Gotham 1×17 “Red Hood” – Sneak Peeks and Picsby Jon Lachonis / February 23, 2015
In the pre-Batman world of Gotham numerous name brand villains have appeared in genesis stories, most prominently The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), but tonight we get a fully realized Batman villain dropped on us full force: Red Hood.
While Gotham frequently plays light with the villains from the comics, Red Hood comes out alive and screaming. What you might not know is that Red Hood may be yet another allusion to The Joker. Before becoming The Joker, the sinister trickster went by the alias Red Hood. Was last week’s tepid introduction to The Joker a rouse? Bruno Heller promised us not, so we can assume that this Red Hood is one of the many ‘other’ iterations of RH that have plagued the bat over the years.
Without a doubt, however, the Red Hood / Joker connection isn’t lost on the Gotham brain trust. They’ve casually teased The Joker from day one while telling us his introduction is planned for the far future. There can be little doubt they will miss an opportunity to tease us once again tonight, which begs: what is their long con? Could it be that the Gotham writers are going to introduce several Joker ‘suspects’ before committing to one or the other.
We hope so. Setting up a multi-season game of “Which one of these bad guys is The Joker” sounds like a lot of fun, and the Gotham gang has been downright classy with the Joker insinuates so far. Of course, if we had to pick it is pretty darn hard to dismiss Cameron Monaghan’s potential Joker persona from last week’s “The Blind Fortune Teller”. Any skepticism of Monaghan’s ability to play The Joker turned to mist when he unleashed that devilish cackle. He looks the part, he acts the part, all he needs is some face paint.
What is certain is that with Gotham’s track record so far Red Hood is bound to be a memorable episode that draws from the rich Batman mythology. “Red Hood” airs at 8pm tonight on FOX.
Following several bank robberies, Gordon and Bullock investigate the Red Hood gang. Selina Kyle continues to bond with Barbara, and Fish Mooney tries to reclaim her position in the underworld in the all-new “Red Hood” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Feb. 23 (8:00-9:00 ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-117) (TV-14 D, L, V)