Batwoman

Batwoman – The Complete First Season

by Alan Rapp on September 11, 2020

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  • Title: Batwoman – Season One
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Batwoman - The Complete First Season Blu-ray reviewAfter a string of successes, it’s hard to believe The CW missed the mark so badly, and so consistently, as it did with Batwoman. The show introduced us to Ruby Rose as lesbian soldier Kate Kane, the niece of Bruce Wayne, who returns to Gotham years after Batman disappeared and picks up his mantle as Gotham City’s new hero.

As with every CW show, she’s surrounded with a small group of friends who know her secret and support her while fighting the city’s private army led by her father (Dougray Scott) and the return of her insane dead sister (Rachel Skarsten) and her creepy friend (Sam Littlefield) who plague the city.

From the start, the show was plagued with problems. While relying strongly on the sister vs. sister dynamic for much of the season, the show’s writers also pull in a group of D-list Batman villains for individual episodes to flush out the season with mixed success.

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  • Title: Batwoman – Through the Looking-Glass
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Batwoman - Through the Looking-Glass television review

Let’s start on a positive note. “Through the Looking-Glass” does include the series best action sequence to date, with Kate (Ruby Rose) out of the Bat-suit kicking the ass of several security guards while helping Alice Rachel Skarsten) break into Arkham Aylumn. The episode also marks the return of Julia Pennyworth (Christina Wolfe) who has been one of the few bright spots for the series outside of its star. The rest of the episode? Pretty much the same shitshow we’ve come to expect from Batwoman on a weekly basis although the episode does earn points for hitting emotional marks better than it has at times this season and letting Alice come off more human (and less cartoonish) than we’ve seen.

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Batwoman – Off With Her Head

by Alan Rapp on March 17, 2020

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  • Title: Batwoman – Off With Her Head
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Batwoman - Off With Her Head television review

Hate and revenge play large roles in “Off With Her Head” which sees characters continue to make odd choices, the writers randomly insert characters, and and the show continue to play on the dynamic between sisters. In a move that makes no sense, other than to set-up the episode’s obvious ending, Alice Rachel Skarsten) gives up August Cartwright (John Emmet Tracy) to Batwoman (Ruby Rose) just prior into falling into the madman’s trap. As events play out, Cartwright reveals details about Alice’s confinement to Kate and Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and an insane Mouse (Sam Littlefield) attempts to drive the last remaining bit of sanity out of Alice’s head through the use of Fear Gas from a classic Bat-villain whose name I won’t sully here by connecting him the show.

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  • Title: Batwoman – Grinning From Ear to Ear
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Batwoman - Grinning From Ear to Ear television review

“Grinning From Ear to Ear” introduces the character of Duela Dent (Alessandra Torresani), a scarred young woman targeting social media stars, but it’s Duela’s connect to Dr. Ethan Campbell (Sebastian Roché) that earns the interest of Alice Rachel Skarsten). Batwoman (Ruby Rose) is able to take down the troubled young woman before she adds another victim, although before the police arrive Duela also makes a new friend. The comic character is far from a favorite, and this version isn’t much better, but I am curious whether or not her appearance here was simply a one-off or if we’ll see more of her in the future.

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Batwoman – Drink Me

by Alan Rapp on February 25, 2020

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  • Title: Batwoman – Drink Me
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Batwoman - Drink Me television review

While Gotham believes her dead, Alice Rachel Skarsten) fumes over Kate (Ruby Rose) choosing to let her die while also spending quite a bit of time trampsing around Gotham searching for the missing Mouse (Sam Littlefield). Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) returns to work, although it’s not clear on how exactly he was acquitted, which is a problem for Sophie (Meagan Tandy) when her boss discovers his number two is a bit too chummy with Batwoman, completely oblivious to the fact that the vigilante is his daughter or that having someone with a good working relationship with Batwoman would be a far greater asset than a liability to the Crows whose recent setbacks have them hemorrhaging clients all over the city.

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