The Fearsome Dr. Crane



Critic Consensus: Though similar to previous episodes in form and feel, "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" introduces a gratifyingly creepy villain while integrating humor and tension.

Episode Info

Maroni tests Fish Mooney's loyalty; Gordon and Bullock hunt a killer who targets victims with severe phobias; Bruce Wayne confronts Gordon for failing to make progress on his parents' murder case.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara
as Capt. Sarah Essen
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Victoria Cartagena
as Renee Montoya
John Doman
as Carmine Falcone
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Thompkins
David Zayas
as Don Maroni
Lillias White
as Bible Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Fearsome Dr. Crane

You can not keep doing this, Gotham! You can not keep taking all the names of super villains we know, swapping out the first name and saying it's their cousin!

Feb 2, 2015 | Full Review…

That's a lot of bad guys to jam into 14 episodes. Did anyone stop to think that maybe you could save a couple of them for future seasons? It's not satisfying, especially if you are familiar with a particular villain and want to see him fleshed out more.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's true! "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" is Gotham's best episode in several weeks, thanks to a solid villain, the Penguin (as usual), and just a smidge of total insanity.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Gotham has been absolutely nailing its openings lately... Unfortunately, "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" never quite lives up to the promise of this first scene.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

We see a city which has come alive, growing to support the weight of its many familiar characters; instead of the other way around, which was the uphill battle the series has been facing since its premiere.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Donal Logue gets his first chance in a while to shine as Bullock as he gets most of the spotlight for this episode.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Overwhelmingly alludes to the presence of a great Batman villain, but has no delivery system in place to capitalize on it.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

What an agonizingly good episode.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Fortunately, the procedural elements are minimized in favor of character development.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The main plot, then, was a deftly crafted Gotham procedural with a memorable baddie and a sense of macabre fun... but there was so much more to savour as well.

Mar 30, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…