Review: Gotham S4E02 ‘The Fear Reaper’

(Spoilers!) Johnathan Crane, the Scarecrow, is experimenting with his fear toxins and wrecking havoc upon the GCPD. Penguin is continuing his mobster domain, blackmailing and threatening Gotham for a cut of their secrets. He is succeeding at reigning over Gotham’s police. Bad news. But a wicked moment, we begin to see the very first bat-techs made by Lucius. Bruce’s first “suit” looks pretty stellar.

It’s extremely lightweight and bulletproof.

They dub it his “rock climbing gear,” this will obviously fool everyone.

As Lucius explained the feature’s of the rock climbing gear for Bruce and Alfred, he made sure to have a radio so Alfred could keep tabs on him. He gave the smallest smile when Lucius mentioned this feature (as he tended to a battered up teenage Bruce Wayne):

I know, this series is rough, but I enjoy the happy moments. Barbara comes back, slightly different. Her hair’s changed to bleach white. This might be a homage to, Red Hood, Jason Todd’s famous white streak after he was resurrected from the Lazarus Pit. Ra’s Al Ghul often said that one of the symptoms of the pit is insanity. However, this might be something beneficial for Barbara.

Ivy is getting sick of Penguin, and although I’m sad to see this friendship sour, I don’t blame her. He’s rude, cruel, and not fun to her anymore.

And finally, October’s started! Things are going to get pretty frightening. The effects used during the fear toxin is surreal. The sounds of cackles and screams are haunting. The lighting is dreary, surreal cyberpunk at times.

Conclusion

Season four is biting down hard! I love it! Each season brings in new chemistry between old characters. It’s a nice way to keep things interesting and prevent conversations from repeating. Barbara and Penguin sound like a really bad duo, and when I mean bad, I mean evil. They both share evil tendencies; no connection to other people’s suffering unless their own. In contrast, Bullock is the pure goodness in this episode; he wants to do right and be safe. Gordon is on his own buzz, and thank goodness Bullock helps his moral compass. They make a good balance. The third team up is Ivy returning to Selina, I’m excited to see that happen. And finally, the dynamic trio! Lucius, Alfred, and Bruce. They all look like they’re looking forward to testing out that new rock climbing gear.

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Sharna Jahangir

Lover of all things Batman. Majored in English and Biochemistry at University of Toronto. Graphic Designer, avid blogger and hobbies in drawing comics. Sharna's not the best at maintaining a secret identity, but more than strong enough to protect her loved ones.