Batwoman episode two, ‘Rabbit Hole’, ramps up the action and focuses on the bond between sisters.
The episode sees Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) come to accept the fact that Gotham’s newest criminal, Alice (Rachel Skarsten), is closer to her than she thought.
We look at some of the best moments from Batwoman: Rabbit Hole. Spoilers ahead!
Young Kate and Beth
At the end of the premiere episode, Kate had come to the realisation that Alice was most likely her dead sister, Beth. Instead of turning tail, or fighting Alice, Kate decides to actively seek out Alice to make amends.
We also learn why Kate is so driven to reconnect with Alice through a series of flashbacks that show viewers the aftermath of Beth’s death. With no body to be found, Kate and her father, Jacob (Dougray Scott), searched for months, often by themselves and on foot, for Beth and their mother.
Kate even kept a map to determine possible areas Beth could have landed up after the car she was in crashed into the water.
It turns out that Kate blames herself. Having escaped the doomed car first, she was in a good position to save Beth but was too terrified to reach out.
Beth should have been saved by Batman but even that didn’t happen. As a result, Beth and their mother fell to their deaths in the car.
Flashbacks and tragic pasts have played an important part in the Arrowverse. We’ve seen them in Arrow, The Flash, and Black Lightning.
These flashbacks are just as effective in Batwoman: Rabbit Hole. They demonstrate just how close Kate and her father were and how much time and their tragedy has changed them.
While Kate has refused to move on—hoping that her sister would somehow be alive, even in the form of Alice—Jacob wants to bury the past.
Their uncomfortable confrontations throughout Batwoman: Rabbit Hole clearly show how estranged the family has become from a philosophical and emotional point of view.
Will we see the father-daughter duo come to some understanding over the course of the season? Nothing we have seen so far seems to suggest this—perhaps some relationships just can’t be mended.
Kate and Alice
There were a number of outstanding scenes in Batwoman: Rabbit Hole but Kate and Alice/ Beth reuniting at their favourite waffle stand was one of the best and most poignant.
The area is in ruins, which is so typical of Gotham, and the dank, overgrown scenery adds a great deal of eeriness to the setting. This is further heightened by Alice’s ghostly arrival—an adult woman on a creaking swing is always spooky!
There’s a great deal of chemistry between Rose and Skarsten, which sells their characters’ relationship in this scene. Despite how different they look and the fact that one is our hero, while the other a villain, these two characters’ fates are tied to each other.
I love the little moments in this scene—Alice mentioning how they can talk about boys, leaving Kate smirking because she is a lesbian. They really do have a lot of catching up to do.
Alice then asking Kate how long it took her to have a full night’s sleep after Beth’s death is another chilling moment. Kate promptly has an answer—she has never slept well because she never got over Beth’s death.
It isn’t surprising then that Kate stands in her father’s way to protect Alice from the Crows. It’s a moment that caps off the already powerful scene. Alice may have done terrible things but she is still Kate’s twin and nothing will ever change that.
Perhaps it is because I am a twin myself that I understand where Kate is coming from—she lost half of herself and nothing will stop her from trying to be whole again.
She can’t see Alice as a villain—all she sees is the lost half of herself brought back to life. It is something only Kate can so keenly feel.
Her father, Jacob, despite how much he loves his daughters, may never be able to understand this feeling that Kate has for Alice. It is beautifully and heart-breakingly rendered in Batwoman: Rabbit Hole, so much so that it makes me so much more invested in the show and the characters than I expected.
It is clear how much Kate blames herself for Beth’s death—maybe even more than she blames Batman.
But at the end of Batwoman: Rabbit Hole, Kate gets to redeem herself, which hopefully will bring her, and Alice, some peace.
While being transported to Arkham Asylum, Alice’s transport is caught in an explosion, sending Alice once again careening towards a watery death.
Except this time, Kate/Batman is here to save her. Though the two are pulled apart by the Crows firing at them, one can hope that Alice would have gotten the message—Kate may not have been there for her before, but she is here now and she won’t leave till Alice/Beth is safe.
But is this enough for Alice to mend her wicked ways? In Gotham, one can never tell.
A Tale of Three Sisters
With all the history between Kate and Alice, one can almost forget about the third sister in the mix—Mary Hamilton (Nicole Kang), Kate’s stepsister.
The two haven’t had the best relationship—and Mary’s pretense of being a shallow millennial hasn’t helped.
But since they reconnected in the first episode, their relationship has been on the mend, enough so to get Alice’s attention, who sends her righthand man to kill Mary. Poor Mary manages to protect herself for a while but fortunately Kate/Batman comes to her rescue in time.
Unfortunately, Mary doesn’t know that Kate is Batman and when Kate arrives to check on Mary, we learn the heavy price Kate has to pay for keeping her identity secret. Mary feels completely alone. She knows she can’t take Beth’s place but she does still want to be Kate’s sister, which she knows isn’t possible.
It is laughable to Mary that Alice sees her as a threat—how can she be, when Kate barely tolerates her?
Mary’s sorrow is painful and palpable in Batwoman: Rabbit Hole—so many younger siblings, step siblings, and foster siblings will relate to this feeling. Wanting to belong but never feeling like part of the family.
Mary being an underground charitable doctor has cemented her place on the show and the fact that she has a heart of gold. I foresee Kate bringing Mary into her confidence soon, and hopefully giving Mary the sisterly love she so craves.
The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
We’ve been slowly learning about Mary, but her mother Catherine Hamilton (Elizabeth Anweis), remains a mystery. We know she is someone of immense importance in Gotham and that she has some background in the field of medicine, but not much else.
Viewers will wish it had stayed that way. In Batwoman: Rabbit Hole, we learn that it was Catherine’s examination of bone fragments that determined that Beth had indeed been killed.
And later in the episode, we find out that a mysterious group of thugs who had attacked Kate and Sophie (Meagan Tandy), were not sent by Alice—they were Catherine’s goons.
She wanted a knife that most likely has Beth’s DNA on it disposed off. But why? Why doesn’t she want the Kane family to know that Beth may be alive? And if Beth is alive in Alice, why would Catherine lie?
Catherine may have begun the series as an enigma but she is quickly turning into a fascinating character who will grip the audience’s attention.
It will be interesting to see what Catherine’s plans are and how she plays into Beth’s death and reappearance.
Batwoman: Rabbit Hole was a stunning follow up to an already strong debut. The writing of this series has much to recommend it, and the characters are fascinating and engaging.
Despite Rose’s accent slipping a couple of times during the episode (it happens to everyone), Batwoman: Rabbit Hole was everything that is great with the Arrowverse and so much more.
The series is already shaping up to be a wild and wonderful ride. Next week’s episode can’t come fast enough.