw Alfred Pennyworth having a crush on Gordon’s girlfriend, Lee. Was awkward but entertaining. And yes, Bruce told Selena that he misses her, while they were trying to escape the attack on the fancy party hosted by Lee. That scene was cute to know that Bruce and Selena’s ‘love story’ was blossoming this season.
We were really disappointed by the exit of Jerome but that doesn’t mean we don’t find this episode great. Still coming from a solid Season 2 pilot, The Last Laugh episode still rocks and we’re going to follow the rest of the season and we can’t wait to see Bruce and Selena growing up on this series.
Gotham Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh deserves 5/5.
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