DISCLAIMER: This spoiler-free review covers the final six episodes of Titans season 4, part 2, with the first two episodes dropping on Thursday, April 13, on HBO Max.
Many didn’t go into Titans season 4 expecting this to be the final one for the series. Sadly, these final six episodes will bring the DC drama to an end. However, that doesn’t mean that the writers don’t go out with a bang as they close out what is easily the strongest season of Titans of all time. Part 2 really highlights how the show did the right call in only focusing on these six players, as the story has a way smoother flow than when we had an overcrowded series.
Let’s Start With DickKory Nation in Titans Season 4 Part 2
For Dick Grayson and Kory Anders fans – or DickKory as this iconic couple has been dubbed – Part 2 will, without doubt, put a lot of smiles on people’s faces when they see the progression of Nightwing and Starfire. As much as their romance is coming to light, Titans season 4, part 2, still manages to do a good job of letting both these DC icons also shine on their own. For anyone who is still doubting our beloved DickKory’s happy ending, rest assured that you will not be disappointed. The only catch is that you will be left wanting to see more of Brenton Thwaites and Anna Diop together.
If the Hollywood Gods are listening, we will get to see them work together on other projects down the line because their chemistry is even stronger in these final episodes. For anyone who guessed it – “Dick & Carol & Ted & Kory” will, without doubt, be crucial for their relationship going forward. If there is any criticism about the DickKory of it all is that Titans should have gotten to this romance a lot sooner in the earlier season. But nevertheless, they are still honoring it in these final episodes and that is what matters.
A sentiment that we shared in Part 1 that is also echoed throughout Part 2 is that the Titans as a group still honor the idea of Nightwing and Starfire both being the leaders of the team.
The Unforgettable Beast Boy Episode
Many of us know that Beast Boy has always deserved better, and these past three seasons have not been easy on him at all. While “Dude, Where’s My Gar?” was supposed to be our midseason premiere, it gets shifted to episode 9, but that will make 100% sense once you see the rest of the season. The installment is a character study of Beast Boy that allows Gar to grow in a lot of incredible ways that sets him on a stronger path throughout the final episodes. It’s made clear through Ryan Potter, who worked on this episode as a writer, the love he has for this character.
“Dude, Where’s My Gar?” is also a sign of how Titans underserved Beast Boy in a lot of ways in the earlier seasons. With a talented star in Potter and a rich character like Beast Boy, had the show focused on him as much as they focused on Nightwing, Starfire, and Raven, it would have helped avoid some of the issues the early years had. But the fact that they gave Beast Boy an episode like this is at all is still something we take with open arms and will, undoubtedly, be one of Titans’ most rewatched episodes of all time.
As much as “Dude, Where’s My Gar?” is a character journey for Beast Boy, we expect DC social media to have quite the reaction to some special moments that are worthy of the keyword “celebration.”
Have fun speculating because you will likely not see it coming.
The Rise Of Brother Blood
Joseph Morgan’s evolution from Sebastian Sanger to Brother Blood leaves a desire for more as Part 2 really gets him sink his teeth into this vicious DC villain. For any long-time viewers of Morgan who followed his work on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, let’s just say that things get a lot bloodier here than they could probably ever do on The CW. That is another way to say that Titans and this Brother Blood would never have worked on The CW as a broadcasting network. We should be grateful that HBO Max could serve as a platform to tell Brother Blood’s story.
Unhinged is a key term to use when thinking about Sebastian’s progression into Brother Blood because as intense as it gets, you still feel and hope somewhere along the line that the heroes can save him and make him snap out of it. That is easier said than done, but we won’t go beyond this as this would get into spoiler territory.
Don’t worry; Titans season 4, part 2, is not done yet with Mother Mayhem, but it will be made very clear very fast that Brother Blood is the true villain of this arc.
The Birth of Titans’ Best Robin
Because the Titans season 4, part 2 trailer (as well as promotional images) have already given it away, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t touch upon Tim Drake’s evolution into the show’s third and final Robin. If this hadn’t been the final season, we could have seen a better case for why they should have waited till season 5 to turn Tim into Robin.
But here we are, and while it does feel a little rushed, it does complete Tim’s arc and makes him arguably the show’s favorable Robin. This is a Boy Wonder with far less darkness and complexity than Dick and Jason Todd had when they wore the suit. His Robin suit is also, without doubt, one of Laura Jean Shannon and Team LJ SuperSuits’ finest works, as it feels like it came right off the pages of the comics. DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran should seriously consider Shannon and her team for the new DC Universe’s upcoming films and shows.
Since the trailer touched upon it, we will leave you this tease: Jay Lycurgo and Curran Walters are absolutely phenomenal together when they share the screen. For Tim/Bernard shippers, expect a big development in the back half of the season.
Superboy’s Rebel Phase
Bald and a new wardrobe are not all we get from Joshua Orpin’s Conner/Superboy in Titans season 4, Part 2. This is the storyline that gets a lot tougher to get into without spoiling too much. The trailer for Part 2 indicates that Conner will be making some questionable choices, and it’s an arc that is a bit of a mixed bag.
As shaky as the writing gets for Conner in the back half, it doesn’t change the fact that Orpin gives some phenomenal performances in these episodes. If anything, all of season 4 is a testament to how much Orpin has grown as an actor since joining the DC series back in season 2. There is also one incredibly satisfactory moment that many Conner fans will geek out about, but that is the only tease we will give you.
Do Titans Season 4 Part 2 Give A Satisfactory Series Ending?
Past seasons have had the 13-episode order, and one of the few downsides of Titans season 4, part 2, is that they could have benefitted in having not just a regular season order; but also episodes that all lasted for 60 minutes. This show is a streaming series that doesn’t have to worry about commercial breaks, and while the episode length is used a little better in the back half, many will likely wish each episode had been perhaps 10 minutes longer.
With that said, Titans season 4, part 2, does serve as a solid, satisfactory ending to the series as a whole. Every character gets a lovely happy ending, allowing viewers to imagine where these heroes go. Theoretically, if Titans season 5 were somehow to be picked up tomorrow, would the writers have easy ways to pick up where they left off? 100%. That is to say that the series finale will, for hardcore Titans fans, leave them wanting more (and we share that sentiment.)
Knowing that this may have been the final season, the Titans writers did a well-done job in giving us a series finale that feels like a strong way to finish the series, even if there are a few elements that may feel rushed at times. But in the show’s defense, having been in the current Warner Bros. Discovery state when making season 4, it’s understandable why various elements may have had to be rushed. It is better that they attempted to do some of these stories now rather than never getting the chance once the news was out that season 4 would be the last.
It’s truly bittersweet to see Titans come to an end, but a big comfort to look at is that these six final episodes will definitely be worth tuning in for as season 4, part 2. The final batch of episodes serves as an enjoyable wrap-up for the series (while still leaving us hoping that somehow in a miraculous move, DC Studios somehow revives it for season 5.)
Titans season 4, part 2, premieres on Thursday, April 13, on HBO Max.
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