Leaving us hanging on the final moment of the last episode, episode six brings us the moment we’ve all been waiting for since the end credits of season one.
Opening up with that very scene, and giving us a deeper look at the laboratory, we soon see that this lab belongs to the CADMUS corporation. Well known in the DC Universe as a corporation under the control of Lex Luthor.
We are introduced to Conner (Joshua Orpin), who we know from the comics as Superboy, a clone comprised of the DNA of a human, Lex Luthor, and of course a Kryptonian, Superman, but as well as Conner we are introduced to the Superdog himself, Krypto!
This episode focuses on Conner learning more about who he is, and what his physical and mental abilities are. For example, he has Lex Luthor’s knowledge despite having the personality of a lost child after escaping, as he doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong exactly, but he knows about nuclear fission. His uncontrollable anger proves a difficult emotion for him to control, which begins to tear away at him as he tries to work out if he is good, evil, or just lost.
In this episode, we also meet familiar characters such as Mercy Graves (Natalie Gumede), Lionel Luthor (Peter MacNeill), Martha Kent (Sarah Dealings) who are all pulled straight out of the comic book pages and brought to life by the brilliant cast.
The action sequences in this episode are brilliantly choreographed as we see the power and speed of Conner possesses as he defends himself, and the lives of an innocent, against the armed forces of Cadmus. This scene is where we are able to see the familiar powers of the Kryptonian, from being bulletproof, heat vision, and of course super-strength – but we also see that Conner isn’t the only one with these abilities, as we get to see Krypto the dog help out with his own heat vision and strength.
The CGI in one scene is a little out of place, but for obvious reasons. It makes the scene feel less like Titans and more like a scene from Scooby-Doo movie, although it does make you laugh which adds a little light-heartedness to a somewhat sympathetic episode. Despite that, everything else that requires CGI seems to be hitting the nail on the head.
Overall this episode will quickly become a fan favourite for anyone who enjoys Superboy in the comics or even in other shows such as Young Justice as the portrayal by Joshua Orpin, of a young, fresh out of the tube clone, trying to find his place in the world, is very similar and very accurate. This season is shaping up to be one of the best for a comic book tv show at the minute, and it’s only getting better, as we’ll hopefully soon see Conner join the team and earn his place among the Titans.
Directed by: Alex Kalymnios
Written by: Richard Hatem
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Curran Walters, Joshua Orpin, Genevieve Angelson