In this article, I will be going over the various events of the season 2 finale of HBO Max’s Titans, while explaining why I am such a fan of the episode.
DC Titans’ sophomore season undoubtedly got off to a great start, introducing a collection of new characters such as Deathstroke, Jericho, Ravager, Aqualad, Superboy, and Dr. Light. The second half of the season, however, was a letdown to many fans, as the show took a bit of a slump in quality. With practically all of the characters apart, the show was juggling several storylines, most of which weren’t particularly compelling. This, as a result, led to a rather rushed and underwhelming season finale, as there were too many threads to tie and too little time.
Despite this, the season 2 finale did not lack in enjoyable moments, nor did it fail on all parts. Not only did we get to see our heroes finally put their differences aside and work as a team, but also the long-awaited introduction of Nightwing. Admittedly, the general reception of the episode was poor, though that was majorly due to the bizarrely-executed death of Wondergirl. Taking that out of the equation, the episode does, for the most part, succeed in concluding the season, unlike the previous finale.
To start, let’s discuss the now-infamous death of Donna Troy. The shocking moment (literally and figuratively) was deemed utterly ridiculous and nonsensical by fans. Now, while I simply cannot defend the way she went out, I can say the death proved to be important in terms of the narrative. After a heartwarming talk with Bruce, Dick was left motivated to set things right and keep the band together for good. This, in effect, led to his realization of the answer to his million-dollar question: what’s next for us all? The Titans; that’s the answer.
After a two-season long arc, Dick finally completed his transition into Nightwing. Just as the tale had foretold, Dick flew down to save his friends from the wrath of Deathstroke. Unlike their previous one-on-one, Dick was level-headed, confident, and more determined than ever. With the help of Rose, he defeated Deathstroke and saved Jericho. Though short, Dick and Jericho’s reunion was just as warm and wholesome as their previous meetings (as seen in the flashbacks). The entire sequence wrapped up the Wilson family arc in an epic, action-packed way, however brief it may have been. Some complained that Deathstroke went out too soon, which is fair enough, but even if his arc was concluded in the latter half of the episode, it still would have played out in a similar way.
I would also like to touch on Mercy Graves; the secondary big bad of season 2. She was truly a cruel (and rightfully dislikable) character. Her plan, of course, was to use a brainwashed Beast Boy to pose as a threat to Superboy, a Superman clone who CADMUS was planning to make more of, with the intention to sell the clones to the highest bidder. It is worth noting that her plan was working until Batman himself interfered. To put it plainly, Mercy Graves was a genuinely solid villain, even if she was overshadowed by Esai Morales’ Deathstroke.
With tensions at an all-time high, the Titans reached a breaking point at the beginning of episode 9, and thus went their separate ways. It took them until the finale to reform, where they finally worked together as a team to defeat CADMUS. Their team chemistry felt fittingly off, as even for the old Titans it was rather unfamiliar to be working together again. That being said, they pulled through. With Superboy and Beast Boy freed from their mind-control and CADMUS defeated, the civilians stepped out from their hiding places to applaud the rusty band of heroes. It was a truly heartfelt moment (even with the disaster that was to follow). That moment gave the team a sense of accomplishment like never before. It wrote out their very purpose in front of them; to be a team of heroes.
Near the end of the episode, we got undoubtedly one of the best scenes in the entire show: the dinner scene. In a show so prominently about family, what better way to end a season than to see the previously dysfunctional Titans become a functional family? The scene was perfectly written and executed. I, for one, felt a feeling of security; that they were, at last, cemented as a group. Dick’s speech was without question the best part about the scene. I could say so much about it, but I’ll keep things short. Nearly every sentence applied to one, or a collection of the Titans. For example, when Dick says: ‘not bound by DNA, but a collective sense of duty of devotion to another,’ we see Kory look at Gar. In a not-so-perfect season finale, it really was a fantastic way to conclude the season.
Titans hails from showrunner Greg Walker and producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti. The current cast consists of Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Curran Walters, Conor Leslie, Minka Kelly, Alan Ritchson, Chelsea Zhang, and Joshua Orpin. The series has already been renewed for a fourth season. Production on Titans season 3 began on October 14, 2020, in Toronto and will wrap up next June. No premiere date has been set for the third season, though it is expected to premiere in July of 2021.
Seasons 1 and 2 are now available to be watched on HBO Max in the United States and Netflix internationally.