Bats are attacking Gotham City and the only person that can stop them is Batwoman… the new one, who is deathly afraid of bats.
Alice’s plots are always so poetic, you have to give her credit for bringing the creativity and keeping the town on its toes.
We already know Alice is deranged, but Batwoman doesn’t waste a moment trying to remind fans just how next-level she really is. The way she strapped that rat to Mouse and then unleashed bats onto his body was, well, disturbing. And we’ve come to expect nothing less.
But the remainder of the episode fell flat since she unleashed a plague and delivered the cure in one fell swoop. Sophie and Mary know that Alice is too cunning and must have a larger motive, which we learn involves triggering Safiya, so while her “master plan” was just the opener to something bigger and badder, it felt wasted in the context of the episode.
Also, was it Alice’s plan to make Hamilton Dynamics look like the heroes by delivering the cure? Or was it just an unforeseen outcome of “doing the right thing?”
Or will the Desert Rose eventually prove to have some undisclosed side effects that will take a toll on Mary and the rest of Batwoman’s supporters who suffered bat bites? Because then, she’d be exacting revenge against Safiyah and taking down Hamilton Dynamics at once, which is, well, bloody brilliant.
Alice’s plan isn’t entirely clear at this point, but she seemed to achieve part one which was getting Safiyah’s attention. Why was she so upset about the Desert Rose being used? What does Alice hope to gain from their meeting? Does she think that Kate is still alive and Safiyah has her?
Ryan Wilder stepped in to save Gotham from Alice’s wrath, and while wanting to be a hero surely played into her decision to step into the batsuit again, she was also ecstatic over the opportunity to throw some punches Alice’s way. Plus, she now knows that Alice is responsible for killing her mother and Mary’s mom, so she has a lot of rage inside.
And I definitely enjoyed someone confronting Alice who actually has the guts to kill her. Yes, Batwoman’s M.O is “do not kill,” but isn’t it just a little fun when Alice knows that the new vigilante won’t hesitate to kill her?
Ryan once again proved that she what it takes to wear the suit. She put the people of Gotham first and chose to save them instead of pursuing Alice when push came to shove. She also thwarted the danger by successfully luring all the bats into a bus using the frequency that was attracting them to the rally.
And she provided us with a pretty cool Batmobile scene. Not to mention she did all of this while still being affected by her kryptonite wound. She might want to take care of that sooner rather than later.
However, taking on bats as an enemy is not like taking on Gotham’s worst criminals. And despite her desire to kill Alice, Ryan proved that she may need a little more training.
She has martial art skills and a firm understanding of the bad guys having spent most of her life around them, but the dangers looming over Gotham, like Safiyah, are a little above her pay grade. As Luke mentioned, Kate was at the top of her class and still struggled sometimes.
Ryan can definitely handle it — plus, it’s all they really have at the moment — but she’s going to need to lean heavily on Mary and Luke as they help craft her into the hero that can handle whatever and whoever comes her way.
As Mary helps Ryan get the ropes of this Batwoman thing, maybe Ryan can return the favor and give Mary some self-defense training? Mary has put herself in some dangerous situations over the years, and as she comes face-to-face with Gotham’s worst, like Alice, who seems drawn to her to replace Kate, she’s going to need to know how to fight back and protect herself!
The Commander was mostly in the shadows this episode, but he did grill Mary and Luke about Kate Kane being Batwoman. Obviously, neither of them talked, but if he wants to avoid history repeating itself, he needs to focus less on trying to find Kate and bonding with Mary, the one daughter he still has left.
While the Crows clearly use Mary’s clinic, he still has no idea about her work there or her involvement with Batwoman, which once again makes him the father that’s out of touch with his own daughter. And isn’t that a huge chunk of the issue in the first place?
Unlike Alice, who was just a child when she was kidnapped and tortured, Kate is a grown woman who is more than capable of taking care of herself. If she’s alive — and big “if” because obviously, Ruby Rose has left the building — she doesn’t need to be saved the way Alice needed it. And holding out hope instead of embracing the present isn’t any way to move forward. It’s dangerous for the city.
Also, is it me or does he still seem to hold resentment for Batwoman? Even the new one. Maybe he should try to work with her this time around to truly right the mistakes of his past.
Sophie is logical 75% of the time, but then she goes and pulls a stunt like ambushing Alice alone without any backup. I can understand not wanting to bring all of the Crows along, but why wouldn’t she at least bring Julia?
They may have had a personal falling out, but professionally, Julia is still her best and biggest ally. Also, it’s petty of Sophie to hold it against Julia that she kept Kate’s secret. If the roles had been reversed, Sophie would have kept Kate’s secret from Julia in a heartbeat. Why? Because they both loved Kate and wanted to protect her.
It wasn’t Julia’s secret to tell, and she shouldn’t be faulted for it. If anything, Sophie should be wondering why Kate never thought she could trust her enough to tell her the truth? Maybe it was all about protecting Sophie, but her anger should be more directed at Kate for lying.
Unfortunately, Kate is not around so Julia is Sophie’s punching bag. I’m eager for them to get past this and work together again cause I actually like them as a couple.
Hitting “reset” with a new caped crusader gives Batwoman a chance to right the wrongs of season 1, which alienated a huge chunk of the audience. However, these weak plots simply aren’t cutting it, and the series is still repeating the same mistakes instead of elevating and taking the show in a new direction.
My suggestion: spend less time talking about Kate and what Kate would do (she has her chance to do plenty) and embrace the new administration. Change is inevitable and also exhilarating. Ryan offers a new perspective and a new way of doing things, which may take some getting used to, but it’s necessary. She has a new skillset, a past that influences her decisions, and a new approach. The series needs to let her do it her way!
What did you think of the episode? Hit the comments with your thoughts!
Batwoman Review – Rebirth (2×16)
Roman Sionis, Circe, Kate Kane, and Safiyah are all connected.
On Batwoman Season 2 Episode 16, Safiyah makes her return as it’s revealed that she worked with Roman aka “Black Mask” to deliver him Kate.
But when she finds out that “Circe” and Alice came into contact, she informs him that Alice is Beth Kane. Safiyah knows that Alice would be able to identify her sister even if her mind was been wiped.
By the time Roman’s people get to Circe/ Kate, Alice and Commander Kane have made impressive strides with forcing her memories back.
Considering there was so much focus on the keyword to trigger Kate’s memories, I feel like they returned a little too easily, but I won’t complain too much cause the team-up between Alice and her father, albeit short-lived, was such a treat.
Alice may no longer be the Beth she remembers, but she’s still in there somewhere.
Jacob seems grateful to get any time with Beth at all, plus, he’s learning more about what led to her Alice persona and he’s surprised that it wasn’t all Cartwright’s doing and Enigma played a huge role in pushing her over the edge.
I feel like Alice will always be Alice, but they’re at least on their way to having some sort of relationship, especially after it was publicly revealed he is the father of one of “Gotham’s most notorious monsters” and he came to her defense.
Alice has done her fair share of terrible things, but she is a victim of her circumstances. She’s a victim of a kidnapping, of trying to forge a new path on Coryana, and of Enigma’s brainwashing. It doesn’t make all the things she’s done right, but it helps to see her in a new light.
With Jacob arrested for aiding and abetting Alice/Beth, he asks Mary to save both of her sisters, who he believes can become who they once were again. It’s a huge ask of Mary considering Alice/Beth killed her mother, but if there’s anyone who has the heart and will to do it, it’s her.
After Roman’s people captured Jacob, Circe/Kate was able to escape to the Batcave where she endured an inner struggle between the two entities inside her mind.
At times, Kate was able to recall things. And while she doesn’t have any memory of her sister, Mary, she does recognize Sophie.
Honestly, Mary always gets the short end of the stick. I guess the point is to showcase how deep Kate and Sophie’s love was, but it’s a low blow not to recognize the sister who was always in your corner!
After Circe resurfaces, she manipulates Sophie in order to escape and confronts Roman about who she really is
Safiyah then tells Roman to tell her the truth and allow her to decide for herself. Roman’s plan is to re-introduce Circe into society as the face (ha, get it?) of his Rebirth line of cosmetics (and even had the perfect millennial story about Malibu and rehab to explain her disappearance), but will Kate/Circe be interested in that.
Or will she try to become part of the #BatTeam again?
Safiyah created a world of chaos when she visited Gotham and made sure that Alice paid the price for burning down her entire field of dessert rose.
She didn’t even attempt to look the other way when Batwoman gave her the only remaining plant to rebuild her empire.
When it came down to it, she took what mattered most from Alice — Ocean. Is he dead for real this time?
Aside from actually enjoying his character and what he brought to the story, I enjoyed his dynamic with Alice.
Who would have thought we’d ever see Alice introduce a man to her dad? And how sweet was it that Ocean wanted to make a good impression?
Plus, I don’t want to see what happens to all the progress Alice has made if the love of her life is taken from her permanently.
We saw how she spiraled by losing her family, and Ocean was one of the few people who accepted her and loved her for her; he didn’t try to change her into something she wasn’t.
Roman may have revealed Alice’s true identity to the world, but it’s time someone reveals him as Black Mask. He’s done enough damage in Gotham.
The episode also focused on Luke’s recovery post-shooting. He was looking for trouble by confronting Tavaroff, who proved that he’s quite the tool who can’t even play poker without cheating. And he’s a sore loser to boot.
Luke may have lost his way temporarily, and it was interesting to see his “bad boy” side come out, but he’ll come around eventually.
While he wanted to reconnect with his father, he’s needed in Gotham. In a city full of bad men, they need all the good guys they can get. We know this is going to lead to Luke becoming Batwing, which was ushered through a guest appearance from Arrow’s John Diggle (David Ramsey). Yay for a mini-crossover! I wouldn’t mind if he stuck around to become a mentor for Luke!
Luke’s always been a superhero to his friends, but with the Crow’s dismantled, the city needs another vigilante more than ever.
And I love that Ryan gave him the space he needed while refusing to apologize for saving his life.
No one should ever have to apologize for that.
What did you think of the episode? Can Alice/Beth truly be redeemed, especially now after Ocean’s murder? What will trigger Luke’s decision to become Batwing? Will Kate return or will she go to the dark side and become Circe?
And does Kate’s return mean a Ryan and Sophie relationship is out of the realm of possibility?
Share your thoughts below!
Batwoman Review – Does Luke Survive? (2×15)
And that’s a wrap on The Crows.
After multiple attempts, Batwoman, Sophie, and Mary were able to show Commander Kane the error of his ways — that the agency he started to protect Gotham from monsters was filled with monsters instead.
The takedown of the soulless and corrupt Agent Tavaroff was beautifully executed, but sadly, it came at the expense of Luke Fox, who was shot and framed for crimes he didn’t commit.
What kind of system turns a blind eye and lets the actual perpetrator run off simply because he’s white?
Tavaroff had no qualms about using violence on those he deemed “less than.” We saw it when he disobeyed Sophie’s orders and shot the cannibals that were high on Snake Bite in the church, and we saw it now with Luke.
Not only did Tavaroff shoot Luke for pulling out a cellphone, but instead of owning up to his mistakes, he had his lackeys doctor the bodycam footage and placed a gun at the scene of the crime.
Tavaroff wasn’t about justice, he was all about self-preservation, and he was willing to get rid of anyone who stood in his way.
We saw him turn on Sophie, attempt to leak Batwoman’s identity, frame Luke, and finally, attack the Commander and essentially try to kill him.
Tavaroff had a vision for the Crows, and when Kane’s didn’t align with it, he tried to eliminate him by injecting him with a lethal dose of Snake Bite.
Tavraoff is the worst of the worst. He’s the kind of villain who hides his true colors behind a suit and justifies his actions, unlike Alice, who may be deranged but always owns it and never shies away from it.
Thankfully, Batwoman wasn’t interested in letting Tavaroff get away. She hoped that by saving Kane, he would finally see that his team was corrupt and that they were on the same side — the side of justice.
And then, she hoped he would do the right thing.
In this case, it was disbanding The Crows and stopping them from doing any more harm, which he did without hesitation. He finally “drained the swamp.”
I think the Commander knew that The Crows weren’t fulfilling their purpose for a long time, but he didn’t want to admit it to himself because that would mean he had to admit defeat.
He knew that things weren’t adding up because he knew Luke to some degree; he knew that he wasn’t a criminal, and he knew that he would never be guilty of the things he was being accused of.
It’s great to know that in the end, Kane did what was right while also giving Batwoman, his biggest opponent, credit for helping him see the light.
And by taking Tavaroff down, Batwoman proved that you can fight even the most deadly of criminals without using lethal force.
Color me shocked!
If only the solution to the problem was so easy in real life.
The Crows were an added layer of protection to a city that already has the GCPD and its own vigilante. It’ll be fine, or even better off, without The Crows.
The demise of The Crows is a good sign for Gotham, but it’s a better sign for the series.
The storyline had run its course, especially with Sophie turning in her badge and joining Team Bat. Is that official yet?
Commander Kane was also boxed in when it came to possible storylines, but his departure opens up the door of possibilities.
Namely, it allows for the ideal team-up between Alice and Jacob. Isn’t it hilarious how absolutely no one is scared of Alice anymore?
She’s off her rocker, sure, but she also has a soul, so she’s not going to kill her loved ones.
Kane never could’ve worked side-by-side with Alice while running The Crows because the optics wouldn’t be good, but now, he can finally reconnect with her and have some kind of relationship without using Snake Bite and living in the “what could have been.”
This might be how Jacob makes amends. It won’t be with the daughter he once knew — she died when the car went off that cliff, but it’ll be with a new version of her that has a little wiggle room to improve.
And their team up to save Kate Kane may allow Jacob to redeem himself and save at least one daughter from going down a dark and twisted path. He’s always carried that guilt, but this is his second chance.
Jacob is the only person that Alice told about Kate, which is interesting considering she tried to convince herself that she wanted nothing to do with that family.
Again, deep down, Alice wants nothing more than to be on good terms with her dad and her sister — that’s why she fought Ocean so hard when he told her to forget about Kate and move on.
Alice knows what it’s like to be forgotten, and despite all that Kate and Jacob put her through, she’d never turn her back on her sister.
Ocean is to Alice as Catherine Hamilton was to Jacob.
Alice is also pleased that this is one of the only decisions she’s been able to make for herself.
But how do they plan on getting Kate back? Alice doesn’t have the trigger word that would revert Kate’s memories, so is she hoping that their love is strong enough to fight through the hypnosis in the same way hers did with Ocean?
Maybe teaming up with Jacob is necessary because she knows he’s the only one who could jog Kate’s memory?
I’m eager to see how her plan pans out.
This might just be Alice’s redemption arc.
Luke Fox spent the episode fighting for his life in the real world and chatting up Bruce Wayne in his subconscious.
My first thought when Luke saw Bruce was that it was the show’s attempt at confirming that Bruce is actually dead.
I’m glad Luke posed the question, but Bruce gave an ambiguous answer that I’m guessing purposefully leaves the interpretation up to the audience.
If the series never intends to bring back Bruce Wayne, it explains why no one has heard from him since. Or we could go with Luke’s explanation that working tirelessly every day to make the world a better, safer, and more positive place while getting spat on is depressing as hell.
Pick your own adventure, I guess.
Either way, Bruce was a figment of Luke’s imagination, which is sweet as it shows us just how much Bruce meant to him.
We may not have seen their relationship in action, but the two of them had us convinced.
Bruce was also the gatekeeper allowing Luke to make a decision about whether he lives or dies.
It was a tough decision considering crossing over meant he would finally get a chance to reconnect with his father, which is something he’s always wanted.
It’s a tough crossroads to be at.
What was even more heartbreaking was Luke’s decision to die after acknowledging that the world was a broken place, particularly for a Black man.
“No matter what good we put into the world, it’s still a world where it happens, and I don’t want to live in that world anymore,” he told Bruce right before voicing his choice.
Luke flat out chose death because spending day-in-and-day-out trying to change the world and the way the justice system works is tiring; it’s a tiring battle that doesn’t seem to have a light at the end of the tunnel.
But the thing is — the world is a much better place with Luke in it.
Ryan and Mary would agree, and they went to great lengths to ensure his survival.
Mary fixed up a serum with Desert Rose that Wolf Spider then snuck into Luke’s room.
Normally, I’d be thrilled that he woke up, but the fact that he willingly chose to die left me kind of conflicted. Why go through all that trouble to give him a choice if he was going to wake up?
The moment gave me all the feels, but was it ever really Luke’s choice? Will he be grateful that his choice wasn’t honored?
What will Luke be like on the other side? From next week’s promos, we see a rougher side of Luke that swapped in his pristine suits for a beanie and a leather jacket.
I’m while all here for an edgier look, but it makes me nervous that he’s going after Tavaroff who clearly doesn’t hold back when it comes to violence.
Shouldn’t the guy be behind bars anyways? What happened to Blackgate?
Batwoman returned from its brief hiatus without missing a beat and providing compelling storylines which offer commentary and an introspective look into real-world issues in the context of a superhero drama set against the backdrop of a fictional city.
And dashed in between is an improbable storyline about Kate Kane with a new face. I don’t hate it, but if this season has proven anything, it’s that we didn’t need Kate then and we don’t need her now. I might be on Team Ocean to just let Kate be!
Are you excited for Luke’s arc? Are you glad The Crows are no more? Are you excited about a team-up between The Commander and Alice? And why is Black Mask so obsessed with the Kane family?
Batwoman Review – Different Minds, Same Heart (2×14)
A zombie apocalypse broke out in Gotham on Batwoman Season 2 Episode 14 that felt like a crossover with The CW’s former hit series, iZombie.
And yes, it did make me miss the Rose McIver-led series all too much.
But back to Gotham — the city was crawling with flesh-eating drug addicts thanks to a faulty batch of Snakebite.
That’s what Roman Sionis gets for being unable to replicate a “winning” formula, but he, sadly, didn’t have to deal with the consequences of his faulty product.
That responsibility and honor fell on the GCPD, the Crows, and Batwoman.
Now, with so many lives at stake, you’d think that they would all team up in a coordinated effort to put an end to the madness, but that was far from the case.
After Ryan, Luke, and Sophie were released from prison — they were arrested after being racially profiled under the guise of a “noise complaint” — Batwoman jumped into action with an antidote that Mary provided.
The GCPD was so quick to label Ryan a criminal, but they were the ones sending up the bat signal in their time of need. How ironic and typical.
Sadly, Ryan never got to inject the cure into the cannibals and save them because the Crows stormed into the church and began firing away despite Sophie’s direct orders to stand down.
Tavarrof’s direct words were that the homeless addicts were a “lost cause”… and he didn’t mean that just because of the tainted drug.
Tavarrof is the worst thing to ever happen to the already corrupt Crows.
He never respected Sophie, so when she became acting Commander in Kane’s absence, he completely disregarded anything she said and did his own thing knowing the rest of the white men would follow him instead of a Black woman.
This was Sophie’s final straw. After peace was restored in the city, she informed Luke and Ryan that she was leaving the Crows for good.
Her arc has been building to this moment as she constantly felt conflicted and torn between her character and her job.
She was working for an agency that lacked empathy; her vision no longer aligned with theirs as they don’t stand for anything positive. They don’t want to better the community or be more inclusive or bring about change.
Sophie learned that the hard way despite sticking around for so long because she wanted to be the change she wished to see.
She explained it so well in the jail cell when she said that she felt it was important to see Black people in uniform working to restructure the current policies.
Unfortunately, there are some lines that you just can’t cross, and Sophie found her line.
And she wasn’t just disrespected by Tavaroff either; For several episodes, she’s been treated as less than by Commander Kane.
To echo Ryan — Sophie was too good for the Crows, but she’ll be a great addition to the Bat team.
We’ve seen her collaborate with the trio and it’s given us some of the best episodes.
With the first Black Batwoman taking on the vigilante role, the series has tackled some profound storylines involving race. The most recent one hit the hardest as the cliffhanger involved Luke’s shooting at the hands of police.
I knew it wasn’t going to end well when Luke decided to convince Eli to stop stealing cars, but I assumed that they would get caught and the police would profile Luke and arrest him instead.
What happened was so much worse.
After the GCPD pulled up, Eli threw Luke under the bus. When Luke reached into his pocket to take out his phone and provide the cop with irrefutable evidence that Eli, a man with a lengthy car jacking record, was responsible, the cop assumed he was taking out a gun and shot him.
This is the kind of stuff that happens daily in the United States, but it was still disturbing to see it pan out on screen.
Watching Luke go down after he did absolutely nothing wrong and always tried to make himself look less threatening was heartbreaking.
We know he’ll survive, but that doesn’t make this situation any better. Gotham’s residents of color aren’t safe from the criminals or the people that are supposed to protect them.
I hope Batwoman makes the GCPD pay for what they did — all of it.
Elsewhere in the episode, Mary and Commander Kane worked together to treat victims of the tainted Snakebite.
Considering the Commander’s addiction, he should feel lucky to have been spared from the cravings of human flesh.
As someone who was always against Mary’s underground clinic, he finally saw just how important and necessary it is when he ended up working on the frontlines.
Unfortunately, it didn’t help their relationship at all considering Mary realized that he was addicted to Snakebite because he was trying to see Kate and Beth again instead of dealing with reality and confiding in the only daughter he had left.
Kane’s actions have officially alienated the remaining few people he had in his corner.
After giving Circe her face back, Roman granted Alice her freedom, but only after she realized that Circe was actually her sister Kate.
She confronted Dr. Rhyme, who admitted to brainwashing Kate and basically destroying her psyche.
Alice retrieved an item of Kate’s to help jog her memory — keys to her motorcycle, which conveniently symbolized “freedom” for her.
The fact that she still kept a little box of Kate’s belongings meant that she was never actually ready to erase her sister from her memory.
Before Dr. Rhyme could give Alice the password to “reset” Kate, Ocean snapped her neck in hopes of actually freeing Alice from her sister’s control.
While Alice’s anger was justifiable since he destroyed one of her only chances at getting her sister back, Ocean’s motivations made sense and came from a place of true love.
He didn’t want to see her invest all this time into saving someone who never made her a priority and never chose her. Alice’s life has been consumed by Kate, but Kate never put her first.
It was a painful truth, but also the first time anyone has ever cared enough about Alice to stick up for her.
Ocean is a keeper… sorry, Kate.
I know the series is determined to bring back Kate Kane, but I’m just over the storyline. She can remain Circe for all I care because the new Bat Team is better and stronger than it’s ever been.
Ryan also ended things with Imani, but when were they ever a thing? Did I miss something?
We all know the series is setting up a relationship between Sophie and Ryan, let’s not kid ourselves otherwise!
What did you think about the episode? Are you glad the series is joining the conversation about racial profiling and police brutality?
Let us know in the comments below!
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