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Gotham Season 5 Review: 5.10: I Am Bane

This week on Gotham season 5, Bane returned and Theresa Walker revealed her true identity. Meanwhile, Barbara Kean had her baby.

Theresa turned a dying Eduardo Dorrance into Bane, then brought him back to Gotham to get her revenge on Bruce Wayne. This was when Theresa revealed that she’s Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, Nyssa al Ghul. She wanted to punish Bruce for killing Ra’s. So, she set out to torture Jim Gordon and turn Gotham to ashes.

She also wanted to get revenge on Barbara for her part in killing Ra’s. This was complicated by the fact that Barbara was currently giving birth. The episode did a good job of putting the key players in place for maximum entertainment. Oswald Cobblepot and Ed Nygma needed Barbara to tell them where a part for their submarine was. This led to them being the ones to protect Barbara and Lee Thompkins, by creating a makeshift bomb to battle Nyssa’s army.

With so much coming to a head in this episode, it should’ve been non-stop excitement. But, the execution wasn’t as full of exciting little moments as most of Gotham’s big episodes. They may have been relying too much on the excitement of introducing Nyssa and a fully realized Bane, rather than making each moment really shine. Despite the nice little touches with Ed and Oswald bickering, as well as Barbara angrily shooting people while giving birth, the episode felt like it needed slightly more kick.

The episode also finally acknowledged that Ed/Lee happened. Ed arguing about who stabbed who first as a lot of fun. It was also interesting when Oswald confronted him over whether he still has feelings for her. I think this could’ve been pushed more into a really honest moment. Hopefully, within the last two episodes of the series they’ll pin down exactly what Ed and Oswald are to each other.

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