What makes a hero?
Gotham’s latest villain, a Detonator copycat, posed that question when he attempted to prove that when threatened, the city’s heroes aren’t so heroic after all by strapping bombs to their chests and giving them the option to either save themselves or countless innocent lives in the city.
Unlike many of the other villains, this villain = connected back to another overarching storyline and exposed a deeper issue plaguing the Crows.
Commander Kane has long been suspicious of a Crow’s cover-up concerning the Lucious Fox murder, but he wasn’t able to get to the bottom of it until he himself woke up with a bomb strapped to his chest.
Actually, at that point, he still didn’t figure it out. If it wasn’t for Sophie, Julia Pennyworth, and our girl, Batwoman, Commander Kane would’ve been a goner.
Kane recognized Sophie and Julia’s efforts in solving the mystery and connecting the Detonator to the murder of Lucious Fox and Reggie Mills. As a thank you, he reinstated the Sophien and made her co-head of the strike team alongside Julia.
Obviously, this will only bring the two closer together, and since they’re both Kate’s exes (and Julia recently spent the night with Kate), it’s bound to make things awkward.
Miles Robles, the Detonator and traitor masking as a Crow, was also responsible for Luscious Fox’s death.
Luke confronted Robles to find out why he murder his father and found out the harrowing truth — his father died protecting him after Robles pursued him to steal some journals that Tommy Elliot wanted.
Yes, that Tommy Elliot, who made an appearance earlier in the season and attempted to take out Bruce Wayne when he thought he came back to the city. We’ll get to him in a moment.
Luke’s anger consumed him, and if Batwoman hadn’t intervened, he would have killed Robles in cold blood. Luke always seems so level-headed, so it was nice to see this edgier side of him. Most importantly, it proves that everyone can be driven into darkness.
Luke’s moral crisis helped Batwoman deal with her PTSD from killing Cartwright. She had to come to terms with what she did by telling Luke about it so that she could prevent him from making the same mistake.
She hid the truth from him because she didn’t want him to be disappointed, but he assured her that one kill didn’t, especially a justified kill, didn’t make her a bad person before revealing that Batman killed the Joker. Would you look at that!
Robles’ explanation for the murder connected to Tommy, who is currently locked away in Arkham and having a bit of a personality crisis where he believes Bruce Wayne is his bestie. Luke revealed his father’s journals, the ones Elliot had him killed for, were the blueprints to all Wayne Industry’s technology. Imagine how dangerous it would be if a deranged lunatic got his hands on them.
As we saw, things at Arkham are a bit too chaotic for my liking.
Mouse was briefly feeling the love, but Alice couldn’t believe this was her new reality. Her facial expressions were a dead giveaway that she was going to concoct some kind of plan.
Alice flows in an out of reality, so there are times where it feels like she shouldn’t be locked up in a looney bin, and then she goes and does something like having Mouse kill Dr. Butler and steal his face so that they can become the “King and Queen of Arkham” before eventually plotting their escape.
This right here proves how delusional they are. How could it be that easy to manipulate the guards of Arkham? I know these criminals are the cities most dangerous, but it should not be this easy.
And finally… Mary confronted Kate about being Batwoman. It happened at a time where Mary was so fed up with Kate for ditching her responsibilities to protect Gotham and its people. She watched countless imposter’s step up and put themselves in the line of danger simply to restore the faith, and she couldn’t stand by idly and silently and let Kate get away with the sulking.
One sister, Alice, broke Kate by putting her in a situation where she was so angry that she resorted to violence and murder, and another sister, Mary, helped Kate remember who she was.
Mary’s asking Kate to “keep going” was powerful and the reason why she of all people needs to be on Batwoman’s team.
Also, it was hilarious to see Luke try to “cover it up” when Mary was clearly in the know.
“A Narrow Escape” marked The Vampire Diaries’ star Paul Wesley’s directorial debut on the DC Comics-inspired series, and he did a great job. It’s always nice to see everyone stay in The CW family!
What did you think of the Batwoman episode? Was it worth the long hiatus?
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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