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Batwoman Review – One Can Live While the Other Must Die (1×12)

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If you found yourself screaming ‘nooooo’ at the TV screen at the conclusion of tonight’s Batwoman episode, just know you aren’t the only one feeling the loss.

The episode saw two versions of Beth exist in the same universe following implications still brought on and felt by the collapse of the multiverses.

There was obviously Alice, the Beth of the earth that Kate couldn’t save or redeem, while Beth, who appeared from a different world, made a compelling case by being smart, compassionate and everything Kate always wanted Alice to be.

The choice was simple and pretty straightforward, which is why it was obvious that Alice would be spared. And truthfully, to keep things interesting, the plot moving along, the rift between sister’s anchoring the series, and an overall villain captivating audiences and raising the stakes, everything hinged on Alice’s survival.

But man, Kate and co. had so many opportunities to just take Alice out and rid Gotham City of its most dangerous criminal, it was practically making our heads spin.

Kate’s good-natured spirit meant that she wanted to find a way to save both Beth and Alice, but Alice didn’t deserve to be spared. Maybe if she had shown any remorse as Catherine pointed out, we could argue that there was something buried deep within in her could be redeemed.

Unfortunately, Alice has proven time and time again that she is beyond repair.

“Take Your Choice” underlined just how broken and haunted Alice truly is by her past. Her upbringing trapped inside a literal hell with Mouse and his father led to a psychotic break, which caused her to create this alternate persona of Alice, but deep down inside, all she’s ever wanted was to be loved by her sister.

It’s incredibly heartbreaking to watch and you can’t help but feel sorry for her, especially because her delusions are so intense that she truly believes her sister will save her.

For a moment, I thought Kate would save her, too. Kate kept her cards close to her chest, and there was a possibility that she would use this as a second-chance to also redeem herself and save her sister after failing the first time around.

If you think about it, the only way Kate would save her actual sister is if she saved Alice.

However, she made the logical choice and gave the anecdote to Beth, who deserved it and could be the sister she always wanted and needed.

And yet, even with the anecdote, Beth’s chances of survival were slim as she had a major target on her back. There was a whole city out there looking for Alice, so the moment she left the Batcave, it was over for her, though, I didn’t expect her killer to be August Cartwright, Alice’s captor and Mouse’s father.

When we met “Dr. Campbell,” we knew there was something off about him, and in hindsight, we should have known there was a chance it was August, but his timing was so impeccable.

Seriously, what are the odds that both he and Sophie would be there when Luke and Beth pulled up?

Sophie decided not to shoot because of her love for Kate, but as Commander, she should have caught on that Luke would never be protecting Alice.

However, it all stems back to Kate and her failure to inform Sophie of Beth’s existence.

She never told Mary about the multiverses collapsing, and yet Mary was allowed to know about Beth and Alice, so it’s unclear why Sophie couldn’t have been made privy to the information.

This way, she would have called off the shoot to kill order and they could have worked alongside each other to protect Beth and kill Alice. Everyone wins.

But again, this is a show and for entertainment purposes, Alice’s survival was necessary.

When Beth was shot and died in Luke’s arms (whom I think was her BF on her earth), Alice was revived and she came back with a vengeance considering her dear sister whose love she’s been trying to earn back allowed her to die.

It would have been interesting to see if Alice could turn over a new leaf if Kate had shown her love and given her the cure, but I guess we’ll never know.

For now, their feud continues and Alice has even more reasons to act like a psychopath because her sister very clearly turned her back on her.

Oh, when will Kate learn?

Cartwright also confronted his failure of a son, Mouse, and inserted him with a serum that will likely give him the ability to control him.

We haven’t dived too deeply into what transpired between Mouse and Cartwright, but it seems as though his father felt betrayed by Mouse’s close relationship with Alice and faked his own death. With his return, it allows us to explore that dynamic and also his deep distaste for Alice that allowed him to kill her, well, her doppelganger, without hesitation.

Elsewhere, Commander Kane got into it with Dodgson, who I’m assuming is dead after being choked out by the only person in prison who saw an opportunity with aligning with the former Commander of the Crows.

Without Dr. Campbell, Kane’s release from prison doesn’t seem too promising, but Mary will find another way as they can’t keep him sidelined for too long.

Other Gotham City Musings

  • It was nice seeing Catherine again. Her “I’ll save you a seat in hell” gave her character death some deserved justice.
  • Is anyone else rooting for Mary and Luke?
  • Also, Mary is such a badass! She outsmarted Alice and lived to tell the tale.
  • Alice calling Beth “basic” was her way of masking her jealousy at the fact that Beth also had the life she always wanted.
  • The Commander should really learn how to fight better.

What did you think of the episode?

Are you happy Alice survived? Are you sad to see Beth go?

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Batwoman Review – Sister Bonding Time Leaves One Character in Arkham (1×16)

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Who would’ve thought we’d see Kate and Alice working for the same team one day on Batwoman?

The team-up may have been surprising, but it was wickedly delicious. Maybe it’s because of Ruby Rose and Rachel Skarsten’s chemistry, but the sister-duo was electric together as Kate worried that she was turning into Alice and Alice was beginning to show a glimpse of humanity.

Spending time together is good for one sister but terrible for the other as their behaviors tend to rub off on one another.

The action in this episode alone was better than most of the season. And even if it was hard to believe that Kate would willingly hurt innocent people to help her sister, it allowed us to pretend for just a moment that these two could turn things around and play for the same side.

Kate was still reeling from Cartwright’s death. Killing a man is something she never expected to do and went against her morals, and yet, once she did it, she was terrified that she didn’t feel a shred of guilt.

Usually, that would worry me, but considering Cartwright ripped her family apart, was the sole reason behind their suffering, and turned her sister into the mad hatter, I can’t say that I blame her.

There are some people that are beyond redemption; Cartwright got what he deserved.

Alice kept insisting that she and Kate were the same, but it’s blatantly obvious that she doesn’t know her sister at all and wants to believe that instead. Kate may have slipped up, but the act of murder does not turn her into a monster.

Kate is nothing like her — she prides herself on being the hero, helping people, and honoring a code.

Alice: We buried a body this morning. When did you have time to eat?

The murder didn’t make Kate less of a hero, though, it did cause her to question who she was for a bit and that’s fine. Even heroes have darker days. Protecting the city comes with a price and sooner or later, Kate would have had to face this part of herself.

What really trigged her was Alice’s revelation that she wanted Kate to kill Cartwright. Once Kate realized it was all part of Alice’s twisted plan to show her that she’s just as twisted as her sister, she knew what she had to do.

It may have been shocking that Kate agreed to help Alice break into Arkham to reunite with Mouse, but in retrospect, it was the moment where she knew she had to stop Alice.

I’ll admit, I was just as shocked as Alice that Kate played her, but it made sense especially since Kate would never stoop that low and not consider the consequences of getting caught. Alice never expected it, however, because she wanted so badly wanted to trust Kate, to have a relationship with Kate, to be accepted as part of the family again, that she was blinded.

Kate played her part well and was very convincing. She knew just what to say to get on her side.

Alice didn’t expect that her own family would use her biggest fear of getting abandoned against her, and this will undoubtedly blow up in Kate and Jacob’s faces.

No one ever stays at Arkham for too long and especially not Alice. She’s savvy enough to escape, plus she also knows the ins and outs of the psychiatric ward.

And once she does, she will come back with a vendetta. They haven’t seen the last of Alice forever, but it’s possible the series is moving away towards a new big bad. Possibly the person that ordered all those professional hits on half of Gotham?

Lucious Fox’s alleged murder, Reggie, was released and killed shortly after by a hitman while chatting up with Fox’s son, Lucas.

It was absolutely no coincidence that Nazzari, the owner of the Sip and Dash where the murder went down, was also killed by a hitman mere hours before.

Whoever framed Reggie is taking out the people that know too much.

Sophie was also a target, but she was saved at the last minute by Julia, British Intelligence and Kate’s ex-girlfriend. Yep, two exes hanging out together — what could go wrong?

Lucious was also Julia’s godfather, so there’s a personal connection that led her to finding a down-in-the-dumps Kate drinking by herself on the ledge of the building.

Kate was feeling low and found comfort in Julia, who didn’t object. Yeah, things are about to get messy between these ladies as they will all likely work towards figuring out who the murderer is.

The Commander was also targeted since he sent Sophie out to snoop around and has intel that someone within the Crow’s was paid to incriminate an innocent man and cover it up.

Considering we don’t have any personal connection to anyone else in the Crow’s, I’m not sure how this is going to pan out, but we’ll see.

Even though Lucas was undergoing a lot of personal dilemmas, I truly enjoyed all of his scenes with Mary. They’re on their way to becoming Gotham’s power couple.

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below or at @CraveYouTV on Twitter!

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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 – Serial Fashionista AKA Joker’s Daughter (1×14)

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Batwoman’s episode wasn’t titled “grinning from ear to ear” because Batwoman and Sophie were still on cloud 9 from their kiss, but rather, it earned the title because it introduced a new villain to the city that had a thing for carving smiles into people’s faces. Sound familiar?

After dealing with a blood-sucking wanna-be vamp last week, Gotham City was plagued by Duela aka the serial fashionista aka Joker’s daughter in the DC Universe.

Duela was in-line with what you’d expect from the female-joker, and yet, the series left all that potential to deliver a promising, complex villain untapped.

That seems to be a flaw of ever Batwoman villain as of late — they’re one-dimensional and used as a plot device rather than someone that brings true danger and crime to the city.

Batwoman responded because it’s her job, but it felt like she was just going through the motions.

How can she be this disillusioned with the job so early on in her career?

What Batwoman seemed to want to be doing was dealing with what truly mattered — her love life with Sophie.

Yes, I’m complaining about the series focusing on character growth because it’s happening in all the wrong places.

Batwoman should be kicking ass, shouting her successes from the rooftops, and giving us some boss babe vibes while doing her best to maintain her anonymity, but instead, she’s sneaking around with her ex-girlfriend (who doesn’t know it’s her) and wanting to have her cake and eat it too.

Batwoman is putting her energy into the wrong things and it shows; her performance as the masked vigilante was lackluster and uninspired because she was preoccupied.

Kate wanted to believe that she could be the hero and have the girl, but all along, she knew deep down inside that it wasn’t possible and she’d be putting Sophie in danger. Sophie can take care of herself in a regular situation but with the label of Batwoman’s girlfriend, she’d become a target for every unhinged criminal in the city.

She’d become collateral.

Kate doesn’t even seem to have as much free time as Supergirl/Kara to lead a double life, so it wouldn’t work unless Sophie was fully on team Bat, and we all know she’s never going to permanently walk away from the Crows. Even if she wanted to, Jacob needs her.

Sophie didn’t even realize she enjoying the relationship solely because it was a secret until Kate gave her the option of fully knowing her identity and having a real relationship. Sophie then decided to back out because she realized she only liked the forbidden and fantasy-aspect of it.

Sophie has been hiding who she truly is for so long and having a relationship with a powerful woman whose identity she didn’t know kept the charade going.

When the realization dawned on her, she knew that it was time to take the first step in being honest about who she is and what makes her happy.

As expected, coming out to her mother did not go well and she was hit with the dreaded “I’m disappointed.” There’s nothing more painful than that.

Her arguments about Sophie going up against obstacles such as being a woman and being a black woman were valid, but they had absolutely nothing to do with also being gay. Just like being a woman or black weren’t Sophie’s choice, being gay wasn’t either.

However, those things may be obstacles but they’re also something that should be celebrated; they aren’t burdens.

While it was heartbreaking to see Sophie’s mother turn her back on her and refuse to accept that her child wasn’t what she wanted her to be, but it’s great that Batwoman highlighted the difficulties that come with coming out.

Much of the episode felt anti-climactic and like it was setting up the action for future episodes.

Alice was on the hunt for Cartwright and teamed up with Duela, though, again, there was so much potential here that went to waste.

Really, the only show-stopping thing Duela did was slit her mother’s throat.

Alice used and disposed of the “interesting little psychopath” after she got what she wanted… her face.

Yes, she quite literally cut off her entire face to use as a mask to sneak into Dr. Campell’s office aka Cartwright’s office undetected.

It was messed up on so many levels, but it’s just a reminder that Alice is deranged, and we shouldn’t forget it even when she does nice things like save Mary’s life.

Watching her confrontation with Cartwright was so satisfying because he thought she was dead, but it served as a second reminder that he’s a sick dude who kept children hostage and has no remorse for his actions.

Before she attempts to get her revenge, Alice needs to find Mouse, who is being pumped with fear toxin as we speak.

For those not familiar with the comics, fear toxin was a weapon used by Scarecrow that induced a victim’s mind with irrational fears that drove them insane. It was last used in Elseworlds in 2018!

You might wonder how much more insane Mouse and Alice can really get, but we’re about to find out.
It’s unclear why Alice didn’t take it upon herself to look for Mouse at the old house. All roads always lead back there, so it should have been her first instinct. Similarly, in the trailer, the Crows and Kate are interrogating Cartwright and looking for Alice and never once did it occur to them to look at the place where it all began.
The Commander reached back out to Sophie because he realized he needs someone he can trust and that isn’t anyone on the Crows anymore.
And then there’s poor Mary, who gave Kate chance after chance to tell her the truth and confide in her, and yet, Kate didn’t budge.
After her last statement about “trusting her,” Kate has to know that Mary figured out her secret identity. It’s not like Kate’s made it all that difficult.
If Mary had any doubts, the fact that Sophie confirmed she shared a kiss with Batwoman was all the proof she needed.
Mary constantly feels like she comes in second next to Alice, and when she found out that Alice knew Batwoman’s identity (and Alice seemed to have confirmed it also), it was just a reminder that no matter how good she is, she’s not good enough.
I do hope Kate tells Mary on her own terms because she needs to build up a team she can trust. Mary is in danger no matter what because of her relation to Kate, so the least she could do is get a heads up, right? She’s always helping her anyway, so let’s get her on Team Bat!
She deserves to know for simply figuring it out. Meanwhile, Sophie, whom I thought was for certain about Batwoman’s identity, didn’t know it was Kate despite kissing her.
Other Gotham Thought
  • Did anyone catch the Uncle Harvey reference… as in Harvey Dent!
  • Watching Alice get psychoanalyzed was the best thing ever. Sorry to the doc who ended up dead, but he gave her some great advice — she’s still the scared little girl.
  • If the Commander overturns the conviction of the man who killed Luscious Fox, it’s not going to be pretty.
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