Titans Season 3, Episode 7 recap: The Oracle of Gotham

Damaris Lewis in TITANS Season 3, Episode 7 - Photograph by Ben Mark Holzberg/HBO Max
Damaris Lewis in TITANS Season 3, Episode 7 - Photograph by Ben Mark Holzberg/HBO Max /

In Titans Season 3, Episode 7, “51%,” the Titans score a big win and take one step closer to saving Gotham. It turns out teamwork and sisterhood are a recipe for success.

The HBO Max show has been building up to Jason Todd’s alienation from his team. Since he partnered up with Scarecrow, things have gone downhill for the former Robin.

The boy may have wanted to escape the shadow of Batman, but all he’s done is fall into the trap Scarecrow built for him. Jason’s never been one for rules, not as Robin and not as Red Hood.

But Gotham’s new terror is about to learn that crossing the likes of Scarecrow is bad news. For everyone.

Titans Season 3, Episode 7 – Gotham’s freedom

Red Hood defied Scarecrow’s orders not to distribute the new fear-repressing drug he was working on. But Red Hood did it anyway. And it caused chaos in Titans Season 3, Episode 7. Within a few hours, more than a dozen were dead.

Red Hood is concerned about how his new “mentor” will react, so he’s as surprised as anyone else when Scarecrow commends his work. Apparently, sending out an as-yet untested mayhem-inducing drug was exactly what Scarecrow wanted.

Buoyed by Scarecrow’s praise, Jason takes another dose of the drug in readiness for another night of chaos. Except for this time, Jason collapses.

All that praise from Scarecrow? An act. And Jason, the fool, fell for it.

If only Jason knew how much people cared for him. Especially Gar Logan, who tears through Wayne Manor looking for clues for Jason’s whereabouts. And Gar finally finds that clue—a letter from Jason’s childhood friend, Molly Jensen.

While Jason’s out, Scarecrow gathers the mob bosses of Gotham. They’re terrified of him, and it doesn’t take long for them to acquiesce to his demands.

Scarecrow wants to earn Gotham’s freedom, and in the process, wants to line the coffers of the mob bosses. And his own, of course.

The plan is simple—a new batch of his drug is being manufactured. One that doesn’t have the side-effect of driving people to attack each other at will. No, the new drug will be more controlled, even more so than the one taken by Red Hood and Lady Vic.

This new drug will make Gothamites happy. So much so that they’ll stand aside and let the mob bosses, and Scarecrow, take over the city. Distribution starts soon, and then Gotham will belong to the villains.

Titans Season 3, Episode 7 – Destroyed

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Brenton Thwaites, Savannah Welch in TITANS Season 3, Episode 7 – Photograph by Ben Mark Holzberg/HBO Max /

Dick and Barbara realize they have to stop Jason and Scarecrow in Titans Season 3, Episode 7. But Dick’s plan isn’t one that Barbara agrees with—Dick wants to use Oracle.

Barbara hates this plan—Oracle is dangerous. Not to mention illegal. Using it could mean Dick and Barbara end up in jail. But despite that fear, Barbara’s kept Oracle safe under GCPD. Why? She always knew she’d need Oracle to save Gotham one day. That day has arrived.

Unlike in the DC Comics, where Barbara herself was Oracle, in Titans Season 3, Episode 7, Oracle is a massive computer that runs almost autonomously, once authorized by Barbara to do so.

Oracle’s computational abilities help them find Scarecrow’s next location. Dick and Conner arrive to find a van, one that’s lead-lined. Kryptonians can’t see through lead, so they need to examine it the old-fashioned way.

Inside the van is a man with the same kind of heart bomb that killed Hank Hall. But this one’s modified—there’s no time to save him. Conner barely gets Dick to safety before the man blows up.

This is a huge setback. But how did it happen? Scarecrow had sent Lady Vic to kill Barbara—she hadn’t succeeded, but she did get a scan of Barbara’s face. Scarecrow used that to take control of Oracle.

Barbara realizes there’s no winning this game, not if Scarecrow has Oracle. She asks Oracle how she can destroy the machine and ends it.

Dick is incensed—they could have used Oracle to spy on Scarecrow. That would have been too risky. Scarecrow’s played them already. I’m with Barbara on this one.

Instead, Barbara and Dick do some old-fashioned detective work and examine the man who blew up in the van. Through him, they find the electricity company he worked at.

They learn that Scarecrow’s been slowly siphoning power from several electricity sources around the city. This is a great lead, but there’s one more piece of the puzzle that needs to be solved.

Titans Season 3, Episode 7 – 51% good

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Anna Diop, Damaris Lewis in TITANS Season 3, Episode 7 – Photograph by Ben Mark Holzberg/HBO Max /

Starfire realizes she has to do things a little differently to save Gotham in Titans Season 3, Episode 7. She takes Blackfire with her so they can speak to a mob boss.

Valeska Knox (Wendy Crewson) has been toeing the line with Scarecrow and Red Hood, but she really wants to wrest some control in her city. When Starfire comes asking for information about Scarecrow, Knox seizes her opportunity. But she needs something first.

This gives the Tamaranean sisters time to catch up. Mainly it’s Starfire being angry about Blackfire killing their parents.

Blackfire tells her sister about a saying their father used to share—that if something is just 51% good and 49% bad, it’s worth doing. That’s little consolation for Starfire—their parents are still dead at Blackfire’s hands.

Starfire completes the task Knox asked her to do—bring Knox’s son back. The man was hiding from his mother and her way of life. But apparently, mob bosses miss their kids as much as anyone else. Or do they?

Starfire and Blackfire bring the man home to Knox, who shoots him in the head. He was working with the FBI to take her down. Knox couldn’t take the risk. This is not what Starfire signed up for. She removes Knox from the equation.

Starfire also manages to get one of Knox’s minions to divulge crucial information about the Scarecrow case. It looks like Scarecrow and Red Hood are using one of Mister Freeze’s old ice cream factories as their hideout.

Blackfire is impressed by Starfire’s actions. Enough to reveal the truth behind her murdering their parents. When Starfire refused to come home after neutralizing Trigon, the Tamaraneans believed that Blackfire was the cause.

Already deemed unworthy because of her lack of powers, Blackfire’s parents decided to throw their daughter to the wolves instead of protecting her. So, she executed them.

Starfire realizes that she abandoned her sister, and she wants to make up for it now. She gives Blackfire her Tamaranean gauntlets so she can fight alongside the Titans.

The Titans make short work of the mob in the ice cream factory and destroy all the vials of the new serum. But Scarecrow and Jason getaway. This is a major victory. And it leads to Barbara and Dick finally putting their differences aside to become a couple. How sweet. For now.

Final Thoughts – Titans Season 3, Episode 7 unites the team

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Anna Diop, Damaris Lewis, Brenton Thwaites, Joshua Orpin, Ryan Potter in TITANS Season 3, Episode 7 – Photograph by Ben Mark Holzberg/HBO Max /

I’ve been enjoying how this season of the show is chugging along. Titans Season 3, Episode 7 was full of mystery and good character moments. It was good to see the Titans get a win, at last.

The Dick and Barbara romance has been teased all this while. I like where it’s going, but I also want to know what will happen with Dick and Starfire.

I’m not completely sold on the Oracle plot. I like that Barbara has taken on her father’s mantle in his absence, but Oracle is a massively important superhero and one of the rare superheroes with a disability. I don’t like that that identity has been erased.

But maybe this could be the start of a new type of Oracle? One where Barbara has more control? It’s hard to tell with this show. Anything’s possible!

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Titans Season 3 is streaming weekly on HBO Max.