I’m going to keep this review somewhat short since Season 2 of Batwoman drops tomorrow (which I’ll review), and I’m in the process of writing reviews for Season 2 of Disenchantment, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, and the second part of my Poison Widow character build guide and backstory for Skyrim. Phew. The life of a pop culture blogger is quite a busy one, no?
I finished Season 1 of Batwoman last night, and what an ending it was, that is, if you could call it an end. Production of the show halted due to Covid, which means the final two episodes of Season 1 will be worked into Season 2. The lack of closure meant the second half of the season went nowhere, but this isn’t all bad (because how can you fault the show for something they couldn’t control), and despite its flaws, I love the series and will be eagerly returning for Season 2.
When I shared my thoughts about the first ten episodes of Season 1, I criticized the lack of memorable villains (besides the scene-stealing Alice) and how poorly some of the fight scenes were lit and coordinated. Luckily, the second half of the season introduced villains like Hush and Nocturna, but the fight scenes are still the lowest quality of all the Arrowverse shows I’ve seen, and I’m hoping it’s something that can be addressed in the future. Batwoman is a damn fine fighter and an awesome kickass lady. The show needs to celebrate and highlight her, and yes—the Bat-Family sticks to the shadows, but that’s no excuse for such poor lighting.
I also wasn’t a big fan of the secret journal storyline that played out in the final few episodes of the season. The characters, and Alice in particular, kept making a big deal about how the journal contains the secret to killing Batwoman, and I’m like, “Alice….honey? You know who Batwoman is. You know that Kate, your sister, is the new Caped crusader. If you want to kill her so badly, just kill her when she’s not wearing the suit!”
Those gripes aside, I loved Ruby Rose’s performance as Kate Kane. She’s cool and funny, and her chemistry with her associate Luke Fox and her stepsister Mary was one of the highlights of the season. The show is better off for bringing Mary into the fold, and besides Alice, Mary was easily one of the breakout characters for me this season. It felt like Kate, Luke, and Mary were just finding their footing as a team, so it makes me sad that Rose isn’t returning for the role, but I know Javicia Leslie will knock it out the park as the new Batwoman.
I found myself connecting with Sophie more profoundly, and her struggle to embrace her identity as a gay woman was beautifully told. Sophie and Jacob working together to expose corruption within their private security force was compelling and made the world feel a little bigger, but ultimately, due to the shortened season, there was no closure, at least for now. I know that people wondered why Batwoman wasn’t just canceled, with Rose leaving the role and the pandemic affecting the rest of the season, but I think there’s a lot of potential in this show. I’m glad it wasn’t just canceled. It’s got issues, but at the end of the day, I’m a huge DC fan. Even if these stories aren’t always told the best way, I love these characters and this franchise.
I’ll post a review of the first episode of Season 2 by Monday, so stay tuned for that. Let me know what you think of the show, and check out my website for all things pop culture! Stay nerdy.