Titans wasn’t a train wreck as I thought it would be and I am looking forward to season 2, but I thought it was an alright DC TV show, and a horrible Titans show.
The biggest issue is the lack of confidence in the main characters. Look at Doom Patrol. Its undoubtedly a Doom Patrol show. Every episode focuses on the team, and the writers are clearly interested in those characters more than the side ones. DP writers are clearly fans of their source material and every episode feels like so much passion is behind it.
The writers bent over backwards to avoid the Titans nearly every episode. A flashback episode to non-team members who have nothing to do with the main plot. A freaking Batman vs Joker elseworlds
Titans was… Grayson: Brave and the Bold basically. Its pretty much another Gotham/Batwoman/Pennyworth Batman Easter Eggs: the TV show. I didn’t watch Gotham for Batman Easter eggs, I wanted a god damn team!
Doom Patrol focuses on its own mythos. Mr. Nobody, the Brotherhood of Evil, the Brain, the underground, Danny Street, everyone’s backstories, etc. Titans doesn’t focus on their mythos. Because the writers clearly don’t care about anyone on the team. No name drops to Mr. Twister, Brother Blood, the Fearsome Five, etc. By the end of the season, I was surprised Tamaran was even name dropped. I wasn’t surprised we saw the Joker, since the show won’t shut up about him.
Then there’s a host of other issues. Besides Robin, the other three main characters have thrift story level costumes. Again, more effort is put into Hawk/Dove/Jason than the team members. Starfire and Raven in particular need serious course correcting. Their clown wigs are awful and at some points, look like they’re about to fall off. Kory’s amnesia arc is lazy and underdeveloped. Raven is just a plot device and got demoted to cliche possessed horror movie kid possessed by the monster, with most of her other dimensional backstory/magic origins cut for some cheap haunted house gimmick. Ryan Potter as Beast Boy is pretty great though and fairly spot on for his comic version, same with Donna Troy. Dick/Kory/Rachel are too focused on them being psychopaths (all three have their murdery moments in the comics, but the show focuses too much on that and less other elements.)
TLDR: Sorry for the rant, needed to get that off my chest, basically the show is watchable but feels like it wants to be a DC Showcase show more than a Titans show, and as someone who watched the show for my favorite Superhero team, not for Batman nods, I’m let down.