Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for Titans season 4, episode 12
The series finale for HBO Titans ended as the show began (and that’s not a good thing). The problem with Titans has always been its consistent ignoring of some of its best characters while having incredibly convoluted but predictable storylines. Although the series has always had glimmers of strong ideas and characterization, it has often squandered its great potential. As such, the series finale feels like an unfortunate homage to everything that went wrong with the show as a whole.
It has already been confirmed that there will be no Titans season 5 of HBO Max. Thus, the season finale of Titans Season 4 is also the series finale, having been tasked with wrapping up the season’s plot with the Titans’ battle against Brother Blood while providing some semblance of closure for the Titans themselves. However, there are simply far too many problems to call the series finale of Titans a success.
Titans Undersold Main Characters in its Final Episode
Just as the series has done from the start, Titans season 4, episode 12 undersells Raven (Teagan Croft) and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter). Instead, the focus is largely on Nightwing (Brenton Thwaites) and Starfire (Anna Diop) and somewhat on Superboy (Joshua Orpin) and Tim Drake (Jay Lycurgo). Although Beast Boy received his own solo episode in Titans season 4 while visiting the supernatural plane known as The Red, it seems the episode was inconsequential. Although Beast Boy unlocked more of his power to transform into animals, he transformed into a tiger for a few brief seconds during the finale, the animal he has been for 90% of the entire series.
To that end, Raven has very little time to interact with Brother Blood and her demon father Trigon after her brother summons him to Earth in the opening minutes of the Titans season 4 finale. Much of Trigon’s plot is also given to Starfire in conjunction with the Tamaranian prophecy introduced in Titans first season. Destined to kill a child of Trigon, Starfire fulfills the prophecy by destroying Brother Blood. However, the cost was that Raven lost much of her agency in the finale, being largely sidelined in battle against members of her own Dark Family.
The Titans End Was A Predictable Superhero Story
The whole reason Brother Blood wants to destroy both Earth and Tamaran is pretty uninspired, continuing the villain motivational issues that have plagued the series since the beginning, when Trigon first attempted to corrupt the world. While played as if Brother Blood killing Trigon should have come as a surprise to viewers in the season finale, Brother Blood taking power from Trigon and forging his own path was incredibly predictable. Likewise, his motivations revolving around his past mistreatment and being looked down upon by society are not original concepts.
Plus, the series finale’s conclusion with a montage of each hero parting ways was also pretty predictable. No one dies in their sacrifice, everyone gets a happy ending despite the team ending, and Superboy naturally had his encounter with Superman. Of course, viewers only see Man of Steel’s red boots, continuing the unexciting trend of big heroes being relegated to the background and kept out of the way of costumes at best such as Iain Glen’s Bruce Wayne.
The Titans Series Finale Struggled to Make Sense
THE Titans The Season 4 finale also glosses over several key points, so much so that many questions arose due to the absurd nature of the episode. Trigon is a major villain in the DC Universe, though no reason is given as to why the main Titans are the only heroes stepping up to stop him. Superboy was killed by Brother Blood’s magic with his vital signs at zero. While Nightwing was using some kind of red kryptonite concoction, it apparently didn’t work until Superboy suddenly showed up in the middle of the fight with Brother Blood.
Additionally, no reason is given as to why Starfire was able to survive the explosion she set off that ultimately destroyed Brother Blood. She simply descends back to Earth and nothing is said about how she is still standing. Instead, the Titans hug and head home, eventually having dinner to talk about where they’re all heading next. Even at the very start of the episode, there’s no explanation given for how Brother Blood was able to kill Trigon so easily, one of the DC Universe’s most powerful supervillains of all time. It really is one bizarre device after another.
The Titans Series Finale Killed Trigon In Its Opening Scene
Moreover, it should be noted that the death of Trigon in the first minutes of Titans season 4 is massively disappointing. Going beyond the show by glossing over Brother Blood somehow being strong enough to kill him, Titans season 4 was a chance for the extradimensional demon to gain redemption after Titans season 1. After all, the first battle with Trigon went weird until the season 2 premiere where it only took Raven a few minutes to defeat him. Likewise, Titans season 4 repeats the issue with Trigon dying within the first 5 minutes of the episode despite an entire season of foreshadowing (just like Titans season 1).
As for the series finale, Titans putting himself in the exact same scenarios he was criticized for from the very beginning. As such, it’s a very unfortunate way to end the series, especially when the individual characters are quite compelling, having huge potential. It seems like titans The biggest problem was its writing, unable to balance the characters while delivering an engaging and fresh plot. Instead, the show continually faced the same kind of problems, generating the same constant frustrations with its viewers until the bitter end.
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