'Batwoman' 1x18 Review: "If You Believe in Me, I'll Believe in You"

‘Batwoman’ 1×18 Review: “If You Believe in Me, I’ll Believe in You”

What happens when you’re not really sure who your bed fellows truly are? You get played like Kate did in this week’s Batwoman. Top that off with the fact that Alice is playing the long game in Arkham without Kate’s knowledge and you’ve got a recipe for betrayals, fun, and plenty of high stakes danger. Read on for the good, the bad, and the ugly of Batwoman‘s “If You Believe in Me, I’ll Believe in You.”

The Good – Mary’s Everything

I knew from the very start of Batwoman that Mary would be on Team Bat. I knew it would take time. But I always knew that we would get there and here we are, ladies and gentlemen. And I couldn’t be happier! Because Mary, oh our girl brings things to the team that have been missing.

First of all, her energy. Mary is a bright shining beacon of positivity and kindness that the team needs. So far it’s been Kate’s brooding combined with Luke’s anger and aloofness. They’ve been their own little club of angst and gloominess and Mary feels like that missing piece they’ve needed all season.

Also, I love how Mary proved herself this episode. Kate has been super hesitant about her sister knowing, not wanting her to get in trouble or get hurt because of Kate’s night time activities. But Mary proved herself, showing Kate that she’s more than a doctor, helping hand, or cheerleader for Team Bat.

Mary is a fighter who uses her intellect to get what she wants and we are so here for it! So, bring it on Team Bat! I want to see what you can accomplish with Mary on your side!

The Bad – That Reagan Twist

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I should’ve seen that whole journal plot twist. Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve my dears. But I was taken in by the lovely queer and hoodwinked, just like Kate was, into believing that Kate was in a safe space where she could relax. Spoiler alert, she wasn’t and she got duped because of it.

If anything, this is going to make Kate more cautious about who she takes to bed or who she even trusts. Because if innocent looking Reagan can twist her about and leave her feeling bereft, imagine what someone like Julia Pennyworth would be capable of?

Which, we’re really on the fence about what Julia is actually up to in Gotham. She hasn’t worked for the SRR for months now, as we discovered this episode. And on her down time she’s picking up calls from dark and shady sounding mysterious figures on the phone. That’s certainly going to end well for everyone, right?

Nope. It’s going to be a hot mess and leave Kate feeling like, “Who can I really trust in Gotham?”

The Ugly – Alice’s Take Over of Arkham

Alice is done playing games….well, no. Let me rephrase that. Alice loves games. Has for a very long time. What I mean to say is that Alice is done holding back from playing the ULTIMATE version of the games she’s been playing. Up to now, it’s been tame Alice. I know, hard to believe. But Alice has pushed things to 100 and is done losing.

She’s a winner, a champion, and someone who gets what she wants through long and tedious planning. And she won this time around, no matter how long it took her or what deals she had to strike. She is the one making the rules, playing the game, and setting everything up in the way that she wants it.

And honestly, I’m down for it. I’m Team Alice all the way and I’m still mad at Kate for what she did to Alice. Alice could’ve been free, half way across the world, no care on her mind except being happy. But noooooo, now she’s simmering in her own anger, every damn day, and waiting for the moment where she conquers all that surrounds her.

And we’re here for it.

Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW.

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