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 Give You a Clue (2×13)
In the words of Jigsaw… do you want to play a game?
Only Batwoman’s Jigsaw was Arthur Brown, a former quiz show master turned villain named Cluemaster, who escaped from Blackgate in the hopes of getting revenge on Sophie Moore.
Moore and the Cluemaster’s rift dated back five years to when she was a rookie Crow who somehow managed to solve his clues and thwart his master plan to hurt his gameshow contestants, which landed him in prison.
“I’ll Give You a Clue” was a fun installment that forced Sophie to team up with Mary and Ryan sans her Batwoman cover.
It was like a girl’s night that ended up with the three of them putting their brains together to stop an evil mastermind.
They drank pricy tequila, played trivia, and bonded by getting to know each other on a deeper level. And when Ryan and Mary’s lives were at stake after they stepped on a weight-sensitive explosive pressure plate, Ryan was forced to admit that Sophie correctly figured out that she was Batwoman.
Usually, you’d expect a series to drag this out with Sophie using the newfound information as leverage, but I’m so glad that wasn’t the case.
Having them all on board opens up the possibility of so many fun storylines.
She kept dropping subtle hints that she knew Ryan was Batwoman hoping that she’d confess even suggesting that they call Batwoman to help them out of their explosive predicament.
And eventually, Ryan had no choice but to acknowledge it in order to save herself and Mary.
Batwoman’s identity is starting to be Gotham’s worst kept secret.
While Sophie was fetching Batwoman’s tool from the lair — and I love how geeked out she was — Mary called Ryan out for allowing her hate to cloud her judgment and prevent her from thinking rationally.
Ryan’s been a solid and fair Batwoman, but she’s allowed her personal life to interfere and almost get her killed on several occasions.
Sophie hasn’t given Ryan many reasons to trust her, at least not that Ryan’s aware of, so her hesitancy was understandable, but there was no point in denying the obvious when it was clear Sophie knew it for a fact.
Sophie then proved herself by saving Ryan and Mary with just 15 seconds on the clock before apologizing for treating Ryan like an ex-con prior to knowing she was Batwoman. She also informed her that despite being a Crow, she was on her team and protected her identity from being leaked to the agency.
If that doesn’t scream “you can trust me,” I don’t know what does.
With these three badass women working together, the Bat Team is stronger than ever.
It probably helped that Mary vouched for Sophie personally; she may work for the Crow’s, but Sophie’s always been on the right side of justice.
She’s the only one that’s consistently extended a hand to Batwoman and sees the value of teaming up with a vigilante. After all, they’re on the same side and fighting for the same thing: justice.
I don’t know why the Crow’s keep thinking that Batwoman is the enemy and interfering in her pursuit of Black Mask.
While the ladies were preoccupied at the Quiz Show HQ, Luke stayed behind to nerd out with Stephanie and figure out what the ClueMaster’s (aka her father’s) next riddle was all about.
Luke and Stephanie matched each other’s intelligence level, which was fun to watch. It’s rare that someone else speaks Luke’s language.
When she knocked him out, I thought that maybe she was in cahoots with her father, but everything she did was to protect him (and Sophie) from the madman.
She also confessed to her father that she was the one who solved his riddle five years ago and asked Sophie to cover for her, which upset her father.
Thankfully, Luke was able to regain consciousness and figure out the riddle in time to free her from the car that was quickly filling up on fumes.
Oh, the lengths some parents will go when their kids turn out to be smarter than them but don’t share their values of murdering people!
Stephanie repaid Luke with a kiss, and though they definitely had chemistry, I’m still waiting for Luke and Mary to happen! I will not allow myself to hop aboard this ship!
Meanwhile, Alice remained Black Mask’s prisoner, but per usual, she found a way to level with the villain and weasel her way out of permanent death.
When calling “daddy” didn’t work, Alice put two and two together and realized that if Circe Sionis was behind the Michael Meyers-looking mask, then Black Face must be her father, Roman.
From there, she offered to help Circe get her face back since she does specialize in human faces.
And you’ve got to admit, it was a pretty brilliant plan. Alice is a cat with nine lives who knows how to talk her way out of any situation without giving up all her cards.
When Roman wasn’t around, she questioned how Circe was still alive when she saw the real one die in prison.
Nothing gets past Alice, though, admittedly, it was a bit of a stretch for Alice to recognize Kate simply by looking at her eyes.
I guess that’s a testament to the power of their sisterly bond. Even without a face in place, Alice knows Kate when she sees parts of her body!
How will she play this? Will she realize that Kate was hypnotized the same way she once was?
Jacob Kane had a chance to redeem himself when Alice called him for help. Isn’t that what he wanted by injecting himself with Snake Bite? The point of the drug was to escape reality and relieve himself of the guilt he felt for not saving Beth.
But when he had an actual second chance to save his daughter in the way he couldn’t the first time around, he still blew it anyway.
Of course, the fact that he was high out of his mind probably contributed to it his lapse in judgment.
Kane took it so far that he was wheeled into Mary’s clinic foaming at the mouth.
Oh, Commander. This is not a good look.
I bet he’ll be glad that Mary kept her underground clinic open because if she hadn’t, his little Snake Bite addiction would’ve been front-page news.
What did you think of the episode?
What will Alice do with her newfound information? Will Jacob survive and get clean? And are you happy that Sophie knows about Batwoman’s identity?
Let us know in the comment below!
Batwoman Review – Introducing Circe Sionis (2×12)
The Alice and Batwoman team-up is one I never knew I needed… or would enjoy so much.
Rachel Skarsten does not disappoint… ever. No matter what, she nails every scene, beat, and emotion.
After Black Mask took her beloved Ocean, she decided to join forces with Batwoman, who was on the prowl to save Angelique.
And their brief alliance made sense since both Angelique and Ocean were being held together at the same place.
However, despite some moments where it seemed like Batwoman and Alice were actually bonding, the former wasn’t ready to forgive the latter, who murdered her mother in cold blood.
She wasn’t even phased when Alice admitted that she remembered Cora.
I know that Ryan has a personal bone to pick with Alice, but it’s unlike Batwoman to just leave someone for dead.
Kate Kane would never, and since I typically find myself thinking that Ryan is a much better Batwoman than Kate ever was, her decision to walk away and leave Alice to fend for herself after she just came to help her was wildly out of character.
It’s also slightly frustrating because doesn’t Ryan want to know why Alice and her Wonderland Gang killed Cora? I’m convinced there’s plenty more to the story.
Plus, there’s no doubt in my mind that Batwoman and Ocean will have to team up eventually to save Alice from Black Mask and the False Face Society.
This was the first time Alice was also confronted by someone more deranged than her.
When Circe Sionis (and her Michael Meyers-inspired face mask) got in her face, Alice actually looked afraid, or, at the very least, disturbed.
And who can blame her? Circe, who is actually Kate Kane under the mask, has been hypnotized into this killing persona, so she’s pretty unpredictable. She has no free will or thought process of her own — she’s simply loyal to her father, Roman.
I love that Alice was looking right into her presumed dead sister and had no idea. I can’t wait for her to unmask Circe and find out the truth! That’s definitely going to send Alice on a bender.
The comforting thing is that we know Dr. Rhyme’s hypnosis and memory-erasing powers can be undone. We’ve seen it with Alice and Ocean.
Maybe spending enough time with Alice will trigger some memories that will bring Kate Kane to the surface?
Also, will we find out how Circe died? Was it really at the hands of Kane’s Batwoman?
The series also confirmed what we all knew was coming — Roman Sionis is Black Mask. Shocker, shocker!
After Ryan risked it all to save Angelique, she had to get her heartbroken and stomped on… again.
This time, Angelique was making the right call by working with the feds and entering witness protection, but there was no way Ryan was going to go with her.
Even without the ties to Batwoman, Ryan has built a life in Gotham that she’s not ready to throw away.
Quite frankly, Ryan and Angelique were a love story that was always doomed to fail, but at least Ryan could finally move on without harboring the guilt she felt for getting Angelique caught up in this mess in the first place.
And with Angelique out of the picture, there’s no doubt that the series will try to link Ryan and Sophie romantically, especially now that Sophie has figured out that Ryan is Batwoman.
After the initial shock, Sophie realized that if Agent Tavaroff’s DNA sample was put through the system, he would positively identify Ryan and Batwoman.
She then risked everything to prevent The Crow’s from finding out Batwoman’s identity, which is interesting.
Who’s side is Sophie really on?
She has never seemed too confident in The Crows’ mission, but now, she’s sabotaging her own people to help Batwoman.
She should probably just join the Bat team at this point, especially after the way she’s been treated by the Commander.
I’m also curious as to why the Commander and The Crow’s still hate Batwoman? Why do they want her in jail when she’s helped them on countless occasions.
You’d think he’d have changed his mind considering his daughter was the first vigilante to help the city.
The hatred towards Batwoman doesn’t really make all that much sense anymore; they’re on the same side.
The Commander’s angry outbursts seemed strange at first, but when Sophie stumbled upon a used vial of Snake Bite, she realized that the leader of The Crows has become addicted to the dangerous drug coursing through the city.
I think it would’ve made more sense for Sophie to simply confront the Commander about it, but then she would have to explain why she was in his office in the first place.
And considering his state, he probably wouldn’t have been receptive to her concerns anyway.
So, taking the issue to Mary was her next-best option, especially since Mary is a doctor who can help him with the withdrawal he will undoubtedly go through.
Mary didn’t want to believe that he father could be using, but the proof was right there. He was acting erratically (even though she wanted to believe he was truly being supportive of her underground clinic) and sweating profusely.
Batwoman Season 2 Episode 12 was one of the most action-packed and entertaining episodes this season. In just one hour: Batwoman’s identity was spared once again, Sophie took a win against Tavaroff, Ocean and Angelique were freed from False Face’s grasp, the Commander’s secret was exposed to his daughter, Black Mask’s identity was revealed, Kate Kane’s storyline has taken shape, and Alice is being held captive once again.
What was your favorite moment?
And what are you most excited about moving forward?
Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Batwoman Review – Sophie Learns the Truth About Batwoman (2×11)
Mission save Angelique was on and it turned Batwoman into an episode of Fast & Furious.
Ryan and Sophie (the fact that she has her saved as “Crowphie” still cracks me up) teamed up to save the girl, but their efforts were fruitless.
Black Mask proved that he’s always one-step ahead of them, and when they confronted him, he threatened to shoot Angelique on the spot.
It’s unclear if he really would’ve done it considering she’s his only shot at making the Fear Toxin the way Ocean did previously, but it convinced Sophie and Batwoman to back off. Ang revealed she didn’t know the drug’s recipe by heart, but she bought herself some time by promising Black Mask that she’d track down Ocean.
Is anyone else annoyed by Sophie’s decision to take on this big bad all by herself? Why does she think she’s invincible?
I get not wanting to put a civilian like Ryan in harm’s way, but there was absolutely no reality in which she would’ve survived that confrontation alone.
Luke warned Ryan against getting too close to Sophie because he was worried she’d figure out her secret identity.
To be honest, I’m surprised it took her this long. Sophie’s smart, so she should’ve realized that Batwoman is always involved when Ryan is. Then again, she never pieced it together when Kate was Batwoman, so I guess this is progress.
After confronting Black Mask, Sophie found the AI in Mary’s car that Ryan left behind. which included her to listen to Ryan and Luke’s conversation.
It was the equivalent of Ryan ringing her up and saying: “I’m Batwoman.”
What happens now? Will Sophie confront Ryan? Will she be upset? Will she be more inclined to work with her?
This is the first time a Crow knows Batwoman’s identity!
But she might not be the only one. The new agent, Agent Tavaroff, who seems to have some bad blood with Sophie, watched surveillance footage from the Black Mask’s lair and took some of Batwoman’s blood to get tested.
We know the Crow’s have all of Ryan’s information on file, so it would likely come back as a match.
And while Sophie might not be the kind of person to expose Batwoman’s identity, Tavaroff wouldn’t hesitate.
Is Jacob Kane still taking Fear Toxin? It’s unclear, but it has turned him into a grade-A jerk so there’s that.
Alice spent much of the episode trying to erase Kate from her mind, but the more she tried to prove that she’s a heartless monster, the more her subconscious bubbled up to the surface to prove that she does have a heart and feelings.
Not only was she unable to erase Kate, she also couldn’t shake her feelings for Ocean.
And it didn’t help that he waltzed right into her little therapy session with Enigma to get his revenge on her for “killing him.”
Alice lives in such a delusional state half the time that she struggled to distinguish if what was happening was real, but Ocean made it very clear that stabbing him with Safiyah’s blade spared him from death.
And that seems to be a good thing because the moment Enigma returned their memories, they were back in each other’s arms and locking lips.
I’ve said it in past review, but I’ll say it again — I’m really looking forward to seeing who Alice is when she’s “in love.”
Kate, and now Ocean, are her two tethers to humanity. Kate was obviously the do-gooder, but Ocean is no saint; he’s still involved in this Fear Toxin mess.
Will they become Gotham’s newest power-couple?
Also, why did Enigma choose to return their memories? Was she just tired of being held captive by Alice (she looked pretty terrified of her at times), or will she benefit from their “love story?”
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below.
Batwoman goes on hiatus until May, so we’ll catch you back here on the same night, new time!
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