I'm sure most of you are familiar with this series, but just in case...
Teen Titans is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics characters of the same name, primarily the run of stories by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez in the early-1980s The New Teen Titans comic book series. The show was created by Glen Murakami, developed by David Slack, and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It premiered on Cartoon Network on July 19, 2003 with the episode "Divide and Conquer" (Final Exam in some regions,) and the final episode "Things Change" aired on January 16, 2006, with the film Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo serving as the series finale.
So, on with the notes:
The Final Exam
Deathstroke hires the H.I.V.E. to destroy the Teen Titans
* Just realized that Jynx alters probabilities. They should gang up and do away with her right now!
* I've missed this theme song.
* The Titans aren't exactly getting along right now.
* It's a trap!
* The Titans do in fact get their butts kicked.
* A brief moment between Raven and Beast Boy.
* And now, the blaming.
* It's generally forgotten, but Starfire should have the strength to go toe-to-toe with Mammoth. Oh well, gotta pad out the episode somehow.
* So Jynx not only has the bad luck powers, but she's also a top flight acrobat.
- Cyborg finally causes one of the H.I.V.E. a problem.
* The revenge of Cyborg's arm.
* Cool incidental music, by the way.
Overall, an okay episode to begin with. Really little plot, but a little character development, and that can go a long way.
The Apprentice Pt. 1
Slade wants Robin to be his apprentice.
* Not a good dream.
* Robin seems pretty much in a zoned out situation.
* Yes Robin, you are very much like Slade.
* Helluva sneeze for Starfire.
* Robin is laying some serious smackdown on Cinderblock.
* Jane, get me off this crazy thing!
* Robin down.
* Robin back up again, and putting Slade in a world of hurt.
* Nasty Slade. Very nasty.
This is a lovely, diabolical plot. Nice to see Robin pushed to his breaking point, and a very twisted scenario. I like it!
The Apprentice Pt. 2
Slade trains Robin to be his apprentice.
* The Titans seem lost without Robin.
* I guess that new role has been busted.
* slade's plan is pretty good.
* Oh, a Batman reference. And a father reference too!
* Interesting. Cyborg takes the lead.
* Once again, an excellent fight between Slade and Robin. Better still, you can actually follow the action.
* Robin being a badass. This is how it's done. No need to kill someone, just show grit and determination and never say die.
* Slade is now getting a five-way beatdown. Gotta love seeing the villain get his.
* And Slade's a sore loser, especially with his headgear shattered.
This was definitely a high point of the first season. An affirmation of the team, and nice to see Robin show just how much he belongs leading a group of people much more powerful than he is.
Cyborg builds the Titans car
* That's one big stereo.
* Raven is unimpressed.
* Starfire: Oooh, buttons.
* Raven is extremely unimpressed.
* An electronics store. How 1990's.
* Short circuit the electrical villain with water. Great tactic.
* Your security sucks if two guys off the street can circumvent it.
* They painted his car. They're toast.
* Why do I think Gizmo is going to get involved in this?
* Yup, Gizmo.
* Fuzzy dice. Gotta love it.
* Well at least the flames are gone.
* That is one badass curvy road right there.
* This could easily be an episode of Speed Racer right now.
* Man, electrical villains. Just what are you going to do wtih them?
* The car, she is no more.
This was a fun, cute episode. Maybe no depth, but it was fun. Did I say fun?
How Long Is Forever?
* The Titans don't seem to be getting along very well in the opening.
* A Tamaranean day of celebration. Ignored.
* Oops, broke the beads. Now Starfire's gonna be unhappy.
* English opening. Serious episode.
* Warp is the current baddie.
* Starfire through the time warp. This could get interesting.
* Insert one nifty time paradox.
* Cyborg looks to be more than 20 years older, I have to say.
* Beast Boy is entertaining young mutant gang members at the zoo. Sad.
* And Raven's bonkers. Lovely.
* Nightwing with grey hair.
Okay, 20 years. They should all be nearing 40. Not that they couldn't have grey hair and wrinkles, but they shouldn't be looking like 60's.
I do like the idea of Cyborg being obsolete, however.
* Warp de-aged to a baby. I didn't see that coming.
* And Starfire makes it back in the nick of time.
A nice episode. I think it perhaps could have benefited by being a two=parter, but no complaints.
Every Dog Has His Day
* Space pod coming to Earth--well, crashing actually. A good way to start an episode.
* Space Beast Boy?
* English again. Hmm.
* Ah, the usual "Cyborg/Beast Boy" shenanigans.
* I think Beast Boy is bored. He's certainly getting under foot.
* Aww, poor Beast Boy. So lonely.
* So that green space dog is on the run, and can leap a long way.
* Blockhead alien, much like Lenny. Beast Boy's in trouble.
* I find it interesting that the green space dog keeps tackling and licking Raven.
* Yup, Beast Boy's in trouble.
* Space Dog talks! Space Dog Talks!
* I like how the controls on Soto's ship resemble video games.
* One personal pet peeve I have about a number of characters who have multiple powers. For some reason, people forget that these characters frequently have super strength. Case in point here, Starfire.
* Soto's got a barn door in his space suit too. Priceless.
* Soto just may be a little too much for the Titans to handle without Beast Boy however.
* But with Beast Boy, this is a walk in the park.
* A little willing role-reversal between Soto and his dog. Very...interesting choice.
A cute, fun little episode, without a real bad guy. Pleasant enough.
Raven had the most trouble in the dog episode.