The Titans premiere did a good job of introducing us to Robin, Raven, and Starfire, but what I love about this second episode is that it widens up the scope of the world. We’re introduced to Hawk and Dove, learn about their history with Robin, and in the process get a sense of the deep backstory that makes the DC superhero universe feel so rich and textured.
The opening scene introduces us to this red-and-blue dynamic duo. We meet Hawk with his arms chained to a ceiling, being tortured by arms dealers. The leader literally threatens to castrate him, once again demonstrating that this show is definitely not your kid’s Teen Titans. The best possible response to that castration threat, though, comes when Hawk’s girlfriend Dove bursts in to rip the criminals apart with her incredibly sharp, bulletproof wings. She lets Castration Man get away, though.
Hawk (Hank) and Dove (Dawn) have been fighting crime for quite a while now — in flashback, we see them taking down a gang with Robin four years ago. Hawk’s feeling the burn. After making it back home, he has to take a soothing bath, and has some sexual performance issues. There’s light on the horizon, though: If they can just pull off one last assault on these gun sellers, they’ll have enough money to retire to Wisconsin, get a knee replacement or two, and take it easy.
The best-laid plans of mice and men, though, can always crumble the moment a demon girl comes into the mix. Robin shows up at their door with Rachel in tow, and the young empath immediately gets an overwhelming vision of Dawn and Dick sleeping together in days gone by. Dick considers that to be a thing of the past, but clearly Dawn still thinks about it. They do manage to have a congenial conversation, though, in which Dick explains that he needed a safe place to stay with Rachel while they figure out their next move. The Bat Cave is a no-go since, as Dick accurately explains, Bruce is “no good with kids.” Even so, we do see him making a covert call to everyone’s favorite butler Alfred, asking for a quick, one-time cash transfer.
Hank certainly isn’t happy to come home and see his girlfriend palling around with her ex. Dawn makes clear, though, that she has no interest in hooking up with Dick again. Instead, she thinks he could be a big help to them pulling off this one last job. Unfortunately, we all know what usually happens to people trying to pull off just one last job…
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