TV Review: Did ‘Batwoman’ Cut Down A Villain Too Soon?

by Frank Martin

It was only a matter of time before Batwoman‘s Poison Ivy story arc came to a head. What nobody probably predicted was just how quickly it would be wrapped up. After being revived and reinvigorated last episode, Poison Ivy (Bridget Regan) and Mary Hamilton (Nicole Kang) became a new team that had a lot to learn from each other. Mary’s frustration with Gotham’s healthcare system in many ways mirrored Poison Ivy’s frustration with environmental issues. But this episode showed the dichotomy of the two characters. Although Mary broke bad during earlier episodes of the season, she never crossed over into the realm of all-out sadistic madwoman. She might dispute the use of that word, but Poison Ivy more or less proudly accepts the role, plotting to murder half of Gotham right out of the gate.

It seems as if this season was priming Poison Ivy for the role of the main bad guy. Instead, after all that buildup, she was relegated to pretty much “villain of the week” status. Still, although the final battle and climax of the Poison Ivy threat was disappointing, the overall arc of her character was not. Their time together was short, but Poison Ivy’s influence on Mary will have serious repercussions in the episodes to come as Mary has to come to terms with her villainous actions — specifically, the murder of an innocent man.

And then there’s the relationship Poison Ivy had with Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena). In the beginning, it seemed like a fresh look at both characters. By the end, Montoya’s actions were a little bit too convenient to move the story along. But still, their romance ended on a satisfying note as the two of them flew off into the sunset. The season is still a ways away from finishing, though. There’s still time for Poison Ivy to return and make a comeback, especially as we anticipate Marquis Jet’s (Nick Creegan) return next week.

Batwoman airs Wednesdays on The CW.

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