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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 Premiere Review – What Happened to Kate Kane? (2×01)

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Batwoman Premiere Review What Happened to Kate Kane Season 2 Episode 1

The Batwoman Season 2 premiere answered two pressing questions: “What happened to Kate Kane?” and “Who is Ryan Wilder?”

When Ruby Rose announced that she was leaving the show, many fans questioned how the series would move on without its main heroine, especially when all the plotlines leading up to season 2 were heavily revolved around her. 

Those questions only intensified when it was announced that Javicia Leslie was cast as Ryan Wilder,  a woman who embraces the cowl and cape of Gotham’s masked crusader. 

Though my hopes weren’t high for the series, it seems that hitting the “reset” button during the premiere episode was in the show’s best interest. Seeing all the familiar faces brought a sense of familiarity, but introducing Wilder’s backstory into the existing narrative still gave the series a fresh vibe. It may look like the same show, but things are shifting in the right direction. All the series needs to do is ensure that it continues on that trajectory and doesn’t fall into the same manholes as the freshman season. 

Ryan’s character brought me to a realization I hadn’t had prior — I didn’t care for Kate Kane. Despite being the titular character, Batwoman can and did exist without her; the series didn’t feel incomplete without her likely because the supporting cast has always done much of the heavy lifting while Rose coasted by.

Rebooting a series, however, always posed the question of how they were going to write Kate off. While death by plane crash wasn’t exactly what I expected, it’s a sure-fire way for the series to move on permanently while providing fans with much-needed closure. (As I said to myself during the episode: “that’s one way to do it.”)

Some in Gotham may think that Kate’s still alive somewhere out there, and usually, I tend to err on the side of caution because the rule of television is no body = no death, but considering the batsuit was on the ground at the scene of the crash, it’s safe to say Kate wasn’t wearing it and didn’t survive the impact of the crash. Realistically, it wouldn’t make sense to have the audience hoping for her survival when Rose made it very clear she’s no longer interested in the role. 

Javicia Leslie makes her debut as 'Batwoman' - Check out the Batsuit!

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Ryan was at the right place at the right time and was the first at the scene of the accident, which meant that she found the batsuit and immediately saw it as an opportunity to turn her life around. 

Amid the grieving and mourning of Kate’s death and the tying of loose ends, the series never lost sight of Ryan’s story, and the way they factored her into the narrative felt believable. 

There’s not much that make Ryan your all-American hero; she’s a victim of a broken system, she’s been let down, and she’s flawed. But she also has a good heart and a passion to change the world for the better, which already makes her the perfect choice to carry the mantle, not to mention compelling and way edgier than Kate.

She doesn’t exude Kate’s level of entitlement and even acknowledges that she doesn’t deserve to wear the suit if her only goal is revenge. She realizes that being a hero is more than the outfit, and while it’s unclear if the show will take its time to properly carve out a heroine with Wilder, she already seems to have the spunk and fire that Gotham needs. 

Through flashbacks, we learn that Ryan’s biological mother died while giving birth to her and her adoptive mother, who kept her grounded, was killed by a group of squatters that ran with Alice. 

Right off the bat (pun intended), she already has it out for Alice, which gives her something in common with Kate. She’s also impressed with all that Kate’s done for the LGBTQ community. 

And there’s no one who understands the anger of losing a mother to Alice than Mary, which may be why the latter is silently rooting for her by the end of the episode. 

Ryan’s desire for revenge reveals how Alice will remain an integral part of the story without Kate around. 

A concern that surrounded the introduction of a new lead was that there would be no use for certain characters anymore or ways to fit them into the story organically, which would be a huge loss with Alice, who is one of the strongest parts of the series. It would be damaging to lose her, so I’m glad that there’s still someone in Gotham who she’ll be able to bump heads with. 

And with Kate out of the picture, we’ll at least get to see a different side of Alice’s deliciously unhinged mind. Kate always had a soft spot for Alice despite everything she did, but that won’t be the case with Ryan. Consider Alice enemy number one. 

Referring to Alice as “unhinged” is a bit of an understatement. We’ve seen her in some pretty deranged moments, but she truly spiraled after Kate’s death, which is hilarious if you think about it considering her whole plan with giving Tommy Elliot Bruce Wayne’s face was to kill Kate. 

She wasn’t upset by the fact that Kate was dead so much so as she was upset that she wouldn’t be able to execute her psychotic plan. And I’d have to agree, it is a shame. I would have loved to see the Commander shoot Batwoman with the Kryptonite only to find out he killed his daughter. 

With Kate gone, Alice wasn’t going to let all the plotting be a complete waste, so she clued her dad in on Batwoman’s identity by simply spelling it out for him. And crushing him with the realization that his daughter died as he was waging a war against her will have to suffice for Alice (and me).

Somehow, I feel like he always knew the truth deep down inside. As did Sophie. Come on, learning that Kate was Batwoman in the goodbye letter couldn’t have been such a shocker or much of an “aha-moment.” If it was, that’s the series dumbing down an agent we know is highly intelligent and skilled.

I guess that was the only way to bring closure to the Kate and Sophie relationship with Kate off-screen, but I just wish it was a more impactful moment on Sophie’s part. 

Also, it’s a bit of a low blow that her final interaction with the love of her life is Kate confessing that she’s been lying to her this time. Sorry, my bad.

Hopefully, this allows Sophie to embrace her feelings for Julia fully because they make a good couple and could really do some damage in town with their badassery. And they’ll need each other if they’re going to go after Saifya.

Safiya introduction doesn’t just give Julie and Sophie a new purpose, but it also gives Alice a new arch-enemy – aside from Ryan – as she has taken responsibility for Kate’s demise. 

Alice will want vengeance for not getting to kill her sister, and we know how dedicated she becomes when she sets her sights on something…. or someone. 

Also, yeah, she was totally cuddling up to Mouse’s dead and decaying body as if it was completely normal. That’s our Alice!

Tommy Elliot’s arc as “Bruce Wayne” was short-lived, which I’m pretty content with. Kate’s disappearance gave Bruce Wayne a legitimate excuse to return after all these years, but Tommy should have been better prepared if this was meant to be a long-term ruse. 

I was curious who the first person to figure out that Bruce wasn’t as he seemed, and let’s be honest, Luke should have caught on when Bruce didn’t know how to get into the batcave. However, I’m willing to give him some slack because he did just find out about Kate’s death.

But it made sense that Julia got to the bottom of it almost immediately. She is a spy of the Special Reconnaissance Regimen… it’s literally her job. 

Not only did she follow her gut feeling, she acted on it by running his prints and wrapping up the whole case. 

Tommy/Bruce’s showdown with Ryan/Batwoman was interesting and paralleled each other as they were both pretending to be someone they weren’t. The only difference is that Ryan proved in that moment that she has what it takes to be Gotham’s new hero. And though she may not have had the suit down pat — it’s not like it came with instructions or anything —  but her martial arts skill sure came in handy. 

And that wound from the kryptonite, well, it’ll bring Ryan right back to Wayne Enterprises to continue her journey. 

Batwoman Season 1 tried and tried again to find its footing, and while there were some gems, it always remained the least liked of the DC/CW shows. 

Rose’s exit as Kate offers the series a much-needed clean slate. And if the premiere episode is any indication, that’s for the best. 

What did you think of the Batwoman Season 2 premiere?


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WATCH: Javicia Leslie Suits Up in Powerful New ‘Batwoman’ Season 2 Trailer

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Javicia Leslie makes her debut as 'Batwoman' - Check out the Batsuit!

A new hero has arrived as Javicia Leslie is officially putting on the batsuit. 

The CW gave fans a look at the upcoming second season ahead of its 2021 premiere. 

Thursday’s trailer shows the God Friended Me actress as Ryan Wilder, suiting up to protect Gotham City. 

“Time to be powerful,” she says in the 10-second clip. 

Wilder is described as: “She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”

Leslie replaces Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane, who announced her exit back in May

The transition is exciting because Leslie will become the first-ever Black Batwoman! 

Leslie stated: “I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman — it’s her style, her swag, and her moment! It was an honor to be able to collaborate with Caroline and Maya. I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”

Watch the trailer below:

Ahead of the January 17, 2021 premiere, read our review of the Batwoman season 1 finale now. 


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Javicia Leslie Makes Her Debut as ‘Batwoman’ – Check out the Batsuit!

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Javicia Leslie makes her debut as 'Batwoman' - Check out the Batsuit!

2020 is getting the Batwoman it deserves. 

The CW released two first looks at the redesigned Batwoman suit!

Following the exit of Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane, God Friended Me star Javicia Leslie will be suiting up as Ryan Wilder. 

According to TVLine, by the third episode of season 2, Wilder will put on the new Batsuit to send a message to Gotham that a new hero arrived. 

Who Is Ryan Wilder? ‘Batwoman’ Season 2 May Cast New Character in Superhero Role Following Ruby Rose’s Exit

The transition is exciting because Leslie will become the first-ever Black Batwoman! 

Leslie stated: “I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman — it’s her style, her swag, and her moment! It was an honor to be able to collaborate with Caroline and Maya. I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”

Check it out now:

https://twitter.com/CWBatwoman/status/1320802521489653760?s=20

Due to the COVID pandemic, The CW delayed most of its primetime show’s to early 2021. Batwoman Season 2 will likely premiere in January. 


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