A season is only as strong as its season finale, and Batwoman capped off season 1 with a major feud brewing, a new villain, and the return of Batman to Gotham City… kind of.
The number of people who want to kill Batwoman just ticked up with the addition of Commander Kane.
Kane has never approved of the vigilante taking matters into her own hands in his city, but he took his hatred for her to new levels after on the penultimate episode by declaring war.
Despite Mary, Sophie, and Julia’s best efforts, there’s no changing Kane’s mind. War means he’s going to go out of his way to take down Batwoman even if it means going back on the truce they called.
Kane is motivated by a personal vendetta, which is clouding his judgment.
He keeps asking what people see in Batwoman, and even when everyone tells him that she’s a symbol of hope and a person who defends and protects others selflessly without asking for anything in return, he doesn’t understand it. In his eyes, Batwoman is a criminal who released Arkham’s worst criminals and killed his wife.
Kane is unable to see the flaws beyond Batwoman — yes, she may have contributed to the prisoner’s escape, but only because Alice pulled the trigger and was running things inside the institution. The problem isn’t Batwoman, it’s a flawed system that tortures Gotham’s worst and makes them despise the city and its officials even more than they already did.
In the case of the villain-of-the-week, Titan was turned into a monster, but there was some part of him that could be rehabilitated. He was savagely enacting revenge on those who wronged him, but the violence stemmed from head trauma endured by football and doctor’s who falsified scans so that these players could continue on and win championships. Props to Batwoman for also attempting to expose a deeper seeded issue with contact sports.
Titan should have been punished, but he should have been offered a punishment that allowed him to get real help and possibly reverse the damage that led to his vicious state in the first place. I know this is a comic, superhero series but good and evil tend to bleed into the grey area, and if we’re going to be modern and inclusive in storytelling, then it’s fair to say that there’s a huge issue with Arkham including treatment of prisoners and security.
Back to Commander Kane, though. The only way he could ever “understand” and even consider that he’s on the same side as Batwoman is if he knew her identity. Otherwise, it doesn’t seem like this anger towards her will ever subside. The fact that he cannot kill her is making him despise her even more.
It’s a complex relationship because although Kate and Batwoman are two separate entities, at the same time, Kate is Batwoman. She feels what Batwoman feels. Kane’s betrayal hurt Kate a billion times more than it hurt Batwoman because he’s her father. She looked him in the eye and believed him when he said they could be a team.
Honestly, it’s a bad look for the Crow’s to be pursuing a vigilante this aggressively. Aside from Kane’s personal issues, Batwoman has only ever tried to help out her community. Instead of support, she gets pushback, which obviously makes things harder.
Kane is so laser-focused, but he really should consider that if his own daughter doesn’t trust the Crow’s to their jobs, then it’s incredibly difficult for the public to trust them.
Kate and Kane’s team-up on the subway was made that much more special because it’s one of the only times these two can fight side-by-side for the greater good.
Also trying to kill Batwoman/ Kate is our dear Alice. Considering how easy it was for her to kill the only remaining family member she had left, Alice is a pretty dangerous enemy to have.
Her decision to poison Mouse was shocking but not entirely unexpected. Commander Kane probably wouldn’t like to hear this, but he has a lot in common with Alice — they’re both fueled by revenge and personal vendettas.
Mouse was trying to steer Alice away from risking their freedom to kill Batwoman and thus, she had to eliminate the obstacle. Nothing will stop her from getting what she wants. She’s a cold-blooded killer, so no one is spared not even the ones she’s always loved.
Alice may have felt extreme sadness and grief, but she also showed absolutely no remorse. If it was that easy for her to kill Mouse, she wouldn’t hesitate to take out Kate.
Mouse hindered Alice’s plan and her character development; he was this side-kick that she could never shake and one that always wanted to steer her in the right direction.
They dabbled in a few twisted plans together, but Mouse didn’t make Alice any better or worse, he just weighed her down. In terms of a storytelling perspective, it’s probably best that he’s gone.
When Alice failed to find the kryptonite, one would have thought she exhausted all of her options, but Alice is cunning and she always has another plan.
This time, her plan exceeded all expectations as she added the most powerful weapon to her arsenal — Bruce Wayne (played by Warren Christie).
Of course, it isn’t the actual Bruce Wayne, but no one knows that, and Alice hopes it’ll stay that way.
There’s no one better to impersonate Bruce than Tommy Elliott, the man who was obsessed with him and his biggest rival. Tommy likely knows everything about Bruce including his mannerisms, so he can easily fool #TeamBat. If you’re a fan of the comics, this likely wasn’t a huge surprise as Hush, Tommy’s faceless alter-ego, sometimes wears Bruce Wayne’s face.
I would hope that Luke, at the very least, would be able to figure out that something is amiss, but a man who has been missing in action for years, they might just expect that he’s changed. Their guards will be up because Alice has pulled the face switcheroo before, but the shock of the return and of wanting to know where he’s been, what he’s up to, and why he’s back, might lower those very guards at the same time.
I can also see Tommy enjoying being Bruce Wayne/ Batman too much, which would sabotage Alice’s plan. And depending on where the real Bruce Wayne/ Batman is, if Gotham’s media get wind of his return, the real one might be forced to come out of hiding to thwart the danger being imposed on his city by this imposter.
Then we have the villain that’s very much around but remains in the shadows — Safiya Sohail.
Julia has a target on her back, and while we haven’t seen Safiya yet, she’s making herself known by sending Julia photos of her and Sophie around town.
Julia hasn’t been forthcoming about who she really is or what she’s involved in with Sophie, but now that it involves her, she’s going to have to be. Especially if she wants a relationship with her.
And then, there’s the secret that will always drive a wedge between them: Batwoman.
At this point, it’s safe to suspect that Sophie knows Kate is Batwoman, but it’s never been confirmed and thus, we’re assuming that she’s still in the dark. I was fully expecting her to out Batwoman’s identity on the football field, but I’m glad she didn’t.
It does make you wonder how blind Kane is to the truth when all three women — Julia, Sophie, and Mary — who are close to Kate are also Batwoman’s biggest cheerleaders. If only Kane put two-and-two together.
As for the kryptonite, Luke managed to destroy the only remaining piece (so he thought), but little did he know that Kate actually had a piece in her possession from the Arrowverse crossover that she promised to hold onto for Kara in case she ever needed to use it. And until she gets Kate’s blessing, that powerful little green rock is going to cause a huge problem.
While there were so many fantastic twists and moments in the Batwoman season 1 finale, my favorite had to be Kate realizing that her tribe is her family and she can no longer keep secrets from them. All heroes and vigilantes need a team to fall back on when things get tough or they dislocate a shoulder. Luke is the tech brains and Mary, she’s the one that keeps them grounded and provides medical attention. With all the punches Kate throws and takes, Mary is essential and the perfect addition. The Bat-team has evolved, and they’re stronger together.
What did you think of the Batwoman finale? Were you surprised by the cliffhanger? Sound off in the comments.
Batwoman Season 2 will premiere in 2021 (see The CW’s schedule here), but when it does, it’ll start-up where the abbreviated season 1 finished, which means plenty of juicy drama coming at us right out of the gates!
Batwoman Review – Ryan Declares War on Black Mask (2×10)
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.
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?!
Chicago Med Review – So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried (6×10)
Sometimes, procedures on the fly are the best way to treat a patient.
They may pose a bigger threat, but the payoff is worth it in the end.
Marcel dealt with a patient who had much more in common with him than he initially thought.
The father, who was shot, was very adamant about not being treated due to the high cost of a hospital. He kept scolding his son in Farsi, which led me to believe that Crockett understood every single thing he said.
And turns out, he did. After initially performing the surgery and not being able to locate the bullet, he realized that the bullet moved to a different part of the body.
Not wanting to open up the man a second time, Crockett listened to Michael about using a new tool “off-label” to try to pull the bullet out. It didn’t work, but it was a valiant attempt.
It led to a riskier surgery, but it all worked out in the end. Crockett’s bonding moment with the patient also revealed a little bit about his Persian background. Eventually, he told Natalie during their date night that his real name is Darioush.
And I have to say, there’s nothing hotter than Crockett speaking Farsi.
After he connected with the patient, he also gave Sharon some useful advice about being proud of her son. Michael may overstep sometimes, but his motivations are in the right place.
Choi and Halstead butted heads with their patient, which isn’t new. A rivalry between the two, especially as they’re both interested in Sabina, has been brewing for the past few episodes.
In this case, however, Dr. Halstead was right in doing everything they could to save the patient.
Ever since taking on his new position, Choi has been playing it safe, but it’s clear that sometimes taking the risk is worth the payoff.
It wasn’t even Halstead that ignored Choi’s advice either — Maggie’s instinct told her to allow the mother to make her own decision and she’s the one that stood in his way.
And Choi might blame Halstead for questioning his authority, but Halstead was convinced to do so by Sabina.
I don’t know if I fully trust Sabina because she’s been flirting it up with both Choi and Halstead. It’s almost as if she wants to stir up a feud between them.
Choi is in charge, which means Halstead should listen to him, but Choi should also acknowledge Halstead’s ideas and suggestions.
Manning and Charles teamed to help a patient who claimed to have been mugged.
If you’re an avid watcher of the series, you knew that there was something strange about her not wanting to talk about the incident.
As Charles said, the story wasn’t adding up.
I initially assumed it was because she was either cheating on her husband or he was the one that was abusive, but it was a nice twist that it was neither. Instead, the husband who just returned from Afghanistan was going through PSTD nightmares, which resulted in him injuring his wife without him knowing.
She was lying about the incidents to protect him, but eventually, she came clean and he got the necessary help.
In a subplot, April helped save a man who was injured in a construction accident.
And though she did her best to stop the bleeding, Lanik gave her unnecessary grief for it.
Following the surgery, he apologized and admitted that she definitely saved the man’s life and should’ve considered being a surgeon, which makes me think maybe April will rethink career paths?
While the episode was entertaining on its own, it was very disconnected from previous episodes. Where was Dean Asher?
Where was the psych patient who was obsessed with Charles?
Chicago Med is usually the #OneChicago show that does well in terms of continuity, but this episode lacked it completely.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
Batwoman Review – Kate Kane’s Kidnapper Revealed (2×09)
As a new hero takes her permanent place in Gotham, a new and chilling villain also rises.
At the kickstart of Batwoman Season 2 Episode 9, Julia Pennyworth provides evidence that Kate Kane died in the plane crash as her friends and family mourn her official death during an intimate ceremony.
But as we know, Kate Kane is very much alive and being held in the sewers of Gotham by a “sadistic drug lord” known as Black Mask, the man that’s also behind the False Face Society.
The only person that doesn’t seem convinced that Kate’s crash was an accident is her father. It’s a good thing the Commander is finally going with his gut because Julia’s investigation gave way to the discovery that she’s missing a huge chunk of her memories.
Someone erased her memory of the initial investigation into the crash, which would only make sense if said person was trying to cover up the truth about what happened to the flight and Kate.
If I were Julia, I’d definitely be questioning where I got the skull bone whose DNA matched Kate’s because it could’ve been slipped to her by someone that wanted everyone to think Kate was dead.
Someone like… Enigma.
Enigma is introduced in the final moments of the episode and well, as her name indicates, she’s quite an enigma. In the comics, Engima is the Riddler’s daughter, but it’s unclear what storyline The CW show will adopt. And it’s unclear why Enigma wants Batwoman alive or why she’s interested in giving her a new face.
We also get a little more information on Black Mask, who reveals that the False Face Society pulled Kate out of the plane wreckage.
In a separate scene, he also reveals that he wants revenge on Batwoman for killing his daughter. I’m having a bit of a lapse in memory, but who did Kate Kane’s Batwoman ever kill?
And is Black Mask aware of the Kate/Batwoman connection? Is that why he has her?
While Black Mask’s identity remains unknown, my initial reaction is that it’s Roman Sionis of Janus Cosmetics, who capitalized on the Commissioner’s death by taking advantage of his screen time to talk about how he’s going to rid the city of the “criminal element lurking behind masks.”
Of course, in the comics, Roman does become the super-villain, so this theory tracks in a slightly altered way.
The episode largely focused on Angelique’s attempt to free herself from the False Face Society, and the hard lesson that leaving a gang enterprise comes with its fair share of consequences.
As Ryan finds out, Angelique was manipulated into being the getaway driver during the Commissioner’s murder.
Ryan orders her ex to tell the truth and help The Crow’s put away the False Face leader, which she eventually agrees to do, but that also comes with a price.
First, Angelique is kidnapped. Batwoman comes to her aide but is knocked out and almost sliced in half. (Also, how graphic were those scenes? Sheesh!) Sophie arrives in the knick of time to save Batwoman, who is finally able to free Angelique.
But when it comes down to it, she takes the fall for the Commissioner’s death in order to protect Ryan.
The goal of the episode was definitely to redeem Angelique and get her back on Ryan’s good side. Plus, now Ryan/Batwoman has a reason to pursue False Face and Black Mask that’s more personal than just helping Gotham.
It was also an interesting way for Sophie and Batwoman/ Sophie and Ryan to work together again, which sort of means that Batwoman and The Crow’s are unofficially collaborating when it comes to justice.
You’d think Sophie would have caught on by now that Ryan and Batwoman are the same person, especially since Batwoman recognized the bracelet, which Angelique later gave to Ryan. The writing is on the wall, Sophie.
Sophie’s sister, Jordan Moore, was also introduced and it seems like she’ll be sticking around for a while as Batwoman just suggested that the Bat Team assists Jordan with bringing her community center to life in order to make Gotham a better and safer place.
Jordan seems to be spearheading the Ryan and Sophie ship, and while I’m not opposed to it, it’s definitely problematic considering Sophie still sees Ryan as less-than because of her history. Her approach towards Ryan versus Batwoman is telling, so while Sophie understands the system is broken, she also plays a subconscious role in it that needs to be addressed before this relationship even considers moving forward.
Speaking of ships, are Luke and Mary dating? Can they figure out their feelings for each other? For now, it’s been strictly Bat Team business, but I was digging their hand-holding at the funeral.
Alice’s storyline was a subplot, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Rachel Skarsten carried the show for much of the first season, and she’s been doing impressive work in season 2, but after Ruby Rose’s exit, the series has really taken off with a whirlwind storyline that’s giving everyone a chance to shine.
They don’t need to focus on her all the time, but it’s still nice to see what she’s up to amidst all the chaos in town.
After her adventures on Coryana, Alice understandably suffered a psychotic break in order to avoid dealing with reality and her grief.
She returned to Cartwright’s where she hallucinated a young Kate, who helped her realize that she never mourned her sister’s death.
Will she actually be able to convince herself to forget Kate Kane ever existed?
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts and theories below!
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