Titans Recap: The Second Season Gets A Proper Premiere One Eye Open

September 16, 2019
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3.5

Summary

“Rose” provides the proper premiere that Titans Season 2 needed, showing plenty of potential for the future.

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3.5

Summary

“Rose” provides the proper premiere that Titans Season 2 needed, showing plenty of potential for the future.

This recap of Titans Season 2, Episode 2, “Rose”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


Well, this is more like it. After the “official” premiere turned out to be quite clearly last season’s finale with an ungainly appendage, Titans Season 2, Episode 2, “Rose”, properly establishes the second season’s set-up with some enticing new characters, dynamics, and plot threads.

With the Titans — now abandoning pretense and actually calling themselves the Titans — having put an end to the demonic machinations of Trigon (Seamus Dever), a time jump finds Dick (Brenton Thwaites), Rachel (Teagan Croft), Gar (Ryan Potter), and Jason Todd (Curran Walters) living and training in Titan Tower, where Dick occasionally calls up Bruce Wayne (Iain Glen) for leadership advice. Starfire (Anna Diop) and Donna Troy (Connor Leslie) have formed a not-quite-human crime-fighting partnership of their own, here tracking down a villain known as Shimmer (Hanneke Talbot), and Dawn (Minka Kelly) and Hank (Alan Ritchson) are living a reclusive agricultural life on a farm helping junkie kids get clean.

This new status quo is threatened by the arrival of Rose Wilson (Chelsea Zhang), a relation of the season’s inevitable big bad Slade Wilson (Esai Morales), aka Deathstroke, who is taken in by the Titans despite her warnings that doing so will get them in all kinds of trouble. And hopefully, it will, since we wouldn’t have much of a season if it didn’t.

Intriguing relationships here include the ones between Dick and Bruce Wayne, who’re now on speaking terms at least, and Dick and Jason, as the former is ceding some of the responsibilities of the Robin identity to the latter while gravitating closer and closer to his much-anticipated reinvention as Nightwing. Dick’s relationship with Rachel also continues to flourish and be quite charming, keeping him at the center of most of the show’s drama, but events don’t feel overwhelmingly balanced in his favor. Plenty of time in “Rose” is devoted to Hank and Dawn since the latter can’t quite let go of her Dove alter-ego, and we also have a new, presumably temporary villain in the form of Michael Mosley’s Doctor Light.

All in all, then, Titans Season 2, Episode 2 proved to be a perfectly fine episode, full of just the right amount of set-up for the future with enough in-the-moment action and character building to work on its own terms. This show has never been great but has always been slightly underappreciated, and that trend looks set to continue in its sophomore outing.


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