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Kate Kane never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons befo more
...re embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
 
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  • A Secret Kept From All the Rest

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    A Secret Kept From All the Rest

    Woah. I'm not exactly sure what that was about, but holy canon craziness, Batman, Batwoman Season 1 Episode 19 threw out a lot of unexpected developments.

    Developments that will have the comic-purists up in arms (like they haven't been already) about how kryptonite could be the element to kill Batwoman.

    Anyone else thinking that Lucius Fox left that journal to punk anyone looking to kill Batman? I mean, seriously, who writes that sort of information down?

    Even before the kryptonite line, Alice's grand plan seemed flawed.

    There's an echo of Tommy Elliot's futile vendetta against Batman in that she needs to kill Batwoman, not Kate Kane, just as he was/is intent on killing Batman, not Bruce Wayne.

    Immersed in her singular goal, she risks losing her most valuable ally in Mouse. He realizes that her obsession puts his long-sought happy place in peril.

    It's not in Alice to be content with the state...
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  • If You Believe In Me, I'll Believe in You

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    If You Believe In Me, I'll Believe in You

    Gotham's baddies are such a weird bunch. You'd think Batwoman Season 1 Episode 18 would be the moment Batwoman's identity was blown since Sabatino literally has her tied up on a wheeled dolly.

    But, no, his business instinct is to first auction off the right to kill her, and THEN reveal her identity to all present.

    Of course, this is the same business sense that led him to betray Tommy Elliot and accept Mary Hamilton-Kane's story that she's there to buy the Bat Suit.

    And then there's the sad news that both my preferred Bat-Girlfriend candidates have their own agendas.

    Boo-urns. I really liked Reagan when we met her on Batwoman Season 1 Episode 4 but I guess that's the whole point.

    It did twig on me a little that she seemed to pop up whenever we get a Magpie appearance but there was no hint ever given before the reveal that they were sisters.

    Actually, she also crops up on Tommy-heavy episodes too. That, I thin...
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  • A Narrow Escape

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    A Narrow Escape

    Sometimes it's the little things that really make me appreciate the behind-the-scenes work that goes into something like Batwoman Season 1 Episode 17.

    Specifically, the choice to play Madalen Duke's "How Villains are Made" in the final moments gave me absolute chills.

    With everything that goes on, Alice finding her place in Arkham is a most worrisome and potentially dangerous development.

    It's also weirdly cryptic what she does with the chess pieces in the last scene. Yes, she topples the king, which is typically the final move of a match. However, she topples him with his own queen.

    ???

    Is this possibly foreshadowing her betrayal of Mouse? Rescuing him was the whole reason she came to Arkham. Admittedly, Kate's the reason she stuck around, but that's a whole other thing.

    Meanwhile -- Holy Batwoman! -- did the team ever take some adventurous leaps in emotional depth.

    Mary confronting Kate abo...
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  • Through the Looking-Glass

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    Through the Looking-Glass

    It's an unusual strategy that Batwoman Season 1 Episode 16 uses in its narrative and I have to believe it is purposeful because it's impossible that the story could dovetail so perfectly by accident.

    After Kate killed August Cartwright on Batwoman Season 1 Episode 15, you could be forgiven if you assumed that this follow-up would be some sort of cathartic therapy session. And it sort of was.

    However, the fact that Julia Pennyworth is brought back on the scene (YAAAAAAAS!) and Coryana's pirate queen is poised to make an appearance, moves the action along speedily where it could've been bogged down by a minor, though effective, asylum adventure.

    At the eye-roll end of the interesting spectrum, we have Alice playing with Kate's trauma at having killed someone for the first time.

    Although the scenes from Alice's life with Mabel Cartwright did foster some pity for our main baddie, it remains difficult to identify with someone who has k...
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  • Off With Her Head

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    Off With Her Head

    For a show that takes place in Gotham, one of the darkest settings in the DC universe, Batwoman Season 1 Episode 15 manages to plumb new depths of the horrific with the introduction of Alice's own Red Queen, Mabel Cartwright.

    Maybe there had been some strange wrong-headed belief that August's captivity and psychologically abusive treatment was all it took to turn young Beth Kane into the mentally unstable Alice.

    Witnessing Mabel's routine and sadistic physical abuse of Beth/Alice, whose personality had already dissociated in order to accept that she would never be able to escape the Cartwright Farm, was a new degree of evil in our experience with the Arrowverse.

    The warning signs were there in how August greeted his mother, but honestly, August has been so incredibly awful that I was rather pleased to see him cowed by someone, for once.

    Your dear mother is carting an oxygen tank and you greet her ...
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  • Grinning From Ear to Ear

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    Grinning From Ear to Ear

    For an episode with a lot of moving parts, Batwoman Season 1 Episode 14 managed to keep it together admirably and didn't even bore me with the Batwoman-Sophie thing.

    In fact, this was definitely the best Sophie outing (no pun intended) of the season.

    I was pretty meh about the big lip-lock at the end of Batwoman Season 1 Episode 13 but the follow-through here is a fine example of sensitive and genuine writing about a hugely difficult decision.

    Dare I say it, I actually appreciated Sophie in her role as Batwoman's partner in butt-kicking as well as her courage in speaking truth to her mother.

    Still not sold on Kate and her as a romantic pairing but if she grows into Jacob's investigative Crow while pitching in occasionally on Team Batwoman, I could live with that.

    Luke: You finally get Sophie off your tail and now you're swapping spit with her.
    Kate: I don't think you know what kissing is.

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  • Drink Me

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    Drink Me

    From what I understand (based on my pretty serviceable Google-Fu powers), Batwoman Season 1 Episode 13 takes a monstrously huge leap away from the comic book canon on the Batwoman-Nocturna relationship.

    Instead of an intense and intimate relationship mired in a toxic power dynamic that nearly severs all of Kate's support network, Nocturna appears here as a VotW, with all her mystic abilities explained away with fake fangs and some complex health issues.

    Too be fair, vampire slaying and nightclubbing was, to paraphrase Luke, a bit of fun after all the dark they'd been dealing with lately.

    What was also fun was watching Kate tease Luke with the sexier side of her life whether it be her knowledge of non-traditional clubs on Gotham's nightscene or the details of her encounter with Nocturna.

    Despite the gravitas of Sophie's situation with Jacob and the multiple confrontations between Kate and Alice and, oh yeah, Mary nearly being drain...
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  • Take Your Choice

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    Take Your Choice

    While Batwoman Season 1 Episode 12 answers some questions, it also left a lot on the table.

    In the original series order, this would have been the season's penultimate episode, the set up for the finale.

    As such, it does a good job rehashing some of the more memorable moments so far.

    There's a few specific things I am particularly grateful for: one, they didn't try to tie it in with Valentine's Day; two, Kate made a definitive (and sensible) choic; and three, Mary got to fight (and beat) Alice.

    Alice: That blood is the only thing that will keep me alive.
    Mary: I know and I can't think of anyone who deserves it less.

    • Permalink: I know and I can't think of anyone who deserves it less.

    Of course, I'm saddened by Beth's death but, seriously, did any of us believe that she would survive to the end of the s...
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  • An Un-Birthday Present

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    An Un-Birthday Present

    It's an "expect the unexpected" sort of day on Batwoman Season 1 Episode 11, and although it is stated explicitly that Kate does NOT enjoy surprises, I'm not sure anyone really appreciated their taste of the random.

    And while I'm enjoying the introduction of the brunette, not deranged, astrophysicist Beth Kane 2.0 from Earth who-knows-what, I can't help but suspect that, like the kitten in Alice's backstory, this won't end well.

    I'm sure there are other instances of anomalous kinks in the conversion to a singular 'verse.

    But it's amazingly convenient that Kate and Jacob finally come to understand that Alice has snuffed out all evidence of the Beth Kane they knew only to have a completely undamaged version of Beth come traipsing into their lives.

    Kudos to showrunner, Caroline Dries, for using the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event (and its subsequent fallout) to further the twistiness of Batwoman's plot.

    It's a hu...
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  • How Queer Everything Is Today!

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    How Queer Everything Is Today!

    I have to say that after the insanity of the Crisis of Infinite Earths crossover, it was a relief to return to a "normal" adventure with Batwoman Season 1 Episode 10

    Of course, post-Crisis Earth Prime is a distinctly different world from all the events that occurred.

     

    Not only was Oliver Queen's death mentioned specifically but Kara Danvers got the byline on the big "Batwoman Comes Out" cover story for Catco magazine.

    This was an episode with purpose, and every piece of the puzzle -- with the exception of that one, unexplained, final shocker scene -- revolved around the concept of honoring oneself.

    Sometimes the best way to save someone is to be yourself.

    Kate
    • Permalink: Sometimes the best way to save someone is to be yourself.

    Alice obviously needs to be working on herself the most. She's somehow becom...
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