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DC Universe ‘Titans’ Series Review

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The new streaming service, DC Universe, launched Titans in October of 2018.  Why is that important? Because this was the first time we saw this group formed in live-action. For those who don’t know, the main team consists of Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft) and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter). The show was long awaited, especially by the fans who grew up with these characters from the comics and the popular animated show, Teen Titans.

EW Exclusive of The Teen Titans First Look

The Characters

This season began with the creation of the original group, while at the same time, made Raven the main protagonist of the story. We first meet Raven as Rachel Roth, a young girl who goes through moments of self-discovery throughout the series. At the same time, she’s actively being chased by the villains of this series, The Nuclear Family.

Next, we meet Robin, also known as Dick Grayson. After leaving Bruce Wayne’s tutelage in Gotham, he begins a new career of Heroism at the Detroit Police Department. Once they both become acquainted, they then meet Kory and Gar, Starfire and Beast Boy. Kory has amnesia of who she once was and Gar is an outcast who can transform into the entire Animal Kingdom.

My Thoughts

For me, every episode was refreshing and a new epic portrayal of these iconic characters. Robin, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy had their essence and together looked perfect.

Anna Diop as Starfire was easily the best part of the show. I also enjoyed the introduction of the Doom Patrol. What an impressive surprise to go alongside Hawk (Alan Ritchson) and Dove (Minka Kelly).

Titans –SuitShoot–Photo Credit: Steve Wilkie / ©2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

My Favorite Episodes

The episodes about Hawk and Dove were a part of my favorite list. They treated the show with real-life problems and the evolution an origin of the characters.

Minka and Alan gave superb performances. With this Doom Patrol episode, it leaves you wanting more of them. Luckily, you’ll be able to see the show once it premieres on February 15th, 2019. And if you weren’t aware, this is also where Cyborg will make his first appearance in the DC Universe Show.

Doom Patrol Family Portrait

The other reason this episode is one of my favorites? That’s because it’s the first time we see Donna Troy (Connor Leslie) and Jason Todd‘s (Curran Walters) first live-action portrayal. These two actors portray these iconic characters brilliantly. Now I can’t think of anyone who can play these roles after they do so perfectly.

Donna Troy

Jason Todd

Overall

Titans is a non-stop show with hardcore moments that create a wonderful saga. My only negative about the entire run was its finale.

The season was establishing something bigger as the group was facing Trigon, Raven’s father. Instead, we witness him manipulate Dick to join him by embracing his darkness within. With Trigon making him hallucinate, that’s how the season ends. A cliffhanger that I feel doesn’t work.

The episode is great on its own. For it being a season finale? It wasn’t for me. I think it could have worked for a mid-season finale if anything. It was a lost opportunity that perhaps we’ll see in the first episode of Season 2.

Titans is rumored to start filming its second season early next year to premiere at the end of 2019.

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