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'Gotham' fan react: Even the Scarecrow has daddy issues

Season 1 | Episode 14 | “The Fearsome Dr. Crane” | Aired Feb 2, 2015

Gotham has revealed the backstory of another classic Batman villain: the Scarecrow, aka Dr. Jonathan Crane. While most notably causing trouble for Batman in the DC Comics, he has also appeared in Batman: The Animated Series, and in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

In “The Fearsome Dr. Crane,” Jonathan’s relationship with his father, Dr. Gerald Crane, is explored more deeply. Well, it’s hinted at. Next week’s episode, “Scarecrow,” demonstrates how Jonathan’s father’s obsession with fear exposes Jonathan to real fear and terror for the first time. This experience will lead Jonathan to adopt the persona of a scarecrow sometime in his future.

Dr. CraneLike father, like son

Scarecrow’s father, Dr. Gerald Crane,  is obsessed with fear. He discovers people’s phobias, exposes them to their worst fears, then tests their adrenal responses. He is doing this in the name of science, but this process kills two out of Crane’s three victims, which definitely puts him in the category of deranged psychopath. We get to see Jonathan while his father is attempting to drown a woman in a pool. Jonathan says the parking meter ran out of money, and comes in to get a coin from his dad. The fact that Jonathan doesn’t react to this frightening scene tells you a lot about his character already.

While the iconic Scarecrow isn’t in this episode for long, it is a great introduction to the type of environment Jonathan is growing up in. This is something Gotham does really well. It explores the circumstances that lead these men and women to become the villains of Batman’s time. Why is the Scarecrow hell-bent on exposing people to their darkest fears? Now we know: because his father studied and exposed people to their own deepest fears.

Dr. Crane (played brilliantly by British actor Julian Sands) has a line in this episode that is prophetic. While sharing his phobias with the Phobia Anonymous group, he says that he is terrified of failure. His fear is “inherited from his father,” and that he is “afraid he is passing it on to his son.” Sadly, we know this to be true.

Fan reactions

While we know this won’t be the Scarecrow’s only appearance on the show, it’s interesting to see how fans of his comic-book character reacted to this episode. Stephanie Goldstein, an assistant editor on Gotham (and long time fan of Batman comics), shared this today on Fancastic TV about getting the opportunity to work on the Scarecrow episode:

My first day of work, I received a copy of the script and immediately fangirled over the title, “The Fearsome Dr. Crane.” I have always been a fan of Scarecrow (though terrified). I mean, the thought of living in a haze of your own fears … no thank you! Obviously, the first thing I did was sit down and read the script. I was disappointed at first to find out that the titular Dr. Crane was not in fact Jonathan Crane, but his father. But after I read the whole thing, I felt like they captured the same vibe quite nicely, and we definitely get a glimpse of why Jonathan becomes such a maladjusted adult. I am happy that this was the episode that I got.

It’s great to see that people working on a show like Gotham are also fans of the original characters. And I know that a lot of the people who work on Gotham and shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Constantine are longtime fans of the comic book characters they are writing for.

If you are eagerly awaiting the Scarecrow’s full reveal, you will have to wait one more week. The trailer for next week’s episode, “Scarecrow,” promises some truly terrifying moments.

Gotham airs Mondays at 8/9C on Fox.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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