The Painter and the Thief
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Batwoman's fourth episode takes enough time to deal with the protagonist's inner struggles and shows a glimpse of how good and original this series can be.
If Batwoman is doing one thing well, it's not dragging out those kinds of plot points and moral conundrums. It's checking a lot of the superhero origin story boxes early on
Another strong part of this episode is how they choose to highlight Kate's internal struggle with identity.
The rest of the episode, while generally solid, was really quite simple and straightforward, choosing to focus on the mechanics of being the new Bat in town.
Batwoman's debut season is officially in full swing.
Nothing is rushed, and all these issues don't suddenly pop up at once either. Both her and Luke are figuring things out as they go along. The batarang issue is a fun way to show that Luke and Kate are still getting all their ducks in a row.
It's to the show's credit that she doesn't find an easy solution for any of this. Coming out of the closet isn't a one time thing, it's a lifelong process of consistently professing your sexuality or clarifying it in nearly every new situation.
So, they're trying something different with Batwoman and that's not to say they're getting it ALL right but I, for one, am interested to see if the unfamiliar can fly.
Batwoman still has a long way to go, but the fourth episode shows definite signs of improvement.
A much better crafted episode all around that was still stuffed with story beyond it's means.
This episode showed off the program's sense of humor in a way that reminds me a bit of comics Batwoman. More importantly, though, it helps to define the show's personality more clearly.
Even with Alice overshadowing all the other villains, Batwoman still delivered a strong fourth episode - one that left room for plenty of great one liners, which are quickly becoming part of this show's branding.