The Scarecrow
Gotham Season 1



Critic Ratings: 20
Critics Consensus

What should have been an exciting examination into the origins of an infamous villain becomes a tedious and polluted rendering of legendary Batman folklore in "The Scarecrow."

Episode Info

Gordon and Bullock hunt Gerald Crane, a biology teacher who harvests the glands of his murder victims. Meanwhile, Mooney continues her plot to gain power; Bruce takes a treacherous hike; and Falcone tries to change Maroni's plan for the Penguin.


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. Leslie Thompkins
David Zayas
as Don Maroni
Eisa Davis
as Judith Barthel
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Critic Reviews for The Scarecrow

Therein lies the biggest problem with Gotham, a problem so paradoxical it almost seems impossible. The more Gotham delves into a character's back-story, the more it takes away from the depth of that character.

Feb 10, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm not crazy about this origin story for Scarecrow. It's like the Scarecrow we all know and love is Scarecrow Jr. Gerald Crane seems to be the original Scarecrow.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Gotham finally came out and gave us the straight-up origin of a supervillain... but managed to squander most of what it did right in last week's episode.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Shows incredible promise for the future of this show... I'm not sure "The Scarecrow" really qualifies as a "great story," but it is without question the episode of Gotham that comes the closest to nailing everything it needs to.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Julian Sands put in a memorably tragic take on a man struggling to alleviate the guilt brought on by a fearful failure to save his wife, strongly aided by some unsettling visuals.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The fear motif was worked to death in Batman Begins, though, with the exception of the Cranes' story, it's used more subtly here.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

While "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" was an elaborate setup for future events, "The Scarecrow" rushes to resolve outstanding problems with the most trite solutions.

Jul 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"The Scarecrow" is the beginning of one of Gotham's greatest madmen, Jonathan Crane, and within the episode's 45 minutes, Gotham finally does an origin story right.

Feb 10, 2015 | Full Review…

The show manages to stretch its most tedious and frustrating elements across two episodes, and the resulting conclusion to Gotham's hyped Scarecrow story ends up being just another meaningless and dull riff on the Batman canon.

Feb 10, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The hour was a mixed bag, but the focus of the main villain of the episode kept me interested. But with every name drop or introduction of a future Batman villain, it makes me wonder how much of Batman's world will be introduced before Batman.

Feb 10, 2015 | Rating: 3.7/5 | Full Review…