Episode 8, “A mad tea party”

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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!]


The midseason finale of Batwoman delivers tragedy and drama and thereby is a BIG game changer for many characters!

My highlights from this episode:

1 – Alice’s evil plan with Mary, Catherine, and Jacob! Alice picks her most hated enemies, the stepmother who “stole” her father and sister, and the stepsister who kind of replaced her in her opinion. And Alice plan works pretty well for her! The scenes with them were really tragic and it was a sinister drama! I like the really dark atmosphere of the episode.

And the twist to frame Jacob for Catherine’s death was a good one too!

2 – Batwoman fights the crows! These much need action scenes were done very well. The hand to hand combat scenes were done very well in my opinion.

3 – Kate realizes that her actions lead to disaster and tragedy! The scenes with Kate and Mary + Kate and Jacob were intense. And it’s pretty unusual that in such a show the heroes action lead to such a disaster:

Catherine is dead. Mary is utterly devastated and more or less hates Kate now for siding on Alice/Beth. Jacob is locked away.

And Kate realizes that her actions lead to this tragedy.

All that could have been avoided if Kate or Batwoman would have taken more decisive action against Alice.

The hope to turn Alice into Beth…..was a false one. That should haunt Kate for a long time.

4 – Catherine’s speech! Wow, that was a nicccce twist as Alice forced her to reveal her dirty secrets in public!

The little side drama with Sophie and Tyler was more or less necessary, but it wasn’t well placed. One minute Batwoman battles the crow, a good, intense fight scene, and then CUT ….to Sophie and Tyler who work out their relationship problems. That was a hard break. Glad that it seems now that it is finally over with their marriage, as it was already doomed from episode 1. No need for much more of that in my eyes.

The scenes between Jacob and Alice were intense and interesting, even Jacob gets a little too weepy for my taste. Ok, I guess he did that on purpose to get through to his daughter…but I hope Jacob’s “outbursts” get fewer in the second part of the season. If the Crow commander weeps in every second episode….it does make him look a little too soft in my opinion.

There was little Batwoman and action (fight) scenes in the episode for my taste. More of that and a little less with Sophie and Tyler would have been cool. But the scene with Alice and Batwoman was really something as Kate’s anger was showing.

I loved the twists and turns the episode took. Especially with Catherine, Mary, and Jacob. I suspected that someone would die in the episode, but Catherine wasn’t my first bet for sure! But in the end, it makes total sense as she is the main “villain” for Alice.

The little end scene was a nice teaser for the upcoming CRISIS on infinite earths crossover. That will be VERY interesting! Especially to see how it changes the Arrowverse and how it afflicts every character.

Since there isn’t a trailer or any info at all yet for the Batwoman episode after the Crisis crossover…I don’t know at all how this storyline will evolve from now on. Kate should now finally have realised that her plan to get her sister back has failed miserably. She is already responsible for some deaths that Alice committed because she tried to get through to her sister. A noble plan, but….it didn’t work and ended in tragedy. It’s now time that Batwoman hunts down Alice at all costs. Even that includes taking some more risks. As Alice and other crew members know that Kate is Batwoman….that is a very dangerous situation. I don’t know yet how Batwoman can get Alice and her gang into Arkham without compromising her secret identity. Alice could threaten to tell everyone about it which would be the end of her crime-fighting career.

So curious how that all will develop in 2020 after the crisis episodes.

>>> Rating “General:” <<<

(4 out of 5 – A very dramatic episode that changes so much for so many characters! Would have loved to see more Batwoman and more action (fights) in it. But in the end, this was a worthy midseason finale with some really surprising twists!)



Batwoman screen time:  long cut  – 03:35 – Batwoman was sadly only a side character in this episode. But the fight scenes with the crows were very good! 

“Mask action” (highlighted if yes): – attempted unmaskings – forced unmaskings – self unmaskings (without witness) – self unmaskings (with a witness) – unmaskings –

mask damage – “mask talk” (incl. “secret identity talk”) – additional masked women  –

 Who knows her secret identity by now?:

For sure: 5 – 3 of these are villains

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

Julia Pennyworth (since ep7) – Ally

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

+ Alice (recognised her sister’s 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:

Hmh, the fight scenes with Batwoman were good, but her secret identity didn’t play a role in this episode at all.


>>> Rating “Mask”: <<<

(2 out of 5 – good fight scenes but only little Batwoman screentime and no secret identity issues at all)



This episode changes SO much and delivers a lot of drama and tragedy! A story-driven episode with some really good twists which sets up the stage for the 2nd part of the season.



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And here is my special Batwoman cut from this episode:

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