“With Dick still in prison and Gar under the microscope at Cadmus, the remaining Titans are called together to save their teammates. Meanwhile, Jason and Rose grow closer in Gotham. As Mercy Graves has a breakthrough with her “Project Rakshasa,” Dick has a revelation of his own.” – TITANS season 2, episode 11 ‘E.L._.O.’ Synopsis
This is a non-spoiler review for the eleventh episode of TITANS Season 2, ‘E.L._0’. Check out our spoiler review on our YouTube channel HERE or catch up with our review of the tenth episode, ‘Fallen’, HERE.
‘E.L._O.’ has a lot of potential in it. But it suffers the TITANS illness once again, with too many characters, too much to do, and too little time. In what seemed to be the female-focused episode, we were pulled in too many directions to count. We had Brenton Thwaites with yet another stunning performance as Dick, confronting his conscience Bruce Wayne yet again. Iain Glen was truly an inspired casting, he’s phenomenal. Dick is trying to figure out who he is on his own, but he’s absolutely struggling after Jericho’s death. It seems like ‘E.L._.O. is a true turning point for him.
The rest of the episode leaves much to be desired. Kory’s story is the most memorable, with her realizing just how much she has to lose. Her story has been the most consistent, and that’s something to be grateful for. The other Titans have just had too many curveballs in their paths. Turns, that seem like they aren’t leading anywhere, nor do they lead to adequate character development in most cases. Such is the downfall of so many characters in one show.
Overall, the episode isn’t bad. It makes certain episodes of this season feel like unnecessary details in achieving the overall plot line of this season. Many of the characters’ actions feel forgettable, regardless of how much happens in this episode that is active in the goals of the season. While Cadmus’ introduction is effortless, I am missing what feels like could be more Deathstroke. Esai is extraordinary, and feels wasted up to this point.
The second season of Titans is streaming on the DC Universe app now. Season 2, Episode 12 ‘Faux-Hawk’ is streaming now.
The show stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Chelsea Zhang as Rose Wilson/Ravager and Esai Morales as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke.