In this episode, we learn more about the long and sad tale of Alice as she regales her story to Kate. She tells Kate all about the time she awoke in a strangers house, only to discover a dark truth about this father and his son. She is being held prisoner and even when Kate and Jacob find the house, they are tricked into believing that the young child, who has a gift for mimicking voices, prank called Jacob, when in reality it was Beth.
Alice is very twisted, and in this episode she proves even more disturbing as she appears to be stealing segments of flesh from bodies left in the morgues around Gotham. A suspect in a crime which Kate refused to believe Alice was a part of until Wayne Tech’s cameras bought her refusing belief to a grinding halt, as it was clear on camera who the suspect was. However, as the episode goes on we soon learn a little more about why she’s doing this, and we finally discover who ‘Mouse’ is who has thus far only been mentioned.
Meanwhile, Mary discovers the truth about her mother’s involvement in the cover up of Beth’s death. Learning that the skull fragments found were in fact fragments of deer skull not human, and though she hopes that her mother’s involvement is purely due to her role in the job, she discovers that her mother was the mastermind behind the lie all along, which causes Mary to separate herself from her family, and search for Kate, only to run into Luke Fox instead, at Wayne Tower, and form a strange alcohol infused friendship with him.
One thing I have enjoyed above most things in this show is the constant ‘wonderland’ theme especially in dialogue. Skarsten’s Alice shows true insanity close to that of Jervis Tetch, as she quotes the famous story by Lewis Caroll, as she says things like “off with your head” to those who have or may betray her.
One aspect I truly loved about this episode comes in the form of night vision. When Kate prepares to attack the Wonderland gang head on, she asks Luke if Bruce has any night vision goggles, but Luke simply says “Batman doesn’t do goggles”. Later when we see a dark room in which Batwoman takes down goon after goon, we are later shown how her night vision comes through the mask, and it is by far one of the best ideas I have seen in any DC production. They give the mask white eyes, just like in a comic or animation! As far as I’m aware no DC Film or TV show has done this idea yet and it’s pure brilliance.
My only issue with this episode is some of the acting once again. In some of the scenes, where characters should be panicked, or shouting, there didn’t feel like there was much effort put into it. During a scene when Colonel Jacob Kane is beating up one of Alice’s goons who betrayed The Crows, Sophie shouts and tries to pull him off, to calm him because he is out of character, but when Sophie calls out to her Commander, it doesn’t feel like there’s any impact or emotion behind it. Her voice seems very monotone and has no true sense of “you need to stop this right now”. This has been the only scene with her in that I felt she didn’t quite execute properly.
As each episode of this show passes, one thing has become clear, and that is that the writing and some of the acting doesn’t seem to be all that strong for this show, yet as I say that, I would permit anyone who has started this show to continue watching as I am because I honestly believe this show can get better. At the very least I hope it can, because the premise is excellent, but the execution is a little rough to watch, but I really want this show to work.
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