Starfire (aka Kory Anders) is left powerless in the Titans season 3 episode “Troubled Water”, but is Blackfire really the villain everyone expects?
Warning! SPOILERS for Titans season 3, episode 10 “Trouble Water.”
Titans has once again left fans scratching their heads when it comes to the rival sisters from Tamaran, but what really happened to Starfire’s powers in the episode “Troubled Water”, and is Blackfire really the supervillain she appears to be? The HBO Max series originally introduced Starfire’s (or Kory Ander’s) sister as a major foil at the end of season 2 with the revelation that she had murdered her parents and seized the throne of her home world Tamaran. However, there appears to have been a major creative shift in the period between seasons, as showrunners opted to instead run with Jason Todd’s transformation into Red Hood as the primary storyline in season 3, making some very unexpected changes to Blackfire’s character and backstory as a result.
Kory received a few changes in between seasons as well. It was made clear that she was losing her abilities during the final battle against Deathstroke and Cadmus Labs in San Francisco, but when season 3 finally arrived she was back to roasting bad guys at seemingly full strength with no explanation provided. When she mysteriously began having nightmarish visions and waking up in trances with no control of her faculties, Gar somewhat hesitantly helped her track the source of the problem, finding and releasing Blackfire from a secret government containment facility that—apparently—had captured her upon arrival on Earth. Blackfire has spent the remainder of the season rebuilding her relationship with her sister and even managed to gain back enough trust to join the Titans, new super suit and all.