[MINOR SPOILERS ahead, I recommend that you watch the episode(s) before you continue]
I have to agree to those who say that the pilot feels (a little) rushed. Personally I would/could have needed perhaps 10 or 15 more minutes.
But all in all you get a solid introduction to most characters. And in my opinion it’s not needed that the pilot introduces all folks in length. After all you want also some action in it.
And it is a TV series, there will be a lot more episodes, this was only the tip…of the tip….of the iceberg 😉
The other episodes will be different, as the starting postion is set now.
The atmosphere is somehow dark, but I expect it to get (much?) darker in the future. But I really like it, it is much different from Supergirl and Flash. The comparison with early Arrow seasons could be right.
The action was really good, good fights with Kate and Batwoman. But here too, future episodes will have much more in that direction.
Alice had a really good part in this one, and I am sure she will be a great villainess in this show.
Ruby played the part pretty well, now she has some depth in the role, unlike her roles in the movies so far (that were flat characters).
And I really liked Dougray Scott as her father Jacob Kane, that will be a VERY interesting relationsship (“Jacob – Kate” and “Jacob – Batwoman”).
Meagan Tandy did a good job as Sophie, I wonder how she and Kate will come along in the future.
Hard to say anything on the others (Mary, Luke) for now. They need more screentime in the next episodes.
Flaws in the episode (nothing big, but worth mentioning):
It seems that Luke can make her a fitting suit in a matter of hours. Hmh….
She can fly with that suit, …without practice?
Alice lands a big hit on Kate with a racket(?). That isn’t visible in the next scene (bruises?).
>>> Rating “General:” <<<
(2,5 out of 5)
Well, as I pretty much aspected, it is the PILOT episode, so there is …not really much in this direction.
She needs to become Batwoman first.
Batwoman screen time: 02:24 Minutes
“Mask action” (highlighted if yes): – attempted unmaskings – forced unmaskings – self unmaskings – unmaskings –
mask damage – “mask talk” (incl. “secret identity talk”) –
Who knows her secret identity by now?: Only Luke Fox (Sophie may suspect something…but not sure about that)
Sexy “mask-related” -scenes:
Close combat with Alice (she strangles her from behind)
Close-ups with Sophie as they are laying besides each other
>>> Rating “Mask”: <<<
>>> A solid first episode, and I am convinced that future episodes will be better. After all this was only the introduction! <<<
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And here is my special Batwoman cut from this episode (all scenes with Batwoman):