Batwoman season 2, episode 18 recap – the ending explained

June 28, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“Power” is a solid conclusion to the second season of Batwoman, delivering some big moments and teeing up more to come in the show’s future.

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Summary

“Power” is a solid conclusion to the second season of Batwoman, delivering some big moments and teeing up more to come in the show’s future.

This recap of Batwoman season 2, episode 18, “Power”, contains spoilers. It also contains an open discussion of the Batwoman season 2 ending.


After a surprisingly above-average season, “Power” had plenty of work to do in tying up all its loose ends, delivering a payoff for its themes, and teasing more to come in the future of Batwoman. Luckily, the rich Bat mythology provides plenty of opportunities for the latter – Batman, his allies, and his rogues are now so baked into the cultural consciousness that it only takes the brief shot of an umbrella and a bit of creeping ivy to get the entire fanbase salivating.

But the Batwoman season 2 finale was impressive in how it handled all of these responsibilities. It had the high stakes, but also the meaningful character sentiments underpinning everything. It felt, for want of a better term, like a finale. And these days so few finales do.

Anyway, “Power” opened up with Black Mask hijacking the TV airwaves to incite Gotham’s citizens into rioting, leaving masks all over the place so the incensed populace could rise up against the government while the Bat team, having been jacked by Circe/Kate in last week’s episode, speculated how they could quell the uprising without their usual toys. Ryan even wrote a formal resignation letter, stepping down from the responsibilities of the cowl, giving voice to her ongoing arc about whether or not she really is Batwoman, not to mention the meta detail of Kate’s return.

Black Mask’s plan, by the way, is to use his alter-ego to stoke Gotham’s people into overthrowing its institutions so that Roman Sionis can emerge as their voice and salvation. He also plans to build an army of super-soldiers, since he’s a comic book villain and that’s what they do, and first on the operating table is Agent Tavaroff, though the procedure doesn’t seem to take.

Elsewhere, Batwoman season 2, episode 18 delivers the long-awaited debut of Batwing, a superhero brought to life by Luke’s father quietly realizing his ideas of what a Black Batman might look like. Batwing doesn’t get much to do in “Power”, admittedly, showing up to save Mary from a juiced-up Tavaroff. It’s a nice moment, but there could have definitely been a bit more to it.

Admittedly, though, the focus of the Batwoman season 2 ending is largely on Ryan, Alice, and Circe/Kate. The former two team up to take down the latter, since the show makes a big deal of neither being able to take her alone. There’s a lot of character development bundled up into all this. Ryan confronting Circe – who’s wearing the Batwoman suit, no less – is really a metaphor for her coming to terms with her responsibilities and embracing the identity; the skyline being filled with Bat-signals isn’t exactly subtle. Alice spraying Black Mask with refined aerosol snakebite isn’t exactly meaningful, besides perhaps her avenging her father’s addiction to the stuff, but her diving over a bridge with Circe definitely is. While both are underwater, Alice has some obligatory close-to-death visions, including a farewell with Ocean, and when she recalls her and Kate as children it jolts her into consciousness and she’s able to drag her sister to the surface.

With some CPR help from Ryan, Alice is able to revive Kate, but their touching reunion is promptly interrupted by the GCPD, who immediately arrest Alice. With all this personal redemption, it’s easy to forget that she’s still a wanted criminal. The same can almost be said of Ryan. I totally forgot she was on parole until Batwoman season 2, episode 18 cut to a scene of her sassily addressing the parole board to secure her official freedom. Thanks to some choice words, she’s officially of no interest to the Department of Corrections. She isn’t going to be the repeat offender they told her she would. (Vigilantism notwithstanding, obviously.)

A happy ending, then. Kate pretty randomly gets her memory back, which means she gets to have a nice moment with Luke and Mary, she can officially pass the Batwoman mantle to Ryan, and she can have a sweet goodbye with Sophie. She’s leaving Gotham to visit Jacob and “a friend” in National City, then to find the still-missing Bruce Wayne. After a season of not being entirely sure of what to do with Kate, “Power” officially says goodbye to her in a way that makes sense for everyone.

And that means that Ryan will continue as our Batwoman. Luke will be her support, presumably both in terms of tech and as Batwing. They’re going to build a community center above Mary’s clinic. And there’s a lot of Batman paraphernalia still out in the wild that they’d be better off tracking down.

On that note, the Batwoman season 2 finale ends with two big revelations. The first comes when Ryan visits Beth in Arkham, where she learns that her biological mother is still alive. Looks like Alice isn’t on Team Good Guys just yet, since she kept that pretty close to her chest and is very smug in letting Ryan know about it. And the second shocker is a brief visual of a black-and-white umbrella floating downriver – a Penguin hint, maybe? – and a tendril of ivy rapidly taking root. I think we know what that means.

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