WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the Titans Season 1 episode "Donna Troy," streaming now on DC Universe.
Although viewers have largely been in the dark about the driving mystery of Titans' first season -- the pursuit of Rachel Roth, who may very well fulfill a world-destroying prophesy -- they've always known more about "Kory Anders," the amnesiac with destructive powers and a no-nonsense attitude, than the character herself does. In DC comics, she's an alien princess turned superhero, better known as Starfire. And in this week's episode, the series finally uses that name.
Played by Anna Diop, Kory was dropped into the middle of the action in the Titans premiere, regaining consciousness in a wrecked, bullet-riddled car outside of Vienna, Austria, with armed attackers hot on her heels. With no memory of her past, Kory was driven by the knowledge that she had been seeking out Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft), presumably to protect the troubled girl from the sinister cabal pursuing her.
But doubts about that relatively straightforward mission began to seep in as early as the third episode, "Origins," in which Kory rescued Rachel from the Nuclear Family, and they traveled to the convent where the girl spent part of her childhood. There, Kory learned she'd sought Rachel for at least several months. However, when she returned to a nearby storage unit, she discoverd her search stretched back even further, and involved a human-trafficking ring in Europe, an ancient prophecy, and a strange written language that neither she nor Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) understands. (It's worth noting that perhaps the first definitive clue to Kory's alien origin surfaces in this scene, with a cassette on which she refers to a "terrestrial religious convent.")
That language, scrawled on pieces of paper across the walls of the storage unit, is where we learn Kory's other name.
In this week's episode, Dick seeks out his older friend Donna Troy (Conor Leslie), aka Wonder Girl, after giving up his Robin identity for good. An orphan taken in by Wonder Woman and raised by the Amazons, Donna recognizes the writing as she flips through photos on Dick's phone. It's an offshoot of Sumerian, the language spoken until about 2000 B.C. in what is now Iraq. Although lost for centuries, the alphabet was taught on Themyscira, which means Donna can translate it -- or at least try to.
As they make a beeline for the Ohio farmhouse owned by Rachel's mother, where the other would-be Titans are settling in, Donna struggles with the translation, cautioning that the words often possess a double meaning, like aloha or shalom. Kory is referred to by name in the text as Night or Starfire, that much is certain. What's a little less clear is whether her mission is to take care of "the Raven," or kill her.
That revelation runs parallel to a scene unfolding at the farmhouse, where Rachel offers to try to heal Kory's mind after the events of the previous episode shook loose flashes of memory. Despite not being certain of what she's doing, Rachel apparently succeeds, at least enough to trigger her friend's killer instinct.
So, yeah, the good news is that "Kory Anders" is now referred to as Starfire on Titans; the bad news is that she just may murder Rachel (OK, probably not).
Now streaming on DC Universe, Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, and guest starring Conor Leslie as Donna Troy.