Halloween is over and now it’s time for all good persons to rally together and watch Titans! This season is following a tried and true method of bringing the gang back together, but they are emotionally apart and will hopefully return together. This season’s Big Bad is Deathstroke (Esai Morales) and it’s AWESOME!
“Rose” is about well Rose who is in peril. She’s missing an eye and is getting chased by the police. Dick intervenes and takes her in for some reason, but it turns out Rose is Deathstroke’s daughter…Dun Dun Dun!!!! She also has a lot of snark, which the show needs more of. It also has Jason Todd as a budding superhero looking for acceptance by Dick Grayson as he tries to fit into the Titans. I’m glad that Curran Walters is a series regular, BUT I feel like his talent and his character is being wasted; he should be on his own show and have him evolve into the anti-hero- Red Hood.
Where’s the rest of our heroes? Hank and Dawn are out in Wyoming trying to go straight by running a horse riding camp for addicts. Apparently, their need to fight crime was feeding Hank’s addiction. But, is Dawn hanging up the cape and spandex???? NOPE! She’s out beating meth cookers within an inch of their lives! Yes, she’s returned to badassery. Their utopia crashes down when their car explodes. Why did the car go boom? Deathstroke sprung Doctor Light from prison. He can manipulate energy and blow things up.
This episode dovetails perfectly into Ghosts- Episode 3. The old Titans- Donna, Hank, and Dawn are back at the HQ and learn that Doctor Light is on the loose, Deathstroke is after them, Dick is harboring Deathstroke’s daughter, and the sushi he fed them came from a gas station. Basically, everything is terrible and Dick is so busy trying to be a Dad that he forgot that he had to also be an angry badass. Who is Doctor Light? He’s a Mad Max looking supervillain who according to the comics is a serial sex offender and murderer.
The old gang tries to find Doctor Light and excludes any of the New Titans from the fight. Why? Because Dick’s trying to protect them and do things differently from Batman, but he didn’t bother to tell the New Titans that the last time they tangled with Deathstroke, it was a disaster. They hint at the disaster that they keep teasing at, forcing us to guess how terrible it was.
There is a secondary story of Starfire being pulled back home to be Queen. Honestly, I hate this subplot. She brings so much to the show and this subplot feels like a sidelining to me.
While Dick is trying to be a TV Dad, Jason is determined to prove himself. He and Beast Boy go after Doctor Light and they find him, but IT’S A TRAP!!!! Jason gives a good fight, but is captured by Deathstroke!!!! OH NO!
These episodes fit together well and act as a great vehicle to ramp up the tension and suspense. The cast is really bringing it again this season and Esai Morales was born to play this role. He encapsulates the quiet rage and evil brilliantly!