Season 4 of DC’s Titans is already shaping up to be the craziest season yet for Dick Grayson and his friends despite the show’s reputation for leaning into turmoil and embracing the sillier aspects of superhero lore. Even the most fervent Titans fan must undoubtedly concede that the HBO Max live-action TV drama thrives on chaos. The first season of Titans began with the infamous “f**k Batman” phrase and ended with an odd dream sequence set in the Batcave. That established the tone for a series that later resulted in the deaths of the Joker twice, Red Hood’s transformation into Jesse Pinkman, and Bruce Wayne performing dance moves that even the brilliant Adam West would find questionable.
And yet, despite all odds, Titans season 4 appears to far transcend the craziness of previous seasons. The significant antagonists of Titans season 4 are Brother Blood and Mother Mayhem, who introduce the Church of Blood and encourage a variety of horror film clichés. Titans are enjoying the chance to flex its classic horror muscles, from noodle worms to blood pouring down a family’s windows. However, Jinx’s appearance simultaneously adds Elves to the Titans’ boiling pot. Strong Elves who own a secret nightclub and are skilled in magic and martial arts. This clash of styles, typically found in holiday horror comedies, makes Titans season 4 the craziest ever.
The primary plot of Titans Season 4 is already available
The convergence of horror, science fiction, and fantasy is by no means the only way Titans season 4 intensifies the chaos in the story. The season’s dominant theme is symbolism-filled hallucinations, as no fewer than four of the key protagonists encounter trip-like visions. Raven used to hear voices and even see blood in the milkshake she left for the unfortunate bowling alley employee to clean up before she lost her soul-self. Starfire thinks back to the cafe from Titans season 2 while Beast Boy suddenly hears the voice of an old primordial force. Sebastian Blood is also working on an occult version of Candy Crush while channeling heavy Norman Bates overtones.
The Titans Church of Blood plotline almost definitely connects all of these seemingly unrelated plotlines. However, spending so much time in bizarre ethereal planes draws attention to the anarchic undercurrent that runs across Titans season 4, particularly when the Church of Blood and Elves are paying homage to Blade and John Carpenter, respectively. Also, note that Starfire’s exposition-vision is the only purpose of the Dark Elves subplot in Titans season 4, episode 3, aside from highlighting the numerous women Dick Grayson has a history with within Gotham. Titans introduces Elves more for fun than for the sake of the episode’s plot because they have a minor part to play.