There’s so much nostalgia when you rewatch a series from the start after years since the first season. There is always something new to find the second time around watching shows you love. The CW’s Batwoman gives me nostalgia and a fresh perspective from the first watch-through. 

Season 1 Episode 3, “Down Down Down,” begins with Alice (Rachel Skarsten) having a nightmare of what seems to be her younger self. Later, we see Kate (Ruby Rose) summoned by the bat symbol. The summoner is Alice, confronting Kate regarding the whereabouts of her boyfriend. The two make a deal. Alice won’t kill, and Kate will reevaluate giving her the information. 

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While Sophie (Meagan Tandy) spars with her husband, Tyler (Greyston Holt), she thinks over her conversations with Kate, causing her punches to land more aggressively. Back at the office, she discusses a potential assignment with Jacob (Dougray Scott). Sophie waits for Mary (Nicole Kang) to come home to warn her of the family’s danger and announces she is Mary’s new bodyguard. 

At Wayne Enterprises, Kate encounters Tommy Elliot (Gabriel Mann) sitting at Bruce’s desk. He insists Bruce Wayne is back and wants to invite him to a celebration. After Tommy leaves, Luke (Camrus Johnson) calls Kate, alerting her to a theft at one of Bruce’s properties. 

Luke Fox standing in a suit and glasses, looking up

Batwoman –“Down Down Down” — Pictured: Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox — Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

In a Crows uniform, Alice breaks into Jacob’s home and kills a guard. 

Gotham citizens gather to see a gruesome display of a dead body dressed as Batman outside on the streets. Back at the Batcave, Kate learns the only gun that can penetrate the bat suit is missing. Kate believes her actions of putting on the suit drew out Bruce’s enemies, and Luke urges her to don it once more to help find the gun. 

Sophie cramps Mary’s style and simultaneously questions her about Kate. At Tommy’s party, Alice, Kate and Sophie have an awkward elevator interaction, only to be followed by another encounter with Tyler, who doesn’t know Kate and Sophie’s history. 

Jacob also encounters Kate, asking her about Alice. The family encounters continue when Mary confronts her mother, Catherine (Elizabeth Anweis), about having a bodyguard. While at the party, Jacob gets a call from Alice, and she accuses him of stopping the search for her when she was younger. He gathers his family after tracing the said call to his home. 

Her family looks for her, but Kate confronts Tommy, seeing him with the missing gun. She questions how he knows Bruce is back, revealing his knowledge of Batman’s identity, and he confesses to wanting Bruce dead. Tommy uses his phone to stop all the elevators in his building remotely. He threatens to drop them unless Kate asks Batman to meet him. As a show of power, he drops an elevator full of the wait staff. 

Jacob and Catherine are in a separate elevator from Sophie, Tyler and Mary. Jacob reveals Alice called him from the penthouse, spurring the hasty exit. While stuck, Tyler confronts Sophie about the secret of going to the same academy as Kate. The two Crows pry the elevator doors open, and the three of them escape. 

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Kate goes to the bat cave to get the suit. She puts it on, giving it her touches. When she meets Tommy, he realizes it’s not Batman but Batwoman. He releases another elevator. Batwoman uses the gadgets on her belt to save the plummeting elevator in time. Just as Tommy almost bests her, Alice saves her. 

On the roof, Kate admits the choice of a red wig and red bat on the suit is their birthstone color. Alice admits to killing again, trying to convince Kate that Beth is gone. Kate threatens to stop thinking of her as her sister if Alice kills again. 

Kate Kane, Mary and Sophie standing in an elevator

Batwoman –“Down Down Down” — Pictured (L-R): Ruby Rose as Kate Kane, Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton and Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore — Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The police arrest Tommy, and Sophie spots Kate flirting with Reagan (Brianne Howey). Catherine sees a cryptic message of cards from a deck at the penthouse, and Jacob expresses his confusion about how Alice knows Beth’s songs on the cello. 

At the end of the episode, the radio host announces to the city that instead of seeing Batman, they’re seeing someone else. It’s Sophie who coins the name Batwoman. 

I love a good origin story when the hero comes into their own. This trope is especially true when they take up a mantle, thinking they need to be like someone else but instead forge their identity. 

There are so many twists and turns in this first season. This episode was a perfect way to set up Kate shouldering the mantle, establishing that she will inherit Batman’s enemies. Additionally, we get more insight into Sophie’s marriage and the secrets she’s keeping from Tyler. We see Catherine’s cryptic message, making you wonder what’s going on with Jacob’s wife. 

Batwoman Season 1 is currently streaming on HBO Max.

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