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?
Batwoman Review – Sister Bonding Time Leaves One Character in Arkham (1×16)
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!
Batwoman Review – Off With Her Head (1×15)
- 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?
Batwoman Review – Serial Fashionista AKA Joker’s Daughter (1×14)
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!
- 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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