Batwoman season 2, episode 11 recap – “Arrive Alive”

April 19, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Weekly TV
3

Summary

“Arrive Alive” builds to a big reveal, as Ryan and Sophie try to rescue Angelique while Alice explores her own psyche.

View all
3

Summary

“Arrive Alive” builds to a big reveal, as Ryan and Sophie try to rescue Angelique while Alice explores her own psyche.

This recap of Batwoman season 2, episode 11, “Arrive Alive”, contains spoilers.


Batwoman is partial to a cliff-hanger these days. Everything from the confirmation of Kate Kane’s survival to last week’s last-minute snatching of Angelique has been deployed to ensure audiences return week on week, and the stinger in “Arrive Alive” will certainly do the job, since Sophie finally finds out that Ryan is Batwoman.

Superhero stories have a longstanding issue with this kind of thing. The cowl is pretty incognito compared to, say, Clark Kent just putting a pair of glasses on, but Ryan being Batwoman shouldn’t be much of a mystery to anyone, let alone Sophie, and Batwoman season 2, episode 11 spends the whole runtime foreshadowing it anyway.

Pairing Ryan and Sophie up isn’t inherently a bad decision, as long as there’s no romantic component. These two wouldn’t work as a couple, but as testy allies, they’re a decent fit. Most of the action in “Arrive Alive” revolves around street racing, since Ryan has to pose as a driver for the False Face Society after Ryan-as-Batwoman ruins Sophie’s attempts to locate Angelique herself. There’s some fun slipping and sliding, a decent bit of business with Luke remotely piloting the car using the Batmobile’s AI – Sophie turns to Luke for off-the-books help, and he and Ryan have to pretend they don’t know each other – and ultimately a showdown with Black Mask himself, which is cut short when he uses Angelique to get away. Sophie’s cowboy efforts are understandable given that an increasingly strung-out Jacob has yanked her from the case and installed Agent Tavaroff (Jesse Hutch) in her place.

Batwoman season 2, episode 11 also finds plenty of time for Alice, who here tries to force Enigma to erase Kate from her memory, despite multiple warnings that doing so might radically alter her personality and make her susceptible to her darkest impulses. There’s plenty of fun Alice stuff here, actually. When Ocean eventually arrives, revealing himself to be alive thanks to Safiyah, she’s thrown for a bit of a loop, as though she wasn’t loopy enough, and that’s only likely to worsen since she and Ocean both seem to have their memories unlocked now. With their love for each other once again knowable, is that going to be what Alice needs to get her on the straight and narrow? I hope not – she’s the most fun character in the show.

View all

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.