Titans Season Two Episode Two – ‘ROSE’

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You’ve probably heard numerous times that the first episode of season two should have been the end of season one. Episode two of season two Rose will solidify that thought process. Taking place three months after the events of Trigon, the Titans are deep in their training. Dick Grayson may not be Robin anymore and Titans may not have sidekicks, but Dick’s certainly the leader. The conversation between Jason Todd and Dick, where they mentioned what the Titans used to be (a group of sidekicks; name dropping plenty); was interesting. This is not the first Titans and part of me yearns to know what that group was like then and why they disbanded.

Speaking of Jason, he is someone we need to look out for this season. The growth that has been displayed in the first two episodes gave more depth that anything we saw in season one. A small scene in Rose showed that despite being jumpy, chaotic, and disorganized, he’s a solid fighter. It’s not hard now to see what Bruce Wayne saw in him, though; Jason is feeling restless. Away from Gotham City, training in Titans Tower feels like a downgrade. The relationship between the two Robins is an interesting one. We’ll have to keep an eye on Jason.

We see that within the three months since the Trigon events, Hank and Dawn have moved on. Hung up their Hawk and Dove mantles. At least, one of them did. We’ve seen via the trailers that there will be trouble in paradise for the couple. Which, goes unresolved rather quickly in this episode. We’ve seen that Dick and Dawn have had a past and people mention how Dick ruined it, but don’t break Hank and Dawn up.

If I had to pick out a complaint about this episode, it was the lack of chemistry between Kory and Donna. Two strong women whose scenes should have been a joy to watch fell flat. There was no clicking between the two and at times, their scenes felt as if they were struggling. Perhaps the two didn’t have enough time together to make a working partnership believable, but it didn’t work. Both talented actresses and I hope that future Donna and Kory scenes do not feel this forced.

Dick has taken in another and the end of the episode sets up for what the Titans are in for during the rest of the season.