Titans continues to be slightly better than it should be and nowhere near as good as it needs to be in “Origins”, which focused on Starfire and revealed the shadow of Bruce Wayne.
This recap of Titans Episode 3, “Origins”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
I kind of admire the heavy-handed and obvious titling of these Titans episodes. It makes these opening paragraphs a piece of piss, anyway, as “Origins”, predictably, dealt mostly with some flashbacks involving Dick (Brenton Thwaites), Raven (Teagan Croft) and Starfire (Anna Diop). It was a reasonably competent episode (the show’s pacing is reliable, at least) and it managed to engage without any contrived action or juvenile attempts at “adult” content.
And plus you got to see the back of Bruce Wayne’s head, which is always a plus. I must admit that I really don’t mind this interpretation of the Teen Titans, and if we’re going to see a Batman in this small-screen slice of DC’s universe, I’m not worried about it. Bruce’s enigmatic loitering was part of “Origins” delving briefly into Dick’s past as an orphan, as “Origins” drew some rather obvious parallels between him and Raven, who was rescued in this episode by an amnesiac, ass-kicking Starfire, who turns out to be the best character by quite a margin.
You could complain about Starfire’s spotty memory being a bit of a crutch, but it helps to build some mystery around how she relates to Raven, even if the dreaded word “prophecy” was uttered at one point. But Anna Diop is selling the hell out of this reimagined version of the character, and she, along with that hilarious nuclear family of unconventional supercharged assassins, managed to provide something that Titans desperately needs: Humour.
I’m not saying I’d prefer Titans if it were a knockabout farce, but if it’s going to function as a kind of alternative to Marvel’s Netflix content, it needs the odd moment of levity to offset the seriousness, and “Origins” was the first episode to provide that. And it’s only in writing this recap – a week late, I know – that I’ve realised how little actual plot there was in this episode, so it’s probably just as well.