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Batwoman Episode 14 Overview: Grinning from Ear to Ear

Batwoman Episode 14 Review: Grinning from Ear to Ear


This Batwoman overview incorporates spoilers.

Batwoman Episode 14

Batwoman has actually hit its candy spot and continues to ship one nice episode after one other. With Sophie’s storyline, now we have a extra difficult model of queerness than we frequently see on tv. She’s not flattened right into a stereotype of a confused straight woman or a self-hating lesbian hiding within the closet. Till now, we didn’t even know if Sophie was lebsian or maybe queer, bi, or pan, however her tone when she instructed her mom that she by no means beloved Tyler appeared to point that it wasn’t about Tyler a lot as all males. Not everybody comes out immediately, and there are lots of causes for that. Some folks nonetheless aren’t welcomed with the sort of help they need to be, even in 2020, even in locations that we consider as tolerant or welcoming. 

One factor I’m hoping the present will discover is the truth that Batwoman might impression the way in which Gotham views queer people. Like Ellen earlier than her, because the present referenced with the journal cowl, Batwoman is a cultural icon that the folks of Gotham already trusted and believed in earlier than she got here out. Whereas we’ve seen the impression of Batwoman popping out on an LGBTQ teen, it might be nice to see how folks like Sophie’s mom would possibly sometime change their perceptions, as Batwoman’s sustained public presence and heroism works its approach into their consciousness. 

Batwoman continues to make use of its villains to open up conversations round social points, particularly these pertaining to ladies. When the villain of the week says that she sees disfiguration when she seems at influencers with cosmetic surgery the identical approach they recoil once they see her facial scars, it’s arduous not cease for a second, if for no different motive than it’s such an incendiary declare. As soon as once more, the Batwoman writers do their degree finest to give you villains who power the viewers to think about if they could have some benefit, even when it’s solely a sliver.

Whereas the execution on her muddled storyline might have been higher (it appeared to go from a physique dysmorphia plotline to lashing out in response to a hyper-perfectionist mom), the truth that her mom made her get corrective surgical procedure for the scars in opposition to her will is the strongest argument in her favor. It’s not a lot the ladies who get pleasure from influencing or cosmetic surgery as it’s the strain they might really feel to take action, or to solely accomplish that in a sure approach. 

It’s additionally value noting how most of the villains – and foremost characters typically – are ladies. It feels pure, however on many different reveals, together with these named after an exquisite daring lady character, there’s a Smurfette Syndrome in place so she’s surrounded by males. As an alternative, on Batwoman, Kate has her “good and perceptive” sister Mary, her delightfully unhinged sister Alice, her one-time (and now hopefully once more?) love (former) Sophie who tries to observe the foundations, and an entire slew of villains, a few of whom have been extra villainous than others. 

It seems the incarcerated man who helped out Jake Kane wasn’t simply anyone – he’s the person convicted of killing Luke’s father, Lucius Fox. This provides an excellent layer to the favor he promised to come back calling for, since it should finally pull in Luke. Luke has been slowly opening up extra to these round him, particularly Kate, nevertheless it’s painful to look at this figuring out how devastating it will likely be. Whereas Mary is the beating coronary heart of the present, Luke is it’s ethical heart. He wouldn’t need an harmless man in jail, however that received’t make it any simpler to relive his father’s demise. And why do the circumstances round Lucius’s demise appear so fishy?

Batwoman continues to complicate the idea of justice – is the authorized system offering it? Are the Crows actually a good participant in it, or are they only an unchecked army contractor? What’s Batwoman’s position in it, as somebody who actively breaks the regulation, whereas making an attempt to guard folks and battle again in opposition to the failures of each the authorized system and the Crows? Arrow held itself more and more accountable by first having Oliver cease murdering folks after which inspecting the position of vigilantes and even try to combine them into some sort of system with oversight. However it nonetheless feels uncommon for a superhero present to push again on so many various types of injustice with out exempting itself from that dialog.

Jake’s look into Reggie’s arrest and conviction for killing Lucius Fox is the most recent model of this, and reveals that he’s nonetheless basically a person of precept, nevertheless it’s additionally vital to keep in mind that the rationale Sophie has time to team-up with Batwoman this week is that he suspended her for stating the way in which the Crows have abused their energy – and the basic rights of everybody in Gotham.

One of many issues this episode did finest was folding completely different layers of the story again in on itself. Jake’s favor ended up being to the person accused of killing Luke’s father. The lead on the villain of the week was the world’s creepiest plastic surgeon, AKA the caterpillar AKA Mouse’s dad/his and Alice’s abuser. Alice managed to tie herself in with the villain of the week, too, utilizing that as her method to precise revenge on her oldest foe, her longtime abuser. All of those layers felt dizzying, but additionally very Gotham they usually every make full sense, like a puzzle falling into place.

Different notes:

I really like Mary pitching herself as a sidekick. Get with it, Kate!

The villain is the niece of a “beloved DA” named Dent – oh hello Harvey!

What’s Sophie and Batwoman’s couple identify? BatMoore?

“You reside in a cave?”

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