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TV Series Review

Gotham has been abandoned.

Not literally. There are still plenty of helpless families and psychotic criminals running around, but Batman is nowhere to be found. In fact, he’s been absent for three years with no return in sight.

You’d think some vigilante would have stepped up to take his crown, but the only real protection Gotham has is found in Crow Security, a militia-like group determined to bring some peace to the streets.

The only problem is that peace and protection are an illusion. Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne’s cousin, knows this better than most.

When Kate was a little girl, she lost her mother and sister in a tragic car accident. Batman nearly saved them, but he mysteriously disappeared right before they plummeted to their death. Afterward, Kate’s dad and Crow Security founder, Jacob Kane, couldn’t fully cope with those deaths. So he got married to the beautiful Catherine Hamilton, tacked on a new stepdaughter, Mary, and sent Kate and her rebellious attitude off to a military school.

But that didn’t last long. Kate was kicked out of the program for breaking the rules by engaging in “homosexual conduct” and eventually decided to do her own thing--like escaping into the arctic to be taught by legendary master trainers in the hopes that one day she could return to Gotham and work for her dad’s business.

Now she is back, but Crow Security hasn’t exactly welcomed her with open arms. So she’s still doing her own thing—righting wrongs, saving innocents and maybe falling into a same-sex romance or two, all while wearing a costume much like her dear ol’ cousin, Bruce Wayne, did back in the day.

Turns out, his suit—with a few alterations—is just right to fit a woman.

Guess Who’s Bat Again?

The story of Batwoman is one that’s been retold numerous times. And this time, courtesy of the CW, Batwoman is being played by the Australian genderfluid actress, Ruby Rose. Fans tell us this is a big deal, as Ruby Rose plays the first LGBTQ superhero to lead a network TV show. And lead she does.

Rose plays a dejected woman who is just trying to find her place in the world. Being Batwoman gives her a purpose and a place where she finally feels she can truly be herself. And while there are some positive attributes attached to this strong-female lead, as well as messages of redemption, hope and acceptance, we must also deal with the obvious issues.

The show is rated TV-14 and sees its fair share of moderate violence, scattered profanity and, naturally, same-sex intimacy between Rose and her ex-girlfriend. It also famously introduces insane villains who seem to thrive in causing chaos on the streets of Gotham.

In short, it’s riddled with as many flaws as you’d see in a superhero who finds their refuge on the angsty CW.

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Profanity/Violence

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Episode Reviews

Oct. 6, 2019: "Pilot"

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Ruby Rose as Batwoman; Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore; Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox; Rachel Skarsten as Alice; Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane; Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane; Sam Littlefield as Mouse; Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton; Brendon Zub as Chuck Dodgson; Gracyn Shinyei as Young Kate; Ava Sleeth as Young Beth

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CW

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Reviewer

Kristin Smith

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