Episode 16, “Through the Looking-Glas”

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[SPOILERS ahead, I recommend that you watch the episode before you continue!]

[SPOILERS ahead, I recommend that you watch the episode before you continue!]

[SPOILERS ahead, I recommend that you watch the episode before you continue!]

“General”:

My highlights from this episode (without particular order):

1 – Kate double-crosses Alice and locks her up in Arkham! Wow, I didn’t see that coming! Especially after Kate and Alice seemingly got closer in this episode. But in the end Kate does the right thing and locks Alice up with Mouse in that prison cell. As Julia says in the end of the episode, Kate is nothing like Alice. Yes, she has killed Cartwright, but that doesn’t make her like Alice. I wonder what the Crows role in that breakout was. Jacob was involved, but did the Crows helped in the background? Jacob must have known that is was a great risk for Kate. The “betrayal” was done very well and surprisingly….but couldn’t Kate just knock her sister out and deliver her to Arkham? Well, ok, that would have been a rather boring solution 😉

2 – Batwoman getting an panic attack! As she nearly killed a street thug in rage, she gets a panic attack and pulls off her cowl! Luckily there was no witness to this unmasking. It was a really dangerous situation as the street was well lit, and someone could have been around. And in that case Batwoman’s crime fighter career could have been over. After the events from the previous episode Kate questions herself if she is the hero that Gotham needs. I believe that Batwoman needs a big win to get back on track. And I’m sure she will get that in the next episode.

3 – Julia Pennyworth is back! Well, that wasn’t a big surprise after she was in the trailer for the episode, but I’m very happy about it. I wonder what she is up to esecially as she works for the british intelligence. I wonder why they send her to Gotham? I’m not sure she is 100% honest about her goals. Ok, she saved Sophie from being shot, that gives her a lot of credit. I am looking forward to get to know more about her end game.

4 – Kate, the martial-arts rabbit! Wow, I really enjoyed these awesome fight scenes! Especially in the office of that security warden. Kate showed a lot of skill in all those fights against the guards, and that without her usual gadgets! And that was quite dangerous. What if one of the guards would have unmasked her? Being caught in such a jailbreak would have been REALLY bad.

 

The scene were the Kane sister and their father buried Cartwright was intense. Alice really enjoyed her “victory” as she believed that Kate would now be on the same level as she. But that assumption was really wrong in the end. In the end Kate isn’t psychotic killer.

The scenes with Alice and her sister in Kate’s bar were very well done as well. They seemingly got a lot closer and Kate decided to help find Mouse. The scenes were pretty emotional as Alice thought she was finally achieved her goal to pull Kate down on her level.

I wonder how and when Kate will tell Luke about her killing Cartwright. Luke won’t be happy about it as he admires Batman who has a “no killing” agenda. But I’m sure that Kate can convince him that she and especially Batwoman won’t do that again in the future.

I was quite surprised that the Wonderland gang was completely wiped out so suddenly. OK, except from Dodgson who is in prison right now, we didn’t get to know any of them, but now Alice has only Mouse left in her team. That will make things much harder.

Jacob and Kate had an emotional scene in the end. I think they are now closer than ever by working together to put Alice behind bars. And Jacob can really understand Kate now better as he witnessed her in her low point.

Who was that assassin that tried to kill Jacob and Sophie and actually killed Reggie? Jacob hadn’t recognized him, so he wasn’t a Crow. And what is the plan behind all of this? Is that just a Crow or several Crows who know wanna tie up loose ends? We don’t know any more Crows besides Jacob and Sophie. Ok, her ex Tyler could show up again…but I don’t believe that.

I really like the scene with Kate and Julia in the end! Julia really built up Kate, who was at her lowest point. She killed someone and now locked up her own sister in Arkham. That is something huge that someone needs to cope with. Hard to say how their relationsship will develop in the future. But Kate needed someone and Julia was there for her.

I am sure that Mouse and Alice will escape from Arkham before the showdown of season 1. The big question is what they wanna do after the breakout. I am sure they wanna get revenge on Kate/Batwoman…but how? This will be a very interesting question!

Luke had a really emotional part in this one! Seeing the alleged killer of his father getting a new trial…that was really difficult to deal with. But, as it seemed it was someone else entirely as Reggie was killed just before him. But who? And how will Luke react to it?

Mary did really well in sitting at his side and supporting him in court. Hard to say how their relationsship will develop.

After she wasn’t at all in the last episode…Sophie has returned in some scenes. Jacob and she seemingly get along again and I’m sure Sophie will wear that Crow outfit again pretty soon.

This week they didn’t show the promo for the next episode after the episode. Normally that promo is available on Youtube as soon as an episode was aired. I wonder what will happen? The season was planned with 22 episodes and they filmed 19 before the production was stopped due to the Corona virus. When will they film these other episodes? When will they be shown? Or will they shorten the season? That wouldn’t make much sense to me as the season wouldn’t have the finale it must/should have! So far, episode 17 is still scheduled for March 29th. Let’s see what will happen.

>>> Rating “General:” <<<

(4 out of 5 –  A thrilling episode with a surprising, big game changer! The dynamic between Kate and Alice was a thrillride and Luke had great moments as well.)

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“Mask”:

Batwoman screen time:  01:11 (long cut) + Kate with a rabbit mask 02:56

“Mask action” (highlighted if yes): – attempted unmasking (to check if there is a face mask) – forced unmaskings (incl. a witness) – self unmaskings (without witness) – self unmaskings (with witness) – unmaskings  – mask damage – “mask talk” (incl. “secret identity talk”) – additional masked women (Kate and Alice with rabbit masks) – close calls with opportunities to unmask Batwoman

 Who knows her secret identity by now?:

For sure: 7 – 3 of these are villains

Luke Fox as her “tech guy” who equips her – (since ep1) – Ally

Julia Pennyworth (since ep7) – Ally

Parker Torres (since ep10) – possible Ally

Mary (since episode 13) – Ally – knows it (without certain proof), but so far no one knows that she knows it

Sophie (doesn’t think that Kate is under Batwoman’s cowl anymore)

+ Alice (recognised her sisters eyes under the Batwoman cowl) – (since ep2)

+ two of Alice’s crew: Mouse (since episode 6) + Chuck (mentions it in ep5)

Sexy “mask-related” -scenes:

Batwoman gets a panic attack and unmaks herself in an alley! Luckily for her no witnesses were present. But that was a pretty thrilling scene!

And Kate had some great fighting scenes while wearing a rabbit mask from the wonderland gang. She was in real danger of getting caught and unmasked.

 

>>> Rating “Mask”: <<<

(3 out of 5 – Thrilling scenes with Batwoman ….and Kate under that rabbit mask! Sadly very little screentime for Batwoman.)

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Conclusion:

A thrilling episode with strong scenes from Alice, Kate and Luke! I wonder how Alice will react now…

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Pictures:

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And here is my special Batwoman cut from this episode:

+ the scenes with Kate under that rabbit mask (great fighting scenes!)

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