Titans Season 4 released episodes 1 and 2 (“Lex Luthor” and “Mother Mayhem”) on HBO Max. The crew decides to ditch the fancy private jet for an RV. Dick Grayson, Kory Anders, Gar Logan, Rachel Roth, and Conner Kent are enjoying a bit of normalcy for a change. We know that can’t last long, but it is nice to see them having fun at the bowling alley.
One of my favorite parts of these two episodes is the Titans coming to Star Labs. Conner Kent was invited to Star Labs to finally meet Superman. He is ecstatic at the opportunity to meet one of his parents. Unfortunately, Superman is off-world saving the day, and Conner is very disappointed. While we all could have guessed that outcome, I love that they showed Conner what Superman was actually doing and why he couldn’t be there. They didn’t keep him in the dark about anything.
Star Labs had some exciting things for all of the Titans, and they wanted to test the Titans’ powers. Unfortunately, Gar’s test didn’t go well at all. Gar changed forms multiple times, but he had completely blacked out and didn’t realize that he had destroyed their lab. Oops. While Gar was blacked out, he had a strange vision that no one quite knows what do with yet.
But the most wholesome moment was when the Star Labs tech, Bernard, had something for Tim Drake. Tim was hoping for the Robin suit, but Dick says he’s not quite ready for that. Instead, they made Tim a bo staff. Tim is excited to finally have a weapon, but he may have been more happy at meeting Bernard. I hope they end up back at Star Labs later this season.
Lex Luthor invites Conner to meet his other biological parent. Conner is curious enough to want to meet Lex, despite many warnings from Dick and Kory. Lex tells Conner that he’s dying and only has six months to live. He’s been obsessed with trying to find a cure for his kryptonite poisoning, and when that didn’t work, he looked for a way to cheat death. Unfortunately, in his research, death finds him. Mother Mayhem gets to Lex and anyone else he had involved in his endeavors. I wonder if we will get any more scenes with Lex, maybe in flashbacks or something. I truly thought he would be a bigger part of this season.
I couldn’t have been more excited than when Joseph Morgan’s casting was announced for Brother Blood, and so far, he’s proving to be exactly right for the part. Sebastian is down on his luck and hoping he can get some funding for a mobile game that could change the world. His concept is to take away competition and try to bring people together, but his pitch doesn’t go as planned. Not only is the company not interested in his game, Sebastian starts seeing blood everywhere.
Sebastian visits his mom in a home, and their relationship is very pure. She clearly loves her son, which is why it’s such a blow when she passes. The facility tried to contact Sebastian, but he was in his failed pitch. What Sebastian doesn’t know yet is that his mother’s death may have been orchestrated by Mother Mayhem.
We haven’t gotten to see a lot from Mother Mayhem herself. We did see what another from the Church of Blood could do. Arthur Holmwood was a doctor helping Lex in his journey for a cure. Rachel helped a young girl out of a nightmare, and they found Arthur. Rachel tries to figure out why he’s attacking these people, but he burns himself up before they can get any answers. The Titans are leaving Metropolis, but Mother Mayhem stops them. Unfortunately, she’s a lot more powerful than they anticipated, and they narrowly make their escape.
Gar keeps having these weird visions. Rachel keeps seeing blood. The Titans are a lot more connected to this than they think. And unfortunately, it may have something to do with Trigon. At the end of the second episode, Rachel loses her gem, and her hair turns back to blonde. Is her power being drained? The Church of Blood is clearly preparing Sebastian to take over the Brother Blood mantle, but how exactly is he going to get pulled in? Starfire is only barely scratching the surface of her powers, so what does that mean for Kory? What more can she do? These first two episodes did a great job with setting up the Church of Blood, but there are still many questions. And keep an eye out for more characters debuting in Titans in the coming weeks.