Batwoman TV Series Review – Not Bad But Mostly Meh
Batwoman Review – TV Show introduction
There are lots of things to like in this review about the Batwoman TV show – Ruby Rose for instance, as the titular crime fighting heroine, is marvelous. Pretty much everything else (except her half-sister) is a bit meh.
Many critics have lambasted the dialogue (they have a point here – it’s really bad in parts) and the cheap looking costume (it’s ok except for the mask which looks awful, even laughable). However, I think the show is well worth checking out especially if you are a young adult with no preconceived ideas and feelings on the female DC superhero.
So What Is It And What Is The Batwoman Series About?
It’s a new TV series on CW about the cousin of Bruce Wayne (called Kate Kane played by Ruby Rose) who has a burning desire to protect the city from the violence and crime that seems to be on the increase following the disappearance of Batman a couple of yes earlier. It is set within the Arrow universe and therefore aimed at filling in with the Arrow story arc. It’s clearly a spin-off after the debut of Ruby Rose as Batwoman a year or so earlier in the series.
I think it is based on the story by Greg Rucka that was produced as a comic in 2010. Kate Kane is a drop-out from a military academy and hard as nails! She certainly ain’t no wilting daisy and interestingly, she is thrown out of the academy because she admitted being a lesbian. Her girlfriend of the time jilted her and decided to stay on leaving the Kate free to do what she wanted.
Kate Kane lst her sister and mother in a car accident. Batman as in attendance but was unable to save them. Kate had harboured a resentment about this until she inadvertently discovered that batman was non other than her cousin, Bruce Wayne who had previously decided to leave Gotham.
Kate decided to make some slight modifications to the costume and become Batwoman when her ex girlfriend (who is now married) is kidnapped by a dastardly super-villain girly called Alice.
Is it Good or Bad?
It’s a show that you might not watch but that you may be glad it has been produced. It’s difficult to describe. I suspect I’m the wrong age to appreciate it fully. It has some very poorly don’t bits as I mentioned above (the dialogue and the costume (particularly the mask) are atrocious, but the basic premise is ok.
If I was to criticise Kate Kane at all, it would be that she is a watered down version of the male counterpart which is a pretty damming statement! there is little to be impressed about other than the stuff her cousin has already done for Gotham. She is just a poor relation trying to keep up the good work. That isn’yt much of a story to get into and I think it is the main reason why the show has received such poor reviews.
Personally, my biggest gripe with the show is the super-villain, Alice. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, so I wont go into too much detail, but she comes across as a poor imitation of Harley Quinn without the hot pants! The character is less and less plausible the more I see her. The ambiguous nature of her criminal activities are irritating rather than interesting.
I quite like Ruby Rose as Kate Kane but she needs to work on the character quite a bit. I really like Nicole Kang as Kate’s stepsister, Mary Hamilton but I can’t stand Dougray Scott as her father. Everything else is all a bit meh to be honest.
Batwoman the TV Series – Conclusion
This is going to be a tough show to persuade the producers to go to a second series. It needs a lot more work on the scripts and the characters. The dialogue too needs considerable work and the characters don’t work. There is no spark between the characters – they are just a collection. The little step sister is pretty cool and fun to watch. Unfortunately, the airhead doctor who has considerable talent and bravery is done to death. In fact most of the characters in the show are wooden or hammed up too much. Kate’s father is awful!
Once they cut out the huge number of tacky flashbacks and develop the story a little, the show could develop to be really good. Dispute her bad press, I quite like Ruby Roses version of Batwoman. If she can get past her acting by squinting issue, the character could really develop.
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Overall, I’d rate this a possibly good-in-the-future 5.2 out of 10.