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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 Review – I’ll Give You a Clue (2×13)

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Batwoman Review I’ll Give You a Clue Season 2 Episode 13

In the words of Jigsaw… do you want to play a game?

Only Batwoman’s Jigsaw was Arthur Brown, a former quiz show master turned villain named Cluemaster, who escaped from Blackgate in the hopes of getting revenge on Sophie Moore.

Moore and the Cluemaster’s rift dated back five years to when she was a rookie Crow who somehow managed to solve his clues and thwart his master plan to hurt his gameshow contestants, which landed him in prison. 

“I’ll Give You a Clue” was a fun installment that forced Sophie to team up with Mary and Ryan sans her Batwoman cover. 

It was like a girl’s night that ended up with the three of them putting their brains together to stop an evil mastermind. 

They drank pricy tequila, played trivia, and bonded by getting to know each other on a deeper level. And when Ryan and Mary’s lives were at stake after they stepped on a weight-sensitive explosive pressure plate, Ryan was forced to admit that Sophie correctly figured out that she was Batwoman. 

Usually, you’d expect a series to drag this out with Sophie using the newfound information as leverage, but I’m so glad that wasn’t the case.

Having them all on board opens up the possibility of so many fun storylines.

She kept dropping subtle hints that she knew Ryan was Batwoman hoping that she’d confess even suggesting that they call Batwoman to help them out of their explosive predicament. 

And eventually, Ryan had no choice but to acknowledge it in order to save herself and Mary.

Batwoman’s identity is starting to be Gotham’s worst kept secret. 

While Sophie was fetching Batwoman’s tool from the lair — and I love how geeked out she was — Mary called Ryan out for allowing her hate to cloud her judgment and prevent her from thinking rationally. 

Ryan’s been a solid and fair Batwoman, but she’s allowed her personal life to interfere and almost get her killed on several occasions.

Sophie hasn’t given Ryan many reasons to trust her, at least not that Ryan’s aware of, so her hesitancy was understandable, but there was no point in denying the obvious when it was clear Sophie knew it for a fact. 

Sophie then proved herself by saving Ryan and Mary with just 15 seconds on the clock before apologizing for treating Ryan like an ex-con prior to knowing she was Batwoman. She also informed her that despite being a Crow, she was on her team and protected her identity from being leaked to the agency. 

If that doesn’t scream “you can trust me,” I don’t know what does. 

With these three badass women working together, the Bat Team is stronger than ever. 

It probably helped that Mary vouched for Sophie personally; she may work for the Crow’s, but Sophie’s always been on the right side of justice. 

She’s the only one that’s consistently extended a hand to Batwoman and sees the value of teaming up with a vigilante. After all, they’re on the same side and fighting for the same thing: justice.

I don’t know why the Crow’s keep thinking that Batwoman is the enemy and interfering in her pursuit of Black Mask. 

Batwoman Review I’ll Give You a Clue Season 2 Episode 13

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While the ladies were preoccupied at the Quiz Show HQ, Luke stayed behind to nerd out with Stephanie and figure out what the ClueMaster’s (aka her father’s) next riddle was all about.

Luke and Stephanie matched each other’s intelligence level, which was fun to watch. It’s rare that someone else speaks Luke’s language. 

When she knocked him out, I thought that maybe she was in cahoots with her father, but everything she did was to protect him (and Sophie) from the madman. 

She also confessed to her father that she was the one who solved his riddle five years ago and asked Sophie to cover for her, which upset her father.

Thankfully, Luke was able to regain consciousness and figure out the riddle in time to free her from the car that was quickly filling up on fumes.  

Oh, the lengths some parents will go when their kids turn out to be smarter than them but don’t share their values of murdering people! 

Stephanie repaid Luke with a kiss, and though they definitely had chemistry, I’m still waiting for Luke and Mary to happen! I will not allow myself to hop aboard this ship!

Meanwhile, Alice remained Black Mask’s prisoner, but per usual, she found a way to level with the villain and weasel her way out of permanent death. 

When calling “daddy” didn’t work, Alice put two and two together and realized that if Circe Sionis was behind the Michael Meyers-looking mask, then Black Face must be her father, Roman. 

From there, she offered to help Circe get her face back since she does specialize in human faces. 

And you’ve got to admit, it was a pretty brilliant plan. Alice is a cat with nine lives who knows how to talk her way out of any situation without giving up all her cards. 

When Roman wasn’t around, she questioned how Circe was still alive when she saw the real one die in prison.

Nothing gets past Alice, though, admittedly, it was a bit of a stretch for Alice to recognize Kate simply by looking at her eyes. 

I guess that’s a testament to the power of their sisterly bond. Even without a face in place, Alice knows Kate when she sees parts of her body!

How will she play this? Will she realize that Kate was hypnotized the same way she once was?

Jacob Kane had a chance to redeem himself when Alice called him for help. Isn’t that what he wanted by injecting himself with Snake Bite? The point of the drug was to escape reality and relieve himself of the guilt he felt for not saving Beth. 

But when he had an actual second chance to save his daughter in the way he couldn’t the first time around, he still blew it anyway.

Of course, the fact that he was high out of his mind probably contributed to it his lapse in judgment.

Kane took it so far that he was wheeled into Mary’s clinic foaming at the mouth. 

Oh, Commander. This is not a good look. 

I bet he’ll be glad that Mary kept her underground clinic open because if she hadn’t, his little Snake Bite addiction would’ve been front-page news. 

What did you think of the episode?

What will Alice do with her newfound information? Will Jacob survive and get clean? And are you happy that Sophie knows about Batwoman’s identity?

Let us know in the comment below! 


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Batwoman Review – Introducing Circe Sionis (2×12)

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The Alice and Batwoman team-up is one I never knew I needed… or would enjoy so much. 

Rachel Skarsten does not disappoint… ever. No matter what, she nails every scene, beat, and emotion. 

After Black Mask took her beloved Ocean, she decided to join forces with Batwoman, who was on the prowl to save Angelique. 

And their brief alliance made sense since both Angelique and Ocean were being held together at the same place. 

However, despite some moments where it seemed like Batwoman and Alice were actually bonding, the former wasn’t ready to forgive the latter, who murdered her mother in cold blood. 

She wasn’t even phased when Alice admitted that she remembered Cora. 

I know that Ryan has a personal bone to pick with Alice, but it’s unlike Batwoman to just leave someone for dead. 

Kate Kane would never, and since I typically find myself thinking that Ryan is a much better Batwoman than Kate ever was, her decision to walk away and leave Alice to fend for herself after she just came to help her was wildly out of character. 

It’s also slightly frustrating because doesn’t Ryan want to know why Alice and her Wonderland Gang killed Cora? I’m convinced there’s plenty more to the story. 

Plus, there’s no doubt in my mind that Batwoman and Ocean will have to team up eventually to save Alice from Black Mask and the False Face Society. 

This was the first time Alice was also confronted by someone more deranged than her.

When Circe Sionis (and her Michael Meyers-inspired face mask) got in her face, Alice actually looked afraid, or, at the very least, disturbed. 

And who can blame her? Circe, who is actually Kate Kane under the mask, has been hypnotized into this killing persona, so she’s pretty unpredictable. She has no free will or thought process of her own — she’s simply loyal to her father, Roman. 

I love that Alice was looking right into her presumed dead sister and had no idea. I can’t wait for her to unmask Circe and find out the truth! That’s definitely going to send Alice on a bender.

The comforting thing is that we know Dr. Rhyme’s hypnosis and memory-erasing powers can be undone. We’ve seen it with Alice and Ocean. 

Maybe spending enough time with Alice will trigger some memories that will bring Kate Kane to the surface?

Also, will we find out how Circe died? Was it really at the hands of Kane’s Batwoman?

The series also confirmed what we all knew was coming — Roman Sionis is Black Mask. Shocker, shocker! 

After Ryan risked it all to save Angelique, she had to get her heartbroken and stomped on… again. 

This time, Angelique was making the right call by working with the feds and entering witness protection, but there was no way Ryan was going to go with her. 

Even without the ties to Batwoman, Ryan has built a life in Gotham that she’s not ready to throw away. 

Quite frankly, Ryan and Angelique were a love story that was always doomed to fail, but at least Ryan could finally move on without harboring the guilt she felt for getting Angelique caught up in this mess in the first place. 

And with Angelique out of the picture, there’s no doubt that the series will try to link Ryan and Sophie romantically, especially now that Sophie has figured out that Ryan is Batwoman.

After the initial shock, Sophie realized that if Agent Tavaroff’s DNA sample was put through the system, he would positively identify Ryan and Batwoman.

She then risked everything to prevent The Crow’s from finding out Batwoman’s identity, which is interesting. 

Who’s side is Sophie really on? 

She has never seemed too confident in The Crows’ mission, but now, she’s sabotaging her own people to help Batwoman. 

She should probably just join the Bat team at this point, especially after the way she’s been treated by the Commander. 

I’m also curious as to why the Commander and The Crow’s still hate Batwoman? Why do they want her in jail when she’s helped them on countless occasions. 

You’d think he’d have changed his mind considering his daughter was the first vigilante to help the city. 

The hatred towards Batwoman doesn’t really make all that much sense anymore; they’re on the same side. 

The Commander’s angry outbursts seemed strange at first, but when Sophie stumbled upon a used vial of Snake Bite, she realized that the leader of The Crows has become addicted to the dangerous drug coursing through the city. 

I think it would’ve made more sense for Sophie to simply confront the Commander about it, but then she would have to explain why she was in his office in the first place. 

And considering his state, he probably wouldn’t have been receptive to her concerns anyway. 

So, taking the issue to Mary was her next-best option, especially since Mary is a doctor who can help him with the withdrawal he will undoubtedly go through. 

Mary didn’t want to believe that he father could be using, but the proof was right there. He was acting erratically (even though she wanted to believe he was truly being supportive of her underground clinic) and sweating profusely. 

Batwoman Season 2 Episode 12 was one of the most action-packed and entertaining episodes this season. In just one hour: Batwoman’s identity was spared once again, Sophie took a win against Tavaroff, Ocean and Angelique were freed from False Face’s grasp, the Commander’s secret was exposed to his daughter, Black Mask’s identity was revealed, Kate Kane’s storyline has taken shape, and Alice is being held captive once again. 

What was your favorite moment?

And what are you most excited about moving forward?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 


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Batwoman Review – Sophie Learns the Truth About Batwoman (2×11)

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Mission save Angelique was on and it turned Batwoman into an episode of Fast & Furious.

Ryan and Sophie (the fact that she has her saved as “Crowphie” still cracks me up) teamed up to save the girl, but their efforts were fruitless. 

Black Mask proved that he’s always one-step ahead of them, and when they confronted him, he threatened to shoot Angelique on the spot. 

It’s unclear if he really would’ve done it considering she’s his only shot at making the Fear Toxin the way Ocean did previously, but it convinced Sophie and Batwoman to back off. Ang revealed she didn’t know the drug’s recipe by heart, but she bought herself some time by promising Black Mask that she’d track down Ocean. 

Is anyone else annoyed by Sophie’s decision to take on this big bad all by herself? Why does she think she’s invincible? 

I get not wanting to put a civilian like Ryan in harm’s way, but there was absolutely no reality in which she would’ve survived that confrontation alone. 

Luke warned Ryan against getting too close to Sophie because he was worried she’d figure out her secret identity. 

To be honest, I’m surprised it took her this long. Sophie’s smart, so she should’ve realized that Batwoman is always involved when Ryan is. Then again, she never pieced it together when Kate was Batwoman, so I guess this is progress.

After confronting Black Mask, Sophie found the AI in Mary’s car that Ryan left behind. which included her to listen to Ryan and Luke’s conversation. 

It was the equivalent of Ryan ringing her up and saying: “I’m Batwoman.”

What happens now? Will Sophie confront Ryan? Will she be upset? Will she be more inclined to work with her?

This is the first time a Crow knows Batwoman’s identity!

But she might not be the only one. The new agent, Agent Tavaroff, who seems to have some bad blood with Sophie, watched surveillance footage from the Black Mask’s lair and took some of Batwoman’s blood to get tested. 

We know the Crow’s have all of Ryan’s information on file, so it would likely come back as a match. 

And while Sophie might not be the kind of person to expose Batwoman’s identity, Tavaroff wouldn’t hesitate. 

Is Jacob Kane still taking Fear Toxin? It’s unclear, but it has turned him into a grade-A jerk so there’s that. 

Alice spent much of the episode trying to erase Kate from her mind, but the more she tried to prove that she’s a heartless monster, the more her subconscious bubbled up to the surface to prove that she does have a heart and feelings. 

Not only was she unable to erase Kate, she also couldn’t shake her feelings for Ocean. 

And it didn’t help that he waltzed right into her little therapy session with Enigma to get his revenge on her for “killing him.”

Alice lives in such a delusional state half the time that she struggled to distinguish if what was happening was real, but Ocean made it very clear that stabbing him with Safiyah’s blade spared him from death. 

And that seems to be a good thing because the moment Enigma returned their memories, they were back in each other’s arms and locking lips. 

I’ve said it in past review, but I’ll say it again — I’m really looking forward to seeing who Alice is when she’s “in love.”

Kate, and now Ocean, are her two tethers to humanity. Kate was obviously the do-gooder, but Ocean is no saint; he’s still involved in this Fear Toxin mess. 

Will they become Gotham’s newest power-couple?

Also, why did Enigma choose to return their memories? Was she just tired of being held captive by Alice (she looked pretty terrified of her at times), or will she benefit from their “love story?”

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below. 

Batwoman goes on hiatus until May, so we’ll catch you back here on the same night, new time! 


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