[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Director: Maja Vrvilo
Writer: Gabrielle Stanton
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop, Ryan Potter, Seamus Dever, Conor Leslie, Rachel Nichols
After Donna tells Grayson that Kori goes by Starfire and her mission is to kill Rachel, they rush back to Rachel’s mom’s property. They barge in just in time to stop Starfire from killing Rachel. Donna lassos Starfire with her magic lasso, then knocks Starfire out with a single blow.
When Starfire wakes, she doesn’t remember attacking Rachel. She immediately takes a truck and leaves the group to find out what’s happening to her. Rachel blames herself. She believes when she was trying to heal Starfire, she must’ve done something to her that would make her attack.
Gar begins experiencing strange things in the house that affect him emotionally.
Grayson and Donna track down Starfire at a warehouse. Starfire believes all the answers are in the warehouse. The three go in together and discover Starfire’s ship. Starfire is an alien from the planet Tamaran. They also discover that Rachel’s mom is still faithful to her husband.
Back at the house Gar visions turn to a sickness. Rachel’s mother convinces her she has the power to save him. When that begins to fail, her mom convinces her that Trigon can save him all she needs to do is bring him to this dimension.
Rachel brings Trigon to this dimension.
The climax of the arc starts here, as everything begins to come to a head in this episode. Kory remembers her past, Gar nearly dies, Trigon is summoned to this dimension and we discover that Rachel’s mom is just as evil as Trigon.
Learning of Kori’s past opens so much potential for a second season. Now that aliens are officially part of canon anything can happen. This includes the possibility of Starfire’s sister, Blackfire making an appearance.
It was also exciting to see Starfire and Donna Troy battle each other. It was a short battle, but I felt like a kid again reading the comic books when I watched it.
This episode really doesn’t have negatives. It really drove the storyline to its climax and conclusion in the next episode. But personally, I would’ve liked a bigger battle between Kori and Donna. It didn’t have to be much bigger, but it would’ve been fun to see them truly show what they are capable of.
When Trigon appeared, it would’ve been so much cooler to see his demon form. But I understand the point was to convince Rachel he is a good guy and as filmmakers they probably want to give us that in the final episode. I just hope when it’s all said and done, we get a great shot of Trigon full-on demon.
Another great episode! It was action-packed, drove the main storyline forward and into its climax. I can’t wait to see the finale. I have read some concerns about the finale and based on the trailer, I have some concerns myself. If the trailer is to be taken at face value, then they have taken some major liberties for this show. But I honestly believe the scenes we saw for the trailer are in Grayson’s head and created by Trigon. Trigon said Rachel needs to experience heartache and I think hurting Grayson is meant to do that, but it will ultimately be Grayson’s crucible into becoming Nightwing.
Regardless of what the next episode will be, I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and I cannot wait to see the season finale.