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Commander Kane is playing a different game.  He’s working with Batwoman, well maybe not working with her, but he is not fighting against her.  The Crows and Commander Kane are searching for Safiyah but will they defeat darkness or become minions to the darkness?   Batwoman now has a voice altering mechanism and is still learning how to get the hang of fighting, while Alice is working on her latest mission.  Things all aligned in Sunday’s episode of The CW’s Batwoman, episode #205, titled Gore On Canvas.  

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Love Is In The Air

The episode opens on Ryan with her ex-girlfriend, Angelique (Bevin Bru).  It is from this that we learn who the likely love interest for Ryan is going to be.  Angelique was Ryan’s former foster sister, and we learned that Ryan actually spent time in prison due to her.  There is history, but Ryan seems open to putting that in the past, due to the fact that Angelique has changed.  Ryan, however, continues to lie and hide her injury from the kryptonite shard in episode one from Angelique as well as Mary and Luke.  Could this secret be a deadly one?

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All Things Align

The plot quickly escalates as Batwoman is confronted by Sophie to help The Crows, but more specifically, herself, in finding Safiyah, and hence, Kate.  Ryan is very quick to turn her down, being as she has history with The Crows, and does not trust them.  After discussing it with Luke, he convinces her that even in their hate for The Crows, this alliance is the right decision. 

Things take a turn for the worse, when Ryan and Batwoman go undercover to find a painting that is supposed to have a map on it that leads directly to the island where Safiyah resides.  They are not the only ones who want the painting, however.  This heist goes wrong when Batwoman is intercepted by Wolf Spider in stealing the painting, but turns out, there are other people who want the painting as well.  Due to the behavior of The Crows, Ryan voices her disappointment with Luke and Mary about them not trusting her gut feelings.  Seems Team Batwoman needs to learn how to work as a team.  

Alice is searching for the man that Safiyah tasked her with finding, Ocean (Nathan Owens).  However, upon meeting Ocean, Alice learns that they were on the island at the same time.  This leads them to wonder, why do they not remember each other?  It also appears that a new team up is beginning!  

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Not My Favorite Episode

Not as much happened in this episode as the ones prior because this episode had a very linear plotline.  This was quite refreshing, due to having to follow multiple agendas and time lines up to this point.  Batwoman, The Crows, and Alice all want the same thing, Safiyah.  As far as my rating goes, I’ll give this one a 3 out of 5.  This is mostly due to feeling like it was all set up for the big plot of the season. 

The other reason is that we have not seen a lot of villains yet this season, and if we do, it’s quite brief.  We were introduced to Wolf Spider briefly, but if you blinked, you’d miss it.  Ryan is understandably still finding her place and we’re having to get used to what is almost an entirely new show.  This was probably my least favorite episode of the season thus far.  You can catch the new episodes on Sundays at 9 PM only on The CW, or on Mondays via the app or!  I will also continue to review them all season!