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Review: ‘Titans’ Season 1 Episode 11 – “Dick Grayson”
Writer: Richard Hatem
Director: Glen Winter
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Ryan Potter, Teagan Croft
Wow. This episode has jumped into my “Unreasonably Good Television” list. The story takes the time to quiet a discomfort I’ve felt since the series started, as well as asking the hardest question: What could cause the characters we love to go fully off the deep end? Firstly, Bat-fans, don’t worry; all is not as it seems.
The writing team have done a masterful job of setting my mind at ease, and laying out threads for future stories. They’ve also blown me away with a deeply compelling episode.
Once again the emphasis is on Robin. With this being the season finale, I can say that my ongoing gripes are founded. This show should probably have been called Nightwing instead of Titans, as it’s more the story of Dick going his own way than it is a team show.
The strengths of the group influence the unexpected development of his character, however. We see him go somewhere unexpected, though obvious if you really think about it.
Alain Moussi and Maxim Savaria (it’s hard to tell who did what, thanks to some superb editing) make for an imposing and terrifying Batman. I’ve heard the costume described as demonic, and the brutality these stuntmen have him dish out makes this version of The Dark Knight a force to be feared.
I went into this episode uncertain of how to deal with a murderous Batman, although Dick did a strong job reassuring us of his code. Hearing these reasons, and knowing nothing is as it seems, let me enjoy this strong episode at face value. It’s important to ask ourselves why things like this could happen, without saying they should, or ever will.
This was a dark, triumphant ending to season one. The creative team have confirmed that there’s more to come, making the heavy ending easier to live with.
The tease after the credits (watch to the end!) has left me Super excited for a new team-member next year.
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on December 23rd 2018)
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…
I make it no secret, readers, that I love two games more than the air I breathe. Dungeons and Dragons, and Magic: the Gathering. Despite being made by the same publishing company, Wizards of the Coast, they've made almost no crossed streams.
The talk of Wizards wanting to publish a new setting for their supplemental campaigns left many wondering where we can go. This is no mere Plane Shift - like those of Zendikar or Kaladesh, leaving us with races and statistics, and prompts on where to go. This is a full, world guide. And it's RAVNICA!
Next to nothing is known about this supplement. It appeared on Brazilian Amazon then later on an American version of the site. The product description features very accurate portrait of the Acumenopolis in the heart of every Magic player. All we can do is speculate.
As an avid player of both games, I have exceedingly high expectations for this supplement. It needs to deliver new races seen on Ravnica. Goblins of…
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