(CNN) After a creatively unsuccessful first season, “Batwoman” revealed that original star Ruby Rose would be leaving, but the show would go on without her. In the first few episodes, the twists required to arrange the baton (or Batarang) usually fizzle out, giving the impression that this CW drama is running on fumes.
Without giving away anything, the premiere should explain the sudden absence of Rose’s Kate Kane. Rather than rearrange or start over, the producers decided to put the batsuit on a new character, Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie), and boot her into the show’s world.
After taking the first lesbian lead role in a DC superhero show, passing the cape on to an African American star contributes to the series’ groundbreaking. However, adding a new Batwoman while maintaining the show’s continuity proves to be a difficult balancing act.
But in the same way that the Big Guy received extensive training before bringing his vigilante into the streets of Gotham, Batwoman would be interested in more than just the costume. The first two episodes effectively rush through those measures to maintain a semblance of action when breaking in a replacement.
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Ryan has a backstory that is one reason to bring down the show’s main villain, Alice, who is insane (Rachel Skarsten). However, dealing with the emotional consequences of Kate’s absence requires some hurried preparation for work.
On the plus side, the novelty of a new star may entice viewers who have tried the show but weren’t impressed to give it another chance. Who knows, maybe as the season goes on, storytelling will slow down.
By continuing the story, you will at least ensure that the viewers of the show don’t get stuck. Most of all, the second season of “Batwoman” sounds like a hastily curated rescue mission because it is faster – or perhaps less dangerous – than the alternatives.
The question is whether TV needs one. Because, for better or worse, “Batwoman” feels like the same old show, even with a new hooded crusader.