The TITANS season finale aired on the DC universe app this last Friday, and the first season is now over. Let’s take a look at the finale as well as episodes 7-10. If you’d like to know what happened on TITANS episodes 1-6, click here.

TITANS — Episode 7-8 Summary

Episode 7 sees the Titans learning that Rachel’s mother is alive, in an asylum. They attempt a rescue but get captured. Doctors sedate Robin, poke at Kori, and cage Gar. Rachel escapes, finding her mother and the others. Dick was drugged, having an inner war with himself and his dark tendencies as Robin. They blow up the complex. Dick burns his suit, symbolizing the end of Robin.

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Episode 8 has Dick going off to think. He meets up with his old friend Donna Troy, (Wonder Girl). She encourages him to not give up fighting for justice. He can still do it as Dick Grayson, leaving Robin behind. Kori regains some memories. Dick and Donna rush back after reading some of the alien writing Dick had from the storage unit. She believes Kory intends to kill Rachel. After Rachel offers and heals Kory’s mind, Kori grabs her by the throat.

TITANS — Episode 9-10 Summary

Episode 9 diverts, focusing on Hawk and Dove. Dawn is still in a coma at the hospital with Hank watching over her. He reflects on their lives and their start as vigilantes.

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Episode 10 has Dick and Donna stopping Kori from killing Rachel. Kori leaves as her memories come back. They call her somewhere nearby. Dick and Donna follow her. Gar becomes very sick. Rachel doesn’t have enough ability to heal him, but her mother says that her father can. Kori, Dick, and Donna find her ship. She learns that she’s from Tamaran, tasked with finding the daughter of the Destroyer Trigon, an evil being from another dimension. Rachel is the only one who can bring him to Earth. Rachel’s mother urges her to call her father. She brings him through, and he heals Gar. Dick, Donna, and Kori return but there’s shimmering around the house. Dick jumps through.

What Happened During The TITANS Finale?

The TITANS Season Finale throws us through a loop: It starts with Robin lounging in a pool. A young boy jumps into the pool calling him daddy. They run inside and see Dawn, whose pregnant. It’s been five years since last seeing Dick. He’s living in California, married to Dawn, with their son. Rachel and Gar are in college, and Kori is an FBI agent.

Everyone’s living happily ever after. However, Jason Todd arrives in a wheelchair. He tells Dick that Batman needs his help. Commissioner Gordon is dead. The Joker killed him causing Batman to snap. Jason tells him that Batman intends to kill the Joker and that Dick is the only one who can convince him otherwise. Dick is reluctant, but heads for Gotham.

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In Gotham, Dick finds the Joker impacted on a car’s windshield, thrown from a building by Batman. The Joker looks to be dead. He talks to Detective Frank Finney who asks him if he knows anything about Batman. As Dick leaves to go home, there’s a shimmer and Joker stirs, still alive. Dick stays, going to Wayne Manor to talk to Bruce. Dick tells him that the Joker is still alive, meaning Bruce hasn’t yet crossed the line. Bruce ignores him. Dick leaves and goes to the hospital to see the Joker. There he meets with Kori, who’s investigating Gordon’s death. She asks Dick about what’s going to happen if he can’t save Bruce.

Dick Embraces His Darkness In TITANS

Just then, Batman arrives, kills the Joker and jumps out the window. Dick now has no choice. He works with Finney and the GCPD to go after Batman. They infiltrate Wayne Manor and get access to the Batcave. From a mobile command vehicle, Dick gives Bruce one last chance to surrender. Instead, Batman kills all of the officers, including Kori. Enraged, Dick blows up the mansion with C-4.

He goes down into the rubble and sees that Bruce is still alive, though trapped under debris. Dick stomps on his chest and kills Batman. Dick’s eyes darken like Rachel’s do when she uses her dark power. Everything fades away and Dick is standing in the living room with Rachel, her mother, and Trigon. Trigon tells Rachel he gave Dick every chance in his test to resist the darkness, but he embraced it anyway. Dick is now under Trigon’s control. This leaves the TITANS Season Finale on a cliff-hanger, (plus a cool post-credits teasing the introduction of Superboy!).

TITANS Season Finale Review: Grayson Remains the Focus

This entire first season has practically all been about Dick Grayson and his departure from Robin and resistance to the darkness that came with the mantle. That being said, it’s interesting that after all of the time and focus spent on this, Dick still gives in to the dark. You’d think we would’ve seen some development and growth after a whole season.

Granted, every time we see Dick try to resist confrontation with Bruce in the TITANS season finale, there’s that shimmer that causes something to happen to pull him in, like the shimmer that happens just before Joker is found to be actually alive and not dead. If he had stayed dead, Dick would’ve have left, seeing Bruce as a lost cause. He would have gotten on his flight and gone home. Sure Trigon says he gave Dick every opportunity, but those shimmers are him changing and manipulating the scenario. He doesn’t share those details with Rachel.

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Thinking ahead to TITANS Season 2, the hope would be that Dick would find a way to move past his darkness, becoming his own hero, a la Nightwing. It would also help us shift the spotlight to the other Titans. Sure, we’ve seen some development with Kori, Gar, and Rachel, but not nearly as much as we should have. With the emergence of Trigon, I would expect that we’ll be getting more of Rachel finding a way to control her powers as a force for good. Don’t get me wrong Dick is great, but there are other great heroes in the show as well, (and more on the way like Superboy!)

Do DC Television & Films Need More Darkness?

While still consenting that it’s an interesting and new take for Dick Grayson, the dark and gritty theme in and of itself is pretty overused as far as DC media is concerned. Going beyond Batman, not every hero is a brooding, tortured and conflicted mess. It’s one of the problems with the Superman portrayal in MAN OF STEEL. By the time we get to JUSTICE LEAGUE, you can tell there was an attempt at a course correction, but many feel as though the damage to the character was already done. AQUAMAN is a great example of DC/Warner Bros. starting to get the idea. Arthur Curry has some issues and inner-conflict, but he’s still a pretty positive guy. The film is itself was bright and fun, and one of my favorite DC films so far. Why? Mostly because of its shift away from the darkness trend of DC films past.

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Looking at the Dick Grayson character in particular from the comics, the TITANS Grayson is a whole lot more like Bruce than he should. Sure some will say that that’s the idea with this arc. Dick Grayson himself says in the first episode that he left Bruce because he was becoming too much like him. However, it’s hard for me to see this version of Dick becoming anything like the comics version once when and if he figures his darkness out and potentially becomes Nightwing. I mean, the comics Nightwing makes jokes while fighting criminals almost on a Spider-Man level. Can you really see this TV version ever getting to that point and having it feel organic? I strongly doubt it.

The TITANS Season As A Whole

When looking at the TITANS season as a whole, I would say that this is a series that is still trying to find its’ feet. I do feel like the show gets better with each episode, but it hasn’t found its stride yet. There’s even substance there to make it a great show, and Season 2 could end up being really good. I think it should lean into other parts of the DC universe. There are a lot more scenarios and characters they could play with. It’s part of the reason I’m so excited to see Superboy.

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Beyond just the character potentially being part of the team, there’s all of the stuff that comes with him, like Cadmus Labs. There are quite a few narrative opportunities to explore right there. With any luck, TITANS Season 2 will successfully build and expand upon the first. Perhaps even exploring new, lighter, and more positive ground. TITANS Season 2 has been renewed, but it is not yet known when filming will start, let alone when it might be released. The earliest will probably be late 2019. Will be sure to have the info for you when it comes.

The TITANS Season Finale is airing now on the DC UNIVERSE app.

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