12:04 pm EST, February 25, 2020

‘Batwoman’ season 1, episode 13 review: Time for blood!

Batwoman season 1, episode 13 introduces a "vampire" to the Arrow-verse.

Batwoman season 1, episode 13 picks up shortly after the events of the previous episode — Beth was shot, leaving Alice alive after Kate decided she was better off dead — but the focus shifts to Gotham’s own vampire.

Batwoman season 1, episode 13 introduces a new kind of villain to the Arrow-verse: vampires (even though it’s not what she technically was, I’ll never stop referring to her as a vampire), putting both of Kate’s sisters’ lives at risk. Meanwhile, Sophie and Batwoman have a few moments, particularly in their final scene.

While I wouldn’t say this was better than the previous episode — because how could it be? — this episode was thrilling and put a unique spin on the villain-of-the-week stories that we’ve grown so accustomed to in the universe.

Batwoman season 1, episode 13

‘Batwoman’ season 1, episode 13 review

Batwoman season 1, episode 13 maintained momentum after the last two incredible episodes, giving us a classic Arrow-verse story (a weekly villain) with a few interesting twists and fantastic character moments. While other shows have often had dreadful weekly villains (yes, even in season 1), Batwoman has managed to break the mold and consistently provide compelling storytelling and character development. It’s truly wonderful how this show is progressing.

This episode in particular is a wonderful hour of development and growth for our characters, particularly Mary and Sophie (but also, kind of, Luke). Every story this season has been so deeply rooted in the characters, so even weekly villains have been useful not just for developing Kate as a hero, but because the stories often led to some moment of clarity for one or more of Gotham’s residents.

Kayla Ewell’s specialty is vampires, so she obviously played Nocturna with ease, using her brief Vampire Diaries/Vicki Donovan days to give her the perfect I’m-about-to-bite-you face and reaction to the searing pain of daylight. I wouldn’t even mind seeing this villain again, if Batwoman could find the right story for her.

So far, I wouldn’t say there’s a single episode of Batwoman season 1 that isn’t incredible (excluding the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” episode). The writers are beginning Kate Kane’s journey with more strength and confidence than I, personally, think any Arrow-verse show has had at the start.

Kate and Alice

Following the previous episode’s disastrous events, I expected Alice to be more feral on Batwoman season 1, episode 13. I mean, her twin sister left her for dead, abandoning her once again, just like she did 13 years ago.

However, the way the writers took this story, it makes sense to go in this direction. Kate has basically given up on Alice, recognizing the evil inside of her, and after seeing the other Beth, Kate isn’t looking for that person in Alice anymore.

I believed Alice would be more angry and Kate would be trying to make things right, but thankfully, I was wrong. Though, I’m a bit surprised at how easily Kate is able to say her twin sister should be dead, even if she does miss the “good” version of Beth.

This turn, though, sets up opportunities, like we saw on this episode, for Alice to attempt to help Kate and make her see that there’s still the sister she lost within her. Alice is desperate to have her sister back, and specifically for Kate not to give up on her, as she even told her.

The tables have turned, and now it’s on Alice to make things right with Kate, but seeing as she’s on the brink of insanity (talking to a mannequin as though it were Mouse), it’ll be interesting to see how she does this. Helping to save Mary (of course, that was after she put her in danger in the first place) is a start, but it’s still not enough because Alice didn’t just do it to help Mary and Kate; it was to save herself, to prevent her own death. But, nonetheless, it’s a start. I couldn’t see the Alice from even three episodes ago making that kind of decision.

Mary and Sophie

Batwoman season 1, episode 13 delivered big moments for Mary and Sophie, including Mary figuring out Kate’s secret and Sophie’s rooftop rendezvous with… Batwoman.

Throughout the entire episode, I was questioning how Mary hadn’t figured out Batwoman’s secret identity, especially if she was able to piece together what happened during “Crisis on Infinite Earths” while drunk. Finding out the secret includes Mary in the group even more, which is phenomenal and exactly what I’ve been wanting to see.

Mary clearly has the skills to be such a vital part of this team, and it’ll be nice, like it has been for the last few episodes, to see Kate and Luke working with someone else.

As for Sophie, I’m so intrigued by how her story is progressing. Her kiss with Batwoman (how did she not realize it was Kate?) changes everything, and being suspended from the Crows is going to put her in a very sticky situation.

Even though just a few episodes ago Sophie suspected Kate was Batwoman, and seemingly gave up on that theory when Julia wore the suit, maybe she still knows? I’d say that’s quite possible, but if she doesn’t, this is a mess (and I’m living for it).

Batwoman season 1, episode 13

‘Batwoman’ season 1, episode 13 final thoughts

Batwoman season 1, episode 13 was an incredible episode for Mary and Sophie, and really made me excited for where the show goes from here. I honestly didn’t expect Mary to figure out the secret so soon, which should really change her role on the show and how she interacts with Kate in such a thrilling way. Plus, with Sophie’s new “romance” with Batwoman, how will Kate balance her feelings for Sophie when Sophie doesn’t even know who she’s truly with?

It’s interesting how Sophie couldn’t let her guard down with Kate, but did with Batwoman. I wonder, since Batwoman doesn’t really have an “identity” that Sophie can pair her with, if that’s making it easier for Sophie to embrace her sexuality and open herself up.

There are consequences, but since Batwoman can never reveal herself or their relationship to the world, maybe that’s making Sophie feel safe. In any way, I’m so ready to see this play out.

Batwoman returns Sunday, March 8 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW!

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