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Titans: Season 3, Ep. 10 “Troubled Water” Review

Bree and Jon are back with a review of today’s episode of Titans!

GateCrashers’ Titans coverage returns with myself (Bree) and my partner, Jon! We’ll be covering each episode release as they drop. The show has a lot of sentimental value to us on a very personal level, our coverage will be what is essentially written conversations with two sections; a very spoiler-free approach followed by a spoiler-centric one. Without further ado, our spoiler-free segment begins here; 

Bree: This week, the Titans are Public Enemy #1 in Gotham City. With the exception of Donna and Raven, who are just re-joining the action. However, Donna is also fighting personal demons of her own this episode.

Jon: GCPD are completely overwhelmed with the major population of Gotham being poisoned by Crane’s fear toxin. With the Titans being hunted by the entirety of the city, who will rise up and help the citizens? Jonathan Crane has the perfect idea of who that someone should be.

Bree: An attempt to do what they think is the right thing backfires for the team, and the fallout triggers major consequences. Every team member has their own idea on how to solve things from here on out, and this season is building up to the inevitable climax of everyone’s decisions. 

Jon: Some Titans are willing to take more drastic measures than others, and it leads their teammates to begin to doubt them.

ON TO SPOILERS AND OUT OF CONTEXT MEMES

Jon: Throughout the season we have watched Crane’s plans come to fruition and ultimately blow up in his face. Watching him land on his feet and spin the entire city being poisoned as the Titan’s fault has been absolutely amazing. Even when backed into a corner he still manages to get what he wants AND make the people of Gotham accept Red Hood as their new Bat…..I mean savior.

Bree: I do like Crane and appreciate that they want Vincent Kartheiser to shine as an actor without being underneath a mask- and he certainly does! However, I would like to see him put on the mask just once. We know he has it. Hopefully, that’ll be in the final confrontation. Donna was the standout for me this episode again, closely followed by the conversation between Starfire and Blackfire in the Church. The show just gets Donna in ways that have been lacking in comic media for me, lately. 

Jon: YES! People on the crew took a great amount of time to make one of the best live-action scarecrow masks and we want to see it in action! The standout in the episode for me was Damaris Lewis. She really just commands every scene she is in and shows off great acting skills with simple facial expressions and not even having to say a word. She made an entire crowd of violent people stand down with a simple stare making sure they knew what she is capable of.

Bree: Indeed! She has fantastic body language. Blackfire’s attitude towards the Titans seems to be shifting, despite their fairly up-front acceptance of her. Perhaps this will be the beginning of her change in allegiance. Poor Conner this episode though, guy couldn’t catch a break. 

Jon: Our boy is just trying to be a good boyfriend. 

Bree: Boy was ready to roll her joints and do her taxes. Superboy? More like SuperSimp (non-derogatory). 

Jon: His reaction to Kom getting shot was somewhat understandable, as that was a huge betrayal on the GCPD’s part. The guy Conner throws into the stone gateway is most definitely SUPER DEAD. The Titans are stuck between a rock and a hard place with no friends left in the world, except Babs……but she gets arrested after seeing the injustice towards them and helping them escape. Our team needs a win.  

Bree: Things are looking DICEY!!! Three whole episodes to wrap this all up, I really have no idea how they’re going to do it. 

Jon: Also can we get a shout out to Ryan Potter who is one of the hardest working people in the room. He has some of the best action sequences this season and they seem to get cut short every time he transforms! He needs to learn how to dodge tranq darts. I hope we get more screen time as Season 3 comes to a close. 

CLOSING REMARKS

Bree: If you’re not a Donna Troy stan by the end of the episode, watch it again! We seem to be very close to the climax of the season, and it’s prime popcorn-eating fare. 

Jon: Allegiances are slowly changing. Blackfire is beginning to question how the Titans do things. Crane has everyone from the GCPD to Jason in his back pocket. How can all of this be resolved in 3 episodes? I have absolutely no idea, but I AM HOOKED!

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