After the murder of Garth a.k.a Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) at the hands of Slade Wilson a.k.a Deathstroke (Esai Morales), the original team of Titans, lead by Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), decide that they have to get close to Slade’s son, Jericho (Chella Man), in order to find out more about the assassin that killed their friend.
Jericho knows about his father’s past, and this episode gives us a glimpse of Slade Wilson’s back story, which includes the origin of his abilities, in which he underwent a secret government programme that involved a serum being injected into soldiers to give them superhuman abilities. As Jericho tells the Titans about his father, the audience is treated to another incredible performance by Esai Morales, as we watch Slade’s story unfold.
Jericho himself is a brilliant character whose story we also get to learn more about, including the horrific incident that caused the scars on his neck, and the loss of his voice. Every time the character is on screen, Jericho brings out the best in the other characters that are with him, and the incredible cast of the series all portray that vibe with brilliant skill that allows you to truly believe that Jericho is nothing more than a kind hearted young man with a messed up past and a psychotic father. Later in the episode, however, it is revealed that there is more to Jericho than meets the eye. Whilst he is still kind and lovable, Jericho has a gift that allows him to become a prime candidate to join the Titans.
Pressure begins to build and the emotions between the Titans run high as they begin to question their decision to include Jericho in their team, but Dick seems to have a pretty confident mindset about Jericho, which only grows stronger as Dick and Dawn tell Jericho the truth about why they approached him in the first place, and that includes telling Jericho about what his father really does.
The action in this episode is once again at the top of the game, as Esai Morales brings Deathstroke to life with swift, smooth, deadly motion that truly portrays the character as the lethally skilled combatant that he is. We get to see Deathstroke face off against Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) which proves his power thanks to the serum, as he is able to fight an amazon hand to hand – and win – but we also get to see him fight Dick Grayson, and whilst Dick tries his best to use his gadgets to aid him, Deathstroke proves that he also comes equipped with a useful arsenal of weapons that includes a bo-staff with a sharp retractable blade at one end, and a loaded gun barrel at the other. Not only that but the episode gives us a look at Slades abilities, as he can be seen throwing an adversary across a room as easily as someone like you or me, might throw a ball, and not only that but he mentions himself that he can hear the heartbeat of Dick Grayson, before he even sees him.
This heartfelt episode is full of tear-jerking moments that really tug at the heartstrings, and it’s all thanks to Chella Man’s performance as Jericho. He really makes you sympathise for the character and brings a spectacular personality to the show that you won’t get with any other character. He makes you want to reach into the screen and give him a hug, because he’s surrounded by people who lie to him and betray him, when all he really wants is someone he can trust. The ending of the episode, which may be obvious to those who have been watching the previous episodes, or those who know about Jericho in the comics, was incredibly heartbreaking to watch, and leaves you on the edge of your seat as you watch and wait for the moment to arrive. The episode ends with the Titans disbanding, and whilst we previously knew it was down to a run in with Deathstroke, this episode reveals that it wasn’t entirely Deathstroke’s fault, but was in fact down to a fault with the Titans themselves, with one Titan in particular being the one to blame.
Overall, this episode was another top tier episode for any comic book series to date, and another fine addition to this second series. I can honestly say that this series is by far one of if not already my absolute favourite comic book TV shows of all time now, and this second series proves why that is. The cast are amazing, the production has only improved since the first season, and the writing is truly worthy of the source material.
Directed by: Toa Fraser
Written by: Kate McCarthy
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Conor Leslie, Minka Kellu, Alan Ritchson, Esai Morales, Chella Man