BATWOMAN S01E04 “Who Are You?” review

BATWOMAN S01E04 “Who Are You?” review

Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW in North America which episodes available to stream the following day on The CW app. The series is yet to announce a premiere date in the UK.

Synopsis

ALL THAT GLITTERS – A new villain with an eye for all things that sparkle drops in on the city. Kate (Ruby Rose) attempts to find a balance between her personal life and her new role as Gotham’s guardian. Catherine (Elizabeth Anweis) has an uncomfortable encounter with Alice (Rachel Skarsten) who always seems to be one step ahead of the Kane family. Batwoman pays fangirl Mary (Nicole Kang) a visit to ask for a favor. Meanwhile, Jacob (Dougray Scott) and Sophie (Meagan Tandy) try to piece together who was after their prisoner. Luke (Camrus Johnson) continues to finetune Batwoman’s arsenal of weapons as the pair track their unwelcome visitor and discover she has more sinister plans than snatching shiny objects.

Review

I feel like Batwoman has had the rockiest start of any of The CW’s DCTV series. In it’s first three episodes (reviewed here, here & here) the series has struggled to find its own identity, a struggle which I feel has mirrored that of Kate Kane (Ruby Rose).

Perhaps when viewed back-to-back the opening gambit of the latest Arrowverse entry will feel more cohesive. But part of me feels that’s an argument to say those three episodes could have been condensed in to one or two.

If that had been the case, “Who Are You?” would have started off on much stronger footing as we’re now seeing relationships develop but also Batwoman is only now beginning to carve out a path for herself.

It’s understandable that showrunner Caroline Dries would want Kate and Gotham to find itself in the shadow of the Batman. It would be disingenuous to the character to avoid mentioning him or showing reverence to his legacy, after all there would be no Batwoman without Batman. Not without some heavy changes to DC lore anyway.

Putting reservations aside, “Who Are You?” does exactly what I had been hoping the show would do and explores Kate/Batwoman as a detective.

Whilst she is still heavily reliant on Luke (Camrus Johnson) we do get to see her utilising her detective skills, piecing together clues and using her available tools to get the job done.

These are all aspects of her character which it is great to see finally make the jump from comics to screen. Importantly she also isn’t instantly an expert vigilante. Fans bought in to Chris Nolan’s vision for Batman in Batman Begins because we saw Bruce making mistakes along the journey from man to Dark Knight. Reflecting that with Kate certainly makes her a much more amiable character to the audience.

This is also an important episode of Kate as we start out with her in a very different place to where we’ve found her so far this season. A happy place no less.

She’s found a companion in Reagan (guest star Brianne Howey) and the two share what appears to be a very real, albeit new, connection. But this being a vigilante show her night time activities constantly get in the way of their progress.

Overall the episode teaches Kate a very important lesson about duality and maintaining those two, very separate, lives. A lesson which Luke reflects on in talking about Bruce. It ultimately brings her to a brighter, happier place at the end of the episode and left me feeling like both identities had hit their stride going in to episode five.

The story with Magpie (Rachel Matthews) feels a little rushed, only in that we haven’t seen her before and after besting Batwoman is caught fleeing the scene very easily in the third act. Her character served the purpose of teaching Kate a lesson-of-the-week but I would much prefer to see Batwoman utilise its villains as true foes for the character and not as a means by which to push her character forwards.

It was most certainly a wasted opportunity but not one which derails “Who Are You?” from being the most solid episode of the series to-date.

Verdict

Easily the best-episode of the season, “Who Are You?” gives Kane Kane the opportunity to explore who she is as a lover, a detective and as a hero.

7/10

Batwoman stars Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman. The series co-stars Dougray Scott, Elizabeth Anweis, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Nicole Kang and Rachel Skarsten.


Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @GetYourComicOn, or on Instagram at GetYourComicOn. If you have a story suggestion email feedback@getyourcomicon.co.uk.

Doctor Sleep (Warner Bros.)

What did the critics think of DOCTOR SLEEP?

Doctor Sleep hits cinemas across the UK from today and last night we brought you our review of the film. But what did the so-called “top critics” think of Mike Flanagan’s sequel to The Shining?

The film currently holds a 78% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 review. Their critics consensus reads:

Doctor Sleep forsakes the elemental terror of its predecessor for a more contemplative sequel that balances poignant themes against spine-tingling chills.

Here’s what some of the sites top critics thought of the film:

The Wrap

A flat Frankenstein of a fright flick that stops and starts with frustrating regularity as it tries to memorialize the horror maestro’s newer story elements while tipping a filmic hat to what the late cinema god etched into our brains.

LA Times

In a way that poignantly echoes the plight of young Danny himself, the new movie sometimes brings to mind a child caught between two quarreling parents, and attempting to stage a reconciliation.

USA Today

It’s nothing to go channeling your inner Jack Nicholson and chopping through doors. But Flanagan’s “Doctor Sleep” respects both King’s and Kubrick’s visions while letting a rising horror master go his own way, too. [3/4]

Variety

I found myself lured into a movie that dares to depict evil as something that makes us suck in our breath.

Hollywood Reporter

Just when things threaten to slow to a stall, you can count on Ferguson to roar to the occasion to shake you; when she’s around, she’s the whole show, threatening, cajoling, erotically boiling when prey is at hand.

Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars: Episodes I, II & III,” “T2 Trainspotting”) as Dan Torrance, Rebecca Ferguson (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “The Greatest Showman”) as Rose the Hat, and Kyliegh Curran, in her major feature film debut, as Abra. The main ensemble cast also includes Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe and Cliff Curtis. Trevor Macy and Jon Berg produced the film, with Roy Lee, Scott Lumpkin, Akiva Goldsman and Kevin McCormick serving as executive producers.


Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @GetYourComicOn, or on Instagram at GetYourComicOn. If you have a story suggestion email feedback@getyourcomicon.co.uk.

Marvel's Avengers (Square Enix)

Get a detailed overview of MARVEL’S AVENGERS with new trailer

Following a less than stellar reception to its first trailer, Marvel and partners Square Enix have seen an improving picture for their upcoming Avengers game.

Fans initially were apprehensive having seen the character designs in the first teaser. But having seen the improvements in the second trailer and with further information about the game released things are looking up.

We were able to get hands on with the game at NYCC last month and from what we saw it looks pretty fun. Now a new trailer has been released giving a detailed overview of what to expect when the game arrives next year.

Recently we learned about the deep customisable options for the game’s titular characters. Not only will there be a fleet of comic accurate options for characters appearance but throughout the game you will be able to pick up gear to augment and improve your characters.

Check out the latest trailer in the player below!

Marvel’s Avengers features a stellar voice cast of gaming legends including Jeff Schine as Captain America, Travis Willingham as Thor, Troy Baker as Bruce Banner/Huk, Laura Bailey as Black Widow and Nolan North as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

The game releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC on May 15, 2020.


Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @GetYourComicOn, or on Instagram at GetYourComicOn. If you have a story suggestion email feedback@getyourcomicon.co.uk.

Basketful of Heads (DC Comics)

BASKETFUL OF HEADS (2019) #1 review

You can pickup your copy of Basketful of Heads #1 now where all good comics are sold.

Synopsis

The rain lashes the grassy dunes of Brody Island, and seagulls scream above the bay. A slender figure in a raincoat carries a large wicker basket, which looks like it might be full of melons…covered by a bloodstained scrap of the American flag. 
This is the story of June Branch, a young woman trapped with four cunning criminals who have snatched her boyfriend for deranged reasons of their own. Now she must fight for her life with the help of an impossible 8th-century Viking axe that can pass through a man’s neck in a single swipe-and leave the severed head still conscious and capable of supernatural speech.
Each disembodied head has a malevolent story of its own to tell, and it isn’t long before June finds herself in a desperate struggle to hack through their lies and manipulations…racing to save the man she loves before time runs out.  

Review

A horror imprint under DC you say? Curated by Heart Shaped Box’s Joe Hill you say? Releasing just in time for Halloween?

We’re in…

Basketful of Heads #1 is an intriguing start to a very new type of comic for me. Though I love horror films and other medium I haven’t read a huge amount of horror comics.

In that respect I felt that the pacing of Basketful of Heads was a surprise. In my mind Hill would get straight down to the gore and have heads rolling – literally – on nearly every page.

So colour me surprised that this issue is incredibly well considered, particularly around how it handles its characters.

There’s a great air of mystery around the story. One which will easily carry over in to the next issue. The opening teaser gives a glimpse in to what is to come but will ultimately leave readers salivating as it’s not picked up in elsewhere here.

Instead the issue focusses on introducing the centrepiece of the story, June, and her boyfriend Liam. They feel very contemporary given the 1983 setting but also feel incredibly well realised.

The dialogue between them as they drive in to town is (at times filthy!) but honest rooted in reality. Through this opening scene we learn a lot about both personalities just through the way they interact with each other.

June is clearly the more carefree of the two. She’s happy to bend the rules to suit her purpose and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She’s also the daydreamer, she clearly thinks about their future even if her plans are very shortsighted.

Liam on the other hand is more grounded. He has the stable job, career prospects and despite a minor drug habit, is clearly well respected by his peers. It’s easy to see that he enjoys his relationship with June but is also not afraid to bring her back down to Earth.

The supporting cast are all very interesting as well. There’s a particular focus on the Sheriff, Liam’s boss, and his family. His wife in particular seems like a very strong character and very take-charge.

From just one issue they all have well defined, individual voices and characteristics which, to me, signifies incredibly strong writing.

Leomacs illustrations bring a fine level of detail to the medium. Characters facial expressions are rich whilst environments are deep and engaging. There’s also an unprecedented level of body language conveyed through his artwork which really impressed me.

Verdict

Joe Hill brings a classic, Raimi-esque horror to the DC Universe just in time for Halloween. Basketful of Heads #1 lays the groundwork for a unique new imprint under DC’s Black Label.

8/10

Basketful of Heads #1 is written by Joe Hill with illustration by Leomacs and colours by Dave Stewart.

Basketful of Heads #1 cover art by Becky Cloonan and Reiko Murakami

Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @GetYourComicOn, or on Instagram at GetYourComicOn. If you have a story suggestion email feedback@getyourcomicon.co.uk.

Firefly (BOOM! Studios)

FIREFLY #11 preview released by BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has released it’s official preview of the upcoming 11th issue of Firefly. Read on for a preview of the artwork from this very exciting book!

Your First Look at Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY #11 From BOOM! Studios

Exclusive Look at the New Adventures of the Biggest Damn Heroes in the ‘Verse in November 2019 

BOOM! Studios today unveiled a first look at FIREFLY #11 from New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak (Star Wars, Ronin Island) and artist Dan McDaid (Judge Dredd), along with series creator & story consultant Joss Whedon (the visionary writer/director behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s The Avengersand more) continue the iconic worldwide pop culture phenomenon’s sold-out return to comic books in partnership with 20th Century Fox. Available in stores November 2019.

War has come to the small planet, and Mal finds himself caught between the two sides. Will Mal be able to stem the tide of war, or is he already too late to stop it? And how will the sudden appearance of his outlaw mother, Maude Reynolds, affect Mal’s ultimate choice?

FIREFLY #11 features a main cover by Lee Garbett (Skyward), along with variant covers by artists Joe Quinones (Dial H For Hero) and Juan Doe (Strayed).

Created by Whedon and set 500 years in the future in the wake of a universal civil war, FIREFLY centers on the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship that doesn’t have a planet to call home. Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance, will undertake any job — legal or not — to stay afloat and keep his crew fed. Thrust together by necessity but staying together out of loyalty, these disparate men and women are seeking adventure and the good life, but face constant challenges on the new frontier, such as avoiding capture by the Alliance, and evading the dangers you find on the fringes of the universe.

FIREFLY #11 is available November 20, 2019 exclusively in comic shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

Available now, Firefly: Legacy Edition Book One collects previously released Serenity comics for the first time under one cover in a new value-priced format as Mal & the crew ride again in these official sequels to the critically acclaimed Firefly television series and Serenity film.

FIREFLY #11 is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; and the upcoming Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.


Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @GetYourComicOn, or on Instagram at GetYourComicOn. If you have a story suggestion email feedback@getyourcomicon.co.uk.

Jeffrey Wright

Matt Reeves confirms Jeffrey Wright as COMMISSIONER GORDON in THE BATMAN

Though the press has been discussing Jeffrey Wright as confirmed to appear in The Batman, the news hadn’t been confirmed by Wright, director Matt Reeves or Warner Bros. until now.

Overnight Reeves tweeted out an image of Wright officially confirming is inclusion in the film. Confirming his role Reeves simply captioned the image with “#Gordon”.

Wright joins Robert Pattinson in the title role, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle and Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Nygma.

The Batman is still rumoured to begin filming early in 2020 here in the UK with production expected to shoot on sets at Warner Bros. famous Leavesden Studios.

The Batman is due for release on June 25, 2021.


Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @GetYourComicOn, or on Instagram at GetYourComicOn. If you have a story suggestion email feedback@getyourcomicon.co.uk.

Pennyworth (EPIX)

PENNYWORTH renewed for second season by Epix

If you’ve been hoping to see more adventures for Jack Bannon’s Alfred Pennyworth then we have some news for you. Epix has announced that it has renewed Pennyworth for a second season!

“Pennyworth has been a big hit for us, embraced by critics and fans alike. It was the highest-performing original series ever to premiere on Epix, more than doubling the viewership of the shows that came before it,” Epix president Michael Wright said in a statement. “Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and WBTV have delivered a brilliant, must watch series. We can’t wait to work with this phenomenal cast and creative team on another exciting season.”

The second season is expected to begin filming the new episodes in January 2020 here in the UK.

“Pennyworth is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. It follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s billionaire father, in 1960’s London. Production will begin later this year, with a series premiere slated for 2019.”

Pennyworth stars Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth with Ben Aldridge as Thomas Wayne, Paloma Faith as Bet Sykes, Ryan Fletcher as Dave Boy, and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett as Bazza.

Season one is available now in the UK via Starzplay on AppleTV.


Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @GetYourComicOn, or on Instagram at GetYourComicOn. If you have a story suggestion email feedback@getyourcomicon.co.uk.

Doctor Sleep (Warner Bros.)

DOCTOR SLEEP (2019) review

Doctor Sleep arrives in UK cinemas from 31st October, 2019 from Warner Bros.

Synopsis

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace.  But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.”  Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

Review

I can’t imagine ever being chosen as the person to bring to life a sequel to The Shining, one of the most revered films of Kubrick’s career and equally a pinnacle in author Stephen King’s library.

So sitting in the Everyman cinema in Angel, London, watching director Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy talk about doing just that, in that moment the weight of Warner Bros. decision felt all too real.

To then watch Doctor Sleep is to experience not just its psychological horrors but also the painstakingly accurate process with which it was created.

What is instantly striking about the film is the way in which is honors all versions of the source material: both the film and book of The Shining and also the Doctor Sleep original text. All are strong forces at play in Flanagan’s script which balances each with the dignity and respect which they deserve.

King’s thoughts on Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film starring Jack Nicholson are easily discovered in just a few clicks so there is no way those words didn’t haunt Flanagan and his team during production.

But rather than be overwhelmed by King’s thoughts, Flanagan rises above it to craft a film which is equally as compelling as its predecessor and scary in new and imaginative ways.

The script for Doctor Sleep calls on cinematographer Michael Fimognari (The Haunting of Hill House) to evoke the atmosphere of original cinematographer John Alcott’s work on a number of occasions. Paying homage to The Overlook Hotel in both its past and present state.

Long, wide shots lovingly recreate The Shining but present it from an entirely new perspective to the audience. These moments also soak up all of the work that Flanagan and production designers Maher Ahmad (Zombieland) and Patricio M. Farrell (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 2014) have done to rebuild the sets as they were seen in 1980.

Audiences can be forgiven for thinking that certain shots were repatriated from the original when in fact almost all of the 2hr 31min runtime is brand new footage. Flanagan confirmed to the audience at our screening that only three shots in the entire of Doctor Sleep were shot by Kubrick.

But not only are the sets recreated than plenty of the original film’s cast. Young Danny Torrance as well as his mother Wendy and all of The Overlook’s ghosts are lovingly recast with solid actors who just happen to bear a striking resemblance to their predecessors.

But despite all of these lovingly recreated moments, Doctor Sleep is still an incredibly original film experience.

The story of Doctor Sleep is a very different one to The Shining. For those who haven’t read the novel it’s really an emotional sequel and connected only via locations and returning characters. The nature of the story is much more rooted in the supernatural aspects of King’s original novel than the psychological horrors the supernatural causes.

The isolation of The Shining is replaced by a much larger cast of characters and, in many ways, Doctor Sleep is like a cautionary vampire tale. It’s villains, some ancient in age, seeking out children who possess abilities like Danny’s in order to suck them out to extend their own lives.

Ewan McGregor excels as the adult Dan Torrance. When we first meet Dan in the present day he’s overcome with demons of his own making having followed in his father’s footsteps. To see him overcome with drink and drug problems is a downbeat beginning for a character we come to feel much emotion for by the third act.

There’s an instantly identifiable and likable quality to McGregor which follows him through his films and this is no different. I felt an instant affinity for Dan purely because McGregor is such a likable actor and that works in the film’s favour.

As compelling as Dan is though, the film absolutely belongs to Rebecca Ferguson. She plays Rose the Hat as an absolute powerhouse of a villain. Rose is often regarded as one of the best antagonists in King’s books and that is truly well represented on screen.

Ferguson embodies Rose’s belief that she is the hero of her own story and in doing so that makes her all the more dangerous. As Rose is bested by Abra the disbelief she portrays is childlike and utterly believable. But at the same time she feels formidable and in control. The nuance which Ferguson brings to the character is truly remarkable.

Young Kyleigh Curran in the role of Abra is also able to stand tall against her co-stars. Though this is only her second film credit she brings a youthful energy to Abra which somehow remains untarnished despite the events which unfold around her.

When her father is killed by members of Rose’s True Knot club it does feel slightly disingenuous that Abra isn’t given a scene in which to grieve. Though we do see her upset it feels as if the moment isn’t given the emotional weight it deserves and even a callback moment at the end of the film seems to gloss over this development.

Curran has an excellent rapport with McGregor which helps make the bond between the two believable and she is also able to stand against Ferguson and portray Abra as a credible threat to Rose’s status quo. It’s not an easy feat for an actor so young in their career and I expect we will see more from Curran in the future.

Supporting cast members are all well placed but it is easily Cliff Curtis (Fear The Walking Dead) who stands out from the crowd. Billy is an excellent supporting character and Curtis bring a lot to the small number of scenes in which he appears. A particular moment as Billy and Dan search for a young boy’s body is one of the most impactful in the film thanks to his performance.

Composers The Newton Brothers are able to recreate some of the soundscape of Kubrick’s original whilst finding enough ground to create their own unique entity for Doctor Sleep. As always I need to go back and listen to the isolated score in but in the context of watching the film the music was able to building the dramatic tension that a psychological thriller like this needs to be successful.

Much like it’s predecessor Doctor Sleep does not rely on jump scares. There are plenty of psychologically harrowing moments to put fear into the audience. The dramatic tension is palpable throughout and only grows as the third act draws near. It’s testament to strong writing from Flanagan and should stand out as a highlight of his career to date.

Doctor Sleep does veer away from the source material at times, mainly to tread the line between the visual universe of Kubrick’s original. The ending to this film is quite different to the book but echoes it from an emotional context. It’s satisfying and oddly hopeful so I would like to think fans, like I, will be able to enjoy the third act despite those changes.

Verdict

Doctor Sleep is truly unique piece of film, created with a strong reverence for both Kubrick and King it honors but never imitates either one. Instead this is director Mike Flanagan being given the keys to a sandbox he was born to play in.

8/10

Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars: Episodes I, II & III,” “T2 Trainspotting”) as Dan Torrance, Rebecca Ferguson (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “The Greatest Showman”) as Rose the Hat, and Kyliegh Curran, in her major feature film debut, as Abra. The main ensemble cast also includes Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe and Cliff Curtis.


Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @GetYourComicOn, or on Instagram at GetYourComicOn. If you have a story suggestion email feedback@getyourcomicon.co.uk.

TITAN S02E08 “Jericho” review

Titans streams new episodes on Friday’s via the DC Universe platform. The second season will debut internationally on Netflix later in 2019.

Synopsis

Dick finally reveals the truth to the team and, in flashback, we learn the secret behind Deathstroke’s vendetta against the Titans. After the murder of Garth/Aqualad, Dick, Donna, Dawn and Hank befriend Jericho Wilson (guest star CHELLA MAN), Deathstroke’s son. Realizing that Slade’s devotion to his son might be Deathstroke’s only weakness, Dick is eager to use the information against his nemesis. But as the Titans’ friendship with Jericho grows, and he’s taken into the fold, Dick is forced to make a choice between loyalty and revenge.

Review

For the third time this season Titans is diving back in to the realm of flashbacks to tell us a story which it believes is relevant to the ongoing story line of the season.

The issue I have with “Jericho” is that it has been a number of weeks since we saw the first part of the story and that we are, again, interrupting the narrative flow to fill in the gaps of the past.

Admittedly this is another brilliantly executed episode with some slick fight choreography which really poses Deathstroke (Esai Morales) as a major threat to the team. It also features one of the best Themyscirian lasso fight scenes every committed to film.

But given all the talk of ghosts this season it feels like we’ve taken a little too long to get here. Putting those feelings aside however there is still a lot to enjoy here.

“Jericho” – obviously – spends a lot more with its namesake, played by Chella Man. He’s a compelling actor in the role and the script makes delicate work of his disabilities. I commend Man for wanting to bring a deaf, queer hero to the screen and I also commend writer Kate McCarthy for ensure those characteristics remain a facet of who he is and not plot points for exploiting.

Where the episode could have made better use of its subject matter might have been in mixing the flashback scenes with the story in the present day. Something Titans has so far failed to do in almost all instances where flashbacks have been used.

To see Dick (Brenton Thwaites) explaining to the Titans, old and new, exactly what happened on the day Jericho died would have given this episode a greater emotional impact. It could also have played heavily in to the ending of the previous episode in which he came clean to Jason (Curran Walters).

Imagine a scene where Dick is turned on by his peers for his part in Jericho’s death and only Jason stands by his side. Cementing the relationship between the Robin’s and flipping much of the season on its head. A definite missed opportunity for the series.

I did relish the opportunity to see more of Deathstroke’s origin story though. There was some interesting choices in regards to what moments from his backstory we saw: being experimented on by the military, breaking out, returning home (now with one eye) and then brief moments of how his assassin career ruined his home life.

Morales brings a vulnerability to Slade Wilson in this episode which I have found to be lacking in other live-action representations. Putting him in the context of family life, Titans is able to shine a different light on the character which is very much in keeping with the bountiful shades of grey the show likes to portray.

The timeline becomes a little muddy as the episode goes in to flashbacks within flashbacks but in all honesty this is only an issue if you treat Titans as a show which doesn’t require a lot of thought. In many ways its a gift that director Toa Fraser (Swamp Thing) trusted the audience would be able to follow a more complex narrative structure.

Ultimately this is the most important story beat of the season. It explains everything which came before and sets up what is to come and whilst I feel we should have gotten there sooner it’s still an incredibly satisfying 45mins of television.

Verdict

Whilst “Jericho” loses itself in it’s loop of flashbacks it tells the story that Titans needs right now in order to propel itself towards Nightwing and the inevitable endgame.

9/10

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk and Minka Kelly as Dove. 


Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @GetYourComicOn, or on Instagram at GetYourComicOn. If you have a story suggestion email feedback@getyourcomicon.co.uk.