After such a long wait, Titans Season 3 is here, and Titans Season 3 Episode 1, Titans Season 3 Episode 2, and Titans Season 3 Episode 3 took on a much darker tone than usual.
This three-episode premiere was bursting at the seams with drama, culminating in one of the most shocking scenes in the history of the series and setting the tone for the rest of the season.
Jason’s death was not a surprising development. It was teased in the official trailer for Titans Season 3, and given the way it played out in the comics, it was inevitable he would pop back up as Red Hood.
Jason has never been my favorite member of the team, and after the way Titans Season 2 ended, he was set up as an adversary. The series is finally following through on it, so that’s a major positive.
What is murkier is how he was brutally murdered by the Joker, only for him to pop back up in the flesh. Is someone bringing people back to life in Gotham, or was the death faked?
Jason is now anti-Titans and anti-Bruce, which can only cause drama in Gotham, but there has to be more to the tale than him faking his death. The chemistry books and the mysterious liquid suggests there’s something much darker going on.
Could he have a split personality, or is he truly being controlled by another force? Anything is possible on a superhero show, but I wish the reveal that he was alive landed with more of a thud because what we got was more of a fizzle.
Whether it was fake or not, Jason’s death understandably changed the dynamic of the Titans because how do you bounce back after losing one of your own?
The moral dilemma for Dick as he battled through the pain for answers worked well to show how he was still trying to make sense of Bruce’s bizarre decisions.
Barbara Gordon’s integration this season was seamless, and it’s clear off the bat she will go to any measures necessary to keep the citizens of Gotham safe.
In various mediums, we’ve learned that the city is a hotbed for crime, so her job must be tough.
The Titans descending on the town will either help or hinder her progress because how do they know more villains will not pop up to battle with these supposed heroes on the back of it?
Barbara’s verbal attack on Bruce was needed. All these years, Bruce has been the ringleader, putting kids through truly horrifying scenarios to turn them into killers.
It’s hard to rule Bruce a hero or a villain. He’s more of a character who plays on the gray area, but it’s hard to believe he was already working on replacements for the team.
He’s a tough nut to crack, and he’s the type of character who will tell you things on a need-to-know basis, something that works very well for the person he is.
The consequence of the verbal beatdown being that Bruce broke into Arkham Asylum, and murdering the Joker was perfectly executed. Bruce dropping the bloody crowbar and declaring that Gotham is Dick’s problem now relieved Bruce of the big decisions.
People who lead teams are often faced with tough decisions, and Bruce’s time at the helm of Gotham has come with some truly heinous decisions. Heavy lies the crown comes to mind here.
Dick was given what can only be described as the keys to the kingdom, and there was truly no telling how he was going to handle it. San Francisco was tough, and Dick sometimes cracked under the pressure, so seeing him as the supposed leader of the Titans in Gotham is quite jarring.
Will this be a therapeutic process for Dick that allows him to understand the decisions of the man who raised him? It sure seems like that’s the direction we’re headed here.
The opening episodes were filled with terrible decisions, but Jason going to fight the Joker and Hank visiting Jason took the cake.
I’ll eat crow if we learn Jason faked his death, but Hank made a grave mistake by visiting this psycho teenager.
Hank wanted to stay well away from that Titans life, but even he started to realize there was something more going on with the Red Hood than the Titans were privy to.
But he knows how far villains will go to get the upper hand, so he should have had a contingency plan in place in case things got gnarly.
The series managed to build up the tension of Hank attending the meeting with Jason very well, but it’s hard to take it as seriously when you consider the bad decisions he made in the process.
It seemed like we would spend a long time with Hank missing, possibly as a way to write Alan Ritchson off temporarily to allow the actor to film Jack Ryan for Amazon, but what actually transpired shocked me to the core.
Hank having a bomb attached to his heart, counting down with every heartbeat, was out there. Red Hood truly is one of the most cunning individuals these characters have gone up against to date.
It was nice to see Hank and Dawn start the process of repairing their relationship. It’s just a shame they waited so late to do it, and it was heartbreaking to watch this somber iteration of Hank.
He was chipper at the beginning of Titans Season 3 Episode 2 as he embraced his new life. Had he stayed away from Gotham, he would have probably been safe. Then again, maybe Red Hood would have found a way to kidnap him.
The frantic mission to save Hank’s life had a lot of twists and turns. If Hank had not made the stupid decisions earlier in the episode, it would probably be the best episode.
Dick refusing to deal with Red Hood because he said the team didn’t make deals with terrorists was something, but you would think he would have been more open to bending the rules considering, you know, a bomb was strapped to one of his closest allies.
Dawn suiting up as Dove to try to get the gold bars for Jason was hardly a surprise. She knew the clock was running out on Hank’s life, and unless Superboy had a miraculous discovery, Hank’s survival would come down the wire.
The fight between Dawn and Dick at the scene was a true shocker, but it highlighted how the pair had very different views on how the situation should be handled.
There had to be another play from Red Hood, so putting the detonator into the gun Dawn used to shoot Red Hood with was pure genius.
It came out of nowhere and knowing that Dawn sealed the fate of the love of her life is something she will have to deal with for the rest of her life.
It was a tragic ending for Hank and Dove. Tragedy brought them together, so it was possible their story would end with some more tragedy.
Now, Dawn will be wondering whether they would have been safe if they gave up their superhero identities and lived a normal life.
Being a superhero is a double-edged sword. You need to prepare for the worst in every scenario.
Titans has always had a problem sticking the landing, with seasons starting strong and imploding before the end.
What did you think of Hank’s death?
Do you think someone is controlling Jason, or is he merely trying to trick everyone?
What did you think of Dick and Dawn’s fight?