Batwoman‘s “Time Off for Good Behavior” saw Ryan chasing after Black Mask, Alice chasing after Enigma, and yet another person breaking into the Crows parking garage. Like seriously, we thought this was private security and the best of the best. Right now they look like mall cops with the amount of security in their own building. Seriously, is there a secret passage that only Alice and the worst of the worst know about? Inquiring minds want to know.
As for Ryan, we love that she’s blossoming into her own Batwoman. The community center was a labor of love that shows how much she cares for people like her that need a little care and loving at such a young and impressionable age. It’s her legacy, in the suit and out of it. And we love it and how she lights when talking about how much a community center could’ve helped her when she was a kid.
When Ryan’s in the suit, she also transforms into the hero that she wishes she had around at such a young age. And knowing that makes a world of a difference. She’s fixing wrongs, fighting the good fight, and making change in places that others have abandoned because they don’t think these places are worth growth, love, and care. Spoiler alert, they are and Ryan’s Batwoman is here to remind every one of that fact.
Then there’s Alice aka the old enemy of Batwoman who really is trying to find herself in any way possible. First up is erasing Kate from her memory. Then she’s going to leave Gotham, or she things she will, after her sister is zapped from her mind. Problem is, we don’t trust Enigma as far as we can throw her. She’s going to do something to Alice to change her in such a drastic way that will either shatter her or liberate her. We’re leaning towards the former.
Our girl Alice needs to grieve, like big time. It’s the only way she’s actually going to make some progress in her life and move beyond Kate and the trauma of her youth. It’s also the only way she’s going to rebuild some sort of a semblance of a life that she can be proud of or want to hold onto. It’s all up to Alice and we hope that she realizes this sooner than latter when Enigma is tinkering away in her mind for her own purposes.
Talking about tinkering, we need to address the Julia elephant in the room. We like her. Like seriously and genuinely like what she brings to her character. And we feel like she’s been a little lost and like Batwoman hasn’t known what to do with her since Kate is gone and Sophie broke up with her. What they did to her in “Time Off for Good Behavior” was all sorts of messy and in a lot of ways kind of cruel.
It’s like they didn’t know what to do with her so they used her to fix the Kate problem and lead Alice to Enigma. After that, what use was she? She had plenty of use. And if Batwoman would’ve integrated her more into the Bat-team we could’ve seen her grow as a character outside of what she can provide for the Kane sisters. But that’s not going to happen because she’s been transferred while thinking it’s her own idea.
Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW.