Gotham: "The Fear Reaper" Review
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
“The Fear Reaper” pitted Jim Gordon against a rampaging Scarecrow as part of an unofficial bet between Gotham’s top cop and Penguin over whether or not Jim could catch young Johnny Crane in 24 hours. All of it a part of Oswald’s public plan to discredit the GCPD and save face in light of his embarrassment at the Iceberg Lounge opening.
What came of all this, aside from Jim heading into the belly of the beast solo and besting Crane and a dozen frenzied inmates, was a deeper analysis of the GCPD itself. After three seasons of abusing the city’s police department (and its one solitary precinct), and giving the denizens of Gotham massive Batman-scale crises to contend with, the show is finally taking stock of just how feeble the cops are (or, how feeble they’ve been written to be). It’s one of those meta-methods of course correction in which a show’s ongoing flaw is turned into a storyline – similar to why so much of Batman v Superman had to directly deal with the amount of casualties created by Superman’s battle with Zod.