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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Batwoman Season 1 Episode 10: How Queer Everything Is Today

January 20th, 2020 by Todd Black Comments

So…there are two Beths now…that’ll be interesting. And trust me when I say that this was only ONE interesting factor in “How Queer Everything Is Today”.

As the first official episode of the Arrowverse to happen after the epic Crisis On Infinite Earths, it was always going to be curious to see just how much the shows would be impacted by the fallout. We already know some things have changed, like Supergirl’s Earth-38 being part of Earth-Prime now, or how Diggle and Lyla have Sara back (after she was changed to John Jr via Flashpoint), but how would Batwoman change? Not as much as you would think, but still a very important thing was done with Beth’s “Return”.

I’ve already seen people complain about the lack of Crisis plotpoints and aftermath here, but you need to recall that this show didn’t have a “Halfway ending” like Supergirl and Flash where they ended big things BEFORE Crisis happened. This show had a cliffhanger, a big one, and this episode dealt with the fallout of that alongside Crisis and its fallout, and it really worked.

Obviously, the big thing for Batwoman in the episode was that despite her doing good, her world is falling apart, and people choose to focus on the “glamorous” and “scandalous” side of things versus what’s in front of them. A big point in the world of social media and “clickbait” articles. She gets saved by a guy, and OF COURSE they’re shipped together. And yes, I know that “Slam Bradley” is a comic book character, but that was way over the top.

The arrival of Terrier and the reveal that she was an outed Lesbian who was in fear of getting disowned by her parents could’ve been another over the top thing, but instead, it played very true. Her story about what happened with her parents is something that has happened to many over the years. Especially before gay marriage was mostly accepted and gay marriage was allowed to happen in nations like Canada, the US, and more.

Seeing Kate struggle with both being Batwoman (and keeping her personal details secret) and still being the strong and courageous lesbian Kate Kane weighed on her, especially after meeting Terrier. For her to out herself (via an epic magazine article with a REALLY cool cover done by Kara!!!) was pretty cool. And now, Batwoman is in her show what she is for many who read comics, a symbol of being a strong gay woman in a world full of people who think being gay won’t lead you anywhere. She’s the savior of Gotham, and gay, and no one can take that away from her. Seeing Terrier not only save Kate from Alice, but feel her life getting better once Batwoman outed herself was a nice tender moment.

Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot else going on here. Including Sophie, Jacob, and others trying to recover from the fallout of Catherine’s death. And it was compelling in its own rights, including Sophie possibly coming close to coming out herself so that she can stop hiding, and the sisters Kane reconciling despite Catherine’s death at the hands of Alice. Alice is now caught because of her desire to bring Kate back into the fold…but you know that won’t last.

And then…there’s Beth. WHAT IS SHE DOING THERE?!?!? Supergirl gave us a clue in that the Multiverse folding in on itself caused doppelgangers to appear in Earth-Prime. So which Earth is this Beth from? And what are the ramifications of her being here…while Alice is still alive?

“How Queer Everything is Today” was easily one of Batwoman’s best episodes in my opinion. A strong message about representation in today’s world alongside various plotpoints stepping forward as the “new world” after Crisis unfolds. Plus, with Batwoman being renewed, we know this series isn’t ending soon, and that’s something to be thankful for as well.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!