Gotham: “The Fearsome Dr. Crane” Review

Gotham Season 1 Episode 14

Gordon and Bullock chase a new villain intent on exploiting the fears of Gotham’s citizens.



Note: The following review goes into detail about the episode. SPOILER ALERT!

I haven’t really been giving Nygma much attention in my recent Gotham reviews. He used to just pop up sporadically earlier in the season, mainly to spout off a couple of creepy lines and fade into the background. His presence has been significantly increased and it looks like we’re starting to build up to his inevitable transformation into the Riddler. I don’t expect to see him donning green any time soon, but he committed a major crime this week when he framed the coroner by stuffing body parts into his locker. Nygma’s “relationship” with Kringle has somehow managed to straddle the creepy/sweet line for quite a while now. I feel like she pities him rather than having any romantic feelings for him, but I also have a feeling that there may be something a little off about her too.

The rest of Gotham this week was pretty good. I’ve felt that Penguin’s scenes haven’t been the usual high standard recently, but this episode marked a return to form. Maroni isn’t an idiot. He had to be having some doubts about Penguin’s validity, and it was good to see Mooney exploit them here. I wasn’t a fan of Mooney’s end game with Falcone, and in fact, I thought it made her seem rather weak. If Mooney is to stick around on the show, I want her to be as cunning as her adversaries. Maroni and Penguin’s trip to a cabin in the woods led to a fantastic, truth-filled chat by the fire. I really liked that Maroni was smart enough to fill his gun with blanks and that Penguin actually pulled the trigger. It all ended with Penguin escaping death by car crusher, and it leaves his future up in the air a little. He could just return to Falcone’s side of course, but I’m not quite sure if that’ll match with his lofty ambitions.



The “Dr. Crane” in the title is a dead giveaway that our future Scarecrow would be making an appearance, but it was his father that caused trouble for Gordon and co. this week. The teenage Scarecrow only had one brief scene, which isn’t a bad thing considering the overabundance of Batman characters that are already on the show. Crane Sr., played by Julian Sands (Arachnophobia, 24) abducted members of a support group and removed parts of their body after killing them. I have to admit, I didn’t find Crane interesting here. The fact that he escapes and his son grows up to become the Scarecrow gives me plenty of hope for the character though.

There was plenty of relationship focused events this week too, which I’m fine with. Gordon and Barbara’s time together was pretty bad, but Gordon and Leslie is shaping up nicely so far… for now. Their big kiss in front of a room full of cops actually set alarm bells off for me. We don’t know how many of those cops remain loyal to Flass, so Leslie stands out as a weakness for any of Gordon’s enemies to exploit. Bullock even got in on the action when he asked out Scottie Mullen (Maria Thayer), who nearly ended up being Crane’s last victim of the episode. I’m not saying I want a lot of relationship drama on the table, but these two particular pairings have the potential to bring something new to the show while also providing a bit more depth for Gordon and Bullock.


I quite enjoyed “The Fearsome Dr. Crane.” This wasn’t Gotham’s best episode but it was a long way from being its worst. Gordon and Penguin’s arcs all moved forward a little bit, and Nygma is starting to grow into a very interesting character to watch. The biggest “wtf” moment was left until the very end of the episode. Mooney’s boat was attacked by some unknown force, and the episode ends with Mooney and a mysterious man running at each other in a semi-hilarious fashion. While it looks like Mooney is in for a fight for her life, I wonder could this actually be a relationship related twist…

Who is the mysterious man at the end of the episode? Is he there to abduct Mooney, or do they have a history with one another? Let me know what you think on Twitter @Oldsnake24 or in the comments below. Also, follow us @YouNerded.

75/100 – Good

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About Michael Spring (159 Articles)
Michael Spring is a staff writer for If he's not playing Metal Gear or watching some excellent TV show, he's more than likely asleep. For some witty banter and the occasional rant about football, you can follow him @OldSnake24 on Twitter

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