‘Titans’ Episode 7 – “Asylum” | Netflix TV Recap

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

Summary

“Asylum” beats the Titans down to their knees as such episodes tend to, but also reveals some intriguing plot details.

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3.5

Summary

“Asylum” beats the Titans down to their knees as such episodes tend to, but also reveals some intriguing plot details.

This recap of Titans Episode 7, “Asylum”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


All superhero properties have an episode like “Asylum” – the one in which the good guys are captured by the baddies and pushed to their very brink. Their convictions and allegiances are tested. They learn things about themselves and each other. And when all is said and done, everyone emerges on the other side just a little bit different.

Fun!

After focusing pretty extensively on Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), “Asylum” hones in on Rachel (Teagan Croft), particularly her childlike eagerness and need for connection. Adamson (Reed Birney), still trussed up in the bathroom, manages to convince her that she can heal the world; he does so by slashing his own throat and having her magically repair the wound, which is an extreme but apparently effective tactic. He also plays his trump card: Her biological mother, Angela Azarath (Rachel Nichols), is still alive.

Angela is being held at a sinister psychiatric facility than we’ve only been given glimpses of until now; before long Rachel, Gar (Ryan Potter), Dick and Kory (Anna Diop) have all been captured upon their arrival. And thus, the torture begins. Dick is pumped full of psychotropic drugs and forced to confront his alter-ego; Kory is allowed to run her powers dry and then strapped to a table for experimentation; Gar is locked in a cage and jabbed with cattle prods; and Rachel wakes up in relative comfort, ready to be schmoozed by Adamson.

It isn’t a bad plan, all things considered, but Adamson evidently overlooked certain things about Rachel’s personality and powers. She might be young, but she isn’t as susceptible to his manipulation as he hoped. His empty promises of saving her friends and the world don’t amount to much; seeing through it, Rachel embraces her black-eyed inner demon and reverses the magical surgery she performed earlier in “Asylum”, reopening Adamson’s throat and watching him bleed out on the floor.

Yeah, that’ll do it.

But Adamson was telling the truth about one thing: Angela is indeed in the asylum, so Rachel sets about breaking her out along with everyone else. Her mother recognises her – mothers tend to – and their tearful reunion gives her enough of a spring in her step to free her friends from captivity. Gar scoffs his torturer (so much for that veganism thing), Dick batters some people with a wrench, and Kory ignites the gas mains to burn the whole sickening place to the ground.

The whole point of episodes like “Asylum” is the catharsis you feel when the bad guys finally get their comeuppance, and blimey, we got that here. Gar ate someone! They blew the building up! Dick burned the Robin suit! Say what you like about Titans – and plenty of people have – but it understands something fundamental about comic-book storytelling and what we want from these characters, and it clearly delights in giving the audience those things. Now it just needs to give Dick a new suit.

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