Titans Seasons 1 & 2 Review
"When we let evil win, it becomes our reality."
Titans is an American superhero series based on DC Comic's team Teen Titans. The series focuses on a diverse group of young hero's who team up against forces of evil. Season 1 titans include Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), Kory Anders (Anna Diop), Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft), Gar Logan (Ryan Potter), Jason Todd (Curran Walters), Donna Troy (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger (Minka Kelly). Season 2 adds cast members Rose Wilson (Chelsea Zhang) and Conner (Joshua Orpin). A content warning for parents that this show is not intended for children as it contains language, violence, and gore.
The plot of season one introduces us to our team of heroes. The show puts a major focus on the character of Rachel Roth or "Raven" who is pursued by a dangerous group of people who work for a mysterious force. While escaping from a killer, Rachel is found by Detective Dick Grayson, "Robin", who has a strained relationship with Batman and has since left Gotham City. Dick and Rachel eventually encounter Kory Anders and Garfield "Gar" Logan. As these reluctant heroes continue on the run, they eventually encounter Hank Hall as "Hawk" and Dawn Granger as "Dove" who were a part of Dick's original team of Titans. We also get to see Batman's new Robin, Jason Todd, make an appearance this season in a guest-starring role. This season's main bad features a family of killers, an evil psychologist, and ultimately the big bad of the season, Raven's demon father Trigon.
Season 2 picks up directly where season 1 left off, with a climactic battle against Trigon. This season we get new Titans in Donna Troy or "Wonder Girl", Conner, Rose Wilson, and Jason Todd who joins the cast as a series regular. After defeating Trigon the new group of Titans and old Titans merge to defeat the incoming threat of the old Titan villain Deathstroke.
I was a super fan of the original Teen Titans cartoon (Not Teen Titans Go!) and was really excited to get to see a live-action version of some of my favorite characters. However, after only 30 minutes in, I stopped watching because of the slow pacing of the first episode. It wasn't until I didn't have anything else to watch, that I decided to jump back into the series and I am so glad I did. I was slightly skeptical with the cast at first; however after watching both seasons of the show, my thought now is that the casting is more than perfect. I have grown to love each of the characters, especially Gar who is by far my favorite Titan in the series. I was disappointed to see Beast Boy only turn into a Tiger for most of the show's run (minus the one time he morphed into a snake), however the reason for this is explained within the show. Kory was another stand-out character for me. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect from her character, but she became a major Titan and one of the most well-rounded characters in the show. I really love this show, because there is actual personal growth of the heroes. Rachel goes from being a scared little girl to a powerful character, Dick faces his own identity crisis and makes a name for himself, and Kory is confused and without a family but finds a family within the Titans.
I really enjoyed the story of season 1, which was primarily focused on Raven and Trigon. It was actually really fun to see Trigon portrayed live action. This season also gives us amazing backstory, especially with the characters Hawk and Dove, who I honestly don't know a ton about. They are portrayed a little differently from their comic counterparts with no superpowers of their own but instead possess great athletic ability. In season 1 we also got a taste of Doom Patrol which became its own series set in a different continuity. Overall it was a good season, some of the pacing at the beginning was a little slow, however, it did eventually pick up. It was also strange to not get a resolution to the Trigon story arc in season 1 but rather leave the show on a cliffhanger and complete it in the first few episodes of season 2.
Season 2 of the show was a great season as well. I loved the introduction of the new characters and season regulars; however, I did feel as though the Titans cast was starting to become cluttered with way too many heroes. The Cadmus Lab introduction was interesting and introduced Conner and his super dog Krypto. I am not at all a Superman fan by any means but Conner, who is the genetic clone of both Superman and Lex Luther, is a great character who I can see as being a huge asset for the team moving forward. Deathstroke was a huge highlight for me, as he is one of my favorite villains of all time. I think Deathstroke was cast perfectly with actor Esai Morales. The actor portrays the character perfectly with not only the looks, but with the attitude of Slade Wilson.
Overall, I give the show 4 out of 6 Infinity Stones. I think there are a few times where the pacing of the show is a little slower than what it needs to be. I really hope they can condense some of the cast down or make a few of the Titans recurring as the cast seems a bit overloaded at times. I was very impressed with the show as a whole and cannot wait for Season 3!
Kaleb Ardoin is a good friend of the Infinity Bros, and a nerd in his own right - a co-host of the Mountain Nerds Podcast! He has become an avid comic book reader as of late, and is a guest writer for the Infinity Bros. Check out his previous review of Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith comic series on The Daily Snap!