Last week was our first look at all the Titans together, so at first it seems like a weird move to immediately sideline most of the team to focus singularly on Robin again. But the fact that it means we get our first ever on-screen look at the Jason Todd incarnation of Robin, find out more about why Dick Grayson left Batman behind, and see him move even closer to a destination that we very much want to see him reach (or I do, at least) makes up for it, in my opinion.
In the wake of Jason’s unexpected (but very much-needed) arrival at the end of last episode, we see him and Dick dragging Adamson’s unconscious body across a parking lot on their way to a nearby Bat-safehouse in Chicago. Dick no longer passes the retina scan security test, but Jason does, which only leads to the former’s sense of getting replaced by a newer model. Jason is young, brash, and full of energy; much like his comics counterpart, he became Robin after Batman caught him trying to steal the tires off the Batmobile. He thinks being Robin is the coolest thing ever, while Dick wants nothing to do with Batman anymore; once Jason tells him that the whole reason he was able to find him was because of the trackers Bruce implanted in their arms, Dick wastes no time in literally cutting it out of his skin. In Dick’s opinion, everything Bruce ever does is only ever meant to serve his own interests.
But keeping the former Robin safe is not the only reason that the new Robin has shown up. He also has a delivery for Dick, courtesy of Bruce: crime scene photos. In a very creepy and well-done sequence, we see Dick look through each photo of a horribly melted visage and match it to the performers at Hailey’s Circus he knew growing up. His good friend Clay (who Dick initially wanted to live with after his parents’ death, rather than Bruce) is not among the photos, so there’s still a chance of saving them. He’s been living in Milwaukee and working as a bouncer, so that’s where Dick intends to go in order to find and protect him (as anyone from Chicago knows, it’s a relatively short drive to Milwaukee. Before departing, he summons the other Titans to the safehouse, giving us our one glimpse of them this episode, and leaves Adamson drugged and handcuffed in the bathtub. He also takes Jason with him. It’s a two-Robin road trip!
On their way to Clay’s bar, we get a sense of what makes Jason different from the other Robin(s): He never had a family to lose. Growing up without parents, he was mostly cared for by his alcoholic uncle, until that guy overdosed and left Jason to fend for himself on the Gotham streets. While Dick thinks of Bruce’s adoption as a punishment, Jason sees it as a gateway into an awesome new life.
NEXT: The price of revenge