Monday, December 12, 2011

Titans, GO!

When I last ranted in your general direction, I talked about shows going beyond their natural life. Well, the other day I finished one such series; Teen Titans.
For those not in the know, it was a toon that ran between 2003 and 2006 that depicted the adventures of a group of teen superheroes in the form of Raven, Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy and Robin, the Boy Wonder. You may have missed it because it was somewhat criticised for being noticeably inspired by anime, mixing it with the DC Animated Universe style.
It was only meant to have four seasons, hence the finale for the fourth being a three-parter called "The End".
Needless to say, there was a fifth. It didn't exactly suck, but it just wasn't as good as those before.
One reason was the focus on an arc. All the other seasons did have a continuous story threaded throughout, but it would usually only make up five of the thirteen, with the remainder being stand alone episodes. This time there were only three stand-alones, leaving it a little stretched out. Although the preliminary and concluding episodes were excellent.
The next issue was that the arc revolved around recruiting new Titans to help fight the Brotherhood Of Evil, which kind of meant that there were a few episodes that didn't have the whole team of five. There was even one without any of them.
This one's more along the lines of nit-picking, but a big part of the series was a lack of secret identities. Robin was just Robin, not Dick Grayson, Jason Todd or Tim Drake. However, that slightly disappeared with the Doom Patrol members using "real" names.
Speaking of the Patrol, I'd preferred it if the arc was Beast Boy trying to save his old team, rather than just being in the first two episodes.
I'm not saying it's not a bad season, on the whole, I mean, I still recommend you give it a look. Just, maybe reverse Four and Five, so you do get to go out with a bang. Aside from the movie, Trouble In Tokyo, which still gives plenty of bang.

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