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Batwoman Review – I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury (1×06)

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Batwoman is finding it hard to keep her identity a secret on “I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury.”

Two characters found out her secret, and it was a close call for two others.

Sophie’s had her inklings from the get-go, but now she knows for certain that Kate’s the Caped Crusader.

Kate can thank Mary for talking her out of telling the Commander the truth.

She changed her mind with the gut-punching line: you did this to Kate.

Sophie’s role in all of this remains kind of questionable. She’s the weakest character next to Mary’s strongest character only because she’s constantly injecting herself into Kate’s life for selfish reasons.

And all of this after she told Kate to move on.

Stop trying to sabotage Kate’s plan to save Gotham City and worry about your husband or something, Sophie.

Last week we saw drunk Mary (a hit!) and this week we see protective Mary. Even when she doesn’t know the full extent of what’s happening, Mary is 100% your girl.

But she was so close to finding out the truth, which leaves me slightly surprised that someone with her intelligence level hasn’t pieced it all together.

Kate knew about her clinic and now, Batwoman has brought her Dodgson (connected to Kate’s sis, Alice) and Sophie (Kate’s ex-lover). Kate’s almost beginning Mary to figure it out.

The other person to find out Batwoman’s identity was Mouse, which is more dangerous for Kate.

Mouse is jealous of her,  he’s off the rails, and he easily imitated Kate’s voice to pry the truth out of Alice.

When the villains begin to know who’s behind the mask, that’s when you begin having problems.

The episode teetered on redundant with almost every character.

Alice and Mouse played mind games with each other, though, he was able to use his new face to steal Catherine’s new toy and the only thing that can penetrate a bat suit.

There’s a possibility that Alice wants the tool so that no one can kill her sister because she cares about her, but seeing how her deranged mind works, I’m more concerned that she wants to use it on her sister instead.

Alice reveals she has a plan for Kate that involves her becoming part of Alice and Mouse’s makeshift family, but we know there’s no way in hell Kate’s going to allow that plan to come to fruition.

Kate’s back-and-forth with her father about Alice and how they let her down was a snooze-fest.

We get it, you guys blame yourselves.

And while the guilt is going to keep eating away at them every time Alice makes a move on Gotham, they need to let it go.

Both of them searched for Alice until they were convinced, either because they truly believed it or they wanted so badly to believe it, that she was dead.

It’s an impossible situation, but pointing fingers will not change the past nor will it bring her back… well, at least, her mentality.

The Commander’s distaste for Batwoman was also striking considering his team hasn’t been able to police the city well at all these last few weeks.

Wouldn’t it be easier to work alongside Batwoman?

He’s turned off by the caped vigilante because he blames Batman for imploding his life, but it’s just a reflection of how he feels about himself.

Batwoman isn’t the problem. In fact, she was the solution for this episode as she nabbed the right suspect and made sure that the law was restored.

The one-episode villain was the Executioner, who was hellbent on making people pay for their corrupt actions, and while it was a noble cause, it fell kind of flat.

Though, I’ll admit, having the killer in the executioner hood as the actual executioner from Blackgate was meta.

Despite the comparisons from the Commander and Eldon himself, Eldon and Batwoman were not one and the same despite fighting against the law.

Eldon wanted revenge on the people who had been rigging the system and turning him into a murderer of falsely accused minorities.

Unfortunately, while death by execution styles may seem like the proper punishment for corrupt law enforcement, it didn’t restore justice or teach them any kind of lesson.

Batwoman’s approach was to do the job that she didn’t think the GCPD and the Crows could do while still allowing the law to handle the punishment.

The only way justice would be served to Judge Calvarick is if he was put on trial, locked up at Blackgate, and told to wait for his execution just like the other innocent inmates.

The DA reopening every case and looking into it once again is a good thing for every wrongfully accused inmate, but it’s the stuff of nightmares for Luke, who personally trusted Gotham’s finest to find and put away his father’s killer.

Is this going to be a storyline moving forward?

Will Luke have to relive his father’s death as they look for his rightful killer? I’m willing to bet this could bring in a rather entertaining villain into play as it becomes personal not only for Luke but for Batwoman.

Ridding Gotham of corruption is messy. If Gotham is anything like Chicago, it runs in the city’s veins and is engrained in its politicians and law enforcement.

But, with people like Batwoman, there’s hope for the city after all, just as long as someone doesn’t blow her cover first.


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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. 

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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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