Gotham: Fear the Reaper Review

GOTHAM: David Mazouz in "The Fear Reaper" episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Sept. 28 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.

Episode: (S4E2) Fear the Reaper

Review:★★★☆☆

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It’s obvious that this season of Gotham is going to focus on the Scarecrow. Unfortunately, I simply don’t like the actor they have chosen to use for Jonathan Crane. I get that it’s a much younger version of Crane, it’s just extremely forced. The design of the costume is dark and indeed scary, but it would be nice if the actor were taller and didn’t have voice that was trying so hard to be scary. I suppose years of further development will help shape the character. I also want to think that Bruce will cross the Scarecrow and get a taste of his gas, hence exposing his fear of bats. Force an idea and things will come to life. The final scene of the show points this out in spades.

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The most interesting thing about this episode is the reappearance of Barbara Keene. Yes, the one the got electrocuted at the end of last season. They have established that the character is crazy as hell. She invites Selena and Tabitha to her new establishment that’s designed to support Penguin’s new licenses. Since the Penguin walks right into her “lair” it seems pointless except that Oswald wants to know who paid for her new gig. The look of Barbara comes across even more crazy than before;  she looks like she’s going to just snap. There’s a scene with Tabitha that proves the point, plus strengthens her resolve. I personally didn’t mind seeing the character “killed off” last season because I don’t think they know what to do with her.

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Gordon has his hands full. There is no doubt of that. He has to deal with Bruce’s need to fall through windows. Gordon goes head to head with the Scarecrow. In the end, I found that the resolve to this interaction was too easy. We know what Gordon has gone through over the last three seasons, so it’s not a surprise but it does show how strong Gordon can be. His biggest issue is his relationship with Bullock. It’s the point where Gordon righteousness is in conflict with what happens to be right in the moment. It’s one of those moments we know why we enjoy Donal Logue as the anti-cop. You have to wonder what Gordon’s breaking point might actually be. Since we know that he will have a marriage and two children to add to his trouble eventually, it should be an interesting ride.

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