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‘Titans’ Season 3: An Effective Superhero-Family Drama

Titans, arguably DC's most high-profile television series, has returned from a pandemic-induced hibernation to establish itself as HBO Max's best show.

Taking the story from sunny San Francisco to the bleak streets of Gotham City was a move viewed by many as unfair to the non-Batfamily characters, but a change of scenery is exactly what the show needed. Feeling once again like a soft reboot, showrunner Greg Walker and his ever-creative writer’s room have finally embraced the elements of this show that have worked from the start: the street-level, Batman-adjacent characters and grittier, more grounded stories and amped them up to a hundred, which is easily one of the best decisions they have made thus far.

Family has always been the emotional core of this series, but that core has never been as strong and nuanced as it is here. From heartbreak to grief to friendship, the show has found its footing in being a family drama. This milestone helps mark a new path for Titans, one that will is able to guide storylines in a direction that feels natural and real for its troubled characters, most of whom need a family more than ever.

Brenton Thwaites’ Dick Grayson, who, rightly so, has been in a very dark place the last few seasons, has made the transformation from brooding Batman Jr. to the charming Nightwing we all know and love. Combine that with a cast that doesn’t feel like it’s bursting at the seams anymore, the balance of characters and storylines is much more organic than in previous seasons. Dick Grayson’s relationship with Commissioner Barbara Gordon, played by the incredibly charming Savanna Welch, is a fantastic new addition to the series as well.

Titans Season 3

Having already been a highlight of previous seasons, Curran Walters’ ability to turn from the vulnerable, abrasive teenager to a sadistic psychopath cements him as one of the best actors in the show, with his chemistry alongside Iain Glen’s Bruce Wayne and Vincent Kartheiser’s Jonathan Crane being one of the strongest aspects of the season.

While many anticipated Starfire’s sister Blackfire as the main antagonist of the season, the show has subverted expectations once again to lean into a more Game of Thrones-angle with the Tamaranean family. The idea works just as well in the show as it does on paper, with Anna Diop and Damaris Lewis playing incredibly well off each other. It seems like a slow burn storyline to match the quick pace of the Red Hood arc, which is a welcome development as well.

From a technical standpoint, this season is miles above the last two. Perhaps it’s the HBO Max budget increase, or just having worked out the kinks, but whatever it’s, it’s a welcome improvement. The fight choreography and editing are fantastic, something the show has lacked. The Titans getting to fight as a team is a welcome sight, especially when it is as visually striking as it is in the first five episodes of the season.

The lack of filler, quick pacing, and well-developed and planned storylines jump season three of Titans to one of the best seasons of television DC has produced.

‘Titans’ Season 3: An Effective Superhero-Family Drama

Review Score - 9

9

Titans, arguably DC's most high-profile television series, has returned from a pandemic-induced hibernation to establish itself as HBO Max's best show.

Thomas Polito

Senior Editor for The Vulcan Reporter. Former Film & TV Reporter at The Cinema Spot. Former Senior Editor at The GWW. Writing since August 2018.
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