Revenge is a powerful drug.
On Batwoman Season 2 Episode 7, both Ryan and Alice’s stories revolved around the desire to get revenge.
One could argue that deep down, they’ve both endured pain and trauma that’s led them down their respective paths.
Ryan usually takes the high road, but she saw how easy it was to stoop down to Alice’s level when given the chance.
The face-off between Ryan and Alice was cutthroat and thrilling, plus, it was something that this season has been building up to.
But thankfully, due to her hallucinations caused by the Kryptonite in her system, Ryan saw a vision of her mother and stopped herself before killing Alice.
In her quest for vengeance, she would’ve become the very thing she hated.
Still, that fight sequence was probably a good way to let out all that pent-up anger even if it wasn’t Ryan’s brightest idea to fight a skilled psychopath while she was knocking on death’s door.
With Alice explaining that she has no recollection of Cora and noting that she wasn’t behind her death, I think there’s more to the story that Ryan doesn’t know. Maybe it wasn’t Alice at all?
The episode finally gave us some backstory about Alice, while also giving us some insight into Safiyah, Coryana, and the origins of Alice’s relationship with Ocean.
I can’t be the only one who doesn’t want him to leave and secretly hopes that he and Alice will finally get the chance at love that was ripped from them.
Tatiana arrived to claim Ocean’s body, which was Alice’s opportunity to fill in all the blanks about her time on the island.
Basically, Alice and Safiyah bonded over their common enemy: Catherine Hamilton-Kane.
As we know, Alice hated her because she convinced her father and Kate that Beth was dead, while Safiyah hated her for burning her on some defense system.
This paints the late Catherine in a whole new light because it means that she likely knew about the Desert Rose the whole time. And now that we know Hamilton Dynamics was running secret and unauthorized testing, there’s no telling what she was truly up to.
Anyway, Safiyah saw promise in Alice. She was impressed with her backstory and how she’d managed to escape, so she wanted to harness that power and use her hatred against Catherine to her benefit.
Of course, as we all know, Alice is a bit of a wild card, so she needed to discipline and tame her, which is when she introduced her to Ocean, who was supposed to teach her how to fight.
As they sparred, they gave each other new perspectives and naturally fell in love. Yes, Alice is capable of love!
He showed Alice that revenge would be all too consuming and holding a grudge against a family she technically loved for moving on instead of clinging to the pain wasn’t doing her any favors. He wanted her to channel all that pain and anger into feelings of love and self-worth.
Ocean knew Alice could fight, but she needed to learn how to feel. It’s the first moment where someone is actually talking some sense into the girl.
She was hurt by the fact that her family gave up on her, but it was blinding her from realizing just how extraordinary she was; she managed to escape from her personal hell and she could do anything she wanted moving forward. She was strong and a fighter.
Meanwhile, Alice told him all about a world outside of Coryana — the one Safiyah wasn’t letting him experience.
Eventually, the two of them developed feelings for each other and Ocean stole some of the Desert Rose to harvest back at home after they ran away together.
Tatiana snitched on them, unsurprisingly, because of her love and devotion for Safiyah.
She was also jealous of the fact that Safiyah was in love with Alice, who, in turn, was in love with Ocean. Doesn’t it always boil down to love?
When Safiyah learned of the betrayal, she decided to hypnotize them to make them forget about each other. It was an eye-for-an-eye move, but in this case, it was an “I’ll take the most precious thing from you like you took the most precious thing from me.”
So, for all of us wondering why Alice is such a cold-blooded killer with no humanity, the short answer is that Safiyah made her that way.
If Alice kept all of her memories of falling in love with Ocean, her story would’ve turned out much differently. And isn’t that heartbreaking?
This didn’t have to be Alice’s story, and while she’s caused quite a bit of pain, there’s still time to course-correct. Though, the writers have to be very careful here because Alice is one of the single greatest things about the serie; changing her could be damaging.
Something tells me that Alice is going to get into her fair share of trouble while in Coryana, but Ocean will arrive in the knick of time to save her. Is that the romantic in me? Probably.
During Tatiana’s storytime, we also learn more about the Desert Rose, which is described as delicate and the “most dangerous weapon in the world” depending on who has access to it.
However, considering Safiyah said that it was only able to grow from a woman’s life force, it’s unclear if it would actually thrive if it were taken from the island.
Maybe everyone’s looking for something that won’t actually be able to help them in the first place?
During Ryan’s altercation with Alice, she explained that she put a tracker in her boot, which would hopefully lead them to Coryana. You have to give her props for thinking clearly while in her deteriorating state.
My only concern is that Alice switched boots since she did do an outfit change before embarking on her journey to face Safiyah. The teaser for next Sunday’s episode seems to indicate that Batwoman does get to Coryana, so maybe her plan worked after all.
Ryan also unmasked herself and revealed her identity to Alice, which was a questionable move.
Why would she want one of the most dangerous criminals in Gotham City to know who she is?
On the other hand, maybe being so transparent earned her some kind of level of trust with Alice?
We’ll see how this pans out, but it does seem like Alice is quickly blurring the lines between friend and foe on the series.
There was a moment where it seemed as though Ryan was going to reveal herself as Batwoman to Angelique, which likely would’ve been even worse.
I think the only thing that stopped Ryan from pulling her mask off was realizing Angie already moved on with another woman.
But how ignorant can Angelique really be? Not only did Batwoman call her by her nickname, but she also knew personal things about her like the fact that she doesn’t drink.
It seemed like a dead giveaway and yet, Angie didn’t catch on.
The Commander is continuing to learn that he never knew the truth about any of the women in his life: he didn’t know that Beth was live, he didn’t know that Kate was Batwoman, he didn’t know Mary ran an illegal clinic, and he didn’t know much of anything that Catherine was up to at Hamilton Dynamics.
The guy who is supposed to know everything there is to know about the city he’s protecting has been kept in the dark for so long.
As the Crows connected Hamilton Dynamics to Garnick Logistics, they did their best to find the map to Coryana only to realize Safiyah’s people got to it first.
It’s unclear what their next move is, but if they want a chance at getting to Coryana or finding Kate, they need to team up with #TeamBatwoman ASAP.
What did you think of the episode? Are you surprised by Safiyah’s motivations? Did she simply ask Alice to kill Ocean as part of a sick and twisted mind-game?
Will Ocean and Alice find a way back to each other? Do you have a soft spot for Alice knowing her full backstory now?
Is Coryana going to be the miracle-cure they’re all expecting?
Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below!
Batwoman Review – Ryan Declares War on Black Mask (2×10)
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.
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?!
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!
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