Much of this week’s episode consists of flashbacks, as Alice (Rachel Skarsten) reveals to Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) what happened to her after the car accident so many years before.
It is considerably different than the backstory given in the comics, and I honestly cannot say it is an improvement. True, they were a bit stuck, as they introduced the car accident and Batman as a way of tying it into the world of Gotham, while in the comics Kate, her sister, and her mother were victims of a terrorist attack. Given those circumstances, it was not terribly surprising to see how Alice transformed under the tender care of the murderous extremists.
Well, there are no terrorists in the tv version, but Beth’s transformation to Alice was still the result of some terrifying abuse. My problem with this is the outrageous coincidence of it all. Beth washed up on shore where she just happened to be found by a man with a horrendously disfigured son, prompting him to kidnap the girl and make her the boy’s captive playmate.
I guess it’s just one of those things that we have to swallow, but it really felt forced. It did serve to introduce Mouse (Sam Littlefield), who has become Alice’s “brother,” due to their shared past, so that’s a good thing, at least.
And though I may not have been too keen on the backstory as related in this episode, I absolutely loved the scenes between Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson) and Mary (Nicole Kang). Individually, these had become my two favourite characters on the show. Putting them together, as happened this week, created a scene that was so much better than the sum of its parts. The actors just shone in scenes that had a lot of exposition, and could easily have been tedious. Honestly, when I think back over their bits, there wasn’t a whole lot of substance or development of the plot. But it didn’t matter in any way. The pair of them are an absolute riot when they are together, and I really want to see more of this couple.