The second season of Titans is clearly not going to be much like the first. I had really enjoyed the way the episodes had been centred on one or two characters, but now this is a full out team show. And I have to admit, though I miss the format from the first season, this one is coming together pretty well.
It helps that the team is effectively split into two. Hawk & Dove (Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly), as well as Donna Troy (Conor Leslie), come to join up with Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) at Titans Tower, now that both Dr Light (Michael Mosley) and Deathstroke (Esai Morales) are pursuing the Titans. There is backstory given about the first incarnation of the team, and a terrible encounter with Deathstroke that saw them split apart. It’s pretty clear that we will learn more about that situation as this season progresses.
Raven (Teagan Croft), Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), and Jason Todd (Curran Walters) represent the New Teen Titans, kept in training mode, despite everything they achieved in the previous season. Both Raven and Gar accept this, but Jason Todd does not. I appreciate that they are making him just as annoying as he had been during his tenure as Robin in the comics.
Kory Anders (Anna Diop) is likely to return to the fold. This episode filled in more of her backstory, as we learn that she is required to return to Tamaran to take up ruling her home planet, something she is not inclined to do.
The episode had its ups and downs. I really enjoyed Kory’s scenes, and Dr Light and Deathstroke make an unusual pairing, and had a great scene plotting together.
The one thing I am really not liking is the use of Hawk & Dove. Their plot thread deals with the addictive nature of playing hero. Though there are some good points to be made, Dove really comes off as a hypocrite, insisting that Hawk is not able to be a hero without succumbing to his addiction, while Dove sneaks out at night to do the hero thing on her own.
I’m not enjoying the show as much as I did in the first season, but I am enjoying it. I suppose that’s what really matters.