When it comes to superheroes gracing our TV screens on Sunday night, we’re not talking about Batman or Superman anymore.
It’s 2019, and joining Supergirl is the latest masked crusader protecting Gotham City from those that mean to do it harm.
Kate Kane suited up for the second time (the backdoor pilot of Batwoman premiered during the Arrowverse crossover) in the iconic black superhero suit.
As a premiere, it was shaky; it wasn’t bad but it didn’t prove that it has what it takes just yet.
Kane narrated the whole episode which provided us with plenty backstory.
Here’s the gist of it:
- She’s been away from Gotham training in hopes of joining the Crows, her father’s security force protecting the people the Dark Knight left behind 3-years-ago.
- Her father is the Commander and she also has a step-mother and a step-sister, Mary, whose character initially comes off as vain until it’s revealed that she runs an illegal medical clinic.
- Kate’s real mother and sister, Beth, died during a tragic accident. Their car was hit by a bus hijacked by the Joker. Kate escaped but her sister and mom were trapped in the car which fell off the cliff.
- During her time in the military academy, Kate fell in love with Sophie.
- The two were caught breaking the “homosexual conduct” and forced to sign a denial. Sophie did because she needed and wanted to continue her studies while Kate stepped away.
- To ease the break-up, Sophie told Kate that she didn’t love her but anyone who has ever seen a TV series knows that’s a lie.
When the series began, the Commander ordered Gotham City to turn off the Batman call sign after years of hoping that he’d return as the cities savior.
The ceremony is interrupted by Alice, a Harley Quinn-like villain, who kills a few of the Crows, taps into the feed, and has her goons in animal masks kidnap Sophie.
It seems unintentional at first, but Alice’s plan has two purposes: she wants to get the attention of the Commander and of Kate.
Alice may be deranged, but she knows a lot about Kate, who believes the Crows aren’t doing enough to save her former lover and tasks herself with getting it done.
In fact, she knows Kate’s weak spot as she explains that she took Kate because the Commander cares more about his solider, aka the daughter he always wanted, than his own daughter, whom he shipped away.
Kate is tough and has her wits about her but for some reason, she falls victim to Alice’s taunts.
Hoping to call Batman and convince him to help her save Sophie, Kate breaks into Wayne Enterprises for a second time, but this time she stumbles into the bat-cave filled with all of Batman’s toys and his retired Batsuit.
Oh, and she also learns the secret that her cousin is Batman.
Luke, Batman’s right-hand man, tells Kate that her cousin tormented himself for years after not being able to save Kate’s mother and sister.
Kate realizes that, just like her cousin, she needs to carve her own path.
Once Luke retailors the suit to fit her, she shows up at the construction site where Alice is dangling Sophie in front of the Commander and threatening to blow the movie’s in the park event to smithereens.
A fight ensures between the villainess and the new superhero with Alice escaping as Batwoman plunges to break Sophie’s fall.
Sophie is stunned to see that Batman isn’t a “he.”
There were a few questions that kept popping up throughout the course of the premiere.
Why did Alice have such a bone to pick with the Commander?
Why did it matter so much if we knew about Kate’s sister, Beth?
Eventually, I put two-and-two together shortly before Kate did: her sister Beth never died in the accident.
Alice is Beth.
As Kate makes the realization by seeing the gemstone in Alice’s blade, Alice is looking over a picture of the two as children and musing about her plan to turn Kate so they could rule Gotham together.
Oh, if she only knew.
The twist first presented itself in the “Elegy” comic books when Alice lamented “you have our father’s eyes” before stabbing Kate and plunging to her death.
However, having the Kate in on the twist so soon is unexpected so early on in the season.
You’d think they’d at least leave that for a mid-season cliffhanger.
That in itself reassures me that it’s possible the series will deliver more than we’re expecting as we’ll surely learn more about what makes Alice tick in time.
Other Gotham Moments
- Sophie and Kate’s reunion is cut short when Kate learns that Sophie is married to a man named Tyler. It won’t be long before Sophie’s forced to face her true feelings, and it’s important for the series to underline that being shamed into becoming somebody you’re not is not okay.
- These superhero TV shows always irritate me because it’s so obvious who is under the mask. At least it’s better than the Supergirl/Kara situation since Kate’s face is partially covered.
- Kate slamming Alice’s henchmen with a frying pan was hands-down the best part of the episode.
The series, much like Kate, still has some work to establish itself and not feel like an imposter, but there’s potential.
The characters all serve a purpose that brings something valuable to the storyline, and Kate will redefine what it means to be a heroine while the addition of her sister as the villain creates necessary conflict.
What did you think? Do you “batlieve”?
Or is this not worth your Sunday evenings?
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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