Saturday, September 12, 2020

Batwoman - The Complete First Season

After a string of successes, it's hard to believe The CW missed the mark so badly, and so consistently, as it did with Batwoman. The show introduced us to Ruby Rose as lesbian soldier Kate Kane, the niece of Bruce Wayne, who returns to Gotham years after Batman disappeared and picks up his mantle as Gotham City's new hero.

As with every CW show, she's surrounded with a small group of friends who know her secret and support her while fighting the city's private army led by her father (Dougray Scott) and the return of her insane dead sister (Rachel Skarsten) and her creepy friend (Sam Littlefield) who plague the city.

From the start, the show was plagued with problems. While relying strongly on the sister vs. sister dynamic for much of the season, the show's writers also pull in a group of D-list Batman villains for individual episodes to flush out the season with mixed success.

The only bright spot for the tumultuous First Season of the show was the choice of casting Ruby Red as the star. Ironically, that's the one thing that will be missing in Season Two as Rose has since left the show taking whatever limited talent and resources Batwoman had with her and leaving the show in even further disarray. Standout episodes include the Crisis crossover and "An Un-Birthday Present" which offered the show a chance for a soft reboot on its flailing storytelling (which, of course, it refused to take).

Available on DVD and Blu-ray, extras include the other episodes of the Crisis event, deleted scenes, a gag, reel, and an on-the-set featurette.

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