While Doom Patrol stops the narrative for a moment, what it does most importantly is bring our heroes together for the first time in Episode 5, appropriately titled, “Together”. Dick brings the gang to a seedy motel whose proprietor is propositioning him left and right, I mean really who wouldn’t? Aware of the threat coming their way, he thinks its best they train and prepare.
After rescuing Rachel from Dr. Niles Caulder (BRUNO BICHIR), Dick and Kory hit the road with Rachel and Gar. But when the Nuclear Family again tracks them down, all four decide the time for running is over. For the first time, they work in unison. As they take on the Nuclear Family, we witness the birth of the team that will come to be known as “The Titans.”
Titans Recap: Episode 105 “Together”
Written by: Edward Hill and Gabrielle Stanton
Directed by: Meera Menon
Originally Airs: November 9, 2018
In a fun, you show me yours and I’ll show you mine sequence, we get to see everyone showcase their powers and explain more about how they work. In most superhero team ups, a montage of powers can be often times unnecessary to the plot and more about fan service. Because Titans has let the audience really get to know these characters as people first, heroes second, this feels more like an emotionally vulnerable unmasking than just a straight up show and tell. They’re not only showing their skill set, but admitting their weaknesses, forging a bond as a team.
Kory may not know exactly who or what she is, but she knows she’s fiercely protective of Rachel and that makes it easy for her to manifest her abilities. Gar’s transformation exhibits not only his skill but the emotional release he feels in doing it. This is a young boy who has experienced a lot of pain and loss, in these moments, he’s able to be free of that.
Rachel is reluctant to use her powers because she’s the most confused and scared of them; she cannot really control them but they tell her to try any way. When she gets a little out of control, Kory steps in to snap her out of a trance, which showcases why they are better when they have one another to rely on. When they ask Dick what his power is, he says “keeping you all alive”; reluctant to share his alter ego with them and… well he doesn’t really have any superpowers.
Kory’s determined to get under Dick’s skin and find out what he’s hiding so she decides plying him with alcohol and seduction should do the trick. DicKory fans were treated to a hot, steamy sex scene between the two, but alas Dick still isn’t divulging any secrets. In the comics, Starfire is able to immediately learn the whole of a person’s language by kissing them on the mouth and it seems after their hookup, she’s more understanding of him.
The Nuclear Family descend on the motel and everyone gets the chance to finally battle it out together. Kory tries holding them off on her own to protect Gar and Rachel but it becomes evident she cannot do it alone, being nighttime and her power weakening. In an expertly crafted sequence, smoke falls and a grapple grabs the Nuclear father pulling him back and revealing the helpful assailant to be Dick suited up as Robin. Finally, the team knows one of Dick’s big secrets which elicits an adorable reaction from Gar who is starstruck, “it’s Robin”. As is his skill set, Dick almost single handedly takes them down while Gar and Rachel help. Once the dust settles, Gar is still fan-boying over Robin and asks if he knows Batman, “Of course he knows Batman”, Rachel says, also looking a bit star struck. Dick tells him (and us) a flat out no, you won’t be meeting Batman. Ok we get it, maybe next season.
Dick leaves the group to go on a small recon mission to figure out who the Nuclear Family is working for and that’s where he meets Jason Todd (Guest Star Curran Walters). We only caught a glimpse of him, but no worries, Episode 6 is deftly titled “Jason Todd”.
What Together did best was showcase how well Titans has laid out their characters and the story. Knowing these people as individuals and then smaller team-ups first, brought an emotional resonance to seeing them not only together in scenes, but working together as a cohesive unit. Titans keeps getting better each episode which can only mean things are going to great crazy good in the weeks to come.