Sophie tells Ryan that she needed to earn her belief, and let Ryan inform her on her time. This is significant as a result of Sophie has stored Ryan’s secret, and even put herself in danger to guard it, with zero acknowledgement or reward. And whereas Sophie’s estimation of Ryan has gone up, and she or he admits to having been flawed about her, Ryan has continued to see her as a Crow. Sure, Sophie made a number of passive aggressive remarks about Ryan, nevertheless it got here from a spot of disappointment not anger. It can be really easy for Batwoman to make Sophie an offended Black lady. But Sophie takes incomes Ryan’s belief as a problem. I can’t inform you how good it feels to see two Black, queer girls on the identical aspect, constructing a relationship of mutual belief whereas uplifting and supporting each other. Ryan nonetheless has an extended method to go towards absolutely trusting Sophie, she is in spite of everything nonetheless a Crow, however having the ability to be unmasked with Sophie is a significant step in direction of a partnership—skilled, platonic, or romantic.
Perhaps Alice deserves some grace from Ryan. After being captured, Alice is tortured by Black Mask for details about Batwoman. Despite Ryan hanging Alice out to dry, Alice doesn’t give something away. She will get free and manages to get a name out to Jacob, however he’s underneath the affect of Snakebite and doesn’t assist—which can completely come again to chunk him within the ass. When Alice is caught, Circe lets slip who she is, and Alice is ready to piece collectively Black Mask’s actual id. She bargains for her life by providing to make masks for Circe, who’s badly burnt behind her wood masks. When Alice places the recent flesh masks on Circe, she sees “our fathers eyes” staring again at her. Alice has been trying to find Kate in some type or one other all season and now that she’s given up, she’s confronted with the likelihood that Kate remains to be alive.
I used to be skeptical earlier within the season that the continued concentrate on Kate would overshadow Ryan and never enable her room to grow to be the lead in any possible way. But Batwoman has performed a commendable job establishing Ryan, and making her an integral a part of the present. Now that Kate’s return is imminent, I’m optimistic that Batwoman can steadiness each of those characters, and proceed to raise them each with out both impeding the opposite. I’m excited to see the place the story goes and eagerly away the following episode.
Cluemaster is an especially blah villain nevertheless it’d be attention-grabbing to see Stephanie step as much as take his place indirectly, particularly if she and Luke type a relationship.