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Batwoman Fall Finale Review – Alice’s Mad Tea Party

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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?

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Batwoman Season Finale Review – Goodbye Kate Kane, Hello Batwing! (2×18)

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Batwoman Season Finale Review Power Season 2 Episode 18

Batwoman wrapped up its second season with two Batwoman’s, Batwing, Alice, and the #BatTeam aligning for a common goal. Who would have thought?

Much of the season was building up to the very moment where Roman Sionis aka Black Mask declares war on Gotham and orders its citizens to overthrow the government. 

It was essentially the PG-13 version The Purge

While there were plenty of people who were more than happy to wreak havoc, the city was also filled with scared souls hoping to give Batwoman the faith she needs to continue fighting for them.

And so she did. 

Ryan wasn’t confident to take on Circe without the Batsuit, and who could blame her? Without the suit’s protection, she was a mere mortal who could get seriously hurt. 

But the fire that she had to protect the city from the bad guys never came from the suit, and thus, she found it in herself to step up for all of those who were relying on her. 

In order to make any real progress, she needed to join forces with her sworn enemy: Alice. 

I know there’s beef between them since Alice and her Wonderland Gang killed Ryan’s adoptive mother, but they make such a great team. It’s truly enjoyable to watch them work side-by-side.

The goal has always been to save Kate, so when Mary managed to snag an aerosol of Snakebite, they needed to get close enough to Circe to spray her with it and hopefully trigger some permanent memories. 

And it worked… but not before Alice and Circe went overboard into the river in what seemed to be a repeat of Beth’s death. 

Was Alice hoping that Kate’s memories would bubble up to the surface and she would get a second chance at saving her thus bringing Kate back permanently in Circe’s body?

Instead, Alice pulled Circe/Kate to the surface where she and Ryan performed CPR. Kate recognized Beth immediately just as she was pulled away by the cops. 

For a night that was supposed to destroy the GCPD, they managed to lock up the leader of The False Face Society and the Wonderland Gang at the same time. I’d call that rather successful. 

Kate realized the irony of always wanting to bring Beth out of Alice and having Alice bring Kate out of Circe instead. It didn’t matter how much Alice did or sacrificed to bring her sister back, however, as Kate determined that until she wanted to be Beth again, she couldn’t be saved. I’m going to have to agree with Ocean that Kate never deserved Alice’s love.

While I’m not too happy that Alice is back in the orange jumpsuit and behind bars just as she was making a sliver of progress, I know she isn’t going to stay there for long. Alice always gets out, especially since she has a key piece of information that Ryan is going to want. 

In the final moments of the episode, Alice informed Ryan that her biological mother, the one Ryan thought died during childbirth, was actually alive. 

Alice always has a card to play — it’s impressive. Is Ryan’s mom in Arkham?

Or does it have something to vines growing, which would indicate the appearance of Poison Ivy! Safiyah did mention that Ivy helped with the creation of the Desert Rose, so could this be connected somehow?

And the floating top hat and black-and-white umbrella that has belonged to Penguin wasn’t lost on me either! 

I don’t know about you, but this makes me super excited for season 3!

Hopefully, the revelation about her mother, while jarring, isn’t going to undo all the progress she’s made to better herself. 

In the season finale, Ryan finally found her power — she no longer saw herself the criminal she was painted out to be, she was released from parole, and Kate handed over the reins to Batwoman officially. 

I didn’t mind the new Batwoman, but I’m glad the whole Kate Kane debacle is over. As I’ve said, she’s overstayed her welcome. Not to mention, Ryan made a much better Batwoman. 

It seems almost pointless that the series would waste so much time on flip-flopping between having Kate missing, dead, and alive again, but I guess it does give her storyline closure in a way that doesn’t cheapen the character. It was a solid farewell that allowed her to say goodbye to her team, her sister, and Sophie while passing on the baton to someone who is more than worthy. 

As Kate embarks on a mission to find Bruce Wayne, Ryan and the team will stay behind to protect Gotham, give the youth a community center, and provide free healthcare to those in need. It’s all coming up Millhouse!

And who knows, maybe one day she’ll come back to assist with the Bruce Wayne story. He’s such a presence in the series despite being off-screen. 

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Prior to having his face permanently burned with one of Joker’s acid flower and seeing his plan to become the city’s hero fail, Black Mask pumped Tavaroff full of Snakebite. His body seemingly gave out as he flatlined, and Roman didn’t hesitate to dump his body in a dumpster. They bring him to Mary’s clinic, where she notices the Snakebite and steals it to save Kate/Circe. 

This, however, triggers Tavarrof, who goes into full rage mode. He’s beefed up and honestly, looking really Hulk-ish. It’s scary, but Mary manages to fight him off (looking truly fashionable, I might add) as he pursues her in the alleyway before Luke suits up and rises to help her as Batwing! 

Luke has always been part of the action, but now, he’s going to be in the thick of it! 

Two vigilantes in Gotham? Yes, please! 

Since Ryan didn’t have her suit and was preoccupied with the Kate situation, it was awesome that Luke could’ve stepped in. There’s no one that knows more about this operation than he does, plus, his father specifically designed the suit based on his imagined renderings of a Black Batman.

Also, that suit is much more impressive than Batwoman’s! 

Batwing, Penguin, Poison Ivy… it’s truly shaping up to be an exciting third season. 

One person that won’t be coming back in Commander Kane. Dougray Scott will not reprise his role in the upcoming season as showrunner Caroline Dries admitted that his character has “run its course.”

I’d have to agree considering the Crows have been dismantled and Kate’s continuing on with her journey. I’m sure they could still find ways to involve him in Alice and Mary’s lives, but even towards the end of the season, it felt as though they were running out of storylines for him. 

Overall, it was an action-packed finale that changed the trajectory of every major character for the better. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for them! 

What did you think of the finale? Were you a fan of this rebooted second season? Are you rooting for Ryan and Sophie to become a couple? What about Mary and Luke?

And what’s the situation with Ryan’s mother? Sound off in the comments, and see you all next season! 

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Batwoman Review – A Storm Is Brewing in Gotham (2×17)

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Batwoman Review Kane, Kate Season 2 Episode 17

Thought Kate Kane was back?

Think again.

On Batwoman Season 2 Episode 17, the Bat Team welcomed Kate — with a new face — with open arms, but in their desperation to have her back, they didn’t consider the possibility that it wasn’t her at all. 

Honestly, Sophie even mentioned that they didn’t know what state Kate would wake up in after her hangover, so why didn’t they even stop to think that it might be Circe pretending to be Kate?

Luke basically handed her the blueprints that she needed to infiltrate the Bat Cave, lock them up, and steal all of their weapons. 

Rookie mistake. 

They also needed to get Ryan Wilder out of the way, so the GCPD rounded her up by framing her on a drug possession. 

Once again, the drugs weren’t Ryan’s, and thankfully, this time she was able to convince her parole officer that she was being wronged by spilling the secret that she’s Batwoman. 

While it was a hard sell, Ryan was able to back up her claims by taking down several officers. It takes a lot of skill. 

Ryan may have been able to break out, but she’s now a woman on the run. She’ll be limited in what she’s able to do, which will usher in Luke as Batwing. Two vigilantes are better than one! Does this also mean she’s getting a new batsuit!?

It was always possible that Circe was still working with Roman Sionis, but the betrayal still blindsided me. 

Sionis is ruthless, however, so it wasn’t surprising that part of his plan also included rounding up ex-Crows to do his dirty bidding. 

Those guys are so desperate to fit in. Plus, the fact that they were so easily swayed to join the bad guy means that they were always corrupt from the getgo; they never had the people of Gotham’s best interests at heart. 

And of course Tavaroff is going to be Roman’s right hand man! 

Batwoman Review Kane, Kate Season 2 Episode 17

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Circe made off with bioweapons that Bruce snatched up from Gotham’s most dangerous villains, but what does he intend to do with them? Build a superweapon?

And where does Circe fall into the plan? She obviously has no interest in being Batwoman, but there’s a part of Kate Kane inside of her that I have no doubt will bubble up to the surface. 

If there’s anything we know about Kate it’s that she’s persistent, especially if her friends are dedicated to saving her. 

We know the Bat Team won’t give up on her, but the person that’s most motivated is Alice. 

After losing Ocean, Alice has no one left, which means she can fully invest herself into saving Kate. 

I’m just as heartbroken about Ocean’s death as Alice is. He was the one person that was able to ground her and proved to her that she was worthy of love. He made her a better person — as good as Alice could be. 

She’s already lost so much, and she continues to keep getting pushed to the edge. 

Sure, she may have burned down Coryana, but Safiyah deserved it for what she did to her and Ocean. 

And she more than deserved getting stabbed with the dessert rose dagger. Alice ripped that play right out of Safiyah’s playbook. 

In order to weather the storm, Alice is going to have to work together with the Bat Team. 

Thankfully, she’s starting to make some real progress with everyone including Mary. 

Will the inevitable faceoff between Ryan and Circe lead to Kate’s demise? I can’t see Circe’s storyline continuing on for too long and there’s clearly not enough room for two Batwoman’s.

Plus, who’s to say that Kate would even want to take up the mantle if she were to come back?

All this Gotham drama would make me want to escape to a deserted island… no, not that one!

I hated how Ryan felt as though she were pushed to the side with Kate’s return. She’s proven that she’s worthy of wearing the cape, while the series proved that they can tell incredible stories without Kate. Even Ryan and Sophie’s connection is more convincing than Ryan and Kate’s at this point, so really, Kate’s return would just be messing up tons of personal and professional relationships. 

What did you think of the penultimate episode of Batwoman

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Batwoman Review – Rebirth (2×16)

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Batwoman Review Rebirth Season 2 Episode 16

Roman Sionis, Circe, Kate Kane, and Safiyah are all connected. 

On Batwoman Season 2 Episode 16, Safiyah makes her return as it’s revealed that she worked with Roman aka “Black Mask” to deliver him Kate. 

But when she finds out that “Circe” and Alice came into contact, she informs him that Alice is Beth Kane. Safiyah knows that Alice would be able to identify her sister even if her mind was been wiped. 

By the time Roman’s people get to Circe/ Kate, Alice and Commander Kane have made impressive strides with forcing her memories back. 

Considering there was so much focus on the keyword to trigger Kate’s memories, I feel like they returned a little too easily, but I won’t complain too much cause the team-up between Alice and her father, albeit short-lived, was such a treat. 

Alice may no longer be the Beth she remembers, but she’s still in there somewhere. 

Jacob seems grateful to get any time with Beth at all, plus, he’s learning more about what led to her Alice persona and he’s surprised that it wasn’t all Cartwright’s doing and Enigma played a huge role in pushing her over the edge. 

I feel like Alice will always be Alice, but they’re at least on their way to having some sort of relationship, especially after it was publicly revealed he is the father of one of “Gotham’s most notorious monsters” and he came to her defense. 

Alice has done her fair share of terrible things, but she is a victim of her circumstances. She’s a victim of a kidnapping, of trying to forge a new path on Coryana, and of Enigma’s brainwashing. It doesn’t make all the things she’s done right, but it helps to see her in a new light. 

With Jacob arrested for aiding and abetting Alice/Beth, he asks Mary to save both of her sisters, who he believes can become who they once were again. It’s a huge ask of Mary considering Alice/Beth killed her mother, but if there’s anyone who has the heart and will to do it, it’s her. 

After Roman’s people captured Jacob, Circe/Kate was able to escape to the Batcave where she endured an inner struggle between the two entities inside her mind. 

At times, Kate was able to recall things. And while she doesn’t have any memory of her sister, Mary, she does recognize Sophie. 

Honestly, Mary always gets the short end of the stick. I guess the point is to showcase how deep Kate and Sophie’s love was, but it’s a low blow not to recognize the sister who was always in your corner!

After Circe resurfaces, she manipulates Sophie in order to escape and confronts Roman about who she really is

Safiyah then tells Roman to tell her the truth and allow her to decide for herself. Roman’s plan is to re-introduce Circe into society as the face (ha, get it?) of his Rebirth line of cosmetics (and even had the perfect millennial story about Malibu and rehab to explain her disappearance), but will Kate/Circe be interested in that. 

Or will she try to become part of the #BatTeam again?

 Safiyah created a world of chaos when she visited Gotham and made sure that Alice paid the price for burning down her entire field of dessert rose. 

She didn’t even attempt to look the other way when Batwoman gave her the only remaining plant to rebuild her empire. 

When it came down to it, she took what mattered most from Alice — Ocean. Is he dead for real this time?

Aside from actually enjoying his character and what he brought to the story, I enjoyed his dynamic with Alice. 

Who would have thought we’d ever see Alice introduce a man to her dad? And how sweet was it that Ocean wanted to make a good impression?

Plus, I don’t want to see what happens to all the progress Alice has made if the love of her life is taken from her permanently. 

We saw how she spiraled by losing her family, and Ocean was one of the few people who accepted her and loved her for her; he didn’t try to change her into something she wasn’t. 

Roman may have revealed Alice’s true identity to the world, but it’s time someone reveals him as Black Mask. He’s done enough damage in Gotham. 

The episode also focused on Luke’s recovery post-shooting. He was looking for trouble by confronting Tavaroff, who proved that he’s quite the tool who can’t even play poker without cheating. And he’s a sore loser to boot. 

Luke may have lost his way temporarily, and it was interesting to see his “bad boy” side come out, but he’ll come around eventually. 

While he wanted to reconnect with his father, he’s needed in Gotham. In a city full of bad men, they need all the good guys they can get. We know this is going to lead to Luke becoming Batwing, which was ushered through a guest appearance from Arrow’s John Diggle (David Ramsey). Yay for a mini-crossover! I wouldn’t mind if he stuck around to become a mentor for Luke! 

Luke’s always been a superhero to his friends, but with the Crow’s dismantled, the city needs another vigilante more than ever. 

And I love that Ryan gave him the space he needed while refusing to apologize for saving his life. 

No one should ever have to apologize for that. 

What did you think of the episode? Can Alice/Beth truly be redeemed, especially now after Ocean’s murder? What will trigger Luke’s decision to become Batwing? Will Kate return or will she go to the dark side and become Circe?

And does Kate’s return mean a Ryan and Sophie relationship is out of the realm of possibility?

Share your thoughts below! 

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