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‘Titans’ S02E02: ‘Rose’ (review)

S2:E2 — While Dick trains the next generation of Titans, Donna and Kory track down a rogue metahuman. But an old threat drives the Titans – old and new – back together.

The episode flashes the timeline forward three months. Titans are living in San Francisco, drinking fancy coffee (Jitters?) and are trying to figure out what to name the team.

Beast Boy and Robin are training, and gotta hand it to Ryan Potter and Curran Walters; they make each other look great in terms of stuntwork.

Dick and Jason have a bit of a spat because Jason wants to go back to Gotham and Dick (and by proxy, Bruce) doesn’t think he’s ready. As it’s about to come to blows, Dick plays to Jason’s ego and tells him that the others look up to him.

Dick: “I’m not Robin anymore. You are.”

Jason: “If I’m Robin, who are you?”

Dick: “That’s a good question.”

 

BASTARD! SAY IT!

We shift to San Quentin. A man, whom we will come to know as Doctor Light, exits his prison cell. There has been a massacre, blood and bodies everywhere. We don’t know who did it, but we know it wasn’t Light.

Oh hey, that works a couple of different ways!

Moving to Wyoming, where Hank and Dawn are running a dude ranch and Hank has gotten clean. A passing mention of Dick wanting them to visit the Tower, and it seems that Hank is also clean of jealousy. Their concern for the kid that Hank is teaching how to ride a horse is the center of their conversation, though.

Hank says he has to break free of his “friends” on his own. Dawn, however, takes down their meth making operation solo, and if you read between the lines, you can see that Dawn is becoming the caretaker. Hank, last season, was always concerned for Dawn, even while his life and health were falling apart. Dawn won’t let Hank fall again, so she’s the one to sneak out in the middle of the night, to spare Hank the temptation. It’s almost a reversal of roles; Hank, for Dawn’s sake, was willing to give up being Hawk.

He gives her an ultimatum, but before their heart to heart can get some closure, Ellis, the kid Hank has taken under his wing (ha! I’m doing it without even realizing!) starts to glow with an intense, bright light and then explodes. Hank knows exactly who is responsible.

Cut to Chicago. Kori is walking with a gift in her hand; the gift of DONUTS. She enters a surveillance vehicle where Donna is keeping tabs on Shimmer (classic Titans villain from the Fearsome Five) and we get a Roy Harper name drop. Before I go too far, I’m really enjoying the way the season is starting to pan out. So far, and that is key, because remember what I said last time; one step forward, two steps back. I really like the idea of Donna and Kori as a two-woman crime busting team. Their dialogue is easy, their relationship doesn’t seem forced.

After taking down Shimmer, Donna takes a call from Roy and Kori gets abducted by another (!) Tamaranian.

Back in San Francisco, we’re introduced to Rose Wilson. The thing I like about the way this show is cast is how they actively seek young people for the roles. Rose looks age appropriate, kind of fresh faced (I think nubile might be the right word here) which will be contorted when she starts killing. It’s smart. Rose steals a car and gets the attention of the local PD, and the news.

Dick, watching the chase on TV, heads out to find her.

After bringing her in, he calls Bruce for some mentoring advice, but where Bruce says she has to stay before she realizes how much she needs the Titans (which is how Bruce handled Dick and probably Jason).

Dick, instead, is willing to give her enough rope to find her way back. As they are about to separate, a light bomb goes off in Dick’s SUV.

The episode ends with Jason and Gar getting a DNA match for Rose and the reveal of her father’s identity. Unlike Gar, Jason knows EXACTLY who Slade Wilson is.

 

EXTRA POINTS & NIT PICKS:

  • I don’t have much, but I will say that THIS is the episode to beat in terms of quality and storytelling!

NEXT WEEK: GHOSTS

 

****

Vito Delsante is a comic book writer, graphic novelist, editor, letterer, and the co-creator/writer of STRAY with Sean Izaakse, and THE PURPLE HEART with Dean Haspiel and artist, Ricardo Venâncio. He’s written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others, and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Michelle, his daughter, Sadie, his son, James, and his pitbull, Kirby.  You can find him online at incogvito.com and you can follow him on Twitter @incogvito

 

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