So in a couple of my reviews of the second season of Titans I discussed how the format and storytelling of the series was so different from that of the first season. I moaned about that a bit, and then came to accept it. And then, just to kick me out of complacency, episode 6 reverted to the style of the first season, devoting itself almost exclusively to the introduction of Superboy (Joshua Orpin) and Krypto.
Ok, to be fair, they probably had other reasons for that aside from kicking me out of complacency.
And I am glad they did the episode this way. Enough time was given to introduce Superboy, as he escapes from Cadmus Labs, taking the heat-vision powered puppy along with him. There are some really fun scenes, such as his unusual way of handling a mugging, and some much darker ones as well, as he tries to make sense of the contradictory memories he was “born” with. One of the best sequences was stolen from Alien 4, but at least it was also the best scene in that film.
Joshua Orpin looks right in the role, and does a very good job with the character. Superboy is uncertain of who he is, and veers between emotional outbursts, both positive and negative, and a sort of tabula rasa state.
Genevieve Angelson plays Dr Eve Watson, the scientist who helped create the cloned hero, and who reveals to him the circumstances of this, and his genetic donors. More importantly, in the long run, Natalie Gumede makes her debut as Mercy Graves, one of Lex Luthor’s agents, who is on Superboy’s trail.
The episode does tie in to the overall plot of this season, in a way I didn’t see coming (though the person I watched the episode with caught it right away). All in all, an excellent introduction for the character.