‘Titans’ Episode 6 – “Jason Todd” | Netflix TV Recap

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

“Jason Todd” sidelines most of the team to focus on Robin and Robin, but the episode shares enough background details to be interesting.

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Summary

“Jason Todd” sidelines most of the team to focus on Robin and Robin, but the episode shares enough background details to be interesting.

This recap of Titans Episode 6, “Jason Todd”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


You know how it is with Robins – you wait several episodes for one to show up, and then two come along at once. That’s the way of it in “Jason Todd”, another character-specific episode of Titans which here focuses on Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) and Jason Todd (Curran Walters) as they bond over their connection to Batman and their roles as his long-suffering sidekick.

The now-infamous “F**k Batman” line from the trailer wasn’t just a try-hard way of differentiating Titans from DC’s caped crusader; the sentiment is actually fundamental to Dick’s character, and it’s expressed better in “Jason Todd” than it has been thus far. Dick sees Bruce Wayne as a kind of draconian peeping-Tom uncle and is eager to distance himself from both him and his self-serving lifestyle, but he’s also a little bit put out at the idea of having been replaced by a younger, newer, more excitable model.

This is communicated both through small details – Dick’s retina no longer unlocking the Bat-hideout where he and Jason seek refuge; him cutting the tracking implant out of his arm – and the character of Jason, an overeager acolyte who thinks Batman is awesome and battering crime is even better. The differences in their personalities are pretty stark, and as “Jason Todd” progresses the differences in their backgrounds and what they want from their futures are radically divergent too.

So that’s the character stuff; plot-wise “Jason Todd” puts the two Robins on a road trip to find Dick’s old buddy Clay (Lester Speight), spurred on by crime scene photos passed along by Batman. Clay – now a bouncer in Milwaukee – is the target of a killer from Dick’s past; the son of a former Maroni Family enforcer by the name of Tony Zucco (Richard Zeppieri), whose signature weapon is hydrofluoric acid – the very same substance that burned through the circus ropes in the “accident” that killed Dick’s parents. But even this is more character development than anything else; none of it has anything to do with the overarching plot of the season, and is instead an excuse to see how and why Dick parted ways with Batman, and why he is so terrified of his relationship to violence.

There’s enough cool stuff here that the aimlessness of the whole sequence passes by mostly unnoticed. The motivations for both Dick and Zucco Jr. make sense, the acid stuff is very comic book-y, and there’s some decent action. A scene in which Jason Todd deals with a squad of police officers is a dynamite sequence, in part because it shows just what the cutesy Robin outfit gives people license to do; this is the kind of “adult” content that I’m pleased Titans is dealing with, however superficially, because it’s a lot more interesting than grim-dark pouting and swearing a lot.

By episode’s end, Dick has assured Starfire (Anna Diop) that no Robins will be returning to their safehouse, which is one more step on the way to his eventual reinvention as Nightwing.

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