Titans may have had a lukewarm debut with some inconsistent tones and a plot that jumped around far too much, but the second episode is a much needed improvement. For starters, it purely focuses on Robin and Raven’s journey rather than trying to needlessly shove in all members of the team. But in doing so we’re introduced to Hawk and Dove, two vigilantes based in Washington.
Although their costumes may look a little silly, the writing behind Hank and Dawn (their civilian alter-egos) is surprisingly solid. These are heroes that have been active for far too long without the help of state-of-the-art technology like Batman and Robin had. Because of this, they’re close to breaking point. Hank’s body is covered in scars and it’s obvious that their years of crimefighting have taken a toll. The relationship between the two isn’t perfect, but they’re seemingly happy together. Given that the show is full of angst and darkness, it’s refreshing to see happiness in the world. Annoyingly that doesn’t last long once Robin and Raven show up. (Although there are a lovely few moments between Dove and Raven that showed a budding friendship.)
FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T WANT TO BE BATMAN, HE’S ACTING AN AWFUL LOT LIKE HIM.
The episode spent more time establishing Hawk and Dove within the DC Universe, and although it’s refreshing to see new characters debut onscreen, it’s not clear how heavily they’ll feature across the rest of the season. Another piece of the mystery behind Raven and the people hunting her is uncovered, but it’s still leaving a lot to be revealed. The bulk of the 44 minute run-time sees Robin struggle with his own flaws and the consequences of the way Bruce Wayne raised him.
Once again, the fight choreography in Titans proves to be entertaining if a little generic. It packs more of a punch than Arrow or The Flash, but isn’t as impressive as the incredible stuntwork from Daredevil. Our biggest problem with the premiere episode still remains; Robin left Batman because he didn’t agree with his methods. Except he continues to act like the Dark Knight in all aspects. He’s mastered the brooding nature and taking a troubled teen under his wing, while his fighting style is just as brutal and bloody. There’s even a moment in which he envelopes a thug within his cape before hurtling towards the sky using a grapple. For someone who doesn’t want to be Batman, he’s acting an awful lot like him. The second episode of Titans is an improvement on the first, but only just.
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While it positively builds on the rocky foundations of the premiere, it still struggles to stick the landing.
- Fight Choreography
- Character development