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Batwoman Review – Gore on Canvas (2×05)

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An unlikely partnership formed on Batwoman Season 2 Episode 5 between the Batwoman and The Crows.

The organization and the vigilante (and her team) put aside their differences to pursue a common goal: nab the Jack Napier (Joker) painting and get information on Coryana, the mysterious island where Safiyah is reportedly holding Kate hostage. 

The whole save Kate motivation is pretty whatever in my opinion since I’m convinced that Kate (played by Ruby Rose) is no longer part of the show, but it’s nice to see these unlikely characters work together in a way we’ve never seen before. 

It has also set up some pretty intense confrontations that question everyone’s morality.

Batwoman was against working with the Crows initially, and for good reason — they’ve ruined her life for their enjoyment. 

We see the way Sophie talks to her when she’s just Ryan, and it’s a stark difference from the way she treats her when she’s the Bat. 

But when it came down to it, Luke’s “I hate the Crows” reason trumped Ryan’s as the organization was literally responsible for his father’s death. 

If he could put that aside to save Kate, Ryan could surely look the other way for one night. 

However, that ended up blowing up right in her face as she learned the most important lesson: always trust your gut. All of her concerns about the authoritarian-like organization come to pass. 

We knew the Crows were a corrupt and dangerous organization, but we’ve never seen it pan out in such a way where two of Sophie’s men run over the Wolf Spider who nabbed the painting before Batwoman could, retrieve the painting, and leave him for dead. 

What’s worse is that one of the men is reluctant to go through with it while the other doesn’t want to be dragged for excessive force. It’s evident this is the series’ way of working in real-life issues stemming from the Black Lives Matter movement in a subtle way, and it works. 

Batwoman basically gives Sophie an ultimatum — me or them, and Sophie tries to explain that she wants to be the change within the organization. Again, it’s a subtle depiction of the Black versus Blue situation we watched play out all summer, and it also works in the context of the story. 

Ryan has never been a fan of Sophie, and vice-versa if Sophie knew Batwoman’s real identity, but knowing Sophie will stand by such corruption just escalates Ryan’s feelings. 

It’s an interesting dynamic because both women have so much in common and yet are so different.

Sophie’s a Black woman who is intelligent and has a high-level job, but she’s still choosing to fight for the “bad guy” with no redeeming qualities.

When will it get to a point where she can no longer defend them and the injustice they dish out? 

Ryan’s anti-Crows sentiment makes sense, but it’s unclear why Jacob Kane still holds so much resentment towards Batwoman. You’d think that after finding out his missing daughter used to be the caped-crusader and now, another brave soul has taken the mantle in her absence, he’d be more welcoming to the idea of working with her. She’s only saved his life twice already. 

And why isn’t he a better fighter? For a “Crow at the top,” he didn’t even seem to know how to throw a punch when confronting one of Coryana’s men in the alleyway. 

You’d think that after everything that’s transpired, Jacob would want to evoke a change within the organization, but he’s still allowing his ego to get in the way of any true progress.

It was obvious that the Wolf Spider was Evan, and I’m kind of glad it was. He wasn’t just some other villain being introduced as he told Mary that his motivation was to get the painting for Kate. 

I love that there’s someone outside of Kate’s immediate circle who feels like they owe her because she helped them become their true selves. I kind of hope Evan becomes involved in the series in some way! 

Everyone’s efforts proved to be futile because the Jack Napier painting turned out to be a fake in the long-run. 

But the original isn’t missing at all — Ocean has it. Remember the guy that Alice was tasked to kill before she had a vision that revealed she knew him during her time on Coryana?

Well, she successfully tracked him down at a bar, and who would have thought I’d enjoy Alice toning down the theatrics for a week to down five tequila shots with an attractive man while having an ulterior motive?

I can’t blame Alice for being intrigued by Ocean because I too want to know more about him and his time on the island. 

For starters, why can’t either of them remember that they knew each other? Or most importantly — that they were in love?

Giving the show’s resident psycho a love story is one way to shake things up. 

But is it going to cause Alice to go soft? It’s already happening as she opted against killing Ocean despite having so many chances, as he so graciously pointed out.

While I don’t think she’s ever going to let up on being completely unhinged, we’ve never seen Alice actually in love with someone. Love changes people!

The two of them made a great team as they took out Safiyah’s men, and their time together unveiled some of the most crucial bits of information: he has the painting (which we know is a map to Coryana hidden under the guts of one of the Joker’s victims), they have amnesia for some reason, and Ocean referred to Safiyah as his “sister.”

What does this all mean? Safiyah must have erased their memories for a reason, but wouldn’t she know that bringing them together would unlock them? Unless that’s what she wants. 

There seems to be a larger game at play here for Safiyah than just returning Kate Kane. It’s almost as if she’s the cat and Alice, Ocean, Batwoman, and the Crows are her little missing, which, you know, fitting.

Other Batty Moments

  • Angelique and Ryan rekindled their relationship, which gave us insight into the past. Ryan took Angelique’s drugs when she was spiraling and was caught with them by the Crows, which led to her 18-month stint for something she didn’t do!
  • We know Angelique was at Ocean’s apartment, and seeing as though she was at the Collective party and still selling drugs (despite being sober), it’s safe to say she’s working for someone who is looking for the Napier painting. This leads us to believe that she’s wrapped up in something that’s going to make her relationship with Ryan quite difficult. 
  • Nothing better than Alice telling some cocky man at the bar that she killed her mouse. It was a joy to watch him run off. I’ll have to try that line next time!
  • Can Ryan take care of that injury like for real? I know she doesn’t want Luke and Mary to think she’s not capable of being Batwoman, but she really doesn’t understand what she’s dealing with her. How does she expect them to trust her or be honest with her if she doesn’t return the favor? And the Kryptonite is already causing her to fumble while she’s trying to nab the bad guys! 
  • How stunning did Javicia Leslie look in that borrowed couture?! 

What did you think of the episode? What do you think Safiyah truly wants?

Are you digging Ocean and Alice?


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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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