Titans Hawk and Dove Review
It’s the little things that help Titans as a television show in the mind of the comic book TV show connoisseur that consumes top-tier, small screen, superhero adaptations.
Dawn Granger / Dove (Minka Kelly) and Hank Hall / Hawk (Alan Ritchson)’s introduction into the Titans world within Hawk and Dove is entertaining but the lunacy of some comic book costumes becomes apparent when they are both first on-screen. Some costumes work when they are translated from the page to the small screen and some don’t. Hawk and Dove’s costumes are the latter. There is too much fluff, uselessness, and not enough functionality with their suits.
The costumes notwithstanding, Hawk and Dove’s personalities, brutality, and the past-building for Dick Grayson that they offer are their key values within Hawk and Dove.
The animosity between Hank Hall and Dick Grayson in Hawk and Dove is good, with the former thinking that he is still interested in Dove, a mixture of jealously and apprehension, but its Dove and Hawk’s presence that prompt Dick to use Bat-tech and to reach into the past for an assist (good moments in the episode).
It would be beneficial if Titans actually featured Alfred Pennyweather and Bruce Wayne / Batman, not just their voices on the phone, back of the head shots, or one of them standing obscured in the background of a scene. The aforementioned, however, are effective titillating techniques. Whenever one of them is referenced visually and through audio, like in Hawk and Dove, the viewer always wants more (before they are snatched away again). The viewer knows why Alfred Pennyweather and Bruce Wayne are only peripherally referenced. Titans isn’t about them. It’s about Dick Grayson and the result of Alfred Pennyweather and Bruce Wayne’s influence on him during his formative years.
The fight between the Atomic Family, Dove, Hawk, and Robin in Hawk and Dove is not what the viewer expects. One would think that the fighters with more experience, who fight on a regular basis, would have the edge in an engagement. That isn’t what happens in Hawk and Dove. Whatever is in the serum that the Atomic Family takes after their “activation,” it either does wonders (instilling skills) or enhances skills already present. Regardless of which, it is a good fight scene (not as good as the fight scene that preceded it) with a captivating incident involving Dove. The staging of that moment is perfect as is its follow-through.
Yoshioka surviving being thrown off of a building in Daredevil: Season 2 is explained before that event even happens. Dove has gone though no resurrection process like Yoshioka. How is she still alive following a fall from that height?