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The Good Place Review – Moving On (4×13)

THE GOOD PLACE -- "Whenever You're Ready" Episode 413/414 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kristen Bell as Eleanor, William Jackson Harper as Chidi, Ted Danson as Michael, D'Arcy Carden as Janet -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

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The Good Place has completed its journey and is ready to go.

No crazy twist. No insane change of status quo. No dressing.

“Whenever You’re Ready” is the final chapter of The Good Place, and evokes the power and emotion that it does precisely because it doesn’t go wild.

The episode focuses in on each character, providing us a glimpse at what was important to them in their lives and what is important to them in their afterlife. From a narrative perspective, this approach allows the show to dive into the characters one last time to give us a perspective on what’s important to them and allows us to feel – just as they feel – when and why they are ready to leave the Good Place.

Jason has his time with Janet, completes the perfect game of Madden with his dad cheering him on, and throws a final party with his dance crew and EDM before heading off.

Tahani creates a positive relationship with her parents and her sister, then throws one final gathering of which she personally created every aspect of, including the furniture and food. A wonderful moment, as instead of tasking others with her every party need, she finally assumes the role of all those smaller jobs she at one point considered below her. Afterwards, Tahani finds a new calling in her afterlife and decides to become an architect.

Chidi witnesses his mother share her love with Eleanor and Eleanor’s mother treat her like a daughter. Yet he decides to stay a little while longer to allow Eleanor all the time with him that she needed.

Each of these stories is told from the focused character’s perspective, instead of as a unit. What gives the episode its sense of cohesion is that all these characters cross paths with each other through choice – Jason brings his friends to his party, Tahani meets up for a final gathering, and Chidi intertwines himself with Eleanor. The episode never feels disjointed despite having a distinct vignette structure.

However, alongside providing us perspective on these characters, this approach also provides perspective on what our lives are like (according to The Good Place). Asides from the dressing of these events being incredible (such as playing Madden on the jumbotron in a football stadium or walking through magic doors to go to Athens), each of these moments are small.

Tahani plays croquet with her family. Chidi walks around his old neighborhood. Jason tries to make Janet dinner.

These are the moments that make our own lives worth living. The connections and reflections we create are what we hold on to, and the ability to experience these moments is a gift. These simple moments are what allow each of these characters to move on from their lives because these are the moments that give them a sense of completeness.

These are the moments that Michael has been aching to experience his entire demon life.

Michael and Eleanor are the last two members of the squad remaining in The Good Place (Janet, of course, is still with them, but she will not be crossing through the doorway at any point, or so it seems). I am thrilled that these two are left together.

Michael and Eleanor are the reasons that everything on The Good Place happened. Eleanor and Chidi may have been the couple, but Eleanor and Michael were the team. Michael obviously started the series with his experiment, and Eleanor pushed it forward by constantly figuring it out.

The two are cut from the same cloth and Michael started his journey to the light side because of his ability to relate to Eleanor. Narratively, these two needed to be our ushers out of the story.

In a beautiful role reversal, Eleanor requests to Judge Gen that Michael be allowed to go to Earth to live out the rest of his life as a human, just as he had pleaded to Gen way back in Season 2’s “Somewhere Else.” Eleanor knows that Michael needs to experience human life to feel that he is complete, as he’s lost his way in the afterlife after running out of problems to solve.

Michael’s desire to be human has been present throughout the series, and the way he laughs at dropping a microwave dinner that is too hot reminds us how lucky we are to just be alive. Life is so full of stupid moments that not only do we take for granted, but ignore or actively get annoyed by.

This can’t be helped, and there are plenty of legitimately annoying occurrences in the world (why do people leave DVD’s in the DVD player?????), but it’s nice to be reminded to take a moment to appreciate those moments because by experiencing these moments, we are alive.

And being alive is special.

Outside of taking a stark stance on how to conduct ourselves as human, The Good Place’s biggest statement is that being alive is special, and being human is special. The series solidifies this point of view in its final episodes by making the claim that death is precisely what makes it special.

“Whenever You’re Ready” does a phenomenal job of showing us exactly why this is. We visibly see the joy drain from Chidi as he opens a menu in Paris and sees that the meal can be literally whatever he wants.

He’s bored. The perfect nature of his extended life has ceased to mean anything more to him. I can feel him wishing that the menu was set and that what he wants isn’t on it.

The restaurant not having what you want to eat is another very human moment, but it can lead to something exciting – a new dish and a new discovery.

When you have eternity, though, that doesn’t matter. There is nothing more to discover because you will eventually discover it all.

This is why death makes living special.

Unfortunately, in real life, we don’t exactly get to choose when we move on. Instead, we’re forced into making the best we can out of a seemingly random amount of time. We also don’t get to create our perfect experiences to fill that time with. We don’t know what happens when we die.

Michael’s time on Earth wouldn’t be human if he knew how the afterlife worked, so Eleanor’s clarification that the system may be different by the time he returns doubles down on death creating value in life. Michael is glad he doesn’t know what will happen because that makes him more human than anything.

A beautiful message, despite its sadness, and a message befitting of The Good Place at its end.

I cannot say I feel the finale was perfect, however (though obviously I think it is amazing).

Eleanor walked through the final door too quickly. I just needed that camera to follow her a little more slowly. It might be a nitpick but I wish I had more time to fully take in the moment that this is it, this is the final time we will see Eleanor Shellstrop.

I also wish there could have been more of a goodbye between Eleanor and Michael, as they did have such a solid connection.

Outside of those gripes – excellent. So many callbacks for the series, incredible expressions of the show’s themes through both show and character, and many wonderful character moments with our six heroes.

Janet was everyone’s ambassador to the original “Good Place,” so her also leading them to their final moments is excellent. Throughout the series, Janet’s growth into almost human made her relatable and someone to care about, but she always remained tethered to the afterlife with her amazing knowledge and powers.

As far as I can tell, she will remain in the Good Place for many Bearimy’s to come, but her time with the humans and Michael will always remain with her. She gets genuinely choked up when her friends leave, so seeing her in their final moments only emphasizes how human she has become. However, Janet is seemingly left in a narrative limbo – we aren’t given clear evidence of exactly what Janet will be doing in the Good Place moving forward, nor what that means to her, which is a missed character beat I wish they hit.

But Jason waiting for her to return, essentially becoming a monk – great writing. An amazing callback with relevance, as Jason only truly became ready to walk through that door when he finally took time to check his impulses and appreciate the world around him.

The Good Place is an amazing series. I stand by my feelings that we should have had an extra episode in the Good Place to build up towards a stronger revelation regarding the exit door, and I definitely feel Season 3’s Earth saga halted the tempo of the series a bit; but overall, The Good Place may just be an all-timer.

I’ve become a better person by watching this series, and I have a better appreciation of life because of it. The finale pointed out moments from the show and moments from my life and said, “Hey! Remember this? Appreciate it.

I’m guessing I’m not the only person who feels this way after watching this show, and I know I won’t be the last.

The twist at the end of season one is what truly hooked me into this show and will forever be its most famous moment, and that twist blasted open the doors to the complexity of humanity and existence.

The show never repeated a move like that, and it didn’t need to. The strength of the story, messages, and characters, as well as the hilarious writing, is what makes it an all-time great series.

“Whenever You’re Ready” is a fantastic end to a fantastic series. The Good Place leaves our screens now, but the ideals it pushed forward will continue to have meaning in our everyday lives, and I’m grateful for the laughs and lessons.

Goodbye, Good Place. Take it sleazy.

Other Musings:

  • Another aspect of the Good Place that encourages residents to feel complete is that everyone there is kind to one another. This is another subtle narrative parallel to the messages that being good and trying to be good brings value to other’s lives.
  • Loved John’s cameo. Wish we could have seen Brent make it to the Good Place to prove that even someone like him could improve. It felt as though he had regressed a bit since his final revelation with Chidi in “Help is Other People,” though I suppose that’s likely from his memory wipe?
  • Michael replaced Doug Forcett’s photo with Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason.
  • The narrative memory of this show is great. Eleanor telling Mindy that she knows she cares for people because Mindy once said, “I’m rooting for you guys” is great continuity and a fantastic character detail that deepens Mindy.
  • When The Good Place announced it was ending after four seasons a lot of people were bummed out, but no good story lasts forever! Four seasons is perfect for this show. It allowed the series to essentially follow a typical three-act structure that makes it feel complete, with season two, three, and four acting as the three main parts with season one as a prologue. Thank you for ending with season four!

And that’s the end of The Good Place.


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Big Sky Midseason Premiere Review – Is Rick Legarski Alive? (1×06)

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Big Sky The Wolves Are Always Out for Blood Midseason Premiere Review Season 1 Episode 5

Big Sky is back, and it’s proving that it still has what it takes to be a nerve-wracking series. 

Following the cliffhanger that found Cassie shooting Rick Legarski in the head, I questioned how the series would continue or what the focus would be. 

However, the midseason premiere proves that the case is still wide open as it picks up right after Cassie pulled the trigger. 

She may have put a bullet in Rick’s head, but getting rid of him could never be that easy. It never is with the bad guys, right? 

Rick is very clearly responsible for kidnapping the girls — they indicated that he was their kidnapper — but there’s also another suspect at large: Ronald. 

Ronald may have been the more compassionate one in the scenario in the first five episodes, but with his life on the line, he’s become unpredictable; there’s no telling what he’ll do. 

He’s hellbent on alluding capture at all cost, so he’s decided to change up his truck, destroy any trace of his license plate, and it seems like killing Rick may not be above him at this point, especially if he wakes up with his mind intact. 

The chances of that are slim, I Googled, but it’s not entirely impossible. And lord knows that if anyone is capable of coming back to consciousness with minimal side-effects, it’s Rick.

The fact that Ronald’s mother is still helping him despite knowing exactly what he did and what he’s capable of is infuriating. She’s very clearly scared of her own son and should come clean to the police. Help the girls! Put away this monster. 

I felt bad for Merrilee because she had no clue about her husband’s double-life, but Helen is fully aware of Ronald’s temper. Though she’s been spared from it mostly (most of the violence directed at her has been in his imagination), she knows he’s dangerous, which makes her just as responsible. 

Ronald also cannot help himself. Instead of staying away and distancing himself from the situation, he’s going into the fire by stalking Jerrie at the diner and taking photos of her. It’s safe to say he probably followed her home and left her the “you don’t learn” note on her door after seeing her talk to Jenny. 

I don’t see this ending well for Jerrie, and I’m surprised that they haven’t put her and the other girls under witness protection or at least some kind of other surveillance while they hunt this trucker down. 

Then again, Jenny made it very clear that this case won’t be a priority for much longer, which is ridiculous to think about. 

It’s a case that involved three kidnapped girls and the death of a private investigator at the hands of a respected Sheriff and a trucker. How could this case not be a priority until it’s labeled “solved”?

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BIG SKY – “The Wolves Are Always Out for Blood” – After Jenny and Cassie learn the truth about Cody’s fate, they decide to officially team up to track down Ronald. Elsewhere, Merrilee grapples with the fact that she didn’t truly know her husband, while Helen learns more about her son’s recent activities when “Big Sky” returns TUESDAY, JAN. 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Darko Sikman)
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Tubb was the last person I expected to arrive on the scene following the shooting, but I’m glad it was him because it redeemed Cassie and Jenny. They were onto Rick from the very beginning and he didn’t want to believe it. And after they singlehandedly saved the girls, he removed them from the case and said his “team,” aka the same incapable team, would handle it. 

Sure, one could argue that Cassie and Jenny both need time to heal and process. They were both grieving Cody’s death plus Cassie was working through the shock of shooting someone. However, they were both very vocal about wanting to finish the case and find the trucker once and for all. 

No detective wants to be taken off of a case when they’re so close to finding the truth. 

And you know Cassie and Jenny — nothing is going to stop them from getting justice. Since when have they ever listened to anyone telling them to take a step back?

Also, I know Tubb has to get Cassie’s statement but to question whether she was in the right to shoot Rick is maddening.

I don’t care if Rick never raised his gun at Cassie, he told her that he would count to five and shoot and that’s enough of a threat and warrants self-defense. The girls can all corroborate her story. She’s a hero who not only cracked the case but saved the girls before it was too late. 

Cassie and Jenny’s friendship has really flourished in a short period of time.

The two started off brawling in a bar when the season began and now they’re on-stage singing Cody’s favorite song together during his funeral. 

At the end of the day, they’re bound by something much stronger than hate — a common goal and love for the same man. 

As painful as it was to see Jenny mourn Cody (and us mourn the fact that Ryan Phillippe really has no reason to exist in this show and should be taken off all promotional material), it was even more heartbreaking to see Mrs. Legarski cope with the realization that her husband isn’t the man she thought he was. 

She didn’t know everything about him, but in one moment, she went from being married to a Sheriff to being married to a man who kidnaps girls and sells them into human trafficking. 

That’s a lot to process. 

And yet, she still stood by his side out of some twisted sense of moral obligation. I guess it makes sense since you don’t immediately stop loving someone because they did something bad, but I sure hope that she’s not going to support him and have his back when he does wake up. 

Not only has she been betrayed by Rick, but she’s also being manipulated by Ronald, who she believes is an affectionate man named Mitchell. 

I was so worried he was going to walk into the house while she was in there! My palms were sweating. You’d think that if the police were thorough enough to pry the floorboards while searching the home, they would manage to get into the secret compartment in the closet. 

And wouldn’t there be DNA in the Legarski barn that could lead them to Ronald?

Moving forward, it seems as though the hunt for Ronald will be the main focus and the kidnapped girls will assist Cassie and Jenny in finding him!

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Rick will wake up with his mind unimpaired? Sound-off in the comments below, Cravers! 


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The Resident Review – Cain’s Karma (4×03)

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What goes around comes around. 

That statement couldn’t be more true for Cain, who suffered an injury that threatened his entire career on The Resident Season 4 Episode 3. 

The staff at Chastain is genuinely good and would never wish this upon anyone, even someone as ruthless as Cain (and neither would we), it does prove that karma is alive and well. And it’s totally fine if you found it quite enjoyable to watch. 

The episode kicked off with Cain finding out that someone at Chastain was going to testify against him after he was sued by a patient for exposing them to COVID. Before that reality could fully sink in, he jumped into action to save a woman from a burning car. As he was trying to stop a bystander from filming the whole thing for clout, he got plowed down by an oncoming car… Regina George-style. 

Though it didn’t seem like Cain could get away with minor injuries, killing him off would be too easy considering there was a huge focus on a potential redemption arc.

However, having him rely on the same employees and doctors that he has always looked down on is some poetic justice.

Unlike Cain, the rest of the staff at Chastain always put patients over profits and personal gain, so he should feel lucky that he’s not getting the same kind of treatment that he’s been dishing out.

Cain’s moneymaker — his hands — were injured in the accident, which put his whole career on the line. He knew that this surgery was tricky and required the best of the best so he summoned Kit to do the procedure. 

Yet, considering how many enemies he has made in the hospital, he asked for his own residents to be in the room during the surgery, and honestly, that’s what sealed his fate. 

Again, the surgery was said to be highly complex for the best of surgeons, and somehow, his own residents thought they could handle it until Kit arrive. 

On one hand, it was a completely cringe-worthy mistake, on the other hand, they were simply following the orders and advice Cain has given them over and over again. 

It’s karma coming full-circle. 

But what was with that creepy clip of Cain waking up on the operating table and pulling out his tubes? I thought maybe the anesthesia didn’t take at first and he was freaking out about the interns making a decision to operate, but it seemed to be some bad dream? Or maybe that’s what Cain was experiencing while unconscious? It’s unclear. 

The point is — if he was awake right now, he’d unleash holy hell on the interns and probably all the people who tried to save his life. 

Will Cain make it out? Probably. But maybe this is the humbling event he needs to bring him down a notch. Maybe he’ll finally realize that he’s not invincible and he needs to put his ego aside if he wants to be truly great?

If Cain was awake, he would also unleash his wrath on Mina, so for her sake, this may be for the best.  

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THE RESIDENT: L-R: Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Matt Czuchry in the “Accidental Patient” episode of THE RESIDENT airing Tuesday, Jan. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

Cain isn’t the only one in danger as Chastain is facing down a grim future. Bell paid Mr. Yorn a little visit and learned that Red Rock has decided to sell Chastain because it’s draining money. 

The narrative of profits over people continues to be Red Rock’s M.O. At this point, I’d love for Bell and Winthrop to put their money together and invest in Chastain, but I know that’s logically impossible. Still, there has to be something that can be done here. 

For a moment, Bell was painted as a villain in Mina’s eyes as she thought he was using a patient’s surgery for self-gain and self-promotion. 

It was a reminder of how far Bell has come since The Resident Season 1 as his intentions, though murky, were pure – this was the only solution he had for saving Chastain at the moment.

Mina is not one to hold back on her opinions; she’ll tell you exactly what she’s thinking at any given moment. And she always used to when she would butt heads with Bell in the first season.

But even she realized that she owed Bell an apology for misjudging him and his decision to bring a camera crew into a surgery. Seeing them work side-by-side again was a real treat, and I’m eager for more partnerships from #TeamSaveChastain. 

Mina and AJ are learning how to navigate this new aspect of their relationship and they figured setting “ground rules” at work would do the trick.

However, I’m confident their relaltionship can get over the work hiccups because outside of the hospital, the duo is very much in-sync. They go together like PB&J; everything about their pairing just feels right.

And how adorable is Mina when she’s giddy and in love? It was sweet that she confided in Nic even after establishing that she and AJ would keep their private relationship under wraps. 

And of course, Nic’s reaction couldn’t be sweeter and more genuine. “About time,” is what we’ve all been saying.

I was confident that Nic would confide in Mina about the pregnancy right then and there, but considering Nic’s past miscarriage, it makes sense that she wants to be certain that everything is on-track before sharing the news. 

Nic and Conrad eventually confirmed their pregnancy — and surprisingly, kept the bloodwork from getting into the wrong hands —  but it’s hard to be happy and excited about the news when Amy Holden Jones, the series co-creator, revealed there would be complications that arise.

For now, it’s nice to see #Conic simply enjoying the moment and thinking about what the future holds. How cute was Conrad when he fessed up to ordering all those pregnancy essentials for his baby mama? 

Devon’s case paralleled his own life moments, and while the loss of his father has severely impacted him, it’s also making him a stronger and more connected doctor. 

He may not have been able to be there with his father when he passed, but because of that experience, he was able to give another family a final goodbye they otherwise might have not had. He knows what it means to miss out on saying goodbye and he doesn’t want to see anyone waste another precious moment.

Allowing him to exist in his grief is a cathartic experience not only for the character but also for the audience, many of whom have dealt with their own share of tragedy and loss amid the pandemic. 

Eva’s storyline wasn’t my favorite as her reaction to seeing herself on television made it seem like she was hiding from someone who wanted to hurt her rather than from a lover.

There wasn’t a smooth transition from Eva’s in danger to Darren turning up as the love of her life who she abandoned after going to witness protection. 

The whole time, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and all those people she pissed off to come after her. The whole storyline  felt choppy and out of place even if the final moments gave way to a romantic reunion. Hey, at least Darren was able to help Nic and Conrad figure out Eva’s medical condition!

What did you think of the episode, Cravers?

Let us know in the comments below! 


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Batwoman Review – Bat Attack (2×02)

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Batwoman Season 2 Episode 2 Review Prior Criminal History

Bats are attacking Gotham City and the only person that can stop them is Batwoman… the new one, who is deathly afraid of bats. 

Alice’s plots are always so poetic, you have to give her credit for bringing the creativity and keeping the town on its toes. 

We already know Alice is deranged, but Batwoman doesn’t waste a moment trying to remind fans just how next-level she really is. The way she strapped that rat to Mouse and then unleashed bats onto his body was, well, disturbing. And we’ve come to expect nothing less. 

But the remainder of the episode fell flat since she unleashed a plague and delivered the cure in one fell swoop. Sophie and Mary know that Alice is too cunning and must have a larger motive, which we learn involves triggering Safiya, so while her “master plan” was just the opener to something bigger and badder, it felt wasted in the context of the episode. 

Also, was it Alice’s plan to make Hamilton Dynamics look like the heroes by delivering the cure? Or was it just an unforeseen outcome of “doing the right thing?”

Or will the Desert Rose eventually prove to have some undisclosed side effects that will take a toll on Mary and the rest of Batwoman’s supporters who suffered bat bites? Because then, she’d be exacting revenge against Safiyah and taking down Hamilton Dynamics at once, which is, well, bloody brilliant. 

Alice’s plan isn’t entirely clear at this point, but she seemed to achieve part one which was getting Safiyah’s attention. Why was she so upset about the Desert Rose being used? What does Alice hope to gain from their meeting? Does she think that Kate is still alive and Safiyah has her?

Ryan Wilder stepped in to save Gotham from Alice’s wrath, and while wanting to be a hero surely played into her decision to step into the batsuit again, she was also ecstatic over the opportunity to throw some punches Alice’s way. Plus, she now knows that Alice is responsible for killing her mother and Mary’s mom, so she has a lot of rage inside. 

And I definitely enjoyed someone confronting Alice who actually has the guts to kill her. Yes, Batwoman’s M.O is “do not kill,” but isn’t it just a little fun when Alice knows that the new vigilante won’t hesitate to kill her?

Ryan once again proved that she what it takes to wear the suit. She put the people of Gotham first and chose to save them instead of pursuing Alice when push came to shove. She also thwarted the danger by successfully luring all the bats into a bus using the frequency that was attracting them to the rally. 

And she provided us with a pretty cool Batmobile scene. Not to mention she did all of this while still being affected by her kryptonite wound. She might want to take care of that sooner rather than later. 

However, taking on bats as an enemy is not like taking on Gotham’s worst criminals. And despite her desire to kill Alice, Ryan proved that she may need a little more training. 

She has martial art skills and a firm understanding of the bad guys having spent most of her life around them, but the dangers looming over Gotham, like Safiyah, are a little above her pay grade. As Luke mentioned, Kate was at the top of her class and still struggled sometimes. 

Ryan can definitely handle it — plus, it’s all they really have at the moment — but she’s going to need to lean heavily on Mary and Luke as they help craft her into the hero that can handle whatever and whoever comes her way. 

As Mary helps Ryan get the ropes of this Batwoman thing, maybe Ryan can return the favor and give Mary some self-defense training? Mary has put herself in some dangerous situations over the years, and as she comes face-to-face with Gotham’s worst, like Alice, who seems drawn to her to replace Kate, she’s going to need to know how to fight back and protect herself! 

The Commander was mostly in the shadows this episode, but he did grill Mary and Luke about Kate Kane being Batwoman. Obviously, neither of them talked, but if he wants to avoid history repeating itself, he needs to focus less on trying to find Kate and bonding with Mary, the one daughter he still has left. 

Batwoman Season 2 Episode 2 Review Prior Criminal History

Batwoman — “Prior Criminal History” — Image Number: BWN202fg_0014r — Pictured (L-R): Rachel Skarsten as Alice and Christina Wolfe as Julia Pennyworth — Photo:The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

While the Crows clearly use Mary’s clinic, he still has no idea about her work there or her involvement with Batwoman, which once again makes him the father that’s out of touch with his own daughter. And isn’t that a huge chunk of the issue in the first place?

Unlike Alice, who was just a child when she was kidnapped and tortured, Kate is a grown woman who is more than capable of taking care of herself. If she’s alive — and big “if” because obviously, Ruby Rose has left the building — she doesn’t need to be saved the way Alice needed it. And holding out hope instead of embracing the present isn’t any way to move forward. It’s dangerous for the city.  

Also, is it me or does he still seem to hold resentment for Batwoman? Even the new one. Maybe he should try to work with her this time around to truly right the mistakes of his past. 

Sophie is logical 75% of the time, but then she goes and pulls a stunt like ambushing Alice alone without any backup. I can understand not wanting to bring all of the Crows along, but why wouldn’t she at least bring Julia?

They may have had a personal falling out, but professionally, Julia is still her best and biggest ally. Also, it’s petty of Sophie to hold it against Julia that she kept Kate’s secret. If the roles had been reversed, Sophie would have kept Kate’s secret from Julia in a heartbeat. Why? Because they both loved Kate and wanted to protect her. 

It wasn’t Julia’s secret to tell, and she shouldn’t be faulted for it. If anything, Sophie should be wondering why Kate never thought she could trust her enough to tell her the truth? Maybe it was all about protecting Sophie, but her anger should be more directed at Kate for lying. 

Unfortunately, Kate is not around so Julia is Sophie’s punching bag. I’m eager for them to get past this and work together again cause I actually like them as a couple. 

Hitting “reset” with a new caped crusader gives Batwoman a chance to right the wrongs of season 1, which alienated a huge chunk of the audience. However, these weak plots simply aren’t cutting it, and the series is still repeating the same mistakes instead of elevating and taking the show in a new direction. 

My suggestion: spend less time talking about Kate and what Kate would do (she has her chance to do plenty) and embrace the new administration. Change is inevitable and also exhilarating. Ryan offers a new perspective and a new way of doing things, which may take some getting used to, but it’s necessary. She has a new skillset, a past that influences her decisions, and a new approach. The series needs to let her do it her way! 

What did you think of the episode? Hit the comments with your thoughts! 


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