‘Titans’ Episode 5 – “Together” | Netflix TV Recap

January 10, 2019
Jonathon Wilson 0
Netflix, TV, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

“Together” is a team-building episode without much forward momentum, but it has some fun moments and a killer ending.

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3.5

Summary

“Together” is a team-building episode without much forward momentum, but it has some fun moments and a killer ending.

This recap of Titans Episode 5, “Together”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


If it wasn’t clear from Titans’ dependably obvious episode-titling system, the Titans are finally all together. After four episodes of build-up – including one deviation into backdoor pilot territory, although at least Gar’s origin story was tied up with it – the band are truly together. It’s about time they played some hits.

To that end – and because the team are as curious about each other’s powers as we are – Dick (Brenton Thwaites) organises a little show-and-tell so that each hero can flaunt their abilities. Starfire (Anna Diop) dispenses fiery energy from her hands, but she’s powered by sunlight and weakens during the night; Gar (Ryan Potter) turns into a tiger, and seemingly only a tiger in this version of the property, but doing so leaves him naked; Rachel (Teagan Croft) houses a world-eating dark doppelganger – hang on, surely it isn’t safe for her to be messing around with that? – and Dick does martial arts, which is a little underwhelming in this context. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t show them off.

With that handled, the Titans shack up in a cheap motel where Dick’s real powers are revealed – he’s an irresistible dick-slinging lothario and every woman in his vicinity immediately falls in love with him, starting with the motel owner and ending with Starfire. It’s a classic comics pairing, sure, but it might have developed a bit too fast to be entirely believable here. Then again Thwaites and Diop have sizzling on-screen chemistry, so what do you expect?

Now is as good a time as any to say that Titans is really well cast, and I’m digging each individual member of the team in their own way. Lots of fun details and comics-accurate flourishes help to create the impression that this is a show that has really and truly embraced the weirdity of DC Comics, and even though the age differences give off a parents-and-children vibe instead of a badass-superhero-team vibe, I can work with that when Rachel and Gar are so charming.

There’s no time to worry about that, though, because that weirdo Nuclear Family of assassins are still on the prowl, replenishing their ranks by brainwashing everyday folks. It’s a bit sinister when you realise that’s probably how they were all recruited – if it’s a choice between death or becoming a pastiche of a 50s archetype, just kill me – but I’m still a bit fed up with these guys. They’re not compelling villains, despite their ability to f**k up the Titans if they catch them unawares, as they do in “Together”, leading to a serviceable if rather cluttered fight through the rooms and halls. Outside, Dick dons the Robin suit for some on-brand a*s-kicking, and the family end up firmly beaten and tied up in the motel.

Dick comes to the startling revelation that the family have all been brainwashed – he’s a detective, remember? – and so skulks off to Dr. Adamson’s (Reed Birney) penthouse headquarters for some answers. In the meantime all the family’s heads pop off, which gets a great line out of Starfire and hopefully dispenses with the show’s lacklustre villain contingent. With Adamson’s operation getting compromised left and right, some SWAT types descend on his crib to clean up the mess, but another smoke grenade, and another Robin, save the day just in time.

Another Robin? Okay, Titans, you got me. That’s one hell of a way to introduce Jason Todd (Curran Walters). I’m sorry I made fun of your trailer, guys. Keep giving me cool stuff.

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