Deathstroke toys with the Titans in the latest episode of the series. Esai Morales manages to do a good job as the murderous villain, despite being encased in a costume that covers him head to toe.
But most of the emotional drama takes place among the team itself, as they argue over Deathstroke’s demands that they turn over his daughter, Rose (Chelsea Zhang) in exchange for Jason Todd (Curran Walters).
The friendship between Raven (Teagan Croft) and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) is also under stress, as he sees just how powerful she has become since inheriting her demonic powers, which are not always under her control.
It’s a good episode, nicely balancing the action and drama. I have to admit, though, I found it very funny to see Hawk (Alan Ritchson) in front of Toronto’s city hall when the story is supposedly taking place in San Francisco.
And though we had some extensive flashbacks in the previous episode, there is clearly more backstory to come. We briefly saw Jericho (Chella Man) in that episode, which ended with Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) having a “chance” encounter with the boy. In this episode we hear Grayson expressing regret over how they used Deathstroke’s son against him in the past.
The roundabout way they are using Jericho has made me suspect that there may be more going on with Deathstroke than the Titans are aware of. I certainly don’t want to spoil anything, but I expect comic readers can figure out what I am getting at.
The episode builds the tension up in the final moments, and comes to a genuinely surprising conclusion. Up to this point, I had preferred the first season of the show for its storytelling. Now this season has lived up to the previous one.