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?
Sound-off in the comments, Cravers!
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!
Batwoman Review – Watch It All Burn Down (2×08)
Time is of the essence on Batwoman as the race to save Kate Kane was at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
Kate, wherever she is, has to feel blessed that she’s loved by so many people who are willing to put their lives on the line for her.
After plenty of head-butting between the multiple parties, somehow, everyone arrived to Coryana with one goal in mind. Even Alice, who kept trying to sell the narrative that she wanted to kill her sister eventually realized she wanted the same thing everyone else did — to get Kate back in one piece.
Batwoman Season 2 Episode 8 was an action-packed rollercoaster ride. If Six Flags were to finally get a ride inspired by Batwoman, this would be it.
Emotions were all over the place, as were motivations and alliances.
At a certain point, it really did seem like we finally reached the end of Kate’s story as Julia returned to inform Luke and Mary that body parts matching Kate’s DNA were found at sea, while Safiyah revealed that Kate was never actually on the island.
And I was fine with it. Kate’s storyline has run its course and allowed for a refreshing shakeup of the second season.
However, all of that was reversed in the final moments as we saw that Kate Kane very much alive. It would be almost impossible to identify Kate as she’s very badly injured, if not for her signature red necklace that confirms her identity. As the scene revealed, she’s somewhere in the sewers of Gotham just waiting to be rescued. As for the face, it’s nothing Alice can’t fix. Have you seen her craftsmanship? It’s impeccable.
A Kate Kane with a botched face obviously makes it easier to sell the recasting narrative. And earlier in the day, it was announced that Krypton and The Royals actress Wallis Day would take on the role previously held by Ruby Rose.
This begs the question: why didn’t the series didn’t just recast Rose in the first place instead of introducing a whole new Batwoman… and one that we’ve all grown pretty fond of, even Luke?
Gotham would definitely benefit from two Batwoman’s, but I just don’t think there’s room for it on the show.
Will Kate even want to be Batwoman upon her return? Will Ryan assume another superhero?
Who is holding her captive? And is Julia’s intel correct… or is she part of the conpsiracy?
Of course, it’ll take some time for everyone to even realize Kate is alive because for now, they are all under the impression that she died in that plane crash. No one is looking for her anymore and they’re all finally able to start the grieving process.
No offense to Kate, but it’ll be nice to see everyone else tackle cases that don’t revolve around Kate for a bit.
The trip to Coryana proved to be fruitful for almost everyone.
Batwoman almost didn’t make it until Luke and Mary realized that their little scuffle with Safiyah’s Many Arms gave them the last remaining Desert Rose on the planet! See, there had to be a reason why Safiyah shared the origins of the flower in the previous episode.
With that flower, they have the cure guaranteed to save Batwoman. Ryan will live to see another day!
I say the last remaining Desert Rose because after learning that Safiyah misled her and never had Kate in her possession, Alice set fire to all of the crops and as Rihanna would say, just stood there and watched it burn.
Maybe it’s because Safiyah had it coming, or maybe it’s because it was Alice in her full psychotic glory, but the scene was so enjoyable to watch.
What did Safiyah expect after toying with Alice’s emotions? If she knew her as well as she said she did, she would know that Alice wouldn’t have a problem freeing herself from the restraints of those two men.
In one-fell swoop, Safiyah took everything from Alice simply to teach her a lesson: she took the hope that she’d get her sister back, and she took the only person Alice has ever loved by forcing her to kill Ocean.
And in return, Alice took everything that mattered to Safiyah.
Admittedly, I was pretty upset when Alice killed Ocean because I had high hopes for the two of them, but it wasn’t surprising.
Alice’s love story has always revolved around her sister. After she was annoyingly psychoanalyzed by everyone, even she admitted that her quest to get Kate back wasn’t about revenge or betrayal. Telling people she wanted to kill her sister was just a front… and not a very good one since everyone managed to see right through it.
Alice is scary, but she’s not “I’m going to kill my sister” scary. She just needed a little help seeing it for what it really was.
Batwoman is slowly starting to become The CW’s new The Vampire Diaries where no one actually stays dead.
First Kane, then Ocean.
I’m going to guess that Alice and Ocean will fall back into each other’s arms sometime in the future, but first, he’ll plot his revenge on Alice for killing him while he has no choice but to remain loyal to Safiyah since she spared him from death.
Who could have ever imagined the knife was imbued with Desert Rose? I guess we should have expected it from a flower with healing properties.
It was a nifty little trick on Safiyah’s part.
However, nothing was more shocking than the revelation that Tatiana was the one behind everything. She’s the one who slaughtered Alice’s gang, sent the note, shot down the plane, and brought Alice back into Safiyah’s life. One would say she was a little obsessed with destroying Alice and making Safiyah fall in love with her.
Love and jealousy make you do crazy things, though, I think I speak for everyone when I say Tatiana won’t be missed.
However, it’s not all that different from Safiyah choosing to make Ocean and Alice pay for their love all these years later.
How will Safiyah retaliate against Alice for burning down her cure-all plant? You’d think she had the flower locked up somewhere safe as a precaution but judging by the look on her face, she definitely didn’t.
There was also a sweet moment between Sophie and Ryan, even if it was on her deathbed.
It seemed as though Ryan was going to reveal her true identity to her, but Luke’s call came in the knick of time.
I never considered the possibility of a Sophie and Ryan relationship, but I’m not opposed to it.
But even if it doesn’t happen, it’s nice seeing Batwoman and the Crows more integrated and working side-by-side. If it was up to me, I’d make Sophie the leader of the Crows because at least she’d ensure that the organization would no longer be corrupt. Thus far, Jacob Kane hasn’t been much of a leader, nor is he in any way responsible for getting them to Coryana.
If you think about it, he’s just a useless man with a lot of enemies in town that’s taking credit for everyone else’s successes. Where have I seen that before…
Other Batty Musings
- How great is the bond between Ryan and Mary? She entrusted her with her beloved plant, and Mary risked her life protecting that thing!
- You can always count on Mary and Luke to offer a bit of reprieve during an otherwise action-packed episode.
- I could really get behind a Batjet!
- Can someone seriously sign Mary up for fighting lessons?
What did you think of the episode?
Are you shocked that Kate Kane is alive and Ruby Rose has been recast? Are you happy Ocean is alive? How do you think Safiyah will retaliate?
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