Titans (2018– )
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As Detective Dick Grayson fights crime both as a cop and a vigilante, a mysterious girl harboring a dark secret arrives in Detroit.

Director:

Brad Anderson

Writers:

Greg Berlanti (created by), Geoff Johns (created by) | 12 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenton Thwaites ... Dick Grayson / Robin
Anna Diop ... Koriand'r
Teagan Croft ... Rachel Roth
Ryan Potter ... Gar Logan / Beast Boy
Lindsey Gort ... Amy Rohrbach
Jarreth J. Merz ... The Acolyte
Liza Colón-Zayas ... Detective Jessica Perez
Sherilyn Fenn ... Melissa Roth
Martin Roach ... Manny Wolf
Phillip Jarrett ... Captain
Randolf Hobbs Randolf Hobbs ... John Grayson
April Brown Chodowski April Brown Chodowski ... Mary Grayson
Tomaso Sanelli ... Young Dick Grayson
Nicolas Grimes ... Enormous Man
Rodney Alexandre ... Dealer
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As Detective Dick Grayson fights crime both as a cop and a vigilante, a mysterious girl harboring a dark secret arrives in Detroit.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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The episode premiered at New York Comic Con on October 3, 2018, before later officially premiering on DC Universe on October 12, 2018. See more »

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When Starfire wakes up in the car, description says she's somewhere near Vienna/Austria. The set crew actually managed to get the right "Viennese" licence plates, but the street signs are clearly German. See more »

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Robin: Fuck Batman.
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Typical Pilot
13 October 2018 | by karxnbxxchxrSee all my reviews

This episode is divided into two segments. The first segment focuses on Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) and Raven (Teagan Croft), called Rachel Roth in this interpretation, while the second segment focuses on Koriand'r (Anna Diop), referred to as Kory Anders. Rachel's life begins changing when she receives a surprise visit from an unknown, cultish man at her house. From then on, it's a journey from the suburbs of Traverse City, MI to the inner city of Detroit, MI where she meets Detective Grayson. Doused in nothing but mystery, Kory's scenes are mostly recollecting her own memory and making sense of the life she previously had while in the outskirts of Vienna, Austria. There is a small but brief cameo at the very end, akin to a post-credit scene, where Garfield shows up in one of his transitions. It is established that he lives in the midwest in Ohio, United States.

I want to emphasize that if you are expecting a live action adaptation to the 2003 animation this is not it. TITANS is its own body of work that takes primary inspiration from the Wolfman and Perez's New Teen Titans from the 80's, Nightwing's solo series, and Raven's solo series. Prioritize Geoff Johns's series and Wolfman's series. Beyond the comic inspiration (which provides multiple background Easter Eggs), TITANS is a series for a certain audience, and if you are not in that sect you may not like the show. It does its own thing while taking bits and pieces from different runs to shape a modernized and compelling story. Comic purists and fans of only the 2003 animation might not enjoy this show if they don't look to it with an open mind.

I do love the characterization of Rachel. She seemed just like a teenager to me. Reliant upon her mother's guidance for safety, make rash decisions when faced with danger, unsure of what or who to trust, over emotional, detached from her socially abusive peers and their antics; I liked that (possibly because it slightly reminds me of my childhood), and I loved the performance Croft gave. However, at times, I felt like the glimpses of her school life were rushed, but it is to be expected as it is not a primary focus in her story; it's merely a smaller detail to describe her character and situation (a socially isolated freshman).

Dick's sullen and spaced out character mimics his situation inside a liminal space, a grey area. He's torn between worlds. While other people may have difficulties understanding or even watching this, I think it's being done well, and I appreciate Thwaites's performance. I wish there was more development in the initial introduction of the main antagonist (for Rachel) and Rachel's relationship with her foster mother. The writing seemed rather rushed and slightly weak.

While I did enjoy Kory's parts, I felt that her scenes were also less developed (whether that was because it's purposely supposed to be a mystery, or if there wasn't much to that part, I can't say). Diop, Krupa, and the other actors put on a phenomenal performance and the story to it was fantastic, but I was left wanting more from the scenes.

I liken this pilot to be similar to most pilots. It has so much potential and so much story wrapped behind it. The performances are strong, and the writing is intriguing. The score was absolutely perfect fitting for the scenes. The visuals are pleasing and nice to look at; in other words, I enjoy the cinematography, the visual effects, the special effects, and the coloring. There are somethings where I am unsure if it's a plot hole or intentional gap in the story for later development.


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