There is just so much to be impressed with in the latest episode of Titans, I would love to give it a completely glowing review. But there were a couple of minor things that irked me, so I can’t be completely positive.
Still, those are little problems, so let’s get them out of the way. They are both similar situations, in that both deal with the lack of physical injuries where they ought to have been sustained. One involves a character smashing through a window without getting a single cut, and the other is Superboy’s (Joshua Orpin) rescue of Jason Todd (Curran Walters). Jason is left with some minor bruising, but really he ought to have broken a few bones from the impact with Superboy’s body.
Pesky, niggly details. But I had to get them out of the way.
Now let’s go on to what makes this episode so damn good. For one thing, there is a great balance between the larger team story arc and a smaller, more centred one. Superboy’s recovery serves to give Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft), and even Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) something to do, while Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) holds the starring role this time around.
And although I haven’t really warmed to either Jason Todd or Rose Wilson (Chelsea Zhang), the scenes that put the two of them together added a spark to both of their characters. Individually both of them are outcast/loner/rejects, but together they are able to get past the barriers of bullshit they surround themselves with, allowing more facets of their personalities to emerge.
Dick Grayson spends the episode being “haunted” by Bruce Wayne. It’s not that Bruce is dead, and it’s not a terribly accurate version of the hero. Rather, this is Grayson ascribing to Bruce all the doubts he has about himself, and all the guilt he feels over Jericho. Iain Glen is absolutely hilarious in his sarcasm laden performance, and pretty much steals the episode when he dances the Bat-Watusi.
I have really enjoyed the way the Deathstroke/Rose/Jericho storyline has been unfolding this season. It’s a complicated tale, and it has been neatly parcelled out, keeping certain information and events back from the various characters, and from the audience, building the mystery and suspense. Since the show has no qualms about altering things from the comics, I am not even 100% sure about just how guilty Dick ought to be feeling about Jericho. Personally, given that character’s ability to take over other people’s bodies, I have suspicions that Jericho is more involved in the story than it appears. Certainly the “gifts” left for Wonder Girl and Hawk & Dove seem to imply something along those lines.
I would have to say this was the best episode of the season so far, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the next one tops it.