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Review: 'Titans' Season 1 Episode 3 - "Origins"
Writers: Richard Hatem, Geoff Johns, Marisha Mukerjee, Greg Walker
Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly
Review by Adam Ray
I would have to say that the show Titans overall is on a simmer. There are lots of elements coming together to lead to a dramatic conclusion, but it’s very much on a slow boil right now. This episode has been a real show of important origins, for the team, and the head of the team. We’ve seen the start of an acceptance Rachel feels for her powers. Lots is coming together and we feel the action is about to start getting literally explosive.
Episode one gave us brief glimpses of each character. There’s a greater length of time given to each one in this episode, and dynamics we can come to expect from them all together are formed. It’s strong character acting that is really bringing the series together.
At the same time, the visions of the past are really rewarding. Dick Grayson’s Robin is very much at the center of the show. Dick’s origins at Wayne Manor are both exactly like and totally unlike anything we’ve seen in any previous adaptation.
The atmosphere of realism that’s been running through this show is really emphasized by the way the young Dick Grayson deals with the difficult situation he’s in. Whoever plays the back of Bruce Wayne’s head is very dramatic in his back-of-the-head-acting.
The excessively violent Cory Anders is at full power throughout this episode. With some consideration, I’ve grown used to this version of the character. Comics fans would know her as a warrior princess from Tamaran, and they’re playing into that otherworldliness.
I expect from now, there’s going be a real building of tensions. The Nuclear Family are a vision of creepy Americana, and they’re not going to stop. Rachel is the most interesting girl in the world and everyone wants to find her.
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight Newswebsite on November 6 2018)
Rob Lane provides the bottom end in Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors. Onstage he’s a blur of hair,
throwing shapes with his trusty bass like a full on rock star. Away from the
band, he heads up his own project Straight
To Video, a mix of rock/punk music which draws influence from eighties
culture in general, as well as creating some cool merchandise to go along with
the music. Rob was cool enough to chat to us recently about
music, the eighties and being a geek.
Scott Hamilton: Would
you like to tell us a bit about yourself Rob? Rob Lane: Hey
Scott.... Thanks so much for reaching out! So, I guess I start with introducing
myself.... my name's Rob Lane... a bass player from the East Midlands /
Nottingham / Derby area. I've been actively playing with various bands for the
best part of 20 years. For over ten years I was the bassist for Nottingham
Power Pop Rockers TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY...
we had a pretty good run from 2003 through to November of last year, …
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It's very rare that the worlds of geeks and music collide in a powerful way, but Professor Elemental has made that happen.
'School of Whimsy' sees Brighton's finest export solidify his career with his strongest album to date. Over a ten year journey Paul Alborough has helped create the phenomenon of Chap-Hop, a mix of hip hop and a tongue-in-cheek take on English gentry.
The character of Professor Elemental has allowed Paul to push the boundaries of his music, as well as allowing him to show the world his love of anything nerdy. His songs are littered with references to superheroes and comics, and have a huge underlying message of positivity.
Luckily, Fantastic Universes' resident music ninja Scott Hamilton managed to chat not only with Paul, but also with the crazy genius that is Professor Elemental. Here's part one where we talk to Paul about his musical career, his love of comics and what we can expect from the Professor in the future…