There is one central thriller, which a number of subplots focus on: what occurred to Kate Kane? And one other, smaller, however doubtlessly extra impactful one: what’s the Kryptonite doing to Ryan? Last season, the Kryptonite shard was handled like a deadly weapon that might pierce the Batsuit and mortally wound its wearer. And it appears to be doing simply that, albeit very slowly and painfully. What this implies for Ryan isn’t but recognized, however it’s clear there’s something looming. And it might doubtlessly be life-altering.
When it involves Kate although, just about every thing else is about her. The Crows and Alice are each taking Safiyah’s phrase on Kate’s wellbeing and pursuing totally different results in discover her. Sophie is determined to convey again the love of her life. Alice is on the hunt for Ocean. Jacob is utilizing The Crows’ huge assets and manpower to seek out Coryana, and a Jack Napier —Joker— portray appears to be the important thing. The overlap in pursuits for the Bat Team and the Crows means Batwoman accepts a brief alliance to infiltrate a bootleg artwork exhibit and retrieve the portray. Of course, that is an uneasy alliance with mistrust on each side, and nothing good can come of it.
The Crows are non-public cops (I’m nonetheless not fully positive how they work) and Gotham sees them like another corrupt, regulation implementing physique. ACAB — All Crows Are Bastards. This episode doesn’t simply say that, it additionally exhibits us one of many many ways in which corruption manifests. When Wolf Spider (a recognized thief, one presumes) steals the Napier portray from The (*5*)’s exhibit, the Crows that chase him down ram him with their SUV, retrieve the portray, and depart them for useless on an remoted tarmac. If not for Batwoman already being in pursuit, they seemingly wouldn’t have been discovered earlier than succumbing to their accidents. Ryan didn’t need to work with the Crows due to her personal experiences with their corruption, and now that divide is even higher. The Crows and Batwoman will finally come to a head, and it is going to be brutal.
Batwoman isn’t pulling again on any of its (*2*) and it doesn’t really feel disingenuous that social themes like racism, classism, and mistrust in authorities and regulation enforcement are being explored. Season one did have rogue Crows working illegally in Gotham—the identical ones who murdered Lucius Fox—however they had been handled like outliers and their positions and energy weren’t absolutely interrogated. This season is taking that additional, eradicating the levels of separation between the Bad Actors and the Crows. This episode reminds us that even the “good” cops are nonetheless complacent and nonetheless working inside a corrupt system. Sophie could have fired the Crows answerable for Wolf Spider, however it doesn’t handle the basis of the issue.
At the start of the season, I requested what Batwoman being Black may imply for her relationship with the Crows and I really like that that is being explored. Ryan has her personal private historical past with the Crows, and it’s coupled with the Crows’ public mistreatment of Batwoman. There are ranges to this relationship, and it’s all heightened when the whole metropolis of Gotham is watching the battle play out. I’m having fun with the writing round this.