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Titans Turnover S1E4 – World Building or “Here’s DC’s Next Show!”

The fourth episode of Titans continued to elevate the show, while also introducing us to the team that will be part of the next Original series on DC Universe, Doom Patrol.

At the end of the third episode of Titans, Rachel (Teagan Croft), was put into a locked room in a basement of the monastery she lived in as a baby. She ended up escaping after blowing up the room she was in, and ran off into the woods. This episode picks up from there with Rachel meeting Gar aka Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), and him leading her to a safe haven. They head to an old house that is thought to be abandoned, and she ends up being introduced to the other residents of the house, the members of Doom Patrol.

Meanwhile Dick (Brenton Thwaits) and Kory (Anna Diop) work on finding Rachel. Kory has found a storage unit where she was trying to figure out a conspiracy surrounding Rachel. From what she can tell, it appears that Rachel may be the key to a world ending apocalyptic event. Whether she’s the savior or the cause of the destruction isn’t clear as of yet. When they hear the explosion at the monastery, they go to find Rachel. Eventually finding her at the home of the Doom Patrol.

The Doom Patrol group are led by Dr. Niles “Chief” Caulder, played here by Bruno Bichir, but in the upcoming series Timothy Dalton will be taking on the role. Chief takes in patients who are thought to be in positions beyond what medicine can do to help. There’s Cliff Steele aka Robotman, played physically by Jake Michaels, with the voice of Brendan Fraser. Cliff was a race car driver who was in a horrible accident, and his brain was put into a robot body. We see pictures of Cliff before the accident, played by Fraser. In the upcoming series Fraser will play Cliff in flashbacks.

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Next up is Larry Trainor aka Negative Man. Larry is played by Dwain Murphy with Matt Bomer voicing the character and playing Larry in flashbacks for the upcoming series. While the show doesn’t go into the details of his character, or why he is covered in bandaged like a mummy. In the comics, Larry was exposed to a radioactive field which gave him powers, including the ability to release negatively charged energy. The bandages are specially treated to help keep those around him safe from his radioactive energy.

We also get to meet Rita Farr aka Elasti-Girl (or Elasti-Woman as the show will probably name her given the Incredibles ties to her original name). In the comics Rita, portrayed here by April Bowlby, was an Olympic swimmer turned Hollywood Actress who was exposed to toxic gasses which gave her the ability to stretch her body to any any size. That version of the character was never seriously deformed but had trouble controlling her abilities at first. This version of the character seems to be deformed when not concentrated on keeping her human shape.

The team is really interesting and you get just enough to want to know more about each member. They seem like a sort of Guardians of the Galaxy style group of outcasts who decide to come together to help people. At the end of the episode Chief attempts to remove the evil energy from Rachel and is attacked in the process. Rachel nearly destroys everything, until Dick shows up and calms her down, vowing to keep her safe no matter what.

As Dick, Kory and Rachel leave, the Doom Patrol group tell Gar to head out with them. They all stay inside the their home to keep them safe and secluded from the public eye, but Gar has been sneaking out and yearning for a real life. Going with them will give him that ability. They say their goodbyes and the episode ends with the Titans team finally united.

Rating: B+

The fourth episode of Titans is currently streaming on DC Universe, with new episodes dropping every Friday. Be sure to check back with us as we take a look at each new episode.

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Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 4 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow 
@alex5348 on Twitter)

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