Titans Season 1 Episodes 1-7 Review
This is a review of the first seven episodes of DC Universe‘s Titans television series.
Titans Titans Review
Titans is an episode of introduction for the viewer into a new Batman world that doesn’t actually feature Batman. Superhero TV shows are a dime a dozen now. It takes something special to stand out from the crowd. Arrow has that special something. Daredevil does as well. Titans, in part, does also. I say “in part” because the introduction of Detroit Police Detective Dick Grayson / Robin (Brenton Thwaites) and what he has become is strongly written while the introduction of Rachel Roth / Raven (Teagan Croft) and Garfield “Gar” Logan / Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) have little-to-no substance. The latter two are written in such a haphazard way that it seems as if they are after-thoughts i.e. okay we’re done with Robin’s segments, lets throw some Raven and Beast Boy in and get this script finalized.
Dick Grayson is the most interesting character in Titans. Because of that fact, Grayson being the main focus is understandable but why not sharpen the few scenes for Rachel Roth and the one for Garfield Logan until they are needle points? Instead, Raven gets two scenes, one on the bus and one in the hallway to sum up her entire high school life, while the introduction of Gar, which happens to be the lousiest scene in the show, is a green tiger stealing a video game (that may sound like a joke but, I assure you, it isn’t). Writers Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, and Akiva Goldsman couldn’t think of anything else for these two characters?
When it comes to the strong parts of the episode, Dick Grayson and his personality, Grayson’s fight scene as Robin is absurdly brutal, with the crime fighter going far beyond what is necessary to take down the gathered thugs in the alley. Grayson is literally unhinged during the fight, damaging and maiming the criminals for life. When Robin is later referred to as a sociopath, there is no other way to see his fight scene’s actions. They are sociopathic, born of an aggrieved, slightly-off, angry mind.
The fight scene itself is excellently choreography, with Dick Grayson moving with the speed of a Golden-glove boxer. When a gun is pointed at Robin’s head, he moves so fast that the shooter doesn’t have enough time to adjust his aim before he pulls the trigger. It is an impressive moment in a impressive scene. It is a scene that the episode needs because the other storylines outside of Dick Grayson / Robin’s are mediocre.