Another fantastic week of episodes. So many new characters introduced, including a huge chunk of the next generation of Earth’s heroes.
The counterpoint between the Vandal Savage spotlight and the Outsiders’ training efforts was sublime, digging deeper into all of these characters while maintaining the momentum of a one-and-done story. Vandal’s extensive origin shined so much … Light … on his motivations over the last three seasons. Great camaraderie between the team’s vets and between the newbies. And now I can’t un-know that Forager is always naked. I was very impressed by Vandal’s new voice actor, and was of course saddened by the dedication at the end of the first of the three episodes. We will miss you, Mr. Ferrer.
While the premiere of Cassandra Cain may be the highlight of the second of the three new episodes for many, I must admit I’m more of a Stephanie fanboy. It was so great seeing her in action alongside the younger members of Batman, Inc. and there’s a large part of me that hopes she evolves into Batgirl in this season or the next. This could easily have been a mess of an episode with everything going on, but the interlocking plot elements were well-woven by the always enjoyable Peter David. Great to see Shade and Livewire, and the Stagg connection should probably lead us towards an encounter with Metamorpho sooner rather than later.
And then there’s the daycare episode. Considering Orm’s unconscionable plan, his final fate seemed justified. And Granny Goodness? I don’t know anyone who trusted those VR goggles… and now we find that we’re justified in that mistrust. Must be something Titans taught me…
My only complaint at the moment is that I want time with so many characters, and it’s just not possible. I could use less Jefferson/Jace time and more with Kaldur or Zatanna, but that’s just the nature of the beast. Even if these episodes were three hours long each, it’d never be enough for me.
And that’s the hallmark of great television.