This week’s episode of Batwoman was, in my opinion, the best one to date.
There was a good villain, the Executioner, who had a Gotham City flair to his murders, but a deeper motivation behind them. He provided the focus and the action for the episode, giving it a clear resolution, which nevertheless opened up some new plot threads.
Alice (Rachel Skarsten) was shunted to the side a bit, but we got to see her interacting with Mouse (Sam Littlefield). Given the backstory ascribed to the characters in the previous episode, this was really appreciated, as it gave us a better feeling for the quasi-sibling relationship that they have developed, and Mouse a reason to be resentful of Batwoman (Ruby Rose).
I also really liked the touches of world building. We hear about a Mayor Cobblepot, presumably Oswald, who had instituted firing squads to deliver the death penalty during his tenure in office, and mention is also made of the Joker. His real name is given in the episode as Jack Napier, a reference to the Nicholson Joker in the Tim Burton movie.
But the most important piece of information given this week, in terms of the story going forward, is that Luke Fox’s (Camrus Johnson) father, Lucius, was murdered. The killer had been brought to justice, or so it seemed. The Executioner storyline winds up re-opening that situation, which I expect will be developed further as the season goes on.
A very good balance of single episode story, and ongoing development.