I had been forgiving when it came to the first episode of the second season of Titans. The merger of an already made episode, intended for season one, with new footage for season two resulted in a strangely paced, somewhat scattered episode. But I had hopes that, with this season’s second episode, Titans would return to what it had been.
Oh, there were a lot of good things in the episode. I enjoy how Iain Glen is playing Bruce Wayne. Chelsea Zhang makes a great first impression as Rose Wilson, on the run, and fighting against Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) as he tries to convince the one-eyed woman to join his band of heroes.
Raven (Teagan Croft) and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) get some good moments together, and the bond that has formed between them feels very genuine.
But in the first season each episode was really centred on one or two characters. This gave a distinctive feel to the show, making it very unlike the other DC/CW shows. That seems to have been left by the wayside. While Rose Wilson is at the centre of the episode, we also follow some developments with Hawk & Dove (Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly), which are important enough that they probably would have deserved a focussed episode if the show were still being done the way it had been. Even worse, Kory Anders (Anna Diop) and Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) get wedged in here, spying on, and then quickly taking down, Shimmer (Hanneke Talbot).
Shimmer is given some neat visuals, although her powers are really unclear, and don’t seem to be the same as her matter transmuting abilities from the comics. Dr Light also debuts in this episode. Michael Mosley doesn’t get a lot to do on screen, though he sets off some impressive light bombs.
But there is simply too much going on, and not enough time or focus given to any specific storyline.
Had one only been watching the CW shows, I doubt any of this would really matter. The acting and writing are very strong, and Titans is still a good superhero team show.
It’s just not the groundbreaking show that it had been.