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REVIEW: Gotham 1×14 “The Fearsome Dr. Crane”

Where was this show in September? A month ago? A few weeks? The Fearsome Dr. Crane, along with last week’s Welcome Back, Jim Gordon, feels like an actual TV show instead of just a series of hints and winks towards a more interesting future. This is why the series should never have been extended to 22 episodes. We are already at the 14th episode and yet the show is only now finding it’s footing.

James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) investigates a murder case while trying start a relationship with Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin). Bullock (Donal Logue) does the same, but with another woman. Meanwhile the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and Maroni (David Zayas) go on a road trip. Also Fish (Jada Pinkett Smith) has two random scenes that feel out of place.

Where to begin. Well, Bruce (David Mazouz) shows up with the sole purpose of telling the audience that he will continue investigating the murder of his parents without Gordon’s help. Alfred (Sean Pertwee) is only there to tell Gordon that Bruce has made up his mind and that he will protect him. Gordon was only there because he found Selina (Camren Bicondova) hiding out in Barbara’s apartment. She tells him that she lied about witnessing the murder of Bruce’s parents, and that is why he goes to Wayne Manor. Surely this could have happened some other way? It feels like her scene happened just to make sure that the actress had something to do in this episode. Gordon could have just gone to see Bruce, knowing that he was back from his trip. None of this is truly problematic; I just wonder whether it could have been improved by this change.

Oswald and Salvatore have some of their best scenes this week. Maroni decides to bring Oswald with him into a cabin in the wilderness after being told (by Fish) that he was working for Falcone (John Doman) all along. The stakes are high and it wasn’t clear what was going to happen, which is a delightful change from the show’s usual dull gangster scenes. Obviously neither of them were going to die, but it was not clear if Maroni would forgive him in exchange for information or just outright kill him. Turns out that he wanted to humiliate Oswald by outwitting him and then giving him a slow and painful death. He knew that Oswald would steal his gun, so he filled it with blanks. It seemed as though Maroni was just going to snatch the gun from him, since an earlier scene established that he has fast reflexes. I’m hoping that other viewers thought that as well. If so then it would seem that that was the intended reaction. Either way it was a good scene.

The best thing about this episode is that there was actually some tension, and Bullock’s scenes were easily the best this week. His jokes were actually funny and he got some much needed development. I am hoping that the woman, who he saves, will become a recurring character. She brought out a side of Harvey that is rarely shown. I was actually worried for her after Dr. Crane (Julian Sands) tried to drown her. It was a bit exciting, and excitement is what this show needs. Thankfully, the characters are slowly becoming more interesting.

Oh, and Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) has brought himself into the spotlight these last few weeks and continues to be one of the more interesting characters on the show. Though, he is almost too likable now. I can’t picture him murdering people.

Did you like the episode? Did you think that the scenes had tension? Would you say that the series is getting better? Sound off in the comments or send us your thoughts on Twitter!

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Nick Doblovosky