This past Friday (12/21/18) the long anticipated Titans season 1 came to an end. The show has been had a bit of a bumpy ride leading up to its release. Many fans being judgmental of the show based off the looks of some of these iconic characters. And of the most part the fans were right, no one really looked the part expect for the boy wonder Dick Grayson. Fortunately the looks of the show are something you can turn a blind eye on once you actually watch it.
The show takes place in what we can assume to be one of many off worlds in the DC universe, and it explores a much more darker side of these heroes than we’re traditionally used too. We see a damaged Dick Grayson, not physically but mentally, he’s angry and so much more brutal than we’re used to seeing him. It explored a route that we don’t see too much in comics that being the hatred he had for Bruce Wayne right after leaving him. Right off the bat you can tell why he’s holding these strong feelings of hatred towards him.
It’s hard to be your own hero while living in the Batman’s shadow. As well as what kind of things you think you can get away with, and struggling to believe you’re actually a good guy. As the show progresses you do begin to see him change as they all start to unite one by one.
As for some of the others, it doesn’t really focus too much on any of them at all. It’s more or less it’s not really the “Titans” show but more of the “Dick Grayson” show. But that’s not to say that the other characters didn’t have there own great stories. A key example of this is Star Fire she had so much potential for her own story. They told you next to little about her or her past life, making you want to know so much more about her. And what little tid bits they fed you kept you hooked for more. But they quickly abandon that whole route of her being some kind of mob boss.
It was a shot and a miss with her much like her other arcs in the show like when her and Dick slept with one another it was forced and felt awkward because it is mentioned every now and then, but nothing ever comes out of it. Finally with her last part when you think she’s about to destroy the world all it took to calm her down was a whooping by Donna Troy and then she snapped back to her good old self, and all was forgiven shortly after.
As for the last two Beast Boy and Raven they’re stories intertwine smoothly. Raven is thrown into the dark twisted world with powers she knows nothing about. While Beast Boy on the other hand has a good understanding of his powers but not fully. For most of the show both are stuck to each other like glue, making you love them as an awkward teenage couple. Raven of course is this edgy teenager while Beast Boy is this happy cheerful person, they balance out one another. And whenever one did fall the other was sure to pick em up.
They touch on Beast Boy’s story just a little with the Doom Patrol which was great. It’s a quick high and by but just enough and maybe in the actual Doom Patrol show they’ll touch more on him. As for Raven when the show isn’t about Robin it’s about her. The whole show she’s on the hunt from her father. Not knowing who to really trust, but she finds family in the Titans.
As for the rest of the show it starts off strong. Many people were quick to dismiss it right away. As previously stated it would’ve been nice to see the Titans together in action more than we did. And even flesh out the other characters a little bit more, but sometimes we can’t always get what we want. The introduction of Hawk and Dove was great they were a nice change of pace for the show. Although it could of gone without them and the show would of been just fine.
Adding Jason Todd into the show was a nice fan service. But just like Hawk and Dove it would of been just fine without him. But actually seeing these characters come to life was fun to watch. One thing that was really cool was how they all held Batman to this god like being. He wasn’t in the show till the very end which was really displeasing on how they introduced him.
The show does come out with a bang and have tons of enjoyable moments throughout the whole season. But near the final stretch they start to stumble a bit. Losing momentum with episodes that should of been shown a lot earlier. That really messes with the entire show. The final episode felt like nothing was really gained up until the final couple of minutes. But the last scene and the post credits gave me enough hope to see them bounce back.
Overall the show is good giving it a 6.5/10.
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