Batwoman’s “It’s Best You Stop Digging” finally got Ryan to understand some fundamental truths about herself and the people around her. Was the lesson easy to come by? No. She was shoved off a balcony and smashed a car to bits. But was it worth it for the changes that it will bring to her life? Absolutely.
First up, her relationship with Angelique. Sure, her ex didn’t know that that was Ryan. But how couldn’t you realize that after knowing her for so long and being up close and personal with that face? It’s the same stuff like when Superman wears his glasses and all of a sudden he’s Clark Kent. Don’t buy it then and don’t buy it now.
Point being, Ryan came to Angelique for answers. Yes, she was dressed as a huge bat but she was there to take down someone who was causing trouble in town for everyone involved with Safiyah. Angelique not caring, having a female buddy over after just breaking up with Ryan, and then shoving her over the railing tells me more about Angelique and I don’t know if I like it all.
Now, all Ryan is going to remember is that someone she cares about deeply decided to stand by the villains side instead of the heroes when push came to shove. She’s also going to remember that Angelique moved on fast from Ryan. Basically meaning that what they had wasn’t as heart stopping as Ryan thought and maybe it’s time for our girl to move on too.
Then there’s Ryan’s own strength in “It’s Best You Stop Digging.” Our girl is suffering from kryptonite poisoning and she still finds the strength within herself to keep going. I could stub my toe and that would be the end of my adventure. Not for Ryan. Nothing can stop her from wanting to protect this city and it’s citizens.
Knowing that Ryan has it within herself to be the hero that this city needs, is huge. Do we want her to take a break and let Mary take care of her? Of course. But having that knowledge inside her, even if she doesn’t verbalize it, is monumental for someone who didn’t think they could do this in the first place.
Finally there’s Ryan realizing that she can’t kill Alice. I was worried there for a second that Ryan would kill Alice and in turn become like her. But I shouldn’t have worried so much. This is part of the heroes journey and no one was going to convince her that this isn’t the right thing besides herself. Well, that are and her mom.
Whatever piece is left inside of Ryan, from her mother, came at the perfect moment. She was a reminder of the good in Ryan and the life they had together. And it was a reminder that you don’t have to become like the villain to get the justice you deserve for the crime that happened. It’s a hard lesson and one Ryan didn’t want to learn.
But she did.
And she came out a better Batwoman because of this and everything that she learned in “It’s Best You Stop Digging.”
Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW.