Do we really need every fight to end in giant splatters of blood and the sounds of bones crunching? Does it serve a purpose beyond flaunting the freedom afforded by being a streaming-exclusive series? At some point, the extreme violence starts to work against what the writers are going for with these characters. Thwaites already revealed that the reason Robin is estranged from Batman in this series is because Batman has become a killer which, yeah, that's going to take some justifying.
But given how ruthlessly and recklessly he fights, Robin can count himself lucky if he hasn't racked up a major body count by now.
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That's to say nothing of the sight of Dove slicing her way through criminals with razor-sharp wings. Isn't she supposed to be the peace-loving member of that particular dynamic duo?
Also, as much as Kelly and Ritchson excel in their roles, the actual Hawk and Dove costumes leave a bit to be desired. This is a case where going the comic-faithful route doesn't necessarily make a lot of sense.
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The supernatural mythology driving the characters doesn't seem to be in play here not yet, at least , meaning they're just two costumed vigilantes punching heir way through the streets of Washington DC. Given the grim, blood-soaked tone of this episode, it seems strange to think these two characters would dress so gaudily.
One big area of improvement this week involved the handling of the show's villains. The premiere was pretty underwhelming in that regard, introducing and promptly killing off Konstantin Kovar a character who fared much, much better in Arrow Season 5. But this time around, the villains brought a lot more flavor to the table. This series seems content to play with obscure or nameless villains in the slow buildup to the inevitable Trigon conflict.
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But it's clearly willing to have some fun with characters like the Nuclear Family. In a world where even the heroes are practically psychopaths, you really need to have deranged, over-the-top villains opposing them. One other welcome touch with this episode involved the various quiet nods to other corners of the DCU.
Dick's phone contact list is a treasure trove of character references. Dawn's Superman shirt confirms that the Man of Steel exists in this world not that I particularly want to see how he's turned out in this universe. And best of all, we got a bit of long-distance interaction between Dick and Alfred.
It's fine if the writers want to downplay Batman's presence in the series, but it would be a shame to completely ignore the Gotham City cast of characters as Dick makes his slow, painful evolution into a different sort of hero. Titans is proving to be a surprisingly enjoyable take ion this iconic DC team, even if the extreme violence and darkness hurts as often as it helps. This week's episode succeeds despite ignoring two of the four main characters in favor of Hawk and Dove.
These new additions are integrated logically into the plot and help solidify Dick Grayson's character arc as an evolving hero and a father figure to Raven. Next up: our review of Titans Season 1, Episode 3. Review by Jesse Schedeen. Do the Titans Kill? The Cast Responds. Titans premieres on October 12 on the DC Universe streaming platform. Artboard 3 Copy. Artboard 3. Titans In Titans, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others.
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