Batman might not be back, but Batwoman is there… and she’s better.
At least that’s what Kate Kane is telling herself to convince herself that becoming Gotham’s newest hero is the right move.
On Batwoman Season 1 Episode 3, Kate put on the red wig and embraced her new role within the city after realizing that she hyped up the city with Batman’s return only to let them down.
As a result, people were dying at the hands of villains who wanted Batman to pay.
Tommy Elliot, Bruce Wayne’s oldest friend wanted revenge against Batman.
When someone stole a weapon Batman created with the intention of piercing the Batsuit and killing Batman, Kate figured out that Elliot knew Wayne was Batman.
She tried her best to foil his plan, but it’s not surprising that she struggled a bit and needed Alice’s help.
It’s Kate’s first run at this hero thing. She hasn’t gotten the gadgets figured out just yet, which explains why she struggled a bit with Elliot.
Alice didn’t help her sister out of the kindness of her heart.
Or, at the very least, that’s what she wants her to believe.
Alice revealed that she has a plan for the city and it involves Kate Kane, but we know as much as Kate knows that Beth is still in there.
She may be buried deep inside, but she’s in there.
We saw glimpses of her when Alice had a terrible dream and again when she broke into the Commander’s house and found a box of Kate’s things which included Beth’s lunchbox and the map that detailed how they looked for her.
Alice says her vengeance is aimed at her father, the man who betrayed her and left her to die, but even when she has proof that they looked for her, she’s hellbent on destroying him.
There has to be more to the story.
And there has to be more to Alice. What makes her tick? What’s with all the rhymes? Who did she learn everything from? Who taught her to be evil?
Alice’s storyline isn’t unraveling as quickly as I’d hoped it would.
Despite owning the city’s biggest security firm, the Crows, the Commander is unable to locate her.
And she was able to break into his penthouse without blinking an eye, which isn’t a good testament to his security detail.
Alice may have had something planned for the evening, but Tommy beat her to it.
It’s a shame, truthfully. I think whatever Alice had in store would have been more fun.
What’s your take on Alice? Is there any possibility of redemption?
After breaking into the penthouse, Alice also left behind playing cards with the numbers “2, 8, 3.”
Catherine seemed to understand the reference and hid the cards from her husband, but why?
She knows that Alice is Beth, but why does she want the Commander to continue believing that it’s an imposter?
Is she connected to Beth’s “death” somehow?
Does she think it’ll split the family up?
Alice and Kate are both intriguing characters with secrets, but Mary Hamilton is the most layered of them all.
Under the party girl facade is this brilliant doctor who runs her own rogue clinic.
Now that Sophie is her detail, it’s only a matter of time before her cover is blown.
Sophie already suspects there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Mary after she saw her swoop in and save the patients following the elevator collapse.
Mary also helped her out while they were trapped in the elevator with Sophie’s husband Tommy.
He had a lot of questions about Kate Kane after briefly meeting her at the party and realizing his wife never told him that she was friends with the boss’s daughter.
Sophie plays it off like she wasn’t that close to Kate, but it’s evident she doesn’t want him to know that she’s bi or that she had a lesbian relationship.
He’s going to find out eventually, which will likely lead to a break-up.
But Kate took her advice to “move on” seriously and already has a thing with Raegan, the bartender working the Elliot Event.
Sophie looked awfully jealous watching the two of them flirt at the end of the night. It’s hard to feel bad for her though when she’s brought this upon herself.
Gotham has a new hero, one that’s “curvier and sexier.”
But will she truly be better than Batman?
For now, she’s there and that already means she’s better.
- Elliot seemed to be a rich dude with an ego bigger than his building, but his revenge was fueled because Batman SAVED his mother. Yes, he wanted his mother to die instead. That tells you everything you need to know!
- Kate Kane is still holding Dodgson, Alice’s hot BF, hostage. Getting him back wasn’t enough to stop Alice from killing though which means she doesn’t want him back that much. Does that mean he’s no longer valuable?
- Best quote goes to Alice: “Red wig? And I’m the crazy one.”
Batwoman Fall Finale Review – Alice’s Mad Tea Party
Kate could have put an end to this mess a long time ago.
Instead, she chose to believe the good in people and had hope that somewhere tucked deep down inside of Alice’s deranged mind was a sliver of Beth.
While the Supergirl fall finale proved that people can change, the Batwoman finale did the complete opposite — it made it clear that true villains are incapable of becoming better.
Kate’s decision to spare Alice time and time again cost her her family for the second time.
The saying is true: when someone shows you who they are the first time, believe them.
Kate should’ve never given Alice a second chance.
Catherine paid the ultimate price dying a slow and painful death simply for existing, Mary lost her mother, and Jacob was framed for killing Catherine thanks to Mouse’s impeccable impersonation of the Commander that fooled his own wife and daughter.
And while the attacks were rather personal, Kate’s decisions also put Gotham City in danger. It may not have been on Alice’s agenda this time, but what’s to stop her from committing more crimes and adding to her body count?
These people might not have been innocent, but who is? Alice surely isn’t even when she’s dosing out punishments she believes are fitting. (And I can’t argue… they are fitting, but more on that later.)
Kate’s excuse for thinking that Beth was still in there was the fact that Alice saved her life, didn’t kill Sophie, and kept some photographs from her past.
But none of that proves that Alice isn’t just toying with her.
Serial killers love to keep memorabilia from those that they’ve killed, and that could very well be the case with Alice.
She hasn’t forgotten her past, and she keeps them around to remind her of why revenge is necessary. There’s also her desire to turn Kate on her father and make her just as mad as both she and Mouse are. It could explain why we’re seeing Beth peek out here and there.
Kate wanted so badly to believe that her sister could be her sister again that she failed to see what was happening right in front of her.
The fall finale also made me question Kate’s ability to serve as Gotham’s hero.
Even when Kate figured out that her father was not her father, she didn’t act on it in time.
Mouse as Jacob was able to pull his plan off without a hitch. (How was he able to nail the Commander’s movements so breezily?)
She warned Sophie by texting her, but she couldn’t extend the courtesy to Mary, who at the very beginning of the episode told her she was going to attend the gala with her mother and Jacob?
I mean, why not warn the people that aren’t trained to take care of themselves?
If you ask me, Mary’s the true victim here. She has been questioning Kate’s decision to protect Alice since the get-go, she’s been put in the line of danger on more than a few occasions, and now, she lost her mother, who made the ultimate sacrifice to save her by giving her the cure.
Batwoman cannot shove this into her “win” column.
Alice and Mary came face-to-face for the first time and it as electric. Both of them are the show’s strongest, most-fleshed out characters, and their performances never fail to provide that emotional depth necessary for a scene.
Mary continues to think she isn’t good enough while Alice remains jealous of Mary’s relationship to Beth, and seeing that play out subtly was deeply rewarding.
Catherine was never painted as a good character — she switched out the DNA, she lied to her husband and Kate, she created a weapon to kill Batman/Batwoman, etc.
Catherine also wasn’t fleshed out enough to make us care about her; she barely had a relationship with Kate and she spent most of her time lying to her husband.
The only reason her death resonated was because of how deeply we care about Mary and because it underlined the relationship between a mother and a daughter that most of us can understand and gravitate towards.
Her last moments were selfless, she knew more about Mary than we previously believed, she felt truly sorry about the role she played in Alice’s demise, and she admitted to switching the DNA to ease Kate and Jacob’s pain.
She was redeemed because it was necessary for Alice’s transition into a full-fledged villain.
Yet, I found myself wondering who the true villains were on more than one occasion during the fall finale.
We’re inclined to say Alice and Mouse because they are the ones doing the “bad things” and doing so in an unapologetic manner, but are they the bad guys?
Alice is getting revenge because she was abandoned, forgotten, and lied to.
She wasn’t wrong when she called out Catherine for aiding the criminals in Gotham, or when she called out the Commander for protecting the rich and wealthy for committing crimes.
Alice may be going about getting justice wrong — it’s her own twisted version of justice — but she what she’s fighting against makes sense: injustice, lies, and corruption.
Maybe Jacob isn’t a “bad guy” in the technical sense, but we can’t say he’s a “good guy” all the time either.
The line is hazy.
But even if Alice’s reasonings are justified, her motivation is becoming stale.
How many times have we heard her say that she’s doing this because she was abandoned? Because no one came looking for her.
The tug-and- war between sisters is tiring and it’s losing its potency.
They’ve stretched it for a total of seven episodes, but there needs to be something else guiding Alice aside from her heartbreak and resentment.
She wants to make her family pay for not continuing to look for her, but no one acknowledged that it wouldn’t make sense for her to survive such a fall.
They keep explaining it, she keeps questioning it, and thus, a vicious circle that we somehow cannot break.
And there needs to be something else motivating Kate from putting a bullet through her sister’s head other than hope and the “family” bond.
The latter half of Batwoman needs to return stronger if it wants to stand a chance at surviving past a second season. Or else, I’m afraid it will meet the same fate as poor Catherine.
Alice is mad, and while she may have won with the “mad tea party” she’d been teasing for a while now, she also made enemies out of the people that have been there for her.
By the end of the episode, everyone was a different headspace than which they started, but will they find a way to harness it in a way that’s effective?
Does Kate have what it takes to kill her sister?
Other Gotham City Musings
- Was anyone upset that there wasn’t an actual tea party? I would have loved to see Alice force Jacob to sit down at a table and sip on tea while she ruined his life and destroyed his new family.
- Sophie, you have to figure out what you want. For a series that continues to walk both sides of a thin rope, it was nice to see Tyler make a concrete decision about his relationship with Sophie. She’s not 100% in, why should he be?
- The best line of the night: “this is vintage, bitch.” Honestly, that’s my response to someone trying to steal my jacket, too.
- Rachel Skarsten is such a joy to watch and yeah, I know she’s the villain but she was radiant in that ball gown!
- Lucas was so underused.
The fall finale may have set-up the war between the Crows and Alice’s rabbits, but the backend of the episode set-up the upcoming 5 episode crossover, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the same teaser that played at the end of Supergirl.
The scene cuts to Central City, as Nash Wells, presumably as another DC Comics character Pariah, was seen in the sewers standing in front of a door as he uncovers a secret passageway.
He reveals he traveled multiverses to kill the Monitor, but now that he was here, he couldn’t bring himself to do it since The Monitor saved his life.
Nash then submitted to The Monitor, punched in some old symbols, and a golden light illuminated the screen.
Where did he go? Who will he meet? What will he become?
All those answers are coming for you when the crossover kicks off next Sunday!
What did you think of the Batwoman finale?
Are you team Alice? Team Kate? Team Mary?
Batwoman Review – I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury (1×06)
Batwoman is finding it hard to keep her identity a secret on “I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury.”
Two characters found out her secret, and it was a close call for two others.
Sophie’s had her inklings from the get-go, but now she knows for certain that Kate’s the Caped Crusader.
Kate can thank Mary for talking her out of telling the Commander the truth.
She changed her mind with the gut-punching line: you did this to Kate.
Sophie’s role in all of this remains kind of questionable. She’s the weakest character next to Mary’s strongest character only because she’s constantly injecting herself into Kate’s life for selfish reasons.
And all of this after she told Kate to move on.
Stop trying to sabotage Kate’s plan to save Gotham City and worry about your husband or something, Sophie.
Last week we saw drunk Mary (a hit!) and this week we see protective Mary. Even when she doesn’t know the full extent of what’s happening, Mary is 100% your girl.
But she was so close to finding out the truth, which leaves me slightly surprised that someone with her intelligence level hasn’t pieced it all together.
Kate knew about her clinic and now, Batwoman has brought her Dodgson (connected to Kate’s sis, Alice) and Sophie (Kate’s ex-lover). Kate’s almost beginning Mary to figure it out.
The other person to find out Batwoman’s identity was Mouse, which is more dangerous for Kate.
Mouse is jealous of her, he’s off the rails, and he easily imitated Kate’s voice to pry the truth out of Alice.
When the villains begin to know who’s behind the mask, that’s when you begin having problems.
The episode teetered on redundant with almost every character.
Alice and Mouse played mind games with each other, though, he was able to use his new face to steal Catherine’s new toy and the only thing that can penetrate a bat suit.
There’s a possibility that Alice wants the tool so that no one can kill her sister because she cares about her, but seeing how her deranged mind works, I’m more concerned that she wants to use it on her sister instead.
Alice reveals she has a plan for Kate that involves her becoming part of Alice and Mouse’s makeshift family, but we know there’s no way in hell Kate’s going to allow that plan to come to fruition.
Kate’s back-and-forth with her father about Alice and how they let her down was a snooze-fest.
We get it, you guys blame yourselves.
And while the guilt is going to keep eating away at them every time Alice makes a move on Gotham, they need to let it go.
Both of them searched for Alice until they were convinced, either because they truly believed it or they wanted so badly to believe it, that she was dead.
It’s an impossible situation, but pointing fingers will not change the past nor will it bring her back… well, at least, her mentality.
The Commander’s distaste for Batwoman was also striking considering his team hasn’t been able to police the city well at all these last few weeks.
Wouldn’t it be easier to work alongside Batwoman?
He’s turned off by the caped vigilante because he blames Batman for imploding his life, but it’s just a reflection of how he feels about himself.
Batwoman isn’t the problem. In fact, she was the solution for this episode as she nabbed the right suspect and made sure that the law was restored.
The one-episode villain was the Executioner, who was hellbent on making people pay for their corrupt actions, and while it was a noble cause, it fell kind of flat.
Though, I’ll admit, having the killer in the executioner hood as the actual executioner from Blackgate was meta.
Despite the comparisons from the Commander and Eldon himself, Eldon and Batwoman were not one and the same despite fighting against the law.
Eldon wanted revenge on the people who had been rigging the system and turning him into a murderer of falsely accused minorities.
Unfortunately, while death by execution styles may seem like the proper punishment for corrupt law enforcement, it didn’t restore justice or teach them any kind of lesson.
Batwoman’s approach was to do the job that she didn’t think the GCPD and the Crows could do while still allowing the law to handle the punishment.
The only way justice would be served to Judge Calvarick is if he was put on trial, locked up at Blackgate, and told to wait for his execution just like the other innocent inmates.
The DA reopening every case and looking into it once again is a good thing for every wrongfully accused inmate, but it’s the stuff of nightmares for Luke, who personally trusted Gotham’s finest to find and put away his father’s killer.
Is this going to be a storyline moving forward?
Will Luke have to relive his father’s death as they look for his rightful killer? I’m willing to bet this could bring in a rather entertaining villain into play as it becomes personal not only for Luke but for Batwoman.
Ridding Gotham of corruption is messy. If Gotham is anything like Chicago, it runs in the city’s veins and is engrained in its politicians and law enforcement.
But, with people like Batwoman, there’s hope for the city after all, just as long as someone doesn’t blow her cover first.
Batwoman – The Rabbit Hole (1×02)
If you weren’t convinced by the pilot episode of Batwoman, the second episode surely sold you.
The storyline dug deeper into the “Alice is Beth” theory as Kate Kane explored the possibility and even tried to sell her father on it.
Alice may be Beth biologically, but she’s not the girl Kate remembers.
Alice is a liar, a manipulator, and a murderer.
And Kate’s “but she’s your daughter” argument is going to lose steam fast, even if she does somehow prove it to her father.
The Commander most likely believes Kate, but it’s easier to remain in denial than to admit that your daughter is deranged lunatic wreaking havoc on the city that you’re supposed to keep safe.
And still, there’s a level of understanding for why Kate feels like she has to protect Alice/Beth.
There’s even some sympathy for Alice/Beth, who Kate argues just needs help.
Alice/Beth’s purpose is to make her father pay for giving up on her, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Memories reveal that both the Commander and Kate looked for Alice/Beth until they were told skull fragments matching her DNA were found.
Or maybe, that’s just what the Commander wanted to believe.
Either way, Alice’s vendetta is personal, but she’s interested in forging some kind of relationship with her sister.
In fact, she’s “jealous” of Kate’s new sister Mary and orders her hunky henchmen to kill her.
Alice is electric and the complete opposite of Kate, which makes their toe-to-toe thrilling.
Kate even attempted to redeem herself by pulling Alice out of the water and saving her in a way she wasn’t able to when they were children marking a very powerful moment for the series.
It’s surprising that both of them are onto each other so early on in the season, and it’s even more surprising that Kate’s informed the Commander.
The series is shaping up to be a cat-and-mouse game between the sisters with the dad stuck in the middle.
However, there’s also the possibility that Alice is so deranged, she’s not actually Beth instead, assumed Beth’s personality.
I doubt that’s the way the series wants to take this storyline, but Alice’s mention of “maybe I just read all of this in the paper,” could definitely be a villain’s way of messing with her victims.
Aside from all of that, there’s also the issue of the Commander’s wife, Catherine, who paid off someone to destroy the knife linking Alice to Beth.
How far will she go to keep them from finding out the truth?
And what is she covering up?
Batwoman is seeing all the signs that the city needs a hero, so it won’t be long before she permanently assumes the role.
She’s been learning the capabilities of the suit and seems to be finding her way around this hero thing.
As for Kate’s relationship with Sophie, it’s not entirely over as her “we’re done” wasn’t even convincing enough for her to believe it.
But Sophie broke Kate’s trust, and it’s best if she’s out of the picture while Kate sorts her life out as the daughter of the Commander and the masked crusader of Gotham.
Favorite moment from this episode: when Sophie gave Kate the “you have our father’s eyes” note, a subtle hint to the original comics.
Favorite line: Kate responding “you wish” to Alice’s boyfriend’s obvious observation that Kate isn’t Batman.
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