At long last we get to see the story of how the original Titans broke up. This has been referenced and hinted at ever since the very first episode of season one, and the payoff was worth the long build up.
The entire episode is set years earlier, so none of the newer team appear. We follow Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), still Robin at this time, Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), and Hawk & Dove (Alan Ritchson & Minka Kelly) as they pretend to befriend Jericho (Chella Man), in order to get information out of him about his father, Deathstroke (Esai Morales).
Jericho is really the star of the episode, and in a flashback within this flashback episode the circumstances surrounding the loss of his voice get revealed, as well as his body-inhabiting powers. This part stays fairly close to the comics, although the rest of the episode veers wildly from the continuity in the books.
The unfolding of the story is handled well, providing a lot of opportunity for emotional drama, both within the Deathstroke family, and the Titans. Once the team learn about Jericho’s powers they become heavily divided on whether to tell the boy the truth and make him one of the team, or cut all contact with him and proceed against his father.
I don’t have to worry much about spoilers. It has been mentioned more than once on the show that Jericho died, and that serves as the climax of the episode, leading to the disbanding of the team. So it’s not that there are huge surprises along the way. It’s the emotional rollercoasters that the characters experience that keep the episode captivating.
I may have mentioned before my personal theory as to what is really going on this season, and this episode, particularly the way the death is handled, just made me even more convinced that I am right, but I guess it will be another episode or so before all the cards are on the table.
Still, this was a solid episode, powerful if not “enjoyable.” And it neatly set the stage for a final confrontation with Deathstroke.