This Batwoman article accommodates spoilers by means of Season 2, Episode 15, “Armed and Harmful.”
In the previous episode, Batwoman put Luke within the literal crosshairs of white Crows in an inevitable battle between a Black man and a set off comfortable cop. The circumstances that led there have been messy and didn’t make a lot sense, however the Crows capturing an unarmed Black individual was a story certainty—the logical apex of the season-long arc surrounding the Crows. When Luke uncharacteristically tries to cease Eli, a white man, from stealing a automotive—a reasonably innocent crime—Crows pull up and assume Luke is the thief. We all know what occurs subsequent, Luke is shot twice and near-fatally wounded. Luke is barely hanging on, and is obtainable the selection in his subconsciousness purgatory whether or not to return to the land of the residing or be along with his dad within the afterlife.
When Ryan and Mary study what occurred, Mary instantly begins to supply a serum from the Desert Rose. The Crows guarding Luke refuse to let Mary see him, so the Bat Group employs Wolf Spider to interrupt into Luke’s room and administer the serum. Batwoman goes after Eli, who tells her what actually occurred to Luke. Then she units her sights on Agent Tavaroff, who lied about Luke having a weapon, and altered physique cam footage to point out Luke pulling out a gun. Ryan asks Sophie for assist and so they have yet one more argument concerning the Crows and Sophie’s half in upholding their tradition of violence. Sophie went from being unquestioningly loyal to Jacob Kane to deeply vital of him and the group he constructed. It took time for her to see that the Crows have been past fixing, however as soon as she accepted that premise she stop. And when the Bat Group wants her, she goes again in to speak to Jacob and convinces him of what must be performed.
Since his introduction, Agent Tavaroff has been the “unhealthy apple” of the Crows, a form of singular illustration of all that’s rotten throughout the group. However because the saying goes—and what so many individuals who use the phrase fail to reconcile—is, “one unhealthy apple spoils the bunch.” Tavaroff will be the worst of them, however he’s certainly not the one one. When Jacob lastly finds some sense and asks for Tavaroff’s badge and gun, Tavaroff knocks him out and conspires along with his unhealthy batch to make Jacob overdose on Snakebite. Sophie, who’s plugged into the digicam system to information Batwoman to the undoctored physique cam footage, sees this and sends Batwoman to save lots of him—probably dropping their solely likelihood to exonerate Luke.
Batwoman saves Jacob from his personal brokers and, in flip, Jacob publicly confesses to Tavaroff’s wrongdoing and takes duty for the tradition he’s cultivated throughout the Crows. He disbands the Crows, successfully instantly, releasing Gotham from its grip. Batwoman provides us a fairytale ending, one the place the Massive Dangerous is defeated and limps away, by no means to harm folks once more. Certain, the GCPD nonetheless exists on this universe and not one of the systematic points have been addressed, however a large has been slain and it’s nonetheless a win for our heroes. With the Crows gone, Jacob has time to deal with his relationships along with his daughters and that is good timing for Alice to disclose that Kate is alive and he or she is aware of the place to search out her.
After a protracted forwards and backwards in purgatory with Bruce of all folks, Luke decides he doesn’t wish to stay in a world the place he could be killed only for being Black. He chooses to stick with his dad—to die—however is pulled again into consciousness. Giving Luke choices then denying him the company to behave on them was… A Selection. I’d’ve been upset if Luke died and so they reasoned that it was his option to go, as a result of the top consequence would nonetheless be a Black man dying by the hands of a white cop. However the different? Having Luke select to go then forcing him come again is sort of as violent? It’s a selection that doesn’t work if Batwoman writers aren’t ready to look at what this implies for Luke or use it to tell his characterization in any significant method going ahead.
“Armed and Harmful” isn’t an ideal episode, but it surely is a crucial one. Every little thing is completely different… or must be. We all know energy hates a vacuum, and that one thing as unhealthy or worse is more likely to rise from the Crows’ ashes, however that’s a narrative for one more season. Batwoman has made vital leaps this season with each character and setting, and there are such a lot of locations to go, the storytelling prospects are countless. My hope is that these selections stick, that characters proceed to evolve, and that the world is irrevocably modified.
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