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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 Review – Happy Birthday, Kate (1×11)

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Kate had quite the birthday on this week’s Batwoman as she got her sister back and almost lost her within the hour, which is the most poetic example of “have your cake and eat it too.”

The episode found its stride following the crossover and capitalizing on the cliffhanger of Beth’s return, which is where the action picks up.

Her return is an exciting byproduct of the crossover as it allows the series to really dig deep into the bond between Kate and Beth, the sister she’s always wanted.

It didn’t take long for Kate to deduce that the sister she assumed was Alice and attacked was the result of the multi-verse collapse, and from there, she embraced Beth with open arms.

Beth was understandably confused by the situation at first, but it also didn’t require much explaining as she’s a major in astrophysics and has a firm grasp on the concepts that could have led to this moment even without the superhero explanation.

Evidently, she’s Alice’s polar opposite, which on this Earth is a damn good thing.

Beth’s appearance led to a wonderful redemption arc for Kate, who will no longer have to bear the guilt of not saving her sister the first time around.

On the parallel Earth, Beth never went down the rabbit hole because Kate risked her life and pulled her out of the car crash that killed her and her mother on the current Earth.

And after Beth, who valiantly offered to repay the gesture by posing as Alice and saving Kate, got caught up by Alice’s goons, Kate redeemed herself by saving her sister’s life.

She may not have been brave enough when she was a child, but she didn’t let this second chance go to waste.

Everything about Beth and Kate’s reunion was perfect, which by TV standards means that something is going to go catastrophically wrong.

The rules of laws and physics, I assume, would never allow the same person to exist on the same Earth for too long, and thus, both Alice and Beth are suffering from it.

With Beth and Kate connected (and Beth seemingly not having any other world to return to), the wedge between Kate and Alice has been driven even further.

Despite Alice’s misdeeds, Kate has always maintained a soft, forgiving spot for her in hopes that her sister was buried somewhere deep inside.

But now that she has Beth, she no longer has anything connecting her to Alice or motivating her to save her. All bets are off, which makes this an insanely dangerous situation for both Alice and Beth.

What’s Gotham City without its best villain, though?

Alice’s presence is so strong that it seems unlikely the series will get rid of her.

There’s a slight chance Lucas will find a solution to keep them both, but that is if The CW wants to keep paying Rachel Skarsten for double-duty. As much as we don’t want to admit it, budgets do drive storytelling.

Kate proved that she’s just as much of a hero without the cape, despite the lack of tech making things slightly more difficult for her.

It’s the first episode where she didn’t don the bat suit, which was a change of pace that allowed us to continue to explore who Kate is when she’s not hiding her alter-ego.

Speaking of hiding, it’s easy to hate Alice based on her present-day actions, but it’s heartbreaking to see what she went through after being trapped by Cartwright and Johnny.

Sophie’s interrogation allowed the audience to get more of Alice’s story, which included the moment Beth made the switch to becoming Alice.

It’s chilling to see such a little girl forced to make such decisions. The child actors on this show are out-of-this-world.

Flashbacks reveal that Beth held out hope that her father would come and save her, but that hope flickered day-by-day and eventually, she was forced to acclimate to her new reality.

The change happened after Cartwright took her beloved cat, Chesire, and well, we can only guess he smothered it to death.

It’s also the day she learned how to make faces out of human flesh, essentially the trigger for Beth’s transformation where she compartmentalized her real self in her brain.

It didn’t help that she saw a paper magazine clipping of her father’s new family and was manipulated into thinking they’d moved on and forgotten about her.

This tragic moment explains why Alice has villainized both Catherine and Mary. In her mind, they’re the two women who replaced her and, in her mind, caused her all this suffering.

Beth was forced to live in a false world of her own making and it’s been her reality for so long that it explains why no one, not even Kate, has been able to get through to her.

She might never with that kind of trauma haunting her sister.

Getting to know Alice’s past proves that she shares a lot in common with Sophie, who has also been forced to hide who she truly is and live a fake like, though, this one is of her own making which makes it more unbearable.

We see how much hiding her true self from the world burdened Batwoman and now, Sophie, so it’s not entirely surprising that the daunting effort has created a monster out of Alice.

It’s also what allows Alice to connect with Sophie, get into her head, and manipulate her.

Alice gave her a sob story (sure, it was real but it was still manipulative on her part) so she could get her hands on the book and thus, the fishing cord she knew was holding it together.

Alice’s analysis of Sophie will likely encourage her to come out, so all was not lost.

While it’s clear she didn’t do so at the academy because she didn’t want her career to be threatened, it’s weird that she’s continued living this lie for so long.

Owning up to who she is and what she wants doesn’t pose a threat to her anymore, but I guess that in itself helps us understand Alice even more.

You get so used to this world you’ve created for yourself, a different one is too scary to embrace.

Other Batwoman Musings

  • Mouse is in the ICU and if he doesn’t make it, Batwoman will reign hell on Gotham City.
  • It’s 2020 and a hero’s sexual orientation shouldn’t be this important and yet, there are still people in this world who would rather lose their child than to accept the help of someone who’s different. Thankfully, Batwoman doesn’t pick and choose who she helps. And it’s reassuring to know she has the backing of the city that acknowledges that being gay isn’t a flaw.
  • Mary is a genius who figured out the multiverses all on her own. At this point, she deserves Kate’s honesty. And if Kate wants a squad much like Supergirl has, she’s going to have to come clean to them about her identity. Being a hero doesn’t have to be lonely.
  • Kate needs to be more careful when it comes to Alice’s goons. They know Batwoman’s identity, so the ambush was almost too easy.
  • Alice wanted Kate to feel like she did — that no one was coming to rescue her. The difference between the sisters is that Kate never needs to be rescued, and yet, that’s Alice biggest gripe with her whole family; she’s mad that no one ever came to help her.

What did you think of the episode?

Who will survive — Alice or Beth?

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Batwoman Midseason Premiere Review: Batwoman Comes Out and [SPOILER] Returns (1×10)

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Fresh off thwarting a literal crisis, Batwoman honored her title at the “Paragon of Courage” and came out to Gotham City as a lesbian with a little help from her friend Kara at CatCo. It’s just one of the many nods that the Arrowverse is now one.

It was a momentous moment, and one the episode set-up almost too neatly with the introduction of Parker, a hacker who took control of the train (better known as the blue, red, or green line in Chicago) in an attempt to prove to her parents that her death would be worse than her being outed as part of the LGBTQ community.

Kate was already dealing with identity issues because of the cape and cowl and didn’t feel as if she was being authentic by allowing the public to believe in and ship her a hetero relationship with Officer Sam Bradley compared to Chris Evans’ Captain America.

Batwoman and everything that she stands for was never supposed to push Kate back in the closet, but she feels like it has since she’s forced to lead a double life and cannot be her true self. Essentially, she’s sick of lying to the public.

Luke doesn’t think it’s a good idea to give Batwoman so many of Kate’s characteristics, and to some degree, I agree with him. Batwoman is a caped crusader and her relationships shouldn’t be anybody’s business. However, it also doesn’t hurt anyone to know that she’s part of the LGBTQ community either and doesn’t necessarily link her to Kate, except for those who already know and suspect her to be behind the mask including ex Sophie.

Instead, Batwoman’s sexuality can save so many including teens like Parker who feel like their shunned for their queerness, forced to hide, and never seen. Batwoman is a beacon of hope for everyone including the LGBTQ community.

While Kate and Parker’s coming out storylines meshed well together and influenced each other, at first, Parker’s reasoning for the hack felt a little silly. Parker’s introduction felt forced simply to push Kate to get to this point, but by the end of the episode, the two worked together to deliver a truly great moment for Batwoman as a hero, an icon, and someone just like you.

Alice began unraveling, which got her caught by The Crows, but it was fun to watch her go down, down, down the rabbit hole.

Now that her mad tea party went off without a hitch, Alice seems confused as to why Kate’s dodging her calls. It takes Mouse, who has always been #TeamAlice, to give her the sane breakdown: killing Kate’s stepmom and putting daddy in prison isn’t going to win Kate over.

As she orchestrates a tea party at Catherine’s grave, she’s more delusional than Mouse now who is upset that his sister isn’t seeing the error of her ways.

While his realizations make sense, they’re also coming from a misguided place as he doesn’t want to share Alice and isn’t supportive of her fantasy plan to include Kate in their little family.

When he tells her Kate doesn’t see her sacrifices as a “gesture of love” but as a sign of weakness, Alice figures that in order to get her sister back she has to expose her and put an end to her hero complex.

And thus, he crazed plan of bringing C-4 to the winter formal at Kate’s vile high school (also Parker’s high school) is born.

Again, the set-up here is too convenient and the storyline seems forced rather than an organic result of a series of events.

As Alice loses her grip with reality, she takes a few missteps and the sloppiness of her work is reflective of her delusions.

She gives Parker access to send a message to all of Gotham City without checking what said message says, which results in her arrest.

Kate made it very clear that she’s done with Alice and won’t be giving her any more chances or sympathy. It took Catherine’s death and the Commander on trial for murder for her to realize that her sister is a complete monster without any remorse for her actions.

Her sister is dead… well, at least this Earth’s version of her.

While we rejoice in the successful snatching of Alice, though, the “omg” of all “omg” moments happens — Beth walked through the door and greets Kate. She’s back from a semester abroad, duh.

If you felt like you were transported to a parallel universe, well, you kind of were.

Beth’s return is likely from a pre-crisis Earth brought here through a wormhole of some sort.

While there were a few post-crisis nods in this episode, Gotham seemed to have fared much better than National City following the destruction of the multiverse until this brown-haired, innocent Beth walked through the door.

Kate’s face was priceless and having her first reaction be to pull Beth’s face to check for a mask was brilliant.

As we try to solve the “careful what you wish for” case, Kate finally gets the sister she’s always wanted even it’s just for a little while.

I’m counting down the days till next Sunday to see Alice’s reaction to Beth, the sister Kate’s always wanted. Her jealousy is going to spike.

Poor Beth has no idea what she just walked into.

Beth’s arrival doesn’t just throw a curveball and allow writers to play with storylines that otherwise wouldn’t be possible, but it also proves that Mary isn’t crazy as ever doctor, and even Sophie, tried to make her out to be.

Mary is grieving and going through a lot, but she’s also using coping mechanisms and escapist tactics to hang on, so it’s unlikely that she would be imaging Alice in a brown wig. Shame on everyone for trying to convince our girl that she’s losing it!

Other Gotham Musings

  • Dr. Campbell will play a bigger part in the story. They wouldn’t just use Klaus’ father from The Originals for a one-off scene. Either Campbell was working with Alice and Mouse, or Mary will find a way to convince him to testify. Also, there are villains in Arkham in this series, why is it so hard to believe one of them could create a replica mask out of skin grafts?
  • If there’s another Beth, are there other Batwoman’s and Lucas’s? I thought the destruction of the multiverses would eliminate the dopplegangers. This has the potential of becoming very confusing very quickly.
  • Mary continues to be the best character in the series as she goes to extra mile for her father, who finally gives her the recognition she deserves as a daughter.
  • Batwoman really wants you to know she’s keeping up with the times. There were so many pop culture references from Mr. Robot to Dateline to Snowden and right down to BTS.
  • I’m always in awe that people can’t figure out Batwoman’s identity, but when she took off the mask and the red wig, I realized it’s not as obvious as it is to the audience.

While the episode couldn’t sustain the energy of the midseason finale or the immediacy of the crossover, it nestled itself into its own by focusing on Batwoman’s identity and that twist from the Crisis fallout!

How long will Alice remain in custody? How long with Beth stick around?

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Crisis on Infinite Earths 3-Part Review: Can The Multiverses Be Saved?

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Tuesday’s installment of Arrow wrapped up the first three parts of the DC Comics “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, with two more parts coming to finish the story in January 2020.

If you didn’t pick up on it from all the times the superheroes reiterated the word, the multiverses were in a crisis.

By the end of the third installment, all of the multiverses had been obliterated including everyone Supergirl, Superman, Black Lightning, Kate Kane, and more love. Poof, gone.

However, there was no sense of loss when Supergirl continued to remain hopeful and the episode hitched on the idea that there has to be a way to undo the damage that’s been done.

Maybe not with the book as Kate shut Kara down on that real quick even threatening to use Kryptonite, but odds are, it’s possible.

Otherwise, how are any of these shows going to continue forward?

Without the threat of permanency, there is no sense of urgency about the crossover.

Sure, we can be sad about those we lost, but in the back of our minds, we know that they’re coming back. Death is never permanent on shows like this.

By the end of the hour, though, all the universes and parallel Earth’s are wiped out and Paraih spared a handful of the heroes, the Paragons, and transported them to the vanishing point, a point outside of space and time that cannot be reached by the Anti-Monitor.

This is the real test for our heroes. Can their virtues of hope, courage, and more lead them out of this darkness?

And can they figure out a way to work alongside Lex Luthor, who rewrote his destiny using the book and hitched a ride as Superman? Isn’t it ironic he’s become the Paragon of Truth. Not to mention he replaced the most powerful hero on the super squad. No biggie.

The question posed at the end – so what do we do now? – will be the heroes’ and Lex’s ultimate mission.

How do they restore the planets? How do they bring everyone back? And how do they stop the Anti-Monitor?

Compared to last year’s crossover, Crisis is undoubtedly bigger and there is a role for every single superhero.

They were able to cross into planets and explore Earth’s we didn’t know existed, which was a lot of fun.

There was an alternate version of Gotham where an elderly and jaded Bruce Wayne killed Superman and evoked an anti-heroic mentality. Also, Luke walked around with his shirt off.

The Smallville Earth that allowed us to visit Tom Wellington’s Clark Kent, who had given up his powers to have a family, much to Lex’s disgust. It was a nice little addition, but admittedly, I wish Wellington played a bigger role. I guess he really did hang up the cape.

Diggle, Mia, and Constantine even paid a little visit to Earth-666 to visit Lucifer Morningstar played by Tom Ellis. The trio was desperate to get Oliver’s soul back into his body and needed a little help from the devil himself, you know, pre-detective days. Again, the inclusion of Lucifer was awesome, but the moment was dull and anti-climactic. They made their way to purgatory and found Oliver, but he chose to stay behind thus thwarting their rescue mission.

Separately, these scenes wouldn’t have made much of an impact, but together, they were fun little moments of hope and nostalgia in a time of death and chaos.

90’s Barry Allen even made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to reverse the anti-matter and prevent the destruction of the last remaining Earth, Earth-1. As his body and soul disintegrated, fans were treated to a memory of a younger Jay Garrick and his beloved, Tina, flashing right before his eyes. It also paralleled a recent deep moment between present-day The Flash and Iris. True love, y’all. Sadly, Barry’s efforts, while successful, were for naught because the Anti-Monitor still prevailed and destroyed Earth-1.

Which again, brings us to this final moment where all the heroes and paragons are tasked with their biggest challenge yet. They’ll have to rely solely on themselves to figure this out as the D.E.O, Star Labs, etc. is no longer around for guidance. How do you think it’ll play out?

Other Stand-Out Moments

  • Even baby Jonathan got to play a part in the crossover. As Argo was the first planet to get hit by the anti-matter, Clark and Lois put their son in a pod and set the course to Earth, much like Kara and Clark’s parents did when Krypton was being destroyed. The Monitor saved Clark and Lois as their services were needed for the Crisis, but Alura perished. Meanwhile, baby Jonathan bounced to 2046 where we met a broken version of Oliver, who saved the child.
  • Heat Wave being the only person to calm baby Jonathan is hilarious. As is his desire to read him romance novels… his own!
  • Poor Lyla forced to become the enemy.
  • We finally got more intel on Nash’s transition into Pariah. Even though he’s responsible for freeing Anti-Monitor are is now forced to sit back and watch the destruction of Earths, he still managed to help his friends!
  • I couldn’t help but get reminded of Harry Potter throughout the crossover. The paragons are like the Horcruxes that Harry needs to find in order to defeat Voldemort (the Anti-Monitor) in this case. And those Shadow Monsters, you guys, those were straight up Dementors!
  • Are we supposed to believe that they were able to evacuate billions of people in a speedy manner in the Legion’s ship? I’ll let it go for the sake of storytelling, but come on.
  • Oliver passing the Arrow torch to Mia before sacrificing himself to save his friends and the people of Earth is the start of that female-led spinoff the CW has been teasing.
  • Cisco is Vibe again.
  • Kate’s strong-arm tactics are really cringe-worthy at times. Loosen up, girl.
  • The Spectre, the divine spirit of vengeance, made an appearance as Oliver embraced the new role.

The cameos have been great, the crossover is doing the comics justice,  and it’s entertaining, but now, we have to wait a month to see what happens and how they manage to undo all the damage, which you know they will.

Could the “Dawn of Time” mention in the below trailer mean that they will all have to go back in time to kill the Anti-Monitor thus rewriting history so that none of this ever happened?

What are your thoughts?

Check out the promo for part 4 and 5 returning on January 14th with The Flash entering the Speed Force.

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