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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 – I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury (1×06)

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Batwoman is finding it hard to keep her identity a secret on “I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury.”

Two characters found out her secret, and it was a close call for two others.

Sophie’s had her inklings from the get-go, but now she knows for certain that Kate’s the Caped Crusader.

Kate can thank Mary for talking her out of telling the Commander the truth.

She changed her mind with the gut-punching line: you did this to Kate.

Sophie’s role in all of this remains kind of questionable. She’s the weakest character next to Mary’s strongest character only because she’s constantly injecting herself into Kate’s life for selfish reasons.

And all of this after she told Kate to move on.

Stop trying to sabotage Kate’s plan to save Gotham City and worry about your husband or something, Sophie.

Last week we saw drunk Mary (a hit!) and this week we see protective Mary. Even when she doesn’t know the full extent of what’s happening, Mary is 100% your girl.

But she was so close to finding out the truth, which leaves me slightly surprised that someone with her intelligence level hasn’t pieced it all together.

Kate knew about her clinic and now, Batwoman has brought her Dodgson (connected to Kate’s sis, Alice) and Sophie (Kate’s ex-lover). Kate’s almost beginning Mary to figure it out.

The other person to find out Batwoman’s identity was Mouse, which is more dangerous for Kate.

Mouse is jealous of her,¬† he’s off the rails, and he easily imitated Kate’s voice to pry the truth out of Alice.

When the villains begin to know who’s behind the mask, that’s when you begin having problems.

The episode teetered on redundant with almost every character.

Alice and Mouse played mind games with each other, though, he was able to use his new face to steal Catherine’s new toy and the only thing that can penetrate a bat suit.

There’s a possibility that Alice wants the tool so that no one can kill her sister because she cares about her, but seeing how her deranged mind works, I’m more concerned that she wants to use it on her sister instead.

Alice reveals she has a plan for Kate that involves her becoming part of Alice and Mouse’s makeshift family, but we know there’s no way in hell Kate’s going to allow that plan to come to fruition.

Kate’s back-and-forth with her father about Alice and how they let her down was a snooze-fest.

We get it, you guys blame yourselves.

And while the guilt is going to keep eating away at them every time Alice makes a move on Gotham, they need to let it go.

Both of them searched for Alice until they were convinced, either because they truly believed it or they wanted so badly to believe it, that she was dead.

It’s an impossible situation, but pointing fingers will not change the past nor will it bring her back… well, at least, her mentality.

The Commander’s distaste for Batwoman was also striking considering his team hasn’t been able to police the city well at all these last few weeks.

Wouldn’t it be easier to work alongside Batwoman?

He’s turned off by the caped vigilante because he blames Batman for imploding his life, but it’s just a reflection of how he feels about himself.

Batwoman isn’t the problem. In fact, she was the solution for this episode as she nabbed the right suspect and made sure that the law was restored.

The one-episode villain was the Executioner, who was hellbent on making people pay for their corrupt actions, and while it was a noble cause, it fell kind of flat.

Though, I’ll admit, having the killer in the executioner hood as the actual executioner from Blackgate was meta.

Despite the comparisons from the Commander and Eldon himself, Eldon and Batwoman were not one and the same despite fighting against the law.

Eldon wanted revenge on the people who had been rigging the system and turning him into a murderer of falsely accused minorities.

Unfortunately, while death by execution styles may seem like the proper punishment for corrupt law enforcement, it didn’t restore justice or teach them any kind of lesson.

Batwoman’s approach was to do the job that she didn’t think the GCPD and the Crows could do while still allowing the law to handle the punishment.

The only way justice would be served to Judge Calvarick is if he was put on trial, locked up at Blackgate, and told to wait for his execution just like the other innocent inmates.

The DA reopening every case and looking into it once again is a good thing for every wrongfully accused inmate, but it’s the stuff of nightmares for Luke, who personally trusted Gotham’s finest to find and put away his father’s killer.

Is this going to be a storyline moving forward?

Will Luke have to relive his father’s death as they look for his rightful killer? I’m willing to bet this could bring in a rather entertaining villain into play as it becomes personal not only for Luke but for Batwoman.

Ridding Gotham of corruption is messy. If Gotham is anything like Chicago, it runs in the city’s veins and is engrained in its politicians and law enforcement.

But, with people like Batwoman, there’s hope for the city after all, just as long as someone doesn’t blow her cover first.

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Batwoman – Down, Down, Down (1×03)

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Batman might not be back, but Batwoman is there… and she’s better.

At least that’s what Kate Kane is telling herself to convince herself that becoming Gotham’s newest hero is the right move.

On Batwoman Season 1 Episode 3, Kate put on the red wig and embraced her new role within the city after realizing that she hyped up the city with Batman’s return only to let them down.

As a result, people were dying at the hands of villains who wanted Batman to pay.

Tommy Elliot, Bruce Wayne’s oldest friend wanted revenge against Batman.

When someone stole a weapon Batman created with the intention of piercing the Batsuit and killing Batman, Kate figured out that Elliot knew Wayne was Batman.

She tried her best to foil his plan, but it’s not surprising that she struggled a bit and needed Alice’s help.

It’s Kate’s first run at this hero thing. She hasn’t gotten the gadgets figured out just yet, which explains why she struggled a bit with Elliot.

Alice didn’t help her sister out of the kindness of her heart.

Or, at the very least, that’s what she wants her to believe.

Alice revealed that she has a plan for the city and it involves Kate Kane, but we know as much as Kate knows that Beth is still in there.

She may be buried deep inside, but she’s in there.

We saw glimpses of her when Alice had a terrible dream and again when she broke into the Commander’s house and found a box of Kate’s things which included Beth’s lunchbox and the map that detailed how they looked for her.

Alice says her vengeance is aimed at her father, the man who betrayed her and left her to die, but even when she has proof that they looked for her, she’s hellbent on destroying him.

There has to be more to the story.

And there has to be more to Alice. What makes her tick? What’s with all the rhymes? Who did she learn everything from? Who taught her to be evil?

Alice’s storyline isn’t unraveling as quickly as I’d hoped it would.

Despite owning the city’s biggest security firm, the Crows, the Commander is unable to locate her.

And she was able to break into his penthouse without blinking an eye, which isn’t a good testament to his security detail.

Alice may have had something planned for the evening, but Tommy beat her to it.

It’s a shame, truthfully. I think whatever Alice had in store would have been more fun.

What’s your take on Alice? Is there any possibility of redemption?

After breaking into the penthouse, Alice also left behind playing cards with the numbers “2, 8, 3.”

Catherine seemed to understand the reference and hid the cards from her husband, but why?

She knows that Alice is Beth, but why does she want the Commander to continue believing that it’s an imposter?

Is she connected to Beth’s “death” somehow?

Does she think it’ll split the family up?

Alice and Kate are both intriguing characters with secrets, but Mary Hamilton is the most layered of them all.

Under the party girl facade is this brilliant doctor who runs her own rogue clinic.

Now that Sophie is her detail, it’s only a matter of time before her cover is blown.

Sophie already suspects there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Mary after she saw her swoop in and save the patients following the elevator collapse.

Mary also helped her out while they were trapped in the elevator with Sophie’s husband Tommy.

He had a lot of questions about Kate Kane after briefly meeting her at the party and realizing his wife never told him that she was friends with the boss’s daughter.

Sophie plays it off like she wasn’t that close to Kate, but it’s evident she doesn’t want him to know that she’s bi or that she had a lesbian relationship.

He’s going to find out eventually, which will likely lead to a break-up.

But Kate took her advice to “move on” seriously and already has a thing with Raegan, the bartender working the Elliot Event.

Sophie looked awfully jealous watching the two of them flirt at the end of the night. It’s hard to feel bad for her though when she’s brought this upon herself.

Gotham has a new hero, one that’s “curvier and sexier.”

But will she truly be better than Batman?

We’ll see.

For now, she’s there and that already means she’s better.

Other Thoughts

  • Elliot seemed to be a rich dude with an ego bigger than his building, but his revenge was fueled because Batman SAVED his mother. Yes, he wanted his mother to die instead. That tells you everything you need to know!
  • Kate Kane is still holding Dodgson, Alice’s hot BF, hostage. Getting him back wasn’t enough to stop Alice from killing though which means she doesn’t want him back that much. Does that mean he’s no longer valuable?
  • Best quote goes to Alice: “Red wig? And I’m the crazy one.”

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Batwoman Suits Up & Soars on Pilot Episode

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Batwoman Pilot Review

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?

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