[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Gotham ahead.]
With Gotham‘s second season moving steadily towards its finale, yet another familiar face will soon be returning to haunt Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his friends. The promo trailer for season 2’s penultimate episode, ‘A Legion of Horribles’, prominently features shots of Jada Pinkett Smith as ex mob boss, Fish Mooney, accompanied by a dramatic voiceover, courtesy of Hugo Strange (BD Wong), welcoming the character “back to the world of the living.”
The last time Gotham fans saw Ms. Mooney alive, she had been unceremoniously shoved off a rooftop by The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) in the final episode of Gotham season 1, seemingly landing herself in a watery grave. However, earlier this year it was revealed that Pinkett Smith would be returning to the world of Gotham in season 2 and there have since been multiple hints on the show that Fish’s corpse had come to be in the possession of Indian Hill head honcho and general madman, Hugo Strange.
Strange has already brought bad guys Theo Galavan (James Frain) and Victor Fries (Nathan Darrow) back from the dead this season on Gotham, transforming them fully into the supervillains Azrael and Mr. Freeze, respectively. It appears he’s not quite finished yet either, with the ‘A Legion of Horribles’ promo displaying Fish Mooney in what appears to be a medical tank, followed by a shot of her abruptly opening her eyes.
The news will perhaps not be rapturously received by fans of the show who have never shown much enthusiasm for Pinkett-Smith’s feisty character. Perhaps partly because she was a figure created solely for Gotham (whereas the show’s other super-villains are largely adaptations of popular DC Comics characters) or perhaps because she spent large portions of her story arc acting more as a plot device than a genuinely interesting character, Gotham‘s fanbase has never quite taken to Mooney.
Fish’s return may also cause concern due to the large number of evil-doers already active in the ongoing Gotham story with Penguin, Edward Nygma (Corey Michael Smith) and so on (Butch, etc), as well as the previously mentioned Hugo Strange, Victor Fries and Azrael – all of whom are factors in the show’s current ‘Wrath of the Villains’ narrative arc. It will, however, be interesting to see if one of Strange’s supervillain makeovers can transform this particular character’s popularity.
Gotham season 2 continues with ‘A Legion of Horribles’, which airs Monday, May 16th on FOX.