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?
Batwoman Review – Ryan Declares War on Black Mask (2×10)
Batwoman’s fight with False Face Society is only getting started.
And now, it just got personal as they’ve taken one of the only people Ryan Wilder cares about – her on-again, off-again ex-girlfriend Angelique.
Ryan convinced Sophie and the Crows to get Ang transferred after she gave up the names of those responsible for killing Commissioner Forbes. However, no one anticipated that Black Mask would figure out exactly when they were transferring her and take her back.
Obviously, Ryan thinks it’s because Black Mask wants to tie up loose ends, but it’s really because aside from Ocean, who is now MIA, Angelique was the only one who knew the secret recipe to produce Snakebite.
And obviously, Snakebite is what makes FFS go round.
It was easy for the Black Mask to infiltrate the Crows as they already have someone on the inside.
Dr. Rhyme is a “Snakebite consultant” for the Crows, but we know she’s working with Black Mask and keeping Kate a prisoner.
She was also all too eager to get Commander Kane hooked on the product after he was attacked by one of her men because it discredits the Crows.
Once word gets out that the Commander is using Snakebite, the Crows’ credibility is shot.
And it goes to show you just how powerful the drug really is. After one hit, Jacob Kane was addicted and wanted to get lost in the “do-over” that the hallucinogenic drug provided.
I thought that once Alice heard his therapy session with Dr. Rhyme and realize how remorseful he was for not trying harder to find her when she was captured by Cartwright would stir up something in her, but Alice is too far gone.
As she noted herself, it’s easier to forget than forgive, which is why she wants to find Enigma, who we learned is Dr. Rhyme, so that she can wipe her memories of Kate and start anew.
This drug really is all too popular in Gotham.
The series didn’t exactly confirm that Roman is Black Mask, but it did allude to Roman Sionis of Janus Cosmetics, which has been my theory since Batwoman Season 2 Episode 9.
Not only is her working alongside Enigma, but he was all too eager to slip the Commander two vials of Snakebite.
Black Mask told the new Batwoman that he wanted revenge because the previous Batwoman killed his daughter.
We know Kate’s Batwoman had a no-kill policy, which Luke emphasized, so I wonder if they’re getting close to the Commander to frame him in some way?
Or does he blame Batwoman and the Crows, with the Crows being the ones behind his daughter’s murder, which is why he’s taken hold of Kate?
Agent Pennyworth’s memory-lapse came into clear focus when she teamed up with Alice — yet, another unlikely partnership — to find Enigma.
It turns out, her search for Kate led her to the root of Kate’s disappearance, but she forgot it soon after.
And when she confronted Enigma this time around, she had her memories wiped again and was convinced to transfer to Berlin, which obviously didn’t sit well with Sophie.
Sophie always knows something’s up, and the most annoying thing is that she’s always a few steps from figuring out the truth about everything.
Will she put all the pieces together? After all, everything seems to be connected.
The Bat team also took on a case involving a new villain named Kilovolt, who targeted the opening of Jordan Moore’s community center, which Ryan and Mary are helping to spearhead.
The reason was profit-based, of course. The CEO of Edgewater Prison, Ellis O’Brien, was letting out criminals for one night to target community programs in exchange for early parole. The idea was that shutting down these programs allows kids to continue to fall through the cracks and fill up the prisons thus making them money.
It’s disgusting, of course, but not exactly unheard of.
Thankfully, Batwoman squeezed out just enough energy to deal with O’Brien while dealing with hunting down the Black Mask and his goons.
The episode set up some pretty important elements and got us one step closer to finding out exactly what game Dr. Rhyme and Roman are playing.
Isn’t it crazy how the people you need to take down are always looming in your circle? In this case, they’ve infiltrated the top leader of the Crows without even lifting a finger!
What’s their final game plan? And is Horten Spence the Lois Lane of Gotham?!
Chicago Med Review – So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried (6×10)
Sometimes, procedures on the fly are the best way to treat a patient.
They may pose a bigger threat, but the payoff is worth it in the end.
Marcel dealt with a patient who had much more in common with him than he initially thought.
The father, who was shot, was very adamant about not being treated due to the high cost of a hospital. He kept scolding his son in Farsi, which led me to believe that Crockett understood every single thing he said.
And turns out, he did. After initially performing the surgery and not being able to locate the bullet, he realized that the bullet moved to a different part of the body.
Not wanting to open up the man a second time, Crockett listened to Michael about using a new tool “off-label” to try to pull the bullet out. It didn’t work, but it was a valiant attempt.
It led to a riskier surgery, but it all worked out in the end. Crockett’s bonding moment with the patient also revealed a little bit about his Persian background. Eventually, he told Natalie during their date night that his real name is Darioush.
And I have to say, there’s nothing hotter than Crockett speaking Farsi.
After he connected with the patient, he also gave Sharon some useful advice about being proud of her son. Michael may overstep sometimes, but his motivations are in the right place.
Choi and Halstead butted heads with their patient, which isn’t new. A rivalry between the two, especially as they’re both interested in Sabina, has been brewing for the past few episodes.
In this case, however, Dr. Halstead was right in doing everything they could to save the patient.
Ever since taking on his new position, Choi has been playing it safe, but it’s clear that sometimes taking the risk is worth the payoff.
It wasn’t even Halstead that ignored Choi’s advice either — Maggie’s instinct told her to allow the mother to make her own decision and she’s the one that stood in his way.
And Choi might blame Halstead for questioning his authority, but Halstead was convinced to do so by Sabina.
I don’t know if I fully trust Sabina because she’s been flirting it up with both Choi and Halstead. It’s almost as if she wants to stir up a feud between them.
Choi is in charge, which means Halstead should listen to him, but Choi should also acknowledge Halstead’s ideas and suggestions.
Manning and Charles teamed to help a patient who claimed to have been mugged.
If you’re an avid watcher of the series, you knew that there was something strange about her not wanting to talk about the incident.
As Charles said, the story wasn’t adding up.
I initially assumed it was because she was either cheating on her husband or he was the one that was abusive, but it was a nice twist that it was neither. Instead, the husband who just returned from Afghanistan was going through PSTD nightmares, which resulted in him injuring his wife without him knowing.
She was lying about the incidents to protect him, but eventually, she came clean and he got the necessary help.
In a subplot, April helped save a man who was injured in a construction accident.
And though she did her best to stop the bleeding, Lanik gave her unnecessary grief for it.
Following the surgery, he apologized and admitted that she definitely saved the man’s life and should’ve considered being a surgeon, which makes me think maybe April will rethink career paths?
While the episode was entertaining on its own, it was very disconnected from previous episodes. Where was Dean Asher?
Where was the psych patient who was obsessed with Charles?
Chicago Med is usually the #OneChicago show that does well in terms of continuity, but this episode lacked it completely.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
Batwoman Review – Kate Kane’s Kidnapper Revealed (2×09)
As a new hero takes her permanent place in Gotham, a new and chilling villain also rises.
At the kickstart of Batwoman Season 2 Episode 9, Julia Pennyworth provides evidence that Kate Kane died in the plane crash as her friends and family mourn her official death during an intimate ceremony.
But as we know, Kate Kane is very much alive and being held in the sewers of Gotham by a “sadistic drug lord” known as Black Mask, the man that’s also behind the False Face Society.
The only person that doesn’t seem convinced that Kate’s crash was an accident is her father. It’s a good thing the Commander is finally going with his gut because Julia’s investigation gave way to the discovery that she’s missing a huge chunk of her memories.
Someone erased her memory of the initial investigation into the crash, which would only make sense if said person was trying to cover up the truth about what happened to the flight and Kate.
If I were Julia, I’d definitely be questioning where I got the skull bone whose DNA matched Kate’s because it could’ve been slipped to her by someone that wanted everyone to think Kate was dead.
Someone like… Enigma.
Enigma is introduced in the final moments of the episode and well, as her name indicates, she’s quite an enigma. In the comics, Engima is the Riddler’s daughter, but it’s unclear what storyline The CW show will adopt. And it’s unclear why Enigma wants Batwoman alive or why she’s interested in giving her a new face.
We also get a little more information on Black Mask, who reveals that the False Face Society pulled Kate out of the plane wreckage.
In a separate scene, he also reveals that he wants revenge on Batwoman for killing his daughter. I’m having a bit of a lapse in memory, but who did Kate Kane’s Batwoman ever kill?
And is Black Mask aware of the Kate/Batwoman connection? Is that why he has her?
While Black Mask’s identity remains unknown, my initial reaction is that it’s Roman Sionis of Janus Cosmetics, who capitalized on the Commissioner’s death by taking advantage of his screen time to talk about how he’s going to rid the city of the “criminal element lurking behind masks.”
Of course, in the comics, Roman does become the super-villain, so this theory tracks in a slightly altered way.
The episode largely focused on Angelique’s attempt to free herself from the False Face Society, and the hard lesson that leaving a gang enterprise comes with its fair share of consequences.
As Ryan finds out, Angelique was manipulated into being the getaway driver during the Commissioner’s murder.
Ryan orders her ex to tell the truth and help The Crow’s put away the False Face leader, which she eventually agrees to do, but that also comes with a price.
First, Angelique is kidnapped. Batwoman comes to her aide but is knocked out and almost sliced in half. (Also, how graphic were those scenes? Sheesh!) Sophie arrives in the knick of time to save Batwoman, who is finally able to free Angelique.
But when it comes down to it, she takes the fall for the Commissioner’s death in order to protect Ryan.
The goal of the episode was definitely to redeem Angelique and get her back on Ryan’s good side. Plus, now Ryan/Batwoman has a reason to pursue False Face and Black Mask that’s more personal than just helping Gotham.
It was also an interesting way for Sophie and Batwoman/ Sophie and Ryan to work together again, which sort of means that Batwoman and The Crow’s are unofficially collaborating when it comes to justice.
You’d think Sophie would have caught on by now that Ryan and Batwoman are the same person, especially since Batwoman recognized the bracelet, which Angelique later gave to Ryan. The writing is on the wall, Sophie.
Sophie’s sister, Jordan Moore, was also introduced and it seems like she’ll be sticking around for a while as Batwoman just suggested that the Bat Team assists Jordan with bringing her community center to life in order to make Gotham a better and safer place.
Jordan seems to be spearheading the Ryan and Sophie ship, and while I’m not opposed to it, it’s definitely problematic considering Sophie still sees Ryan as less-than because of her history. Her approach towards Ryan versus Batwoman is telling, so while Sophie understands the system is broken, she also plays a subconscious role in it that needs to be addressed before this relationship even considers moving forward.
Speaking of ships, are Luke and Mary dating? Can they figure out their feelings for each other? For now, it’s been strictly Bat Team business, but I was digging their hand-holding at the funeral.
Alice’s storyline was a subplot, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Rachel Skarsten carried the show for much of the first season, and she’s been doing impressive work in season 2, but after Ruby Rose’s exit, the series has really taken off with a whirlwind storyline that’s giving everyone a chance to shine.
They don’t need to focus on her all the time, but it’s still nice to see what she’s up to amidst all the chaos in town.
After her adventures on Coryana, Alice understandably suffered a psychotic break in order to avoid dealing with reality and her grief.
She returned to Cartwright’s where she hallucinated a young Kate, who helped her realize that she never mourned her sister’s death.
Will she actually be able to convince herself to forget Kate Kane ever existed?
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts and theories below!
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