TV Review: ‘Titans’ Season 4, Episode 1

The HBO Max show Titans usually follows a similar formula for every season. It typically starts off fairly strong before things begin to unravel the deeper into the season it goes. This tends to be a problem with team-based shows that has so many moving parts; it’s hard to tie them all together into a singular plot line. It becomes even more difficult with superhero shows and shows the deal with the supernatural because writers have a lot of tools at their disposal to write themselves out of a hole. That’s not to say that this season of Titans will follow suit, but the first season may be an indicator of past mistakes.

The season four premiere roughly picks up where the previous season left off. The Titans jump into a van and hit the road for some much needed team bonding and relaxation. The plot starts to show itself when Lex Luthor (Titus Welliver) reveals that he wants to meet Connor (Joshua Orpin), who was created with DNA from both Luthor and Superman. The Titans are understandably apprehensive about this, but Luthor is a threat they can’t ignore. Also, Raven (Teagan Croft) is experiencing some visions and Gar (Ryan Potter) is having problems holding on to his powers.

For a premiere episode, it pretty much did its job. It showed where all the characters are at the start of this season and introduced the problems they will face. There have been many different versions of Lex Luthor on the screen, so having one that stood apart from the others would be difficult. Since Luthor died at the end of the episode, it’s unclear how much of a role he will play in this season (he’s survived death before). But this depiction was still pretty refreshing given the short amount of time he was shown. The main concern for this season comes from the supernatural side. There are many unknown elements that still have to be explained. For a premiere, they were both intriguing and laid the groundwork for what can be a great story. However, Titans must remember the mistakes it’s made in the past and do its best not to have the story get in over its head.

Titans streams Thursdays on HBO Max.

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