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Gotham, on FOX, Thursdays 8pm
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Season 5: Legend of the Dark Knight
This is the final season, consisting of 12 episodes, instead of the usual 22. It begins on Day 391 of the city being a "No Man's Land" (based to some extent on the 1999 comic book story arc of the same name). We see Riddler, Penguin, Bullock, and Jim each separately preparing for battle. Surprisingly, the four of them come together, along with the GCPD, to fire on an invading army. The story then flashes back to Day 87. Jim communicates with officials on the mainland via CB radio (or something like that). He wants them to send help to the city, or to let citizens evacuate from the city, but both things are disallowed by the government. Meanwhile, Gotham has been divided into different zones controlled by different people. The GCPD controls one zone, Penguin another, Barbara and Tabitha another, Scarecrow another, Victor Fries another. (Though Fries is having a turf war against Firefly, which surprises me, since they used to work together.) Other zones are controlled by various random gangs. And Jeremiah Valeska is leading a group in secrecy, working on a plan of his own.

Well... Penguin ends up killing Tabitha when she tries to kill him in retaliation for Butch's death. So Barbara swears to kill Penguin for Tabitha's death. Meanwhile, Selina is in a hospital (still in Gotham... which surprised me, I could have sworn she had been evacuated in last season's finale). So Bruce visits her often. But she's paralyzed, and has lost her will to live. A nurse tells Bruce about a "witch" who she believes could help, and Bruce later goes looking for this witch, who turns out to be Ivy. He convinces her to give him a seed for Selina to eat, which would fix her spine, but also change her in some way. After Selina recovers, she decides to go looking for Jeremiah, to kill him for shooting her last season. And Bruce becomes worried that she's no longer herself. Meanwhile, Riddler has been waking up in strange places, with no idea how he got there or what he'd done. He believes the Ed Nygma part of his psyche has been controlling him, and he wants to find out what he's been forced to do. Also, Ecco is now insane (apparently because she had shot herself in the head, as a sign of loyalty to Jeremiah), and she dresses in an outfit reminiscent of Harley Quinn's. (I don't think I've heard any name mentioned for her this season, though the Gotham Wiki calls her new persona "the Mummer.") Anyway, she's now recruiting people to work for Jeremiah and help with his plan.

Jim and Lucius set up a home called Haven for Gotham's refugees in the GCPD's safe zone, but someone blows up the building, killing many people. It eventually turns out that Riddler had done it, though he has no memory of it. Eventually he gets a bit of memory back, which makes him think Penguin had "broken" him, but it turns out that he'd actually had a chip implanted in his brain by Hugo Strange, that allows him to be controlled. At one point, Jim and Barbara have a one-night stand (which makes me wonder if that's when Batgirl is conceived; I guess time will tell). Selina eventually finds and stabs Jeremiah, apparently killing him. But he's later revealed to be alive, having wanted Selina to believe he was dead. And eventually a Delta Force team led by an old army buddy of Jim's, Eduardo Dorrance, come to Gotham to help restore order. The team was sent by someone named Theresa Walker (Jaime Murray), who I guess is one of the people Jim has been talking to on the radio, this season. And it turns out that Walker and Dorrance are the ones who have been controlling Riddler. So Jim turns against Dorrance, who then forces Riddler to pursue and try to kill him.

More details coming as the season progresses.


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