TV Review: ‘Batwoman’ Builds Towards Mid-Season Finale As Mary Gets Poisoned

by Frank Martin

Since its first episode, this season of Batwoman has displayed a clear path that’s set it apart from the others. Well-known villains such as Victor Zsasz and Hush occasionally popped up from time to time, but for the most part, Batwoman carved its own way, focusing on the relationship of its characters rather than the popular Batman mythos. This season changed that, already having explored the likes of the Mad Hatter, Killer Croc, and Mr. Freeze.

During those episodes, Batwoman has been carefully building other season-long plotlines involving Alice (Rachel Skarsten) and Poison Ivy — the latter of which we finally got our first taste of this week. Several episodes ago, Mary (Nicole Kang) became infected from a Poison Ivy vine. The change in her was slow as she went from consuming more water to placing plants all around her clinic. This episode culminated her transformation as we finally got to see her Poison Ivy powers in action.

It might seem like after two lackluster seasons, the show’s creators have turned to the popular Bat-villains as a crutch, but that’s not what’s going on. Batwoman walks this fine line between original storylines and a sort of “futuristic” take on a post-Batman Gotham. All the Batman battles we know and love took place years ago. Poison Ivy’s backstory was altered to include a romance with Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena). Throw in some fractured relationships between Mary and the rest of the Bat Team and this episode showcased how the current season of Batwoman is putting a new spin on classic villains in order to tell compelling character arcs.

Batwoman airs Wednesdays on The CW.

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