The second episode of Batwoman continues with Kate Kane’s origin. Ruby Rose gets to brood like Oliver Queen, but still is stuck in Bruce Wayne’s old costume.
I have to admit, I was not as engaged in the second episode as much as I was with the first. It seemed to plod along, hitting all the plot points, and providing a lot of opportunity for people to be solemn and sad, but without really generating any spark.
That may well be nothing more than the usual sort of curse that hits second episode, and second issues. One is still laying groundwork, there cannot yet be any good payoffs. But it is feeling much like the first season of Arrow, like it needs Felicity to make it fun.
Camrus Johnson is the one cast member who comes closest to fulfilling that, as Luke Fox. He is more competent this time around, barely, and we do get it confirmed that he is the son of Lucius Fox. His explanation of the bat-weaponry, not all of which he even understands, was the most entertaining scene in the show.
Alice (Rachel Skarsten) seems to have given up quoting the Lewis Carrol novels awfully quickly. While the first episode seemed to make it clear that she really was Kate’s missing twin sister, this episode tries to push the envelope a different way, adding another manipulative villain to the mix, who may be toying with both women.
For me, right now, the biggest problem with the show is how small the scope is. It’s all a family drama, and is pretty constrained to that, with Kate fighting her sister, who wants vengeance on her father. The larger Gotham scene doesn’t appear to be of much interest to any of them.
But it’s still very early days, and I exist in eternal hope that all super hero tv shows will be amazing.