Titans - Season 1 Episode 1 (Review)
I had mixed feelings when thinking about the live-action Titans series. Like most nerds I love my comic book related media, but after watching a masterpiece such as the original Teen Titans animated series, seeing a new adaptation after the garbage that is Teen Titans Go! I was worried to say the least. But I retained hope, even after seeing Dick Grayson say “Fuck Batman” in one of the trailers.
Even though I had a high amount of skepticism going in, I was still super excited to finally watch it, and I was mostly not disappointed. The episode opens with Rachel Roth “Raven” having a nightmare about the tragic “accident” that killed two of the three Flying Graysons. It makes a quick yet smooth cut to an older version of Dick Grayson that most are used to. He is now a detective working in Detroit and far away from Batman’s shadow.
The episode does some character building that displays a scared and confused Rachel, who doesn’t know anything about her past or why she is so different. It also builds a little bit of a darker version of Robin, who is kind of a Dick (pun intended) to just about everyone around him. That being said, he is easily my favorite character showcased so far.
Later, the show introduces a woman waking up in a car accident. She is quickly introduced as Kory Anders “Star-Fire”. There isn’t really much to say about her so far, because of her lack of memory, but one thing I hated about her was the fact that her powers were more fire-based than laser-based, and only her eyes turned green, instead of her hands as well. Unfortunately for us Beast Boy fans, he is only introduced for literally a few seconds at the end.
As I said at the beginning of this review, I was skeptic about the live action adaptation, but with Titans, I enjoyed the first episode even though it definitely needed more work. As a quick note, I love how dark the new Robin is, he almost feels like Dexter if he was a superhero. Overall, the episode was good, but I still hope to see improvement in the shows’ future.
Article by: Mathew “Quarter J” Sterlin