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‘Titans’ S02E07: ‘Bruce Wayne’ (review)

S02E07 — With tensions running high at Titans Tower, Kory tries to learn more about Conner, while Dick sets out alone to track down Deathstroke – with a familiar voice haunting him.

 

Boy, did I ever hate this episode.

That’s not to say that it’s bad or poorly made/written/shot. It’s fine in all those regards. It’s just that…did we need a Dick Grayson whose guilt is such that he hallucinates Bruce everywhere he goes? If that’s the case, if he’s had this guilt for five years, why are we only now seeing this hallucination?

Am I getting ahead of myself? Possibly, so let’s break it down from small to large.

Conner gets healed when Eve (after shanghai-ing Krypto from Cadmus and FLYING AWAY) reveals to Kori that to get rid of the Kryptonite poisoning, he needs the sun to be brought to him. Kori lights it up, Rachel sees Conner’s ass, and the kid starts to heal.

Gar answers the door and wakes up. Rachel has a little bit more to do in this episode, but not much. Yay team.

The meat of the episode is Dick hunting Deathstroke, but coming up short. While chasing leads, while trying to figure out what to do and where to go, he is constantly harassed by Bruce in a sort of Clarence the Angel meets Jiminy Cricket way.

At some point, toward the end of the episode, Bruce tells him that the only way to “get rid of him” is to tell the truth and my logic meter is exploding in the face of my suspension of disbelief.

So, for seven episodes, at least once per episode, someone questions the need for going back to San Francisco, specifically, to the Tower. “There’s ghosts here,” they say. “This place is haunted and should have been shut down years ago.”

Let’s take that to heart for just a second and then hold this episode up to a mirror. Why?

Because the second Dick leaves Wayne Manor, or the second he realizes Dr. Light is on their collective asses, Dick should be seeing Bruce everywhere he looks. His conscience should be bothering him constantly and he should be talking to himself in front of people ALL. THE. TIME.

Or, at least, until the end of this episode. That never happened, though. I’m not sure if I’m picking nits or if the showrunners are guilty of being lazy. If I’m being honest, though, I don’t think the Bruce hallucinations are necessary to the overall story. It’s a convenient plot device, but I think the story holds up without seeing him everywhere.

In fact, I feel like the only reason why Bruce is in this episode at all…is this:

(I mean, it’s cool and all, but I digress.)

While all this is going down…while Dick is in burlesque clubs, and pointing a gun at Wintergreen, and chasing false leads, Jason is suffering from PTSD.

He keeps falling, repeating his almost-death at the hands of DC Universe voters Deathstroke.

And honestly, who can blame him? You understand, then, how he feels unwanted but also, why he feels like he’s the point of chaos for the whole team. You find out later that Slade is taunting the team from within the tower, and everyone blames Jason. It’s kind of fucked up because, yeah, Jason is a dick, but if any of these idiots was paying attention, they’d realize that Jason has been in his room for 90% of his screen time.

There is a really great moment, though, when Rose Wilson comes into Jason’s room and there’s a little bit of chemistry between them.

It makes sense; this is Jason Todd, the rebel Robin, and he’s being wooed by Ravager. It is 100% within the character of these two to hook up, but that hits a dead end when Rose finds one of her brother’s Bowie albums in Jason’s collection (really, it’s Dick’s).

Rose, a smart gal, puts two and two together and comes to the conclusion that the Titans (or rather Jason and Dick) must have had some connection to Jericho’s death.

And that’s the huge truth that needs to be revealed. Dick killed Jericho.

One step forward, ten steps back, DC Universe. What the fuhhh are you doing, bruh?

EXTRA POINTS:

  • There was a little bit of chemistry between Kori and Conner, too!
  • FFS, his name is Joseph William Wilson!! IT’S ON YOUR SITE!!

NEXT WEEK: JERICHO

****

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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