Critical Condition: Titans

Titans | Netflix, from Friday

☆☆☆ “The high-powered team behind the show — the Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the uber-producer Greg Berlanti and the DC veteran Geoff Johns, a one-time Teen Titans writer — is aiming for the superhero version of kitchen-sink realism rather than comic-book gloss. Like Netflix’s Marvel series and Mr. Berlanti’s DC series for the CW network, Titans borrows from police procedurals, action thrillers and teenage dramas, but it goes greyer, quieter and more psychological.” — New York Times.

☆☆☆☆ Titans is a superhero hybrid — a live-action series that essentially weds the CW’s DC Comics-inspired fare with the gritty, premium-cable approach of Marvel’s Netflix dramas. That’s not a bad formula, and it yields an entertaining, heavily serialised show.” — CNN

☆☆☆☆ “DC Universe’s first original show features superheroes swearing and experiencing erectile dysfunction, but it’s trying so desperately to seem edgy that it doesn’t have time to be entertaining.”  — The Hollywood Reporter.

☆☆☆☆ Titans [is] the sort of overwrought, ultraviolent, grim and gritty tale that took over Batman comics in particular and the comic book industry as a whole in the late Eighties and early Nineties … Great stories can be told in this mold, and have been. But a bit of the old ultraviolence doesn’t in and of itself make something good, or even cool.” — Rolling Stone.

☆☆☆☆ “A fast-paced and action-packed series that will draw any supernerd worth his or her salt in … While these are all characters we know and love, Titans doesn’t set out to tell their origin stories in a way we’ve heard a thousand times before. The whole series takes a familiar premise and twists it into something new — successfully in some cases and unsuccessfully in others.” — TV Guide.

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4 Responses to “Critical Condition: Titans”

  1. Well, the kids like Teen Titans Go, so why should they have all the fun! I will give this one a go, it looks quite interesting. Also, just enjoyed Bird Box … There is some good stuff on Netflix!

  2. Teen Titans meets Dark Knight. More DC gloom and doom. Why does it carry the “Netflix Original” tag when it was first screened on DC Universe?

  3. There is quite a number of shows that have the Netflix original label on it when they premiere on other networks. I thought the whole idea behind the label Netflix Original was that it’s made by Netflix. It’s misleading for sure!!

  4. A Netflix Original just means exclusive broadcast rights to that property. Netflix buys content from production companies just like everyone else. It’s never “made” by Netflix.

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