Batwoman finally dons a costume of her own towards the end of this week’s episode, giving the third episode the feeling of being a sort of conclusion to the introduction.
It helps that Ruby Rose is given time for introspection during the episode. Kate comes to realize that, in donning the Batman outfit, even though she only intended to do so for her battle with Alice (Rachel Skarsten), she has sparked hope in the citizenry of Gotham. Now she owes the people something. She cannot just abandon the suit and steal the hope from them, but at the same time she needs to make the identity her own.
To help push this along the episode also introduces Tommy Elliot (Gabriel Mann), Hush from the comics. As in the comics, Tommy knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman, although he gained the knowledge of the secret differently. Here, Tommy is Bruce’s old best friend and biggest rival, a pure 1%er, who desires nothing more than to outdo his old friend in every way. Tommy believes that Batman is back in town, and does not even suspect that there is someone else on the scene to cause him troubles.
There is some very good action in this one, with the elevator hostage taking, and Alice seems to have been placed into an interesting position. Not quite friend, not quite enemy. This will doubtlessly make it easier for her character to be a recurring one, if she isn’t trying to kill her sister every week.
Kate’s half-sister Mary (Nicole Kang) is also starting to grow on me. I didn’t care for her at all in the first episode, when she seemed to be a brainless party girl. The second episode dealt more with her secret medical work in Gotham, and this episode shows how she uses the social media influencer side of her personality as a cover for her more noble inclinations.
And I am glad the costume from the comics is finally being used. It’s a great look, and Ruby Rose carries it off very well.
Oh, and since I keep forgetting to mention this, I love that Rachel Maddow is doing the voice of the radio host Vesper Fairchild. I really hope she makes an actual appearance somewhere down the line.