After last weeks strong premiere to the new Batwoman series on The CW, this weeks episode slows the pace a fair bit, by adding the drama that is a well known element to the many shows on this network.
Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) has learned the identity of Alice (Rachel Skarsten) and is now determined to prove her discovery to her father Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott), after their recent discussion left an uncomfortable distance between them whenever they interact.
The on screen chemistry between Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson) and Kate Kane grows stronger in this episode, as they discuss the burden of taking on the mantles of their predecessors Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox, but through both of their performances you can see the determination of each character as they continue their journey into this crazy world of Gotham, knowing full well where they will inevitably end up.
Rachel Skarsten’s portrayal of Alice remains the highlight of the series so far, as she brings an incredible persona to the world of Gotham, by being menacing, maniacal and just a little bit lost in her own mind, which sometimes makes you sympathetic for the character which is always a good thing when a performance can make you feel something for the villain of the story.
Costumes remain unchanged as of yet, but the team behind the designs have done well in my opinion for a small screen design of iconic imagery, whether it’s the early Bat-suit that Kate’s wearing or the Bat-Cave itself with it’s variety of gadgets hanging on display, just to look cool, this series is bringing us it’s own world of the Batman mythos and will bring us the world of Batwoman as she later steps out of his shadow, and those gadgets will become hers.
This weeks episode was a little less interesting than the first. I feel that the writers may have jumped a little too quickly into this story, giving us a big reveal too soon (at the end of the pilot episode no less), which could have been built up, then used as a huge bomb drop if done correctly, but instead the mystery is now gone, and we’re left feeling like we know all we need to about the characters, which leaves us with the drama and the action sequences that don’t seem to last nearly as long as we would like.
Overall this episode gets a 3/5 from me. I will continue to support and watch this show because I love what they’re doing and hope that it gets stronger from here on out, but sadly this second part to the start of it all, felt a little lackluster.