TITANS REVIEW

TITANS REVIEW

TITANS is their name, fighting bad guys is their game...

When Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft) discovers she has telekinetic powers, she shows up at Detective Dick Grayson's (Brendon Thwaites) door. Grayson is hesitant to help her, but we eventually see the two of them team up with Kory Anders (Anna Diop) and Garfield Logan (Ryan Potter) to deal with a plot that threatens all of mankind.

I must admit that I didn't have high hopes for this series. I originally thought that it was going to be one of those limited series that end up getting cancelled after one season due to bad ratings, but Titans did not fail to disappoint. The moody tone coupled with the outstanding scenery made the show grow into its own within the first three episodes.

Grayson, a darker Robin, steals the show. As each episode progresses, we learn more and more about his past: his parents, his relationship with adoptive guardian Bruce Wayne and even how Robin came to be. It is refreshing to see a TV show based upon the comics actually stay true to the comics.

Robin's relationship with Batman is played upon through each episode and we are introduced to their backstory. It is obvious that Dick doesn't have a lot of love for his guardian and he is trying to get away from the life he once had, one of the main reasons why he became a cop. His distaste for Gotham City and even his own identity as Robin adds to his character arc and we are ultimately led into his transition to Nightwing.

This series doesn't shy away from the fact that it is brutal. There is a lot of gore, but it is interesting to see how the characters, particularly the younger ones, react to the violence they have created and how they manage to move on from death and destruction as the series continues.

The show was created by Greg Berlanti, who also contributes to the DC Arrowverse, and the shift in tone between these shows suggests that DC Entertainment isn't afraid to showcase barbaric tones in their shows.

What is also brilliant about this show is the new talent that it has brought to our screens. Newcomers such as Croft, Potter and Curran Walters (who plays Jason Todd) all captured the hearts of the audience and became one of the reasons why I continued to watch the show. The relationship between the younger and older characters builds throughout the episodes and by the final episode, we see a close dynamic between them.

The end to the first season was a huge surprise. Usually I would be extremely annoyed with such an ending, but it was executed so intelligently that I couldn't help but appreciate it. The plot twist was completely unexpected and it left me with so many questions that I hope get answered in the second season. The after credit scene only confirmed this for me.

- Watched on Netflix. 11/01/2019