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Batwoman Review – Serial Fashionista AKA Joker’s Daughter (1×14)

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Batwoman’s episode wasn’t titled “grinning from ear to ear” because Batwoman and Sophie were still on cloud 9 from their kiss, but rather, it earned the title because it introduced a new villain to the city that had a thing for carving smiles into people’s faces. Sound familiar?

After dealing with a blood-sucking wanna-be vamp last week, Gotham City was plagued by Duela aka the serial fashionista aka Joker’s daughter in the DC Universe.

Duela was in-line with what you’d expect from the female-joker, and yet, the series left all that potential to deliver a promising, complex villain untapped.

That seems to be a flaw of ever Batwoman villain as of late — they’re one-dimensional and used as a plot device rather than someone that brings true danger and crime to the city.

Batwoman responded because it’s her job, but it felt like she was just going through the motions.

How can she be this disillusioned with the job so early on in her career?

What Batwoman seemed to want to be doing was dealing with what truly mattered — her love life with Sophie.

Yes, I’m complaining about the series focusing on character growth because it’s happening in all the wrong places.

Batwoman should be kicking ass, shouting her successes from the rooftops, and giving us some boss babe vibes while doing her best to maintain her anonymity, but instead, she’s sneaking around with her ex-girlfriend (who doesn’t know it’s her) and wanting to have her cake and eat it too.

Batwoman is putting her energy into the wrong things and it shows; her performance as the masked vigilante was lackluster and uninspired because she was preoccupied.

Kate wanted to believe that she could be the hero and have the girl, but all along, she knew deep down inside that it wasn’t possible and she’d be putting Sophie in danger. Sophie can take care of herself in a regular situation but with the label of Batwoman’s girlfriend, she’d become a target for every unhinged criminal in the city.

She’d become collateral.

Kate doesn’t even seem to have as much free time as Supergirl/Kara to lead a double life, so it wouldn’t work unless Sophie was fully on team Bat, and we all know she’s never going to permanently walk away from the Crows. Even if she wanted to, Jacob needs her.

Sophie didn’t even realize she enjoying the relationship solely because it was a secret until Kate gave her the option of fully knowing her identity and having a real relationship. Sophie then decided to back out because she realized she only liked the forbidden and fantasy-aspect of it.

Sophie has been hiding who she truly is for so long and having a relationship with a powerful woman whose identity she didn’t know kept the charade going.

When the realization dawned on her, she knew that it was time to take the first step in being honest about who she is and what makes her happy.

As expected, coming out to her mother did not go well and she was hit with the dreaded “I’m disappointed.” There’s nothing more painful than that.

Her arguments about Sophie going up against obstacles such as being a woman and being a black woman were valid, but they had absolutely nothing to do with also being gay. Just like being a woman or black weren’t Sophie’s choice, being gay wasn’t either.

However, those things may be obstacles but they’re also something that should be celebrated; they aren’t burdens.

While it was heartbreaking to see Sophie’s mother turn her back on her and refuse to accept that her child wasn’t what she wanted her to be, but it’s great that Batwoman highlighted the difficulties that come with coming out.

Much of the episode felt anti-climactic and like it was setting up the action for future episodes.

Alice was on the hunt for Cartwright and teamed up with Duela, though, again, there was so much potential here that went to waste.

Really, the only show-stopping thing Duela did was slit her mother’s throat.

Alice used and disposed of the “interesting little psychopath” after she got what she wanted… her face.

Yes, she quite literally cut off her entire face to use as a mask to sneak into Dr. Campell’s office aka Cartwright’s office undetected.

It was messed up on so many levels, but it’s just a reminder that Alice is deranged, and we shouldn’t forget it even when she does nice things like save Mary’s life.

Watching her confrontation with Cartwright was so satisfying because he thought she was dead, but it served as a second reminder that he’s a sick dude who kept children hostage and has no remorse for his actions.

Before she attempts to get her revenge, Alice needs to find Mouse, who is being pumped with fear toxin as we speak.

For those not familiar with the comics, fear toxin was a weapon used by Scarecrow that induced a victim’s mind with irrational fears that drove them insane. It was last used in Elseworlds in 2018!

You might wonder how much more insane Mouse and Alice can really get, but we’re about to find out.
It’s unclear why Alice didn’t take it upon herself to look for Mouse at the old house. All roads always lead back there, so it should have been her first instinct. Similarly, in the trailer, the Crows and Kate are interrogating Cartwright and looking for Alice and never once did it occur to them to look at the place where it all began.
The Commander reached back out to Sophie because he realized he needs someone he can trust and that isn’t anyone on the Crows anymore.
And then there’s poor Mary, who gave Kate chance after chance to tell her the truth and confide in her, and yet, Kate didn’t budge.
After her last statement about “trusting her,” Kate has to know that Mary figured out her secret identity. It’s not like Kate’s made it all that difficult.
If Mary had any doubts, the fact that Sophie confirmed she shared a kiss with Batwoman was all the proof she needed.
Mary constantly feels like she comes in second next to Alice, and when she found out that Alice knew Batwoman’s identity (and Alice seemed to have confirmed it also), it was just a reminder that no matter how good she is, she’s not good enough.
I do hope Kate tells Mary on her own terms because she needs to build up a team she can trust. Mary is in danger no matter what because of her relation to Kate, so the least she could do is get a heads up, right? She’s always helping her anyway, so let’s get her on Team Bat!
She deserves to know for simply figuring it out. Meanwhile, Sophie, whom I thought was for certain about Batwoman’s identity, didn’t know it was Kate despite kissing her.
Other Gotham Thought
  • Did anyone catch the Uncle Harvey reference… as in Harvey Dent!
  • Watching Alice get psychoanalyzed was the best thing ever. Sorry to the doc who ended up dead, but he gave her some great advice — she’s still the scared little girl.
  • If the Commander overturns the conviction of the man who killed Luscious Fox, it’s not going to be pretty.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments 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?

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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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Batwoman Review – Ryan Declares War on Black Mask (2×10)

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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.

Batwoman Review Time Off For Good Behavior Season 2 Episode 10

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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?!


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