Season 2, Episode 18
The Official Description – Ryan questions her place as the city’s hero as she, Luke Fox, Mary Hamilton and Sophie Moore join forces against Black Mask; Alice’s attempt to rescue her sister means another encounter with Circe.
The show opens with Black Mask addressing Gotham City, via broadcast, from a mysterious location. Then, Gotham is compromised and chaos erupts in the streets. Later, Black Mask explains his ultimate goals to Circe.
Meanwhile, the Bat Family attempt to formulate a plan to stop Black Mask with the aid of a surprising ally. Mary’s attempts to save the life of an enemy, leads to a welcome discovery. Later, Mary finds herself in danger and an unexpected hero comes to her rescue.
Elsewhere, Ryan and Alice confront Black Mask and Circe. A final battle ends in drama, and Alice faces something unexpected. Ryan and Alice then work together to save a life as Alice’s past catches up with her.
In the end, Ryan’s legal troubles are addressed. She later learns a secret that turns her world upside down. A member of the Bat Family makes an unexpected decision. And a new series of threats to Gotham are revealed.
This season finale focuses on Ryan’s battle to embrace the mantle of Batwoman. We are also introduced to a long awaited member of the Bat Family. Although Javicia Leslie and Rachel Skarsten delivered phenomenal performances, the standout in this episode is Camrus Johnson. Not only does his character have a major development, this talented actor has also authored a comic that features this evolution.
I must also touch on the relationship between Ryan and Alice. Their violent backgrounds and polar opposite reaction to loss suggests the different manifestations of grief. And their disturbing connection is a commentary on the feelings of forgiveness and regret. I hope their dynamics continue to be explored in the future.
Overall, I have conflicted feelings about this season. The cast is brilliant, and the show has some interesting plot lines. However, the story telling is weak, and often nonsensical. In terms of representation, I am glad for a season three approval. And the promise of a certain future superhero team up is exciting. I truly hope this contributor to the Arrowverse continues its growth in a positive manner.