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Batwoman – The Rabbit Hole (1×02)

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If you weren’t convinced by the pilot episode of Batwoman, the second episode surely sold you.

The storyline dug deeper into the “Alice is Beth” theory as Kate Kane explored the possibility and even tried to sell her father on it.

Alice may be Beth biologically, but she’s not the girl Kate remembers.

Alice is a liar, a manipulator, and a murderer.

And Kate’s “but she’s your daughter” argument is going to lose steam fast, even if she does somehow prove it to her father.

The Commander most likely believes Kate, but it’s easier to remain in denial than to admit that your daughter is deranged lunatic wreaking havoc on the city that you’re supposed to keep safe.

And still, there’s a level of understanding for why Kate feels like she has to protect Alice/Beth.

There’s even some sympathy for Alice/Beth, who Kate argues just needs help.

Alice/Beth’s purpose is to make her father pay for giving up on her, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Memories reveal that both the Commander and Kate looked for Alice/Beth until they were told skull fragments matching her DNA were found.

Or maybe, that’s just what the Commander wanted to believe.

Either way, Alice’s vendetta is personal, but she’s interested in forging some kind of relationship with her sister.

In fact, she’s “jealous” of Kate’s new sister Mary and orders her hunky henchmen to kill her.

Alice is electric and the complete opposite of Kate, which makes their toe-to-toe thrilling.

Kate even attempted to redeem herself by pulling Alice out of the water and saving her in a way she wasn’t able to when they were children marking a very powerful moment for the series.

It’s surprising that both of them are onto each other so early on in the season, and it’s even more surprising that Kate’s informed the Commander.

The series is shaping up to be a cat-and-mouse game between the sisters with the dad stuck in the middle.

However, there’s also the possibility that Alice is so deranged, she’s not actually Beth instead, assumed Beth’s personality.

I doubt that’s the way the series wants to take this storyline, but Alice’s mention of “maybe I just read all of this in the paper,” could definitely be a villain’s way of messing with her victims.

Aside from all of that, there’s also the issue of the Commander’s wife, Catherine, who paid off someone to destroy the knife linking Alice to Beth.

How far will she go to keep them from finding out the truth?

And what is she covering up?

Batwoman is seeing all the signs that the city needs a hero, so it won’t be long before she permanently assumes the role.

She’s been learning the capabilities of the suit and seems to be finding her way around this hero thing.

As for Kate’s relationship with Sophie, it’s not entirely over as her “we’re done” wasn’t even convincing enough for her to believe it.

But Sophie broke Kate’s trust, and it’s best if she’s out of the picture while Kate sorts her life out as the daughter of the Commander and the masked crusader of Gotham.

Favorite moment from this episode: when Sophie gave Kate the “you have our father’s eyes” note, a subtle hint to the original comics.

Favorite line: Kate responding “you wish” to Alice’s boyfriend’s obvious observation that Kate isn’t Batman.

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Batwoman Review – Happy Birthday, Kate (1×11)

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Batwoman An Unhappy Birthday Present

Kate had quite the birthday on this week’s Batwoman as she got her sister back and almost lost her within the hour, which is the most poetic example of “have your cake and eat it too.”

The episode found its stride following the crossover and capitalizing on the cliffhanger of Beth’s return, which is where the action picks up.

Her return is an exciting byproduct of the crossover as it allows the series to really dig deep into the bond between Kate and Beth, the sister she’s always wanted.

It didn’t take long for Kate to deduce that the sister she assumed was Alice and attacked was the result of the multi-verse collapse, and from there, she embraced Beth with open arms.

Beth was understandably confused by the situation at first, but it also didn’t require much explaining as she’s a major in astrophysics and has a firm grasp on the concepts that could have led to this moment even without the superhero explanation.

Evidently, she’s Alice’s polar opposite, which on this Earth is a damn good thing.

Beth’s appearance led to a wonderful redemption arc for Kate, who will no longer have to bear the guilt of not saving her sister the first time around.

On the parallel Earth, Beth never went down the rabbit hole because Kate risked her life and pulled her out of the car crash that killed her and her mother on the current Earth.

And after Beth, who valiantly offered to repay the gesture by posing as Alice and saving Kate, got caught up by Alice’s goons, Kate redeemed herself by saving her sister’s life.

She may not have been brave enough when she was a child, but she didn’t let this second chance go to waste.

Everything about Beth and Kate’s reunion was perfect, which by TV standards means that something is going to go catastrophically wrong.

The rules of laws and physics, I assume, would never allow the same person to exist on the same Earth for too long, and thus, both Alice and Beth are suffering from it.

With Beth and Kate connected (and Beth seemingly not having any other world to return to), the wedge between Kate and Alice has been driven even further.

Despite Alice’s misdeeds, Kate has always maintained a soft, forgiving spot for her in hopes that her sister was buried somewhere deep inside.

But now that she has Beth, she no longer has anything connecting her to Alice or motivating her to save her. All bets are off, which makes this an insanely dangerous situation for both Alice and Beth.

What’s Gotham City without its best villain, though?

Alice’s presence is so strong that it seems unlikely the series will get rid of her.

There’s a slight chance Lucas will find a solution to keep them both, but that is if The CW wants to keep paying Rachel Skarsten for double-duty. As much as we don’t want to admit it, budgets do drive storytelling.

Kate proved that she’s just as much of a hero without the cape, despite the lack of tech making things slightly more difficult for her.

It’s the first episode where she didn’t don the bat suit, which was a change of pace that allowed us to continue to explore who Kate is when she’s not hiding her alter-ego.

Speaking of hiding, it’s easy to hate Alice based on her present-day actions, but it’s heartbreaking to see what she went through after being trapped by Cartwright and Johnny.

Sophie’s interrogation allowed the audience to get more of Alice’s story, which included the moment Beth made the switch to becoming Alice.

It’s chilling to see such a little girl forced to make such decisions. The child actors on this show are out-of-this-world.

Flashbacks reveal that Beth held out hope that her father would come and save her, but that hope flickered day-by-day and eventually, she was forced to acclimate to her new reality.

The change happened after Cartwright took her beloved cat, Chesire, and well, we can only guess he smothered it to death.

It’s also the day she learned how to make faces out of human flesh, essentially the trigger for Beth’s transformation where she compartmentalized her real self in her brain.

It didn’t help that she saw a paper magazine clipping of her father’s new family and was manipulated into thinking they’d moved on and forgotten about her.

This tragic moment explains why Alice has villainized both Catherine and Mary. In her mind, they’re the two women who replaced her and, in her mind, caused her all this suffering.

Beth was forced to live in a false world of her own making and it’s been her reality for so long that it explains why no one, not even Kate, has been able to get through to her.

She might never with that kind of trauma haunting her sister.

Getting to know Alice’s past proves that she shares a lot in common with Sophie, who has also been forced to hide who she truly is and live a fake like, though, this one is of her own making which makes it more unbearable.

We see how much hiding her true self from the world burdened Batwoman and now, Sophie, so it’s not entirely surprising that the daunting effort has created a monster out of Alice.

It’s also what allows Alice to connect with Sophie, get into her head, and manipulate her.

Alice gave her a sob story (sure, it was real but it was still manipulative on her part) so she could get her hands on the book and thus, the fishing cord she knew was holding it together.

Alice’s analysis of Sophie will likely encourage her to come out, so all was not lost.

While it’s clear she didn’t do so at the academy because she didn’t want her career to be threatened, it’s weird that she’s continued living this lie for so long.

Owning up to who she is and what she wants doesn’t pose a threat to her anymore, but I guess that in itself helps us understand Alice even more.

You get so used to this world you’ve created for yourself, a different one is too scary to embrace.

Other Batwoman Musings

  • Mouse is in the ICU and if he doesn’t make it, Batwoman will reign hell on Gotham City.
  • It’s 2020 and a hero’s sexual orientation shouldn’t be this important and yet, there are still people in this world who would rather lose their child than to accept the help of someone who’s different. Thankfully, Batwoman doesn’t pick and choose who she helps. And it’s reassuring to know she has the backing of the city that acknowledges that being gay isn’t a flaw.
  • Mary is a genius who figured out the multiverses all on her own. At this point, she deserves Kate’s honesty. And if Kate wants a squad much like Supergirl has, she’s going to have to come clean to them about her identity. Being a hero doesn’t have to be lonely.
  • Kate needs to be more careful when it comes to Alice’s goons. They know Batwoman’s identity, so the ambush was almost too easy.
  • Alice wanted Kate to feel like she did — that no one was coming to rescue her. The difference between the sisters is that Kate never needs to be rescued, and yet, that’s Alice biggest gripe with her whole family; she’s mad that no one ever came to help her.

What did you think of the episode?

Who will survive — Alice or Beth?

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Batwoman Midseason Premiere Review: Batwoman Comes Out and [SPOILER] Returns (1×10)

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Fresh off thwarting a literal crisis, Batwoman honored her title at the “Paragon of Courage” and came out to Gotham City as a lesbian with a little help from her friend Kara at CatCo. It’s just one of the many nods that the Arrowverse is now one.

It was a momentous moment, and one the episode set-up almost too neatly with the introduction of Parker, a hacker who took control of the train (better known as the blue, red, or green line in Chicago) in an attempt to prove to her parents that her death would be worse than her being outed as part of the LGBTQ community.

Kate was already dealing with identity issues because of the cape and cowl and didn’t feel as if she was being authentic by allowing the public to believe in and ship her a hetero relationship with Officer Sam Bradley compared to Chris Evans’ Captain America.

Batwoman and everything that she stands for was never supposed to push Kate back in the closet, but she feels like it has since she’s forced to lead a double life and cannot be her true self. Essentially, she’s sick of lying to the public.

Luke doesn’t think it’s a good idea to give Batwoman so many of Kate’s characteristics, and to some degree, I agree with him. Batwoman is a caped crusader and her relationships shouldn’t be anybody’s business. However, it also doesn’t hurt anyone to know that she’s part of the LGBTQ community either and doesn’t necessarily link her to Kate, except for those who already know and suspect her to be behind the mask including ex Sophie.

Instead, Batwoman’s sexuality can save so many including teens like Parker who feel like their shunned for their queerness, forced to hide, and never seen. Batwoman is a beacon of hope for everyone including the LGBTQ community.

While Kate and Parker’s coming out storylines meshed well together and influenced each other, at first, Parker’s reasoning for the hack felt a little silly. Parker’s introduction felt forced simply to push Kate to get to this point, but by the end of the episode, the two worked together to deliver a truly great moment for Batwoman as a hero, an icon, and someone just like you.

Alice began unraveling, which got her caught by The Crows, but it was fun to watch her go down, down, down the rabbit hole.

Now that her mad tea party went off without a hitch, Alice seems confused as to why Kate’s dodging her calls. It takes Mouse, who has always been #TeamAlice, to give her the sane breakdown: killing Kate’s stepmom and putting daddy in prison isn’t going to win Kate over.

As she orchestrates a tea party at Catherine’s grave, she’s more delusional than Mouse now who is upset that his sister isn’t seeing the error of her ways.

While his realizations make sense, they’re also coming from a misguided place as he doesn’t want to share Alice and isn’t supportive of her fantasy plan to include Kate in their little family.

When he tells her Kate doesn’t see her sacrifices as a “gesture of love” but as a sign of weakness, Alice figures that in order to get her sister back she has to expose her and put an end to her hero complex.

And thus, he crazed plan of bringing C-4 to the winter formal at Kate’s vile high school (also Parker’s high school) is born.

Again, the set-up here is too convenient and the storyline seems forced rather than an organic result of a series of events.

As Alice loses her grip with reality, she takes a few missteps and the sloppiness of her work is reflective of her delusions.

She gives Parker access to send a message to all of Gotham City without checking what said message says, which results in her arrest.

Kate made it very clear that she’s done with Alice and won’t be giving her any more chances or sympathy. It took Catherine’s death and the Commander on trial for murder for her to realize that her sister is a complete monster without any remorse for her actions.

Her sister is dead… well, at least this Earth’s version of her.

While we rejoice in the successful snatching of Alice, though, the “omg” of all “omg” moments happens — Beth walked through the door and greets Kate. She’s back from a semester abroad, duh.

If you felt like you were transported to a parallel universe, well, you kind of were.

Beth’s return is likely from a pre-crisis Earth brought here through a wormhole of some sort.

While there were a few post-crisis nods in this episode, Gotham seemed to have fared much better than National City following the destruction of the multiverse until this brown-haired, innocent Beth walked through the door.

Kate’s face was priceless and having her first reaction be to pull Beth’s face to check for a mask was brilliant.

As we try to solve the “careful what you wish for” case, Kate finally gets the sister she’s always wanted even it’s just for a little while.

I’m counting down the days till next Sunday to see Alice’s reaction to Beth, the sister Kate’s always wanted. Her jealousy is going to spike.

Poor Beth has no idea what she just walked into.

Beth’s arrival doesn’t just throw a curveball and allow writers to play with storylines that otherwise wouldn’t be possible, but it also proves that Mary isn’t crazy as ever doctor, and even Sophie, tried to make her out to be.

Mary is grieving and going through a lot, but she’s also using coping mechanisms and escapist tactics to hang on, so it’s unlikely that she would be imaging Alice in a brown wig. Shame on everyone for trying to convince our girl that she’s losing it!

Other Gotham Musings

  • Dr. Campbell will play a bigger part in the story. They wouldn’t just use Klaus’ father from The Originals for a one-off scene. Either Campbell was working with Alice and Mouse, or Mary will find a way to convince him to testify. Also, there are villains in Arkham in this series, why is it so hard to believe one of them could create a replica mask out of skin grafts?
  • If there’s another Beth, are there other Batwoman’s and Lucas’s? I thought the destruction of the multiverses would eliminate the dopplegangers. This has the potential of becoming very confusing very quickly.
  • Mary continues to be the best character in the series as she goes to extra mile for her father, who finally gives her the recognition she deserves as a daughter.
  • Batwoman really wants you to know she’s keeping up with the times. There were so many pop culture references from Mr. Robot to Dateline to Snowden and right down to BTS.
  • I’m always in awe that people can’t figure out Batwoman’s identity, but when she took off the mask and the red wig, I realized it’s not as obvious as it is to the audience.

While the episode couldn’t sustain the energy of the midseason finale or the immediacy of the crossover, it nestled itself into its own by focusing on Batwoman’s identity and that twist from the Crisis fallout!

How long will Alice remain in custody? How long with Beth stick around?

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Crisis on Infinite Earths 3-Part Review: Can The Multiverses Be Saved?

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Crisis on Infinite Earths The CW Review

Tuesday’s installment of Arrow wrapped up the first three parts of the DC Comics “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, with two more parts coming to finish the story in January 2020.

If you didn’t pick up on it from all the times the superheroes reiterated the word, the multiverses were in a crisis.

By the end of the third installment, all of the multiverses had been obliterated including everyone Supergirl, Superman, Black Lightning, Kate Kane, and more love. Poof, gone.

However, there was no sense of loss when Supergirl continued to remain hopeful and the episode hitched on the idea that there has to be a way to undo the damage that’s been done.

Maybe not with the book as Kate shut Kara down on that real quick even threatening to use Kryptonite, but odds are, it’s possible.

Otherwise, how are any of these shows going to continue forward?

Without the threat of permanency, there is no sense of urgency about the crossover.

Sure, we can be sad about those we lost, but in the back of our minds, we know that they’re coming back. Death is never permanent on shows like this.

By the end of the hour, though, all the universes and parallel Earth’s are wiped out and Paraih spared a handful of the heroes, the Paragons, and transported them to the vanishing point, a point outside of space and time that cannot be reached by the Anti-Monitor.

This is the real test for our heroes. Can their virtues of hope, courage, and more lead them out of this darkness?

And can they figure out a way to work alongside Lex Luthor, who rewrote his destiny using the book and hitched a ride as Superman? Isn’t it ironic he’s become the Paragon of Truth. Not to mention he replaced the most powerful hero on the super squad. No biggie.

The question posed at the end – so what do we do now? – will be the heroes’ and Lex’s ultimate mission.

How do they restore the planets? How do they bring everyone back? And how do they stop the Anti-Monitor?

Compared to last year’s crossover, Crisis is undoubtedly bigger and there is a role for every single superhero.

They were able to cross into planets and explore Earth’s we didn’t know existed, which was a lot of fun.

There was an alternate version of Gotham where an elderly and jaded Bruce Wayne killed Superman and evoked an anti-heroic mentality. Also, Luke walked around with his shirt off.

The Smallville Earth that allowed us to visit Tom Wellington’s Clark Kent, who had given up his powers to have a family, much to Lex’s disgust. It was a nice little addition, but admittedly, I wish Wellington played a bigger role. I guess he really did hang up the cape.

Diggle, Mia, and Constantine even paid a little visit to Earth-666 to visit Lucifer Morningstar played by Tom Ellis. The trio was desperate to get Oliver’s soul back into his body and needed a little help from the devil himself, you know, pre-detective days. Again, the inclusion of Lucifer was awesome, but the moment was dull and anti-climactic. They made their way to purgatory and found Oliver, but he chose to stay behind thus thwarting their rescue mission.

Separately, these scenes wouldn’t have made much of an impact, but together, they were fun little moments of hope and nostalgia in a time of death and chaos.

90’s Barry Allen even made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to reverse the anti-matter and prevent the destruction of the last remaining Earth, Earth-1. As his body and soul disintegrated, fans were treated to a memory of a younger Jay Garrick and his beloved, Tina, flashing right before his eyes. It also paralleled a recent deep moment between present-day The Flash and Iris. True love, y’all. Sadly, Barry’s efforts, while successful, were for naught because the Anti-Monitor still prevailed and destroyed Earth-1.

Which again, brings us to this final moment where all the heroes and paragons are tasked with their biggest challenge yet. They’ll have to rely solely on themselves to figure this out as the D.E.O, Star Labs, etc. is no longer around for guidance. How do you think it’ll play out?

Other Stand-Out Moments

  • Even baby Jonathan got to play a part in the crossover. As Argo was the first planet to get hit by the anti-matter, Clark and Lois put their son in a pod and set the course to Earth, much like Kara and Clark’s parents did when Krypton was being destroyed. The Monitor saved Clark and Lois as their services were needed for the Crisis, but Alura perished. Meanwhile, baby Jonathan bounced to 2046 where we met a broken version of Oliver, who saved the child.
  • Heat Wave being the only person to calm baby Jonathan is hilarious. As is his desire to read him romance novels… his own!
  • Poor Lyla forced to become the enemy.
  • We finally got more intel on Nash’s transition into Pariah. Even though he’s responsible for freeing Anti-Monitor are is now forced to sit back and watch the destruction of Earths, he still managed to help his friends!
  • I couldn’t help but get reminded of Harry Potter throughout the crossover. The paragons are like the Horcruxes that Harry needs to find in order to defeat Voldemort (the Anti-Monitor) in this case. And those Shadow Monsters, you guys, those were straight up Dementors!
  • Are we supposed to believe that they were able to evacuate billions of people in a speedy manner in the Legion’s ship? I’ll let it go for the sake of storytelling, but come on.
  • Oliver passing the Arrow torch to Mia before sacrificing himself to save his friends and the people of Earth is the start of that female-led spinoff the CW has been teasing.
  • Cisco is Vibe again.
  • Kate’s strong-arm tactics are really cringe-worthy at times. Loosen up, girl.
  • The Spectre, the divine spirit of vengeance, made an appearance as Oliver embraced the new role.

The cameos have been great, the crossover is doing the comics justice,  and it’s entertaining, but now, we have to wait a month to see what happens and how they manage to undo all the damage, which you know they will.

Could the “Dawn of Time” mention in the below trailer mean that they will all have to go back in time to kill the Anti-Monitor thus rewriting history so that none of this ever happened?

What are your thoughts?

Check out the promo for part 4 and 5 returning on January 14th with The Flash entering the Speed Force.

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