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Batwoman Review – Off With Her Head (1×15)

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We knew Alice’s past was traumatizing, but we weren’t clued into the extent of the trauma until Batwoman’s “Off with Her Head.”
The episode finally gave a play-by-play of what happened to Alice that forced her to snap and essentially turn off her humanity. Surprisingly, it didn’t have as much to do with Cartwright than it did with his mother, Mabel Cartwright, who Alice referred to as the Queen.
The events unfolded after Alice tracked down Mouse to save him but was met with straight hatred inspired by his exposure to teargas. His father wanted to mend his relationship with his son, and the only way that could happen was if Mouse believed Alice was a monster who ruined his family.
Mouse was so far gone when Alice came to save him that he turned on Alice, chained her up, and exposed her to Scarecrows toxins, which gave us a look at Alice’s deepest fear. Alice came face-to-face with Cartwright’s oxygen-tank wielding older mother who immediately disliked “the girl” and unleashed holy hell on her because she was envious of her youth and beauty.
Alice went through years of emotional and physical abuse that made learning how to sew new faces out of human skin look like child’s play. “Her majesty” broke Alice to the point where Alice chose to be numb instead.
The memories were interlaced with Alice’s hallucinations of the Queen, which were pretty straightforward aside from one vision — Mabel with her face burnt off. It didn’t make sense throughout most of the hour until Alice finally revealed the climax of the story.
After realizing that “mommy dearest” was wearing her real mother’s earrings, the ones that matched the necklaces given to her and Kate for their bat mitzvahs, Alice broke into the locked refrigerator to find her mother’s severed head inside. At that moment, she truly snapped as she understood everything that had been taken from her. In her first act of turning into an unhinged psychopath who reigned hell on Gotham, she burnt Mabel to a crisp, which explains the “burnt face” vision.
Digging into Alice’s backstory on such a deep level not only painted a better picture of what she endured, but it also made us feel sorry for her. She’s no longer a one-dimensional villain; her motivation is clear and the depth of her pain easily excuses the hurt she dishes out. Alice is a byproduct of insanity forced upon her through years of living in survival mode.
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Batwoman — “Off With Her Head” — Image Number: BWM115B_0283b — Pictured (L-R): John Emmet Tracy as August Cartwright and Debra Mooney as Mabel Cartwright — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Both Alice’s version of the story and Lucas’s findings indicate that Mabel died, but whatever happened to their mother’s face? Did it go to anyone? Or was it simply preserved in the fridge forever? Or was Cartwright hinting that his deranged mother picked Gabi’s face, which is what caused the accident? The “omg” moment seems to have been lost on me probably because I couldn’t believe Cartwright fished her head out of the water and held onto it. That whole family is twisted and sick!
While Alice’s obvious fear was Mabel, there was an underlying fear that plagued her while under the fear toxin and it was the worry that no one was going to come to save her again. Alice has always blamed her father and Kate for allowing her childhood to be ruined by not looking for her hard enough, and those anxieties also manifested themselves again. At one point, Jacob and Batwoman even came to visit her but deemed her not worthy of redemption, which hurt Alice more than anything.
Alice’s present-day situation mimicked her kidnapping the first time around, and once again, it was at the hands of her initial captor. However, it was also a second chance for both Jacob and Kate to prove their love to her and come to her rescue.
If they didn’t do enough or try hard enough back in the day, that was far from the case this time. Kate quite literally put everything on the line to save her sister. And when Jacob found her, holding a shard of glass and contemplating suicide, he simply held her in his arms and told her “he cared.”
While this wasn’t part of Alice’s plan, she achieved the results she’d wanted. Her family came through for her, they went to great lengths to get her back, and they no longer judged her for what she’d done because they understood why she was the way she was. It was the first step in their reconciliation into becoming a real family.
When I say Kate did everything to get her sister back, I mean she killed Cartwright with her bare hands despite promising that she wouldn’t because she wasn’t a killer.  She was overcome with emotion after realizing just how much Cartwright took for her, so it’s understandable, but it’s going to be hard for Kate to bounce back from. The moment was raw and engulfed Kate in a way she didn’t expect while challenging expectations of herself.
Kate is the city’s hero — she’s righteous, good, and protects the innocent while punishing the criminals in moral ways. This goes against everything she believes in. How will she face herself every day? How will she try to set an example when she disappointed herself?
Again, it wasn’t Alice’s plan, per se, but she was proud of her sister because she finally got what she wanted — Kate on her level. Kate could no longer judge her because she too had blood on her hands. Plus, it’s not like Alice would be mad at the fact that the man who destroyed her life was finally dead and could never hurt her again. It was a cause for celebration.
Other Gotham Musings
  • Kate sent Sophie a “you up” text, but it wasn’t the best idea since she can’t just go tell her ex-girlfriend she just killed a man.
  • Mary was straight up looking for a way to open the secret underground Batcave. And she was close to figuring it out. She’s too smart for all of this.
  • Kate called Mary as Batwoman to help Cartwright from bleeding out. She might as well clue her in on the truth because Kate and Batwoman’s worlds are getting murky.
  • Lucas figured out that Mary knows, right?
  • Kate didn’t tell her father about alternate-reality Beth, but now he knows the real Alice is alive. How will he continue running the Crows while protecting his other daughter?
  • Seeing how miserable and vicious Mabel was also helped us realize why August Cartwright was the way he was. Hurt people hurt people.
  • Couldn’t Jacob look up August Cartwright’s information and quickly find what his mother’s address was so that they didn’t waste time?
The teaser for next week’s Batwoman shows Alice and Kate teaming up to break Mouse out of Arkham. In an attempt to get mend her relationship with her sister, will Kate lose her sense of self and heroism? How will she straddle the line when she’s aligned with a villain?
As for this week’s episode, it may have been my favorite simply because it broke all the rules and portrayed the hero and the villain as both one and the same; they’re both in the same gray area. Everything we knew up until this moment was questioned and flipped upsidedown as the narrative proved we’re all just as good as our responses to external situations. If Batwoman keeps this up, it’s on its way to becoming one of the best superhero shows simply because it’s not afraid to go against the grain and get a little dark.


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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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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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