POPCORNX REVIEW: Titan Season 3 (Ep1-Ep3)

Warning: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD in my review of TITANS Season 3 - Episodes 1 to 3.

This is a clip of the opening scene - featuring a conversation between Jason Todd (Robin) and Bruce Wayne (Batman) - which prologues what will set the story in motion ... notice Jason's language and use of terms, and how he views law enforcement in Gotham ... or is that how BOTH of them feel?



Of course Jason goes ahead by himself, and of course he gets "killed", to which Bruce tells Dick Grayson he buried the body beside "Alfred". No guessing that a new character known as "RED HOOD" appears - wearing the earliest guise of the JOKER (reference to comicbook origins), who had been killed by Batman - which is revealed to be "Jason Todd", who proceeds to fk with the TITANS, and the result is yet another death of their own.

3 episodes were released in a single go on August 12th, with weekly episode airing on HBO Max, who is also currently streaming Seasons One and Two, so if you want to catch up, this would make a great opportunity.

Here is a relook at the season trailer:



I had been judiciously swept up in the hype of Season 1, but frankly was turned off by Season 2 and it's over-wrought drama. And it was with a twisted curiosity and silent hope to redeem my watch when I started on Season 3, and I have absolute zero regrets at the end of Episode 3.

First off, the VISUALS. This has to be the BEST I have seen of the show. The cinematography feels more epic and mood driven, enveloping the principals with a aesthetically "designed" environment, that sets up their temperament and character - subtly to what I perceive to be the regular viewer, but in terms of art direction, is spot on sweet.

The pace is somewhat uneven still, but it feels a lot more comfortable in what I felt were reasonable situations, than what I felt was going in a beat slower in S1 and S2.

The story feels to be more manageable this time around, focusing on immediate situations, while dangling doubts without shoving the carrots in out faces - which I'd felt S2 was high guilty of.

To be fair, but S3 we are somewhat familiar with the characters seen from S1 and S2, and you'd notice their growth (or as Kory put it, "no growth"), which felt organic and not necessarily shoe-horned in for story (*cough-S2-cough*). The script for the first three episodes were predictable, but quite frankly you'll forget that very quickly and focus on the cast, who has turned out stellar performances this time around. Even Connor.

If S1 was showcasing Super-Powered-Characters, and S2 was What Super-Powered-Characters-Do, then S3 would to me be "Characters-Who-Are-Super-Powered". Actually the only person who has a super-power here is Kory Starfire, and Gar, and Connor, while the rest have fists and skills - and they are the characters we see most "in action", which frankly is fine and dandy, as long as their "powers" are used and presented well, and not some cliched manifestation, IMHO... but that's my personal pet peeve, and no one here is anywhere near the power level of say, Saitama in "One Punch Man" anime, so ... LOL

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