The Complete Third Season
review by Bobby Blakey
Through the years the Teen Titans have had numerous animated takes on TV including Teen Titans, Young Justice and Teen Titans, Go! In 2018 they made their live action debut in the more adult driven series Titans that debuted on the DC Universe streaming platform. After two seasons the show shifted over to HBO MAX for its third season and stars Brenton Thwaites, Mame-Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Curran Walters Conor Leslie, Damaris Lewis, Joshua Orpin and Savannah Welch with Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly and Jay Lycurgo. Now fans that want to revisit or check it out for the first time can bring home Titans: The Complete Third Season.
Titans follows Titans follows a team of young superheroes who combat evil and other perils from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in the world. In the explosive third season, Jason Todd's journey as Robin comes to a gruesome end only for him to return to Gotham as Red Hood with a vengeance to take down his old team. Meanwhile, Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl and current acting Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, is wary of the Titans now being back in Gotham, but her history with Dick Grayson leads her to accept their help in the GCPD's investigation of Red Hood. Also assisting the investigation is Dr. Jonathan Crane, a onetime Super-Villain and current inmate at Arkham Asylum.
While there was some hesitation with the first season I really ended up digging it and was made all the better in season two with the bigger expansion into the DC universe complete with the addition of my personal favorite Deathstroke. Heading into this new season it felt even more like an actual Titans series than the first one did and continued to pull no punches. Each character continued
to get their time to shine, but the evolution from the second season’s finale and the characters changes gets you invested right away.
The bigger cast of characters is a blast to see in action, but of course that means not everyone always gets the time to shine like they should and even some don’t make it out of the season. This just ups the terms of danger and keeps you guessing to what they are going to do and in turn makes it feel more like there is a point to it all instead of all the heroes just win all the time. The story here with Red Hood while obviously changed from the source material is a great addition with Curran Walters doing a great job transitioning from Robin to the crazed version of the Red Hood.
As a massive Hawk and Dove fan I was bummed they didn’t get more time to shine this time around, but it made sense for the story they were trying to tell. Also getting to see Thwaite’s Dick Grayson transition from Robin to Nightwing is the perfect counterbalance to the Red Hood story and works perfect for the story moving forward. I really dig this show and the look of all the characters. They really capture a lot of the comic essence this season as well as stepped up the quality of the action.
Can’t for the new season to hit HBO MAX in November, but until then this is a great release to get caught up with for a show that has steadily gotten better each season. This release not only includes all 13 episodes from the third season, but also numerous special features taking fans behind bringing this show to life.
Join the fight when Titans: The Complete Third Season hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 25th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.