Monday, March 9, 2020

Batwoman - Grinning From Ear to Ear

"Grinning From Ear to Ear" introduces the character of Duela Dent (Alessandra Torresani), a scarred young woman targeting social media stars, but it's Duela's connect to Dr. Ethan Campbell (Sebastian Roché) that earns the interest of Alice Rachel Skarsten). Batwoman (Ruby Rose) is able to take down the troubled young woman before she adds another victim, although before the police arrive Duela also makes a new friend. The comic character is far from a favorite, and this version isn't much better, but I am curious whether or not her appearance here was simply a one-off or if we'll see more of her in the future.

The episode is also notable for Sophie (Meagan Tandy), on suspension from the Crows, trying things out as Batwoman's unofficial sidekick. The experience, and a recent visit from her mother (Jeryl Prescott) forces a long-overdue admission and confession for the character. Finally honest with herself and her family, where does she go from here? Meanwhile, Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) makes a troubling discovery that has him second-guessing his decision to suspend Sophie and, in the best scene of the episode, Mary (Nicole Kang) hints strongly to her half-sister that she has a trustworthy friend who is willing to listen if Kate wants to share her secret crime-fighting lifestyle.

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