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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 – Introducing Circe Sionis (2×12)

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The Alice and Batwoman team-up is one I never knew I needed… or would enjoy so much. 

Rachel Skarsten does not disappoint… ever. No matter what, she nails every scene, beat, and emotion. 

After Black Mask took her beloved Ocean, she decided to join forces with Batwoman, who was on the prowl to save Angelique. 

And their brief alliance made sense since both Angelique and Ocean were being held together at the same place. 

However, despite some moments where it seemed like Batwoman and Alice were actually bonding, the former wasn’t ready to forgive the latter, who murdered her mother in cold blood. 

She wasn’t even phased when Alice admitted that she remembered Cora. 

I know that Ryan has a personal bone to pick with Alice, but it’s unlike Batwoman to just leave someone for dead. 

Kate Kane would never, and since I typically find myself thinking that Ryan is a much better Batwoman than Kate ever was, her decision to walk away and leave Alice to fend for herself after she just came to help her was wildly out of character. 

It’s also slightly frustrating because doesn’t Ryan want to know why Alice and her Wonderland Gang killed Cora? I’m convinced there’s plenty more to the story. 

Plus, there’s no doubt in my mind that Batwoman and Ocean will have to team up eventually to save Alice from Black Mask and the False Face Society. 

This was the first time Alice was also confronted by someone more deranged than her.

When Circe Sionis (and her Michael Meyers-inspired face mask) got in her face, Alice actually looked afraid, or, at the very least, disturbed. 

And who can blame her? Circe, who is actually Kate Kane under the mask, has been hypnotized into this killing persona, so she’s pretty unpredictable. She has no free will or thought process of her own — she’s simply loyal to her father, Roman. 

I love that Alice was looking right into her presumed dead sister and had no idea. I can’t wait for her to unmask Circe and find out the truth! That’s definitely going to send Alice on a bender.

The comforting thing is that we know Dr. Rhyme’s hypnosis and memory-erasing powers can be undone. We’ve seen it with Alice and Ocean. 

Maybe spending enough time with Alice will trigger some memories that will bring Kate Kane to the surface?

Also, will we find out how Circe died? Was it really at the hands of Kane’s Batwoman?

The series also confirmed what we all knew was coming — Roman Sionis is Black Mask. Shocker, shocker! 

After Ryan risked it all to save Angelique, she had to get her heartbroken and stomped on… again. 

This time, Angelique was making the right call by working with the feds and entering witness protection, but there was no way Ryan was going to go with her. 

Even without the ties to Batwoman, Ryan has built a life in Gotham that she’s not ready to throw away. 

Quite frankly, Ryan and Angelique were a love story that was always doomed to fail, but at least Ryan could finally move on without harboring the guilt she felt for getting Angelique caught up in this mess in the first place. 

And with Angelique out of the picture, there’s no doubt that the series will try to link Ryan and Sophie romantically, especially now that Sophie has figured out that Ryan is Batwoman.

After the initial shock, Sophie realized that if Agent Tavaroff’s DNA sample was put through the system, he would positively identify Ryan and Batwoman.

She then risked everything to prevent The Crow’s from finding out Batwoman’s identity, which is interesting. 

Who’s side is Sophie really on? 

She has never seemed too confident in The Crows’ mission, but now, she’s sabotaging her own people to help Batwoman. 

She should probably just join the Bat team at this point, especially after the way she’s been treated by the Commander. 

I’m also curious as to why the Commander and The Crow’s still hate Batwoman? Why do they want her in jail when she’s helped them on countless occasions. 

You’d think he’d have changed his mind considering his daughter was the first vigilante to help the city. 

The hatred towards Batwoman doesn’t really make all that much sense anymore; they’re on the same side. 

The Commander’s angry outbursts seemed strange at first, but when Sophie stumbled upon a used vial of Snake Bite, she realized that the leader of The Crows has become addicted to the dangerous drug coursing through the city. 

I think it would’ve made more sense for Sophie to simply confront the Commander about it, but then she would have to explain why she was in his office in the first place. 

And considering his state, he probably wouldn’t have been receptive to her concerns anyway. 

So, taking the issue to Mary was her next-best option, especially since Mary is a doctor who can help him with the withdrawal he will undoubtedly go through. 

Mary didn’t want to believe that he father could be using, but the proof was right there. He was acting erratically (even though she wanted to believe he was truly being supportive of her underground clinic) and sweating profusely. 

Batwoman Season 2 Episode 12 was one of the most action-packed and entertaining episodes this season. In just one hour: Batwoman’s identity was spared once again, Sophie took a win against Tavaroff, Ocean and Angelique were freed from False Face’s grasp, the Commander’s secret was exposed to his daughter, Black Mask’s identity was revealed, Kate Kane’s storyline has taken shape, and Alice is being held captive once again. 

What was your favorite moment?

And what are you most excited about moving forward?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 


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Batwoman Review – Sophie Learns the Truth About Batwoman (2×11)

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Mission save Angelique was on and it turned Batwoman into an episode of Fast & Furious.

Ryan and Sophie (the fact that she has her saved as “Crowphie” still cracks me up) teamed up to save the girl, but their efforts were fruitless. 

Black Mask proved that he’s always one-step ahead of them, and when they confronted him, he threatened to shoot Angelique on the spot. 

It’s unclear if he really would’ve done it considering she’s his only shot at making the Fear Toxin the way Ocean did previously, but it convinced Sophie and Batwoman to back off. Ang revealed she didn’t know the drug’s recipe by heart, but she bought herself some time by promising Black Mask that she’d track down Ocean. 

Is anyone else annoyed by Sophie’s decision to take on this big bad all by herself? Why does she think she’s invincible? 

I get not wanting to put a civilian like Ryan in harm’s way, but there was absolutely no reality in which she would’ve survived that confrontation alone. 

Luke warned Ryan against getting too close to Sophie because he was worried she’d figure out her secret identity. 

To be honest, I’m surprised it took her this long. Sophie’s smart, so she should’ve realized that Batwoman is always involved when Ryan is. Then again, she never pieced it together when Kate was Batwoman, so I guess this is progress.

After confronting Black Mask, Sophie found the AI in Mary’s car that Ryan left behind. which included her to listen to Ryan and Luke’s conversation. 

It was the equivalent of Ryan ringing her up and saying: “I’m Batwoman.”

What happens now? Will Sophie confront Ryan? Will she be upset? Will she be more inclined to work with her?

This is the first time a Crow knows Batwoman’s identity!

But she might not be the only one. The new agent, Agent Tavaroff, who seems to have some bad blood with Sophie, watched surveillance footage from the Black Mask’s lair and took some of Batwoman’s blood to get tested. 

We know the Crow’s have all of Ryan’s information on file, so it would likely come back as a match. 

And while Sophie might not be the kind of person to expose Batwoman’s identity, Tavaroff wouldn’t hesitate. 

Is Jacob Kane still taking Fear Toxin? It’s unclear, but it has turned him into a grade-A jerk so there’s that. 

Alice spent much of the episode trying to erase Kate from her mind, but the more she tried to prove that she’s a heartless monster, the more her subconscious bubbled up to the surface to prove that she does have a heart and feelings. 

Not only was she unable to erase Kate, she also couldn’t shake her feelings for Ocean. 

And it didn’t help that he waltzed right into her little therapy session with Enigma to get his revenge on her for “killing him.”

Alice lives in such a delusional state half the time that she struggled to distinguish if what was happening was real, but Ocean made it very clear that stabbing him with Safiyah’s blade spared him from death. 

And that seems to be a good thing because the moment Enigma returned their memories, they were back in each other’s arms and locking lips. 

I’ve said it in past review, but I’ll say it again — I’m really looking forward to seeing who Alice is when she’s “in love.”

Kate, and now Ocean, are her two tethers to humanity. Kate was obviously the do-gooder, but Ocean is no saint; he’s still involved in this Fear Toxin mess. 

Will they become Gotham’s newest power-couple?

Also, why did Enigma choose to return their memories? Was she just tired of being held captive by Alice (she looked pretty terrified of her at times), or will she benefit from their “love story?”

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below. 

Batwoman goes on hiatus until May, so we’ll catch you back here on the same night, new time! 


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Batwoman Review – Ryan Declares War on Black Mask (2×10)

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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.

Batwoman Review Time Off For Good Behavior Season 2 Episode 10

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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?!


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