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cass, can you not

Titans S1E6

Alright, so far the series is

  • About 40% Dick still being unable to cope with the psychological damage of the Robin training and lifestyle, a damage subsequent and unrelated to the murder of his parents. AFAIK this is the first time I've seen that issue discussed — not the damage due to what's done to you because you're Robin, but the damage due to what you can and do because you're Robin — and it's very much a realistic one.

  • About 20% everybody else's issues, from Rachel's quite serious "I'm haunted and also hunted" to Kory's well-balanced response to being an amnesiac badass with superpowers.

  • About 20% slightly fluffy found family stuff.

  • About 20% creepy bad guys.

One one hand I'm a bit disappointed about the Dick-centered storyline (I almost wrote "phallocentric," but we all dodged that bullet), while recognizing the Doylean sense of it. On the other hand, it might be the most interesting take I've seen on the Robin-to-Nightwing transition, not that the latter has been mentioned yet, and the one who reflects best on Dick. Instead of a not unrealistic but a bit, well, unnecessarily angry wanting to get out of Bruce's shadow/finding himself/etc. (not that being a teenager under Bruce's theoretical care doesn't explain and justify any number of emotional handicaps during adulthood), we have a young adult realizing that he was, at the very least, *allowed* a lifestyle with a tremendous psychological cost and absolutely no support system in that area. Cops (and, I would hope, soldiers) get counseling after violent encounters, even or specially if they inflicted damage. Bruce and Dick hurt a lot of people in very painful and brutal ways from very close quarters almost every night, and never mind their own periodical brushes with death, and although Bruce probably has an MRI machine in the Cave and keeps their bodies as close to healthy as their lifestyles allows, neither of them got the therapy they needed. Bruce might be wounded enough that the added damage barely registers, but Dick (or at least *this* Dick) wasn't, and by the time he knew well enough to understand the cost of being Robin, the training and damage were literally bone deep.

If nothing else, and Titans is a few other things as well, it's a quite interesting and often extremely and brutally visual indictment of the Batman MO. The violence looks cool, and they are all badasses, but it's also shot in a way that lets you know it's ugly and hurtful and in some ways *diminishes* them, and then you have Dick saying it very explicitly.
cass, can you not

Titals S1E2

Quoth the Dove: Jesus. Dick Grayson: The Former Robin Who Needs a Robin, Stat.

(I think Bruce, most versions of Bruce, would be concerned about, and absolutely unable to do anything but worsen, Dick's emotional status these days. Batman, on the other hand, would be criticizing and pointing out holes in Dick's training in that way of his that means he's very much pleased with your performance, and therefore should grimly focus on getting better.)

(Sudden thought: if this is Dick in this universe, I think Jay might have to be the Robin who fights like that and is not at all conflicted about it. On the other hand, when depicted with this sort of realism, it might be the case that's impossible to do the unarmed night vigilante thing without this level of brutality. Batman has to be downright terrifying — "I heard screams and felt something moving on my back and when I woke up I'm going to need daily physio and take care of my remaining half-kidney for the rest of my life" is probably an unremarkable tale in certain crowds.)