Trust issues seem to come naturally to any Bat, and this episode definitely reinforced that Kate’s not gonna be an exception to that. Considering that Julia has already been working w/ her and Luke on the team directly, finding out about whatever her agenda really is could very well motivate Kate to not want to expand the team any more, which I think would probably be a good move. Most of the Arrowverse shows seem to feel like they need a full support team around the hero, and while it’s not an inherently bad idea, it is one that’s becoming a bit tiring. Kate, Luke and Mary already have a fantastic dynamic between just the three of them, and keeping OTB (Original Team Batwoman) on the small side could be a great move to keep the group from getting overcrowded and allow for continued, meaningful development between them.
Additionally, while they didn’t interact during the episode, I also think Julia and Reagan’s secrets could very well be a driving factor in getting Kate and Sophie back together. Soon enough, Kate’s gonna realize that of her three love interests, Sophie’s the only one who hasn’t tried to deceive her this season. They’d certainly still have other issues to work out, but it may still be enough for Kate to want to rekindle that relationship similar to how she almost did after killing Cartwright. Hell, it may even give her the motivation to reveal her identity as Batwoman.
Definitely the latter in my opinion. I’ve been really disappointed by the way Lex has been written this season compared to last. In season 4, not only did the character feel a lot more fresh, but the show was a lot more efficient in using him sparingly so that he wasn’t stealing a ton of screen time from other characters, but he still managed to establish this dominating presence that really stole the season.
A year later, however, and things have really changed. Lex has already appeared in more episodes than he did last year w/ that total set to grow in the last two episodes, and I feel like this has come at the expense of interesting development for other characters, especially Lena and Brainy. In addition, the way this episode revealed his secret plotting felt way too familiar to that same sort of reveal last year w/ Red Daughter and Kaznia. I just feel like the writers aren’t doing enough to keep his character interesting, which is a shame considering that Jon Cryer is clearly still putting his all into the performance.
To really see the negative impact that Lex is having on the show at this point all you have to do is look back to season 2, episode 18. That was when Lena delivered one of the most badass lines on the show: “Oh I wouldn’t know, I’ve never stood behind a man.” It was such a character-defining moment, but now? She’s been figuratively and literally standing behind Lex throughout the back half of this season.
I think it’s past time for Supergirl to ditch Lex and have him return to Metropolis where we can finally see the full rivalry between him and Superman & Lois. Whether as a guest star, a regular or something in between, Lex’s villainy would now be much better suited on that show than this.
Even though TV directors don’t have as much influence over the final product as the writers, it’s still great to see these actors take on something they’re really interested in and hone their skills for possible future experiences, and Melissa was no exception here. I think it would be cool to see Ruby Rose, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Nick Zano take on episodes of Batwoman and Legends, as they’ve all had some light directing experience before.
I’ve enjoyed Hartley as both a hero and a villain, but I do find the dynamic a bit tiring at this point, so I’m kinda conflicted on this. If there was still a chance he could become a proper Rogue then I’d probably go w/ villain, but since that’s almost definitely not gonna happen, I’ll say that I hope he stays an ally. Not only could his knowledge of vibrational frequencies continue to be important for Team Flash, but I think the way his character’s been portrayed does lend itself better to the side of good. Though he can definitely be arrogant, he still clearly cares about people as evidenced by his relationship w/ Roderick. There’s still some healing that would need to happen, especially when it comes to his rivalry w/ Cisco, but hopefully he can become a reliable friend to the team who shows up more than just once a year.
While I don’t want this be a permanent change, I do think this kind of temporary shift can be pretty entertaining and interesting for the rest of the season. The tradeoff between blinding Sara in exchange for being able to see briefly into a person’s future ensures that she’s not suddenly going to be overpowered, though I could see it being used a lot not only because of its usefulness, but also because right now it’s the only way Sara can see anything. And as she mentioned, her assassin training will still allow her to fight more than effectively w/out actual vision, so it could be pretty cool to see some Daredevil elements added to her fighting style. That said, I hate to think of her going too long w/out actually getting to look at Ava, so I do hope that her vision’s restored by the end of the season.