So, Titans Season 1 ended today.
Here’s a quick review of the season as a whole and then the finale.
Overall, it’s got its ups and downs, but it averages out to a really fun ride.
In parts. Apparently the show was made very haphazardly - especially in the second half - where scenes/subplots that were already filmed were being cut out or rearranged. You can barely notice it though for the majority of the season - so they did a good job there. The characters and their interactions keep the momentum going so much that it kinda helps that there is little to no fat.
And these dynamics that develop are pretty engaging - the standout one being Robin/Raven, who do end up being a surrogate parental/child unit and it works really effectively.
Tone-wise, the series captures the same style as, say, Gotham’s later seasons. The dark camp but does it much better since it’s there from the start. The third-to-last episode tries to play itself as a straight drama and is the one episode I would call genuinely bad. So, yeah - Robin was good (if a bit repetitive), Raven was great, and Starfire and Beast Boy all had their moments to shine and came off enjoyably.
The season finale is the season’s second weakest episode. Because that’s where the “cutting out entire subplots” catches up with the show. Originally the show was supposed to end/lead into a more definitive note. About three episodes of build-up were reportedly cut out - and this is supported by BTS footage that shows entirely and wildly different scenarios. But with all of that gone - the season instead has nothing to fall back on and ends on a bit of a whimper. The episode before it wouldn’t have been a great season finale either…but it at least had a major plot development where it could have been jury rigged to be one. This one was more or less another extended character piece for Robin…which has been been done many times already. Could have been condensed into 3 minutes - or a prologue for Season 2.
Yet, despite it all, Season 1 has a lot more going for it than not. I just wish that Season 2 was already shooting or something because it’s going to be a long wait. And it didn’t even end on a suitable bang haha. There’s a post-credits scene too - which is minor but has me excited.