Now with Ryan (Javicia Leslie) firmly established in the suit, the job of Batwoman as a series is to giver her a decent rogues gallery. And if this preview of next week’s show is any indication, Victor Zsasz (Alex Morf) will be the first candidate to join the ranks. If the few glimpses we get of him are any indication, the tally marks will matter this time and, it seems, Ryan has some familiarity with him. Will it lead to a long feud?
Also, it appears the promised modifications to the suit will debut next week. Well, assuming Ryan and Luke (Camrus Johnson) can figure out how to get along. Their unease with each of other is turning out to be a pleasant surprise. It is an opportunity to talk about class in a new way as at least some of his objections to her stem from his assumptions about her life and how she was raised. Hopefully, the conflict will continue through the mid-season and give Luke the chance to examine the friction between them and his own privilege.
That said, the grilling he and Mary (Nicole Kang) endured at the Crows HQ may prove they are the best support team on Earth-Prime right now. The can handle a lot in Kate’s absence and even if Luke accepts Ryan in the end, its clear Ryan will value them a great deal before too long.
Meanwhile, sticking with our watch on extraneous characters, we’re convinced now that Alice (Rachel Skarsten) should remain. They did a good job establishing a rivalry between her and Ryan in this episode and the stuff with Safiyah (Shivaani Ghai) looks like it will offer her and Sophie (Meagan Tandy) more reason to stick around. Jacob (Dourgray Scott) and Julia (Christina Wolfe) are still less vital and easily cut, even if there may be some ongoing plot for Mary to keep him off the team’s scent. To be honest, Jacob has never been our favorite, so the show will have to do a lot of work to make him appealing in any way.
Batwoman airs Sundays on The CW.