Series issues: Gotham 1×14 – The Fearsome Dr. Crane

(Source: FOX Networks)

(Source: FOX Networks)

Not the spoilers you want, but the ones you deserve.

Alternate title: Harvey, the heartbreaker.

It’s a very straightforward approach this episode. You’re going to guess who the bad guy is quite fast because the title is already giving it away. We meet the father of Jonathan Crane aka The Scarecrow. The teenage version of who is to be one of Bats’ most iconic villains doesn’t say much. He doesn’t really have to. It would’ve been good to leave him out altogether, but Gotham doesn’t do subtle.

His father is the baddie of the week, killing the members of a support group one by one, using their worst fears and extracting cortisone. The executions are rather dark, but still it doesn’t feel like much of a challenging criminal mastermind. Join a support group, find everyone’s fears, start killing them off, wait why didn’t we started with the support group instead of going to look for the factory that made the chairs?

Harvey tries to put the moves on the woman that runs the support group. It’s awkward, it’s painful to watch but it kinda hits the funny mark. Or the creepy mark. Perhaps both.

Gordon finally goes to Barbara’s place and finally learns that his girlfriend left him. He’s a detective, but he has to learn this from Selina. He also gets feeded the same line by Selina that she never saw the killer of the Waynes. The same line, exactly the same way. It’s like Gordon is catching up on his show. He goes to Bruce only to be told the kid doesn’t want him to follow up on the crime. The young master Wayne prefers to run his own investigation. Jim looks very distraught and… wait, Gordon does know that Bruce doesn’t really get to decide anything about the investigation, right? Are we sure? Someone should tell him just to be sure.

Moroni gets word from Fish that Penguin has been playing him and is in cahoots with Falcone. Now it’s Moroni’s turn to catch up with the show. After a little game of cat and mouse, Moroni finally tries to take out Penguin. I really want Oswald to be a lot more devious at this point, but I guess I’ll have to wait until the next season. Spoilers, he manages to wiggle out free.

Highs:

  • Penguin had a few moments here and there where he wasn’t sucking up to Moroni. He should’ve checked the gun for bullets though.
  • Nygma gets suspended and the way he manages to get rid of his successor was entertaining.
  • Harvey Bullock can be an ass, but he can also be both awkward and creepy. Sometimes it’s painful to watch and sometimes it’s funny.
  • Gordon… nah, I got nothing. Yeah he’s trying with Leslie Thomson but she’s doing most of the work on the chemistry department.

Lows:

  • Crane goes to a support group and learns people’s fears. Then starts killing them using those fears. The woman that runs the group shows up at the police station and tells them about the fears. The support group members never get questioned because they already found one guy while looking at the factory where the chairs were made. Worst detective work ever.
  • Okey, I will tell Gordon. Jim, can I have a word please? Ok, hear me out: BRUCE DOESN’T RUN THE INVESTIGATION. YOU RUN THE INVESTIGATION. HE IS NOT IN CHARGE. YOU ARE NOT OFF THE CASE JUST BECAUSE HE SAYS SO.
  • I really think Selina is lying and she did see the face of the killer. But now I’m also seriously thinking that the writers are considering that might be the truth and forget everything that happened before.
  • Yes, there’s a small story about Fish including one of the silliest cliffhangers I’ve seen. I really didn’t care for it.

(Source: FOX Networks)

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