DC’s Titans Episode 5 premiered on Friday on the DC Universe online service, and the Titans team is finally all together. After last week’s fun and weird episode, the long drought of action has ended, as the episode featured more than enough fisticuffs — and even a little gore — for comic book fans to enjoy. And, as becoming commonplace on this series, the shocking ending left viewers stunned and waiting a long week to learn more.
DC’s Titans Episode 5, titled, “Together,” opened in Chicago with the mysterious “Messenger” (Reed Birney) once again making breakfast. This seems to be be all he does, but this time, there was a gross, disturbing twist to his omelet creation. The Messenger checks in on the creation of his new Nuclear Dad, or Nuclear Step-Dad (Zach Smadu), and then, once satisfied, calls for a family reunion.
Meanwhile, somewhere in the midwest (it’s no longer clear where they team is), Dick (Brenton Thwaites), Kory (Anna Diop), Rachel (Teagan Croft), and Gar (Ryan Potter) are driving in their “new” minivan, after Dick traded the Porsche for something less conspicuous and more roomy. The team pulls into a run down hotel, again, trying to remain incognito, and Dick secures four rooms from a flirty desk clerk (Janet Porter). They then find an old barn so Dick can take stock on what he has in his new team.
We learn that Kory can only use her power when charged by the sun, and that Gar has to take a few minutes to take off his clothes before he turns into a tiger — and it seems a tiger is the only form he can take in this first season. Rachel shows off her powers and scares the crap out of everyone, and when it comes time for Dick to show what he’s got, he balks.
While the team is learning about each other, the new Nuclear Dad comes home and gathers his family to continue their mission. The family tracks down Dick’s Porsche from the used car dealership and gets a bead on where Rachel may be. Their hunt continues in DC’s Titans Episode 5.
Back at the hotel, Kory buys a bottle of tequila and goes to Dick’s room to get him to finally reveal his past. It doesn’t work, but they have sex. Kory leaves just as the desk clerk shows up at Dick’s door with a bucket of ice and a bottle of wine, also looking for some fun. Dick rebuffs her and she leaves in a huff. As Dick begins to gather his thoughts, he hears a ruckus in the hall and opens the door to find the ice and wine spilled onto the floor. Then the action starts!
Nuclear Mom (Melody Johnson) and Nuclear Step-Dad (Smadu) attack Dick. The fight is chaotic and fast paced and exciting. Dick holds his own while trying to get to his special case and ends up getting kicked through the window and onto a car in the parking lot below.
Rachel and Gar are bonding in one of the other rooms when Nuclear Sis (Jeni Ross) and Nuclear Biff (Logan Thompson) attack. Kory joins the fray and tells the younger Titans to run. Their fight spills into the parking lot, and it being night, Kory can’t power up. It’s the three Titans versus the four members of the Nuclear Family. Gar transforms, Rachel begins to manifest, and then smoke bombs go off as Robin appears, kicking the crap out of the Family. The team works together to subdue their attackers, and Gar loses his mind that Dick is actually Robin. It’s a fun moment for both Gar and the audience and Ryan Potter handles it very well. Even with all the excellent fight scenes, this exchange between Gar and Robin/Dick is one of the high points of DC’s Titans Episode 5.
Back in the hotel room, they begin to interrogate the restrained Nuclear Family, and Dick searches their car, finding a phone that directs him to a “Dr. Adamson” in Chicago. He makes the decision to go to Chicago himself to track down this lead and Rachel once again questions him for “leaving her.” The difference is, this time she trusts him when he says he’ll be back.
In Chicago, Dick finds the location of Dr. Adamson and confronts the mysterious man who is, yet again, making breakfast. Dick demands to know why he wants Rachel and Adamson tells Dick that it doesn’t matter and that they will both be dead in 60 seconds. Dick ignores the threat and continues to push the man.
In the hotel room, the Nuclear Family knows that “nap time” is coming and their heads all glow red and then blow up leaving chunky stains in the room. Kory finds them and is worried that Dick will think she did it.
As he predicted, armed soldiers storm Adamson’s suite and Dick once again gets into another amazingly choreographed fight — this time in close quarters. Unfortunately, without the other Titans by his side, he is overwhelmed until an unlikely ally shows up to save him: Robin! The “New Robin” (Curran Walters) introduces himself to Dick and DC’s Titans Episode 5 ends.
There was a lot to unpack here in DC’s Titans Episode 5, as the team coming together has been something we’ve been waiting for since Episode 1. Then we get some insight on how a member of the Nuclear family is created, and some deeper insight on Dr. Adamson. The script by Bryan Edward Hill and Gabrielle Stanton does a good job of pacing the story and finally giving fans some cool fight scenes again, and the direction by Meera Menon is solid and some of the best of the young series. This was the most action packed chapter since Episode 2. The second act is almost one long fight scene, and it was spectacular. This is the Titans we’ve all been waiting for.
DC’s Titans Episode 5 does a great job of solidifying relationships within the Titans team and hinting at a much bigger threat on the horizon. Next week’s episode is titled “Jason Todd,” so expect some more revelations and thrills as the season begins to move toward its climax in a few short weeks. Check back next week for our review of that highly-anticipated episode.
DC’s Titans is available exclusively on the DC Universe Service and on Netflix in international markets. All images ©DC/Warner Bros. Video courtesy of TV Promos.