Titans has been a sort of schizophrenic show from the start, introducing Hawk and Dove in Episode 2 and back burning them until Episode 9, making a backdoor pilot for Doom Patrol in episode 4 and now have 3 almost back to back episodes focused on characters that are not currently members of the Titans seems a bit jarring.
We still haven’t really gone into depth on the “villain” of the season and maybe that’s by design. We’re all so used to the CW formula of Superhero shows with a big bad of the season and our team focused on taking that big bad down that this approach seems a bit odd. For comic book fans, these are things we’ve all dreamed of seeing in live action and so the void of “story” may not bother some and is something I think Titans can get away with because it exists on the DC Universe app and not network TV. That being said, all 3 episodes were standouts, especially the trauma exploring “Hank and Dawn“.
The following contains recaps for Titans Episodes 106, 108 and 109.
Before Dick can reunite with The Titans, he reluctantly teams with Jason Todd (recurring guest star CURRAN WALTERS), the new Robin, to catch a serial killer targeting performers from Dick’s surrogate circus family from when he was a member of the Flying Graysons. But Jason’s perspective on Bruce Wayne forces Dick to reexamine the truth behind their falling out.
Titans: Episode 106 “Jason Todd”
Written by: Richard Hatem and Jeffrey David Thomas
Directed by: Carol Banker
Original Airdate: November 16, 2018
What was particularly interesting about this episode was the question of what would have happened to Dick Grayson had he never gone to live with Bruce Wayne, a question that has rarely been addressed in any form.
The audience got more backstory for Dick and inclusion of his time in the Circus while also allowing the audience to meet and differentiate between the 2 Robin’s. Some fans commented that the characterization of Dick felt very “Jason Todd” and I believe this episode did a great job dispelling that notion. Curran’s Todd is the perfect mix of brash, angry teenager, excited to have what he thinks is the coolest job in the world but also addresses the idea that Jason uses this as a pass to do whatever he pleases. This type of behavior is what eventually leads to (spoiler alert) his tragic death at the hands of The Joker. An incident that I hope is addressed in the show and leads us to Jason’s resurrection and transformation into Red Hood.
The fun part was seeing the 2 Robin’s interact, from comparing suits and weapons, to seeing how Bruce has let the “younger brother” get away with more than the “older brother” was allowed; driving the Batmobile, having access to the safe houses, etc.Brenton and Curran played off each other perfectly and I hope we get more of them in the future. Titans has felt from the beginning very much a Dick Grayson show more than a ensemble and this episode helped to further his journey along so much so that in the next episode “The Asylum”, he burns his Robin suit and sets out on his own to get some clarity from a long time friend, Donna Troy.
Brenton and Curran played off each other perfectly and I hope we get more of them in the future. Titans has felt from the beginning very much a Dick Grayson show more than a ensemble and this episode helped to further his journey along so much so that in the next episode “The Asylum”, he burns his Robin suit and sets out on his own to get some clarity from a long time friend, Donna Troy.