Season 3 Episode 11 “While Crane sets his ultimate sights on Nightwing, Gar and Rachel investigate Red Hood’s place of rebirth, Donna and Tim reconnect in the real world, and Kory learns the truth about her past.”
What I Liked?
1. I absolutely loved the beginning of the episode when Crane was prancing about Wayne Manor thinking he was king and having it pushed into his face when he began listening to the logs Bruce kept on criminals that were in Gotham City. Bruce mentioned that Scarecrow was the actual villain when Crane was just the scientist. That he was a broken man and the most pitiful criminal in Gotham. Just seeing Cranes smile slowly diminish was perfect.
2. Another scene I absolutely loved was Rachel using her powers and having full reign of them. Most of it is down to training with the Amazonians off-screen but my god is it good to see a fully-fledged Raven. I’m expecting big things for Rachel going forward, especially against big villains.
3. As mentioned earlier in the season, Tim has been “investigating” the Titans, following them, learning them, and becoming a fan of them. Well in this episode it’s revealed that he has a “secret base” of stuff he’s either found or bought at a yard sale. When he shows Donna and his parents his “secret base”, I loved Donna’s reaction to a photo of her on Tim’s wall. This duo of Tim and Donna is really great.
4. The next thing I really liked was the vision that Starfire had when she got shot, it was of her birth back on the planet Tamaran where we come to learn that she didn’t actually have the firepower that her parents did, and went her sister Blackfire was born, she did. Starfire is also shocked to learn that her father forced someone to switch the powers around, essentially Starfire is the reason was Blackfire was an outcast.
What I Disliked?
1. Crane, he wasn’t interesting at all in this episode. He’s meant to be the “big bad” of the season and yet I’m more intuned to pay attention to Red Hood, this doesn’t help the character of Crane at all. Crane needs to do something huge in the last few episodes, like become full Scarecrow or something, he is going to end up being a distant memory.
2. Dick. Dick has seen how this has played out all season long, people going off on their own and ending up hurt, or killed. First Jason, then Hank, Dawn, Tim, and now Dick. He could have utilized Connor so much towards the end of the episode and yet, it came back to truly hurt Dick.
My favorite scene, and I think it was anyone’s favorite scene. The showdown between Nightwing and Red Hood once again. What a scene, this entire scene was absolutely perfect, each playing games with the other, the Injustice style fight scene. Civilians who have drunk the water arrive and begin cheering on Red Hood when one begins shooting at Nightwing, he goes to talk to him but gets distracted by Red Hood, when he turns his back, the kid shoots Nightwing three times with one hitting him in the neck. The civilians then jump on Nightwing with Jason being shocked at the turn of events.
Dick. Even though he messed up by going alone, he did manage to outsmart, outplay, and outfight Jason, in front of civilians.
Very much a “WTF” episode. Hands down my favorite episode of the entire season so far. This episode was superb from start to finish with a slight hint at some issues. While I don’t like Nightwing going alone, the payoff for this was executed insanely well and very crafty. We finally got to see Tamaran on Titans as well which was great.
Photo: Titans Season 3 Episode 11.