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Teen Titans: Season Five Episode Guide

 Episode 53: Homecoming [Part 1]

“Oh look, the little green one. How nice… a family reunion.” 
– The Brain

Originally aired: September 24, 2005
Written by Rob Hoegee
Directed by Michael Chang

When Beast Boy’s former team THE DOOM PATROL is in trouble, the Titans must embark on a daring mission to save them. Beast Boy explains that this can only mean one thing: the Doom Patrol’s greatest foes are back. THE BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL has returned.

Xander Berkeley as Mento
Judge Reinhold as Negative Man
Peter Onorati as Robot Man
Tara Strong as Elasti-Girl
Glenn Shadix as The Brain, Monsieur Mallah

  • Judge Reinhold – voice of Negative Man – is a famous actor best known for his role as Eddie Murphy’s partner in “Beverly Hills Cop.”
  • Tara Strong – voice of Elasti-Girl – also provides the voice for Raven.
  • The Doom Patrol members use their real names as well as their hero names; Beast Boy calls Robotman “Cliff’; Elasti-Girl and Mento call each other “Rita” and “Steve”; The Titans, however, have never used their real names.
  • The Doom Patrol theme music is an homage to 1960s spy/action movies – which embodies the tone of the Doom Patrol comic book of the 1960s .
  • When Beast Boy plays the tuba, he plays the first few bars of the Teen Titans theme song.

Story Editor/Writer Rob Hoegee on the Doom Patrol: “I think we wanted to keep the classic Silver Age DC Comic team. We didn’t necessarily go retro with them, but they may be a different style that what people are expecting them to be. […] They ended up being a lot of fun. I think we were able to give them some depth and some nuances in terms of how they relate to our characters – especially Beast Boy.”

“Unfortunately, because of time constraints, we lost a cool scene. It was actually an opening sequence for the Doom Patrol, rather than the typical Titans opening sequence. So after that flashback scene, it would have rolled into a Doom Patrol opener. It was even story boarded and ready to go, but we just ran out of time.”

Producer Glen Murakami on the Doom Patrol: “I remember when I first designed Beast Boy’s costume, it made me think of Mento’s costume [from the Doom Patrol]. The black and the purple. I also wanted each of the Titans to have a specific color scheme. That’s why I changed Beast Boy’s costume from red-and-white to back-and-purple.”

“I also like that Beast Boy started out as being similar to Robin. He was a sidekick and he was very serious. And then he realized, he should lighten up. We also talked about Beast Boy being like a military brat. As a kid, he moved around a lot. He didn’t have friends. He didn’t really have a home. So that’s why he takes to the Titans so much. So it’s like a family and that’s his home. So al throughout the fifth season, it’s Beast Boy that doesn’t want to split up. It’s Beast Boy that wants to go home. He’s already been through all that, traveling around the world with the Doom Patrol. Being obsessed about fighting the Brotherhood of Evil. And then, you have Robin turning into Mento. That was the parallel.”

This episode was partially inspired by the comic book tale, “The Quest for the Killers of the Doom Patrol” which was published in NEW TEEN TITANS #13-15 [1981-1982]. In that story, the Titans team-up up with Mento and Robotman to avenge the Doom Patrol – and finally confront the Brotherhood of Evil. In this episode, the team finds Robotman injured and hung up by jungle vines with the warning sign; That image is an homage to the cover of NEW TEEN TITANS #13.

Doom Patrol makes their animated debut in this episode. A team of freaks and misfits, the strange team was established during the Silver Age of comics in MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #80. The team was composed of: Robot Man [a man’s brain saved from death and placed in a robot body]; Negative Man [a bandaged man composed of pure energy]; Elasti-Girl [a beautiful woman who can grow as well as shrink in size]; and the Chief [their mysterious wheelchair-bound leader]. Mento [a man whose mental prowess is enhanced by a powerful helmet] later joined in DOOM PATROL #91 [1964]. Mento was immediately smitten with Elast-Girl and joined their adventures in an effort to woo her.

Beast Boy met the team (and made his first appearance) after they gathered in DOOM PATROL #99 [1965]. He became their junior member – long before he joined the Titans – in DOOM PATROL #100 [1965]. Elasti-Girl and Mento married [DOOM PATROL #104] and later adopted Beast Boy in DOOM PATROL #110 [1967].

The Brotherhood of Evil first appeared in DOOM PATROL #86 [1963]. The Brotherhood was a powerful international crime syndicate whose inner circle comprised the Brain, a disembodied human brain preserved in a special fluid; Monsieur Mallah, a gorilla given superhuman intelligence through the Brain’s surgical techniques; and Madame Rouge, an elastic villainess gifted with extraordinary disguise skills. The Brotherhood of Evil battled the original Doom Patrol numerous times before Rouge was finally driven insane after one of the Brain’s experimental surgical operations. Allying herself with General ZahI, another of the Doom Patrol’s enemies, Rouge turned against her comrades and tried to kill them.

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 Episode 54: Homecoming [Part 2]

“The face of our enemy has changed. No longer is the Doom Patrol our only threat. Now a new generation stands in our way. And those who rule the young will control the future. We have a common enemy. The Teen Titans and their friends will fall. Working together we will destroy them… one by one.”
– The Brain

Originally aired: October 1, 2005
Written by Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliot
Directed by Ben Jones

The Doom Patrol has been saved, but the sinister Brotherhood of Evil is still on the loose. It’s just like old times for Beast Boy when he finds himself back on the team for one last mission – to stop the Brotherhood once and for all… no matter what the cost.

Xander Berkeley as Mento, General Immortus
Judge Reinhold as Negative Man
Peter Onorati as Robot Man
Tara Strong as Elasti-Girl
Glenn Shadix as The Brain, Monsieur Mallah
Hynden Walch as Madame Rouge

  • The Doom Patrol reveals Beast Boy’s real name: Garfield. It’s the first time one of the Titans’ real names was spoken and confirmed in the series.
  • The creative team desperately wanted to use Wonder Girl, one of the founding members of the Teen Titans. But due to legal and licensing reasons, Wonder Girl was not available for use. But if you look carefully at the Brotherhood’s viewscreens, there is an ‘unidentified’ black haired girl with a ponytail and yellow star earrings.
  • The viewscreens grouped the five founding Teen Titans in order: Robin, Speedy, Kid Flash, Speedy and Wonder Girl.
  • Some new Titans allies appear for the first time on the viewscreens of the Brotherhood of Evil: Kid Flash, Wonder Girl [unofficial], Red Star, Killowat, Jericho, Bushido, Herald, Argent and Pantha.
  • Some of the Hive students from DECEPTION appear with the Brotherhood of Evil.
  • Some new Titans adversaries appear for the first time with the Brotherhood of Evil: Psimon, Phobia, Ding Dong Daddy, Andre Le Blanc and Cheshire.
  • The Titans viewscreens [top to bottom, left to right]: Raven, Doom Patrol, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Robin, Speedy, Kid Flash [first appearance], Aqualad, Wonder Girl [first and only ‘unofficial’ appearance], Mas Y Menos, Bumblebee, Hotspot, Wildebeest, Red Star [first appearance], Tramm, Lightning, Thunder, Killowat [first appearance], Jericho [first appearance], Bushido [first appearance], Herald [first appearance], Argent [first appearance] and Pantha [first appearance].
  • The Brotherhood of Evil villain line-up [from left to right]: Billy Numerous, Dr. Light, Mammoth, Gizmo, Jinx, Psimon [first appearance], Cinderblock, Red X, Adonis, Trident, Puppet King, Jonny Rancid, Mumbo, Professor Chang, Plasmus, Kid Wykyyd [Hive student], Angel [Hive student], Warp, Phobia [first appearance], Punk Rocket, Killer Moth, Kardiak, XL Terrestrial [Hive student], Billy Numerous, Kitarou, Atlas, Billy Numerous, Andre Le Blanc [first appearance], Control Freak, Wintergreen [Slade’s butler], Instigator [Hive student], Hive Headmistress, [Unknown villain], Billy Numerous, Kitten, Fang, Mad Mod, Barbarian Witch, Steamroller, Malchior, Master of Games, Mother Mae Eye, Ding Dong Daddy [first appearance], Bob & The Source, Overload, See-More, Private Hive, Cheshire [first appearance].

Producer Glen Murakami on the Doom Patrol: “We showed the Doom Patrol as sort of cynical and jaded super-heroes. I thought that showed what the Titans might become if they aren’t careful. That was interesting to me – and then having Beast Boy recognize that. I really liked the Doom Patrol. And I wanted to show some of Beast Boy’s back story And I think it was cool that Beast Boy’s costume was from his history with another team. And I liked to show that Beast Boy isn’t just a goofball – that he came from a serious background. I thought that was cool, because the audience wouldn’t think that’s where somebody like Beast Boy came from.”

“I also wanted to do the Brotherhood of Evil. I thought they were quite different from a lot of the villains we had seen before. I though that Slade was the only serious villains we had, and most of the others were sort of goofball villains. So I thought the Brotherhood was a group of villains that was as serious as Slade. I also thought that the Brotherhood mirrored the Titans in a way. They were like evil versions of the Titans.”

Story Editor Rob Hoegee on The Doom Patrol: ” They take an all-or-nothing approach to saving the world. It also comes back to something Amy mentioned about the theme of the season, which was the young versus the old. The Doom Patrol are old school. They have a different way of doing things.”

This episode was partially inspired by the comic book tale, “The Quest for the Killers of the Doom Patrol” which was published in NEW TEEN TITANS #13-15 [1981-1982]. In that story, Beast Boy abandoned his light-hearted demeanor when confronted with his past – much as he does here.

In this episode, Elast-Girl calls Beast Boy by his real name, Garfield. In the comics, Beast Boy’s real name is Garfield Logan.

The viewscreens grouped the five founding Teen Titans together Robin, Speedy, Kid Flash, Speedy and Wonder Girl. Wonder Girl makes her first ‘unofficial’ appearance on the animated series with this cameo. Wonder Girl, also known as Donna Troy, is Wonder Woman’s younger sister. She first appeared – and joined the Teen Titans – in Brave and the Bold #60 [1965].

Comic book Titans Kid Flash, Red Star, Killowat, Jericho, Bushido, Herald, Argent and Pantha also make their first animated appearance in the series with this episode.

Comic book Adversaries Ding Dong Daddy, Andre Le Blanc, Phobia, Psimon and Cheshire make their first animated appearance in the series with this episode.

The villains in the Brotherhood of Evil are grouped by their comic book connections: The Fearsome Five characters [Dr. Light, Mammoth, Gizmo, Jinx and Psimon] are grouped together. They first appeared in NEW TEEN TITANS #3 [1980]. And the second incarnation of Brotherhood characters [Plasmus, Phobia and Warp] are grouped together. That team premiered in NEW TEEN TITANS #13-15 [1981-1982].

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 Episode 55: Trust

“When will the children learn? No one escapes the reach of Madame Rouge. ” 
– Madame Rouge

Originally aired: October 8, 2005
Written by Amy Wolfram
Directed by Matt Youngberg

The Brotherhood of Evil has begun its master plan to eliminate all of the young superheroes around the globe, starting with honorary Titans Wildebeest and Hotspot. This new threat brings Robin to Morocco. But with an unknown enemy, how can anyone know who to trust?

Dee Bradley Baker as Thief/Wildebeest
Bumper Robinson as Hotspot
Glenn Shadix as The Brain, Monsieur Mallah

  • Hotspot and Wildebeest last appeared in WINNER TAKE ALL.
  • Hotspot appears ‘powered down’ for the first time in this episode
  • Character designer Derrick Wyatt has yet another cameo as a patron of the Moroccan marketplace.

Story Editor/Writer Amy Wolfram on TRUST: “[Hotspot] was a character we wanted to use based on his powers and his personality. He seemed to fit with that story. Here’s a character who is a bit of a hothead – literally – and he’s also a bit of a loner. He can’t let anyone get close to him physically, so that became a great character to use for this story.”

Story Editor/Writer Amy Wolfram on Madame Rouge: “Yeah, she’s just mean. [laughs] We’ve never seen a female character that mean, and most of the male characters aren’t even that mean. She doesn’t give anyone the time of day, really. She really is one of those characters that will do anything by any means necessary to get what she wants.”

Producer Glen Murakami on TRUST: “We knew going into that story that Robin was going to give up the communicator. So it’s hard when you are trying to play out that story, but viewers watch that episode and go, “Robin was dumb.” It’s hard to structure that story because we had to have Robin let his guard down and give up his communicator. But we wanted to establish how bad the villains are and how big the stakes are. And we wanted the audience to know that early on. And we wanted the cause of the problem to be Robin.”

Hot Spot is based on the Teen Titan known as Joto in the comic book series; Joto is swahili for heat. Joto became a member of the reformed second group of Teen Titans in TEEN TITANS [second series] #1 [1996]. In this episode, Joto appears ‘powered down’ for the first time. His human form looks much like his comic book secret identity.

The evil Wildebeest Society was defeated by the Titans, leaving them with a baby Wildebeest in NEW TITANS #85 [1992]. Baby Wildebeest was a genetic experiment created by the evil society. The docile baby would hulk-out to a giant Wildebeest creature to defend his newfound friends, the Titans.

Madame Rouge has an interesting backstory in the comic books. As a stage actress, Laura De Mille was infamous for her ability to assume almost any persona, using her skill with makeup. Unfortunately, Laura received a blow to her head in an auto accident, which caused her to develop a split personality. The Brain offered to have Mallah perform some curative surgery on Laura. It was a success; instead of being half-good/half-evil, Laura was now completely evil – a result the Brain had engineered in advance. Her disguise ability gave her high position in the Brotherhood of Evil. These events were revealed in flashback in DOOM PATROL #112 [1967]. Later, the Brain gave Laura powers of true disguise, which included the ability to mold her features and stretch her body in DOOM PATROL #90 [1964]. Rouge often used her disguise abilities to gain a sense of trust before striking, as seen in this episode.

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 Episode 56: For Real

“This stinks. Nobody knows who we are.” 
– Speedy

Originally aired: October 15, 2005
Written by Melody Fox
Directed by Michael Chang

Control Freak returns to Titan Tower with “The Ultimate Titans Challenge”, a series of events designed specifically to challenge the Teen Titans. But what happens to Control Freak’s big plan when he finds himself facing not the “real” Titans – but the Titans East?

Wil Wheaton as Aqualad
Mike Erwin as Speedy
T’Keyah Keymáh as Bumblebee
Freddy Rodriguez as Mas Y Menos
Dee Bradley Baker as Silkie, Le Blanc
Alexander Polinsky as Control Freak

  • Titans East last appeared in TITANS EAST [part two].
  • Control Freak last appeared in EPISODE 257-494. He makes note of this – and is wearing a prisoner ID number that matches the episode number.
  • Control Freak’s team roll call descriptions are taken right from the splash pages of the comic book series from the 1980s: “Robin: Teen Wonder! Raven: Mistress of Magic! Beast Boy: Shape-Shifter Supreme! Cyborg: Half-Man, Half-Robot! Starfire: Alien Powerhouse!”
  • Mas Y Menos still carry a crush for Starfire – as seen in TITANS EAST [part two].
  • Titans East is eating from the same Taco joint as in TITANS EAST [part one].
  • Andre Le Blanc tries to rob the Bank of Pérez – a nod to the co-creator of the New Teen Titans, artist George Pérez.
  • Character designer Derrick Wyatt can be spotted fleeing from the Bank of Pérez.
  • Control Freak names his mechanical shark “Glen” – after series producer Glen Murakami.
  • In prison, Punk Rocket – from THE LOST EPISODE – can be seen behind Andre Le Blanc.
  • Control Freak talks to Titans fans over the internet – which parodies fandom and many fan message board personalities: The Know-It-All Who Could Have Written It Better, The Fangirl Shipper, and the Kid Who Adds Superfluous Agreeable Post.
  • The message board fan with the beard also appears briefly in EPISODE 257-494; He’s dressed up as the female character from “Clash of the Planets.”
  • Control Freak’s double light saber is a reference to “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.”
  • Control Freak’s lightsaber dance is a take-off on “The Star Wars Kid.” The Star Wars Kid is a 15-year-old from Quebec who was goofing off at a school video studio and recorded himself fighting a mock battle with a golf ball retriever lightsaber in 2002. His performance was later downloaded by over 15 million Internet users across the world.
  • The background of the internet chat looked like the matrix from “The Matrix” trilogy.
  • Control Freak’s Ultimate Challenge logo looks like the logo for the reality TV program, “Survivor.”
  • As Control Freak is taken away with the muzzle and stretcher, it’s a reference to Hannibal Lechter from “Silence of the Lambs.”

Producer Glen Murakami on Titans East: “I think [Executive Producer] Sam [Register] wanted Titans East to be a bigger part of the show [than they actually became]. But we only planned on using them as much as we did. I mean, I like the characters. But it felt sometimes like we were doing “the spin-off.” As much as we liked Titans East, we were all fond of our five core characters. They’re such strong personalities.

“I think when we thought about Titans East, we wanted to make them different [from our five main characters]. So we didn’t want Speedy to be too much like Robin. We didn’t want Aqualad to be too much like Robin. So that was hard. I think that’s when the strength of our casting comes into play. Like casting Wil Wheaton as Aqualad. I think he came off a little bit older than Robin, without upstaging Robin. That’s what’s great about our voice actors; You have more personality coming through. Our cast brought so much to those characters.”

Story Editor/Writer Amy Wolfram on FOR REAL: “That came about in a couple of different ways. For season five, we knew the Titans were going to be away fighting, so we wanted to go back and see what was going on in their city. We also thought we did a couple of episodes with Titans East, but no one seemed to truly appreciate them. So it became a fun way to spotlight them more, without comparing them constantly… although we did compare them to the other Titans [in that episode]! But we did show them in action away from the other team.”

French thief Andre Le Blanc has only made one appearance in the original comic book series way back TEEN TITANS #18 in 1968. The self-styled “world’s greatest jewel thief,” arrogant Andre Le Blanc made the international most wanted list. Le Blanc often clashed with the Russian super-hero Lenoid Kovar – who was later known as Red Star. Le Blanc delighted in evading capture by the young hero.

People continue to mistake Speedy for Robin – a joke also noted in WINNER TAKE ALL.

Control Freak’s team roll call descriptions are taken right from the splash pages of the comic book series from the 1980s: “Robin: Teen Wonder! Raven: Mistress of Magic! Beast Boy: Shape-Shifter Supreme! Cyborg: Half-Man, Half-Robot! Starfire: Alien Powerhouse!”

Titans West – the original Titans auxilary team – was often treated as second-rate. It’s similar to the greeting Titans East receives in this episode.

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 Episode 57: Snowblind

“Do not worry, my friends. I have no more need to be alone.” 
– Red Star

Originally aired: October 28, 2005
Written by Rob Hoegee
Directed by Ben Jones

While battling a mysterious creature in the wilds of Siberia, Starfire is lost in a blinding snowstorm. A reclusive young soldier named Red Star comes to her aid and the two become fast friends. When Robin and the rest of the Titans arrive, they discover Red Star hides not only a tragic past, but a destructive secret.

Jason Marsden as Red Star
Ed O’Ross as Raskov

  • Jason Marsden – the voice of Red Star – also played Billy Numerous in the episode, OVERDRIVE.
  • Red Star’s origins are very similar to Marvel’s Captain America. Frail enlisted man Steve Rogers was given the super-soldier formula and became the legendary hero, Captain America, who fought on behalf of his country.
  • One of the scientists that created Red Star was Professor Chang – the evil inventor who appeared in X and TITANS EAST [part two].
  • In the comic books, Red Star was originally known as Starfire in 1968 – twelve years before a certain orange-skinned alien was introduced in 1980. He later changed his name to Red Star to avoid confusion.

Story Editor/Writer Rob Hoegee on Red Star: “I did read up a little about Red Star, but ultimately, we wanted to create our own take on that character. Other than his name and his costume and a bit of his backstory, he is very much a new take on that character. But he is still from Russia, like in the comics.”

“I was really interested in creating a sad, Russian fairy tale, in a sense, so I was intrigued by Red Star, who has a tragic story. […] So here’s a young soldier, who may not have been exceptional in any way, but he was a good person, so when something tragic happens to him, he remained a good person. He chose a life of exile rather than hurt anyone. He really is a tragic, interesting character, and that made him interesting to explore.”

Producer Glen Murakami on Red Star: “We wanted to take the characters all over the place. And I liked Red Star from the comics. We all liked trying to take things from the DC Universe and incorporate it in. That just makes it cooler – to see a character from the comics appear on the show. At least I think it does.”

Leonid Kovar first appeared in TEEN TITANS #18 [1968]. Leonid’s exposure to a meteorite gave him powers – enabling him to become Russia’s first young hero as Starfire. Starfire team up with the Titans several times and changed his name to Red Star [no doubt to avoid confusion with a certain alien female hero]. Leonid later joined the team as Red Star and developed fiery new abilities in NEW TITANS #77 [1991].

General Raskov is based on Red Star’s surrogate father in the comic book series. Red Star’s father, Konstantin, seemingly perished under the service of the Soviet Union. Through much of his adult life, Russian scientist Pyotr Raskov looked after Leonid and became his surrogate father.

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 Episode 58: Kole

– Gnarrk

Originally aired: November 5, 2005
Written by Amy Wolfram
Directed by Matt Youngberg

While in the Arctic Circle, the Teen Titans once again take on Dr. Light. And when an accident sends the Titans through the ice, they discover a new exotic Underworld –and two new superheroes, Kole and her caveman sidekick Gnarrk.

Tara Strong as Kole
Dee Bradley Baker as Gnarrk
Rodger Bumpass as Dr. Light

  • Dee Bradley Baker [Gnarrk] provides various voices for the series, including: Plasmus, Cinderblock, Soto, Soto’s dog, Wildebeest, Larry the Titan and Glgrdsklechhh.
  • Tara Strong [Kole] also provides the voice of Raven
  • Raven makes references to Dr. Light’s failure to learn from his mistakes; He was twice defeated by Raven in NEVERMORE and BIRTHMARK

Producer Glen Murakami on pairing Gnarrk with Kole, instead of his comic book girlfriend, Lilith: “I don’t know if I remembered that. I think Gnarrk and Kole just seemed like a cool pairing; This caveman and this indestructible girl. There was a neat contrast to that. An interesting dynamic that I think we hadn’t seen before.”

“Lilith is tough because she’s similar to Raven. We even talked about using Harlequin, but we couldn’t figure out a way to do that. A lot of times, we talked about characters like that, but that’s as far as it went. Even Jericho, I wonder if we used him enough, or even properly. Sometimes, you squeeze too much in, and you end up not servicing all the characters enough.

Story Editor/Writer Amy Wolfram on Kole & Gnarrk: “I think Glen [Murakami] and the artist had a lot to do with [changing the nature of Kole’s powers]. He wanted to use Kole, but one thing we did develop was her symbiotic relationship with Gnarrk. He could wield her as a club, and they would help each other. I know in the comics it’s a bit different; that Kole could create crystals and fly on them and do different things.”

“[…] The guys went crazy over Gnarrk. They just loved him and the idea of this caveman Titan. We have so many different young super-heroes, and Gnarrk is just a different type of character. But a lot of the guys [who worked on the show] loved Gnarrk. I know he’s not one of the most popular characters and I know [comic book writer] Marv [Wolfman] didn’t like him at all [laughs]. I just spoke with him last week, and he mentioned, “I never liked that character.” But it was especially nice to see this really sweet relationship between these two characters. We don’t really have many super-hero characters that are a team like that, that really love each other and work together.”

Kole first appeared as a prisoner of mad sun goddess Thia in NEW TEEN TITANS (second series) #9 [1985]. The gentle crystal spinner Kole Weathers gained powers as a product of her father’s bizarre experiments. Kole was rescued by the Titans and grew close to the Titan, Jericho, before her untimely demise in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #12 [1985].

In the comic book series, Kole can spin crystal from thin air, as well as transform herself and others into crystal. Kole had no connections to Gnarrk, who was gone long before she met the Titans.

Gnarrk first appeared in TEEN TITANS #32-33 [1971]. A gentle Caveman out of his own time, Gnarrk bonded with the Titan, Lilith Clay. Gnarrk appeared in TEEN TITANS #39 and #50-52, where it was revealed he was engaged to Lilith. Gnarrk earned his name because of his limited vocabulary. When the Titans first meant the teen neanderthal, the only word he repeated over and over was: “Gnarrk.” Thus, that became his name.

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 Episode 59: Hide And Seek

“Tell him I don’t do babysitting.” 
– Raven to Beast Boy

Originally aired: November 12, 2005
Written by Amy Wolfram
Directed by Michael Chang

With the other Teen Titans off fighting exciting battles with the Brotherhood of Evil, Raven is left with the worst task of all — transporting three rambunctious future superheroes to safety. But this simple task turns into an adventure in babysitting as Raven and her young charges are chased through the Alps by the Brotherhood of Evil’s Msr. Mallah.

Glenn Shadix as Monsieur Mallah
Tara Strong as Teether
Russi Taylor as Timmy Tantrum, Melvin

  • The episode features the debut of three characters created specifically for the animated series: Timmy Tantrum, Teether and Melvin.
  • The three monks are animated versions of three Teen Titans comic book creators: The man with the glasses and white hair is classic Teen Titans artist Nick Cardy ; The man with the grey goatee is New Teen Titans artist and co-creator George Pérez; And the thin man with glasses in New Teen Titans writer and co-creator, Marv Wolfman.
  • Spotted on the train: Animated versions of character designer Derrick Wyatt and storyboard artist Irineo Maramba.
  • Raven’s bedtime story is a quick and amusing recap of season four.

Story Editor/Writer Amy Wolfram on HIDE AND SEEK: “Raven babysits. It was that simple. We had a situation where we had to think of some story ideas fairly quickly. We had lined up a few writers who suddenly became unavailable, so we had to get some stories together. We quickly brainstormed some ideas. I think it might have been David’s idea to have Raven be put in this situation where she had to babysit and be around kids, and it just clicked. Everyone liked that idea. One of our directors, Michael Chang, had a daughter who was just about the age of Teether, so we had a lot of little details that came from Michael watching his little girl.”

After being raised to supress her emotions on Azarath, Raven often felt out of her element on earth. She often had problems relating to other people, and would withdraw from such situations.

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 Episode 60: Lightspeed

Kid Flash: Need a little luck?
Jinx: Its only a myth! Who are you, anyways?
Kid Flash: Kid Flash! Fastest boy alive.
Jinx: Are you supposed to be a good guy or something?
Kid Flash: One of the best.
Jinx: Well, Aren’t you going top take me to jail or something?
Kid Flash: I thought I’d get to know you first.

Originally aired: December 3, 2005
Written by Rob Hoegee
Directed by Ben Jones

With Titans dispatched across the globe, members of the Hive Five figure they have it made. Unfortunately their city-wide crime spree is cut short when a new hero in town spoils the fun. Handing him over to the Brotherhood of Evil may score the Hive Five points, but actually catching this lightning-fast do-gooder is much harder than it seems.

Michael Rosenbaum as Kid Flash
Jason Marsden as Billy Numerous
Kevin Michael Richardson as Mammoth, See-More
Lauren Tom as Gizmo, Jinx
Hynden Walch as Madame Rouge

  • This episode was conceived as a Teen Titans episode from the perspective of the villains; Their adversary is Kid Flash. If you notice the structure, it’s very similar to a regular episode of Teen Titans, but the good guys and bad guys are reversed!
  • This episode features a revised opening sequence with the Hive kids replacing the Titans!
  • The Hive Kid’s underground headquarters is shaped like a giant H – much like Titans Tower is a giant T.
  • Michael Rosenbaum – the voice of Kid Flash – also provides the voice of the Flash on “Justice League.”
  • The candy bar Kid Flash steals from Mammoth is called “Lightspeed.” It’s not only the name of the episode – but it’s also the name of the candy bar Flash becomes a spokesman for in the Justice League episode, “Eclipsed.”
  • The Hive Five membership has changed since they last appeared in MOTHER MAE-EYE. Private Hive is gone, and new members include Billy Numerous and Kyd Wykkyd. Curiously, this means the Hive Five is composed of six members! [something Kid Flash points out]
  • Kyd Wykkyd appeared briefly in DECEPTION; This is his first full appearance.

Story Editor/Writer Rob Hoegee on LIGHTSPEED: “Season five was an opportunity to try things that were different – explore different characters and different groups. I think that came about when we conceived an episode where the Titans weren’t even in it. We were at a point with the series where our world was well-constructed, it could still feel like a Teen Titans show even if the Teen Titans weren’t in it, so we constructed an episode which would be exactly the same as a regular Teen Titans episode, except we’d have the Hive team instead. Their mystery to solve isn’t stopping a bad guy, it’s catching a good guy.”

“We knew that DC was going to let us use [Kid Flash] once or twice, so if we were going to use him, we wanted it to be all about him. We wanted to showcase him in an episode that would be all about him, and he’s such a strong, likeable, fun character that stands well on his own. Plus, we hadn’t seen him before that, [so] it seemed to make sense that he’d exist in a vacuum. Show up, do his thing, and go away.”

Story Editor/Writer Rob Hoegee on Jinx: “Well, I like her. I think I jumped on the fan bandwagon in having a peculiar interest in this character. She’s sort of our “Boba Fett” character. She started off in “Final Exam” in a small part, but something about her captured people’s imagination. […]  One of my favorite things is to see bad guys turn good, so that was my opportunity to do something like that. “Lightspeed” was my chance to set that up, to give her a decision to make and reevaluate who she is and what she wants.”

Story Editor/Writer Rob Hoegee on casting Michael Rosenbaum: “Interesting coincidence! [laughs] As we were thinking about the voice of Kid Flash,we thought, if we’re going to use Kid Flash, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could get Michael to do the voice?”

Producer Glen Murakami on Kid Flash: “He’s a little bit like JUSTICE LEAGUE’s Flash. But he’s not quite as goofy. And I liked using Michael Rosenbaum [who voices the Flash on JUSTICE LEAGUE]. I thought that was cool. That was my idea. I like that people asked about that – and wondered how that might fit into the continuity. […] I think we did a lot of cool things with Kid Flash. [Director] Ben [Jones] was really excited about working on that episode. And I think he came up with a lot of Flash gags that were very different from Flash on JUSTICE LEAGUE. I thought we did a different interpretation of that character that was really cool.”

A bolt of lightning endowed young Wally West with super-speed, enabling him to become Kid Flash, protégé to the Flash in FLASH #110 [1960]! Kid Flash was one of the founding members of the Teen Titans.

The creative team hinted that Kid Flash’s identity under the mask would be more obvious than the mystery surrounding Robin’s identity. The casting of Michael Rosenbaum created some symmetry with the Wally West Flash from Justice League. The Wally West Flash also went through a period where he would have to sustain his metabolism by eating frequently; This is something that happens in this episode. Kid Flash eats quite a bit throughout LIGHTSPEED. Flash also went through a period where he was very flirtatious with women; This suave speedster is consistent with Kid Flash’s interactions with Jinx. Kid Flash is also referred to as “The Fastest Boy Alive.” In the comics, he is known as “The Fastest Man Alive” as the Flash.

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 Episode 61: Revved Up

“Chill out, cool cat. The Ding Dong Daddy ain’t cruisin’ for a bruisin’. The prize is yours. All you gotta do is race me for it.” 
– Ding Dong Daddy

Originally aired: December 10, 2005
Written by John Espisito
Directed by Matt Youngberg

Robin’s most prized possession is stolen by the hip hot-rodder DING DONG DADDY, and to get it back they’re going to have to beat him in a cross-country ROAD RACE. But with Ding Dong Daddy making the rules and a few unexpected rivals joining in the competition, it’s anyone’s guess who will cross the finish line first!

David Johansen as Ding Dong Daddy
Tara Strong as Gizmo
Scott Menville as Red X

  • In this episode, Gizmo wasn’t voiced by Lauren Tom as he normally is; He was voiced by Tara Strong (Raven).
  • David Johansen – the voice of Ding Dong Daddy – is also the singer known as Buster Poindexter. Their famous hit is the perennial party favorite, “Hot! Hot! Hot!” Johansen was also the lead singer in the group, The New York Dolls.
  • When “Ding Dong Daddy” Dowd appeared in the Teen Titans comic book, he was patterned after “Big Daddy” Roth, a famous model-car customizer.
  • This episode feature the return of several villains: Gizmo driving a Wheelmobile, Mumbo driving a giant hat, Mad Mod driving a Big Ben racer, Jonny Rancid riding his motorcycle, Control Freak driving the Batmobile, Dr. Light driving a giant light bulb racer, Puppet King driving a puppet-head car, Fang & Kitten driving a pink cadillac, Adonis driving a yellow convertible
  • This episode was inspired by the movie, “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” (1963), where contestants raced around the world to find a buried treasure.
  • This episode was also inspired by Hanna-Barbera’s 1968 cartoon, “Wacky Races,” where every episode, various characters would race in innovative and gadget-laded vehicles.
  • This episode was also inspired by the movie, “The Cannonball Run” (1981), where Burt Reynolds and wide variety of eccentric competitors participated in a wild and illegal cross-country car race.
  • Mumbo’s giant hat is very similar to the 1970s kids’ show, “Lidsville” – where the main villain, Horatio J. Hoodoo, used a giant flying hat as transportation.
  • Control Freak drives a replica of the Batmobile from the 1960s TV show, “Batman;” When Control Freak takes off, the camera shot is exactly as it was in the classic series.
  • One of the villains that Raven and Starfire subdue looks like Galactus, Marvel Comics’ planet-eating cosmic bad guy.
  • The vagueness of Robin’s briefcase is similar to the mystery surrounding the briefcase in the movie, “Pulp Fiction.”

Story Editor Rob Hoegee on REVVED UP:  “We had always talked about doing a “Wacky Races” episode. I think long before we even decided to put Ding Dong Daddy in it. We wanted to do that type of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” meets “Cannonball Run” meets “Wacky Races” meets “Teen Titans.” So as we looked at that story, it seemed like the perfect excuse to use Ding Dong Daddy – who is quite an obscure villain in the comics. And we actually got David Johansen – otherwise known as Buster Poindexter – also former the singer of the New York Dolls – to do the voice for him. That was a great surprise. He really brings that character to life. John Espisito – who wrote REVOLUTION – was the writer on that one. And he did a great job.”

Story Editor Rob Hoegee on Red X: “I’m pretty satisfied with how we left things with Red X. I mean, it would have been cool if season five had twenty episodes instead of thirteen, because we could have revisited him, but I think we gave him a great moment, and I was happy with it.”

Ding Dong Daddy had exactly one appearance in TEEN TITANS #3 [1966]. In the town of Harrison, the young heroes discovered dropouts being hired by Ding-Dong Daddy Dowd, proprietor of a custom hot-rod and bike shop. Uncovering evidence that Dowd’s operation was a front for criminals, the Titans went undercover as would-be drop-outs and exposed his schemes. Ding Dong Daddy’s hipster dialogue – replete with “cool cats” and “daddios” – was exactly like the dialogue in the early issues of Teen Titans. Writer Bob Haney became notorious for the faux-hipster dialogue in those early issues.

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 Episode 62: Go

Thug: “Hey, this isn’t your town. Aren’t you supposed to be with — ” 
Robin: “Just moved here. And from now on, I work alone.”

Originally aired: December 17th, 2005
Written by David Slack
Directed by Michael Chang

How did ROBIN meet STARFIRE? What was BEAST BOY’s first joke? Why did CYBORG build his Sonic Cannon? When did RAVEN first call the Titans her friends? Return to the very beginning and see how it all started – from the word “GO!”

Gary Sturgis as Trogaar

  • This episode is a flashback to before the events of the very first episode, DIVIDE AND CONQUER. In GO, we learn how the Teen Titans met for the first time.
  • The team forms a pose before breaking to take on the Gordanians; It’s the exact same pose from the first episode in season one.
  • This episode is partially inspired by NEW TEEN TITANS #1 [1980], where the New Teen Titans form as a team.
  • During one of the early battles between Robin and Starfire they pan up to a rooftop and two of the people there are George Pérez and Marv Wolfman – the artist/writer team who created the New Teen Titans team in 1980. Pérez is wearing one of his famous Hawaiian shirts. George and Marv also appeared as monks (with classic Titans’ artist Nick Cardy) in HIDE AND SEEK.
  • Spotted in the crowd: Animated character of storyboard artist Irineo Maramba.
  • Spotted in the crowd: Animated character Teen Titans’ colorist Chris Hooten snapping pictures with a camera.
  • Robin mentions moving to a new city and going solo – the second subtle mention to Batman in the series; The first was in APPRENTICE, where Robin mentions to Slade that he “already has a father,” followed by flying bats. This episode also sees the start of the Robin/Starfire relationship.
  • Starfire’s slave costume is similar to her sister’s garb as seen in SISTERS and BETROTHED. Star’s eyes glow, but she does not yet have laser eye beams – a power she later acquired in TRANSFORMATION.
  • Beast Boy is wearing his Doom Patrol costume, as seen in HOMECOMING [parts 1 and 2]; The events of this story take place right after Beast Boy leaves the Doom Patrol.
  • Raven’s distant nature is explained further in the season four story arc [BIRTHMARK, PROPHESY, THE END, parts 1-3]. From those episodes, we know Raven came to earth believing she was destined to bring about the end of everything.
  • Raven tells Beast Boy he’s funny at the end of this episode – opening a Pandora’s Box of bad jokes for years to come. Raven later denies that Beast Boy is funny in episodes like SISTERS and NEVERMORE.
  • Starfire mentions the Gordanian attacks on Tamaran in SISTERS.

Producer/Writer David Slack on writing GO: “[…] You never want to write anything bad. But there’s always pressure. For this one, I guess tremendous pressure. It actually became a little complicated to write. But I couldn’t have picked a more fitting story for my final script on the series. Because it was really fun to do, and truly challenging to write. Usually in a standard episode, you would have an A plot with the villain, a B plot that’s emotional and a C plot ‘runner.’ But for this one to work properly, I had to have 5 plots – one for each of the Titans. So however simplified, there had to be a little arc for each character – because that’s how the story had to work. So it was a lot to fit into a half hour. But I was really pleased with the way that one came out. I think there’s some cool stuff in there and I hope people enjoy it.”

Producer Glen Murakami on GO: “When were were going over ideas, I think it was Rob Hoegee who said, “Hey, we should do that origin episode.” And the more we thought about it, the more it made sense to do it. […] People kept asking about the origin episode. And since we were doing a story that separated our characters, it would make sense to do the episode where they all get together. I think if you watch all the stories back-to-back in season five, I think it all plays out nice.”

Comic Book writer and co-creator of the New Teen Titans, Marv Wolfman:“Although writer/story-editor/Producer David Slack told me it was coming up awhile back, by the time yesterday’s Teen Titans episode, “Go!” came out I completely forgot that George Pérez and I made a little cameo in it. During one of the early battles between Robin and Starfire they pan up to a rooftop and two of the people there are George and me. George is the huge bearded guy in the Hawaiian shirt (George in real life is NOT that Samoan looking) and I’m the skinny guy next to him. (In real life I am anything but anorexic).”

Much of this episode borrows elements from NEW TEEN TITANS #1 [1980], where the teen heroes rescued Starfire from Gordanian slave traders who kept her hostage.

Robin’s initial scene subtly mentions his mentor, Batman. First, there are the flying bats; Second, the thug says, “Aren’t you supposed to be with…” before Robin interrupts him and informs him he now works alone. Prior to joining the New Teen Titans, Robin had a falling out with Batman and went solo. At this time, Robin attending Hudson University in a city called New Carthage.

Starfire’s origin is touched upon in this episode. To protect Tamaran, Starfire’s father was forced to abdicate his daughter to the Gordanian slave traders. She escaped and found her way to earth, where she was rescued by the Titans. She learned to temper his anger with the help of Robin.

Robin and Starfire ultimately fell in love in the comic books series and had a lasting relationship. Just as this episode illustrates, Starfire absorbed Robin’s language through a kiss in the now-classic scene from NEW TEEN TITANS #2 [1980].

Beast Boy’s personality and trademark humor is the same in the comic book series. Beast Boy’s jokes often masked his insecurity. As the youngest member of the team, he was the most unsure and least confident.

Cyborg alludes to his comic book origin, where a lab accident destroyed half his body, forcing his scientist father to rebuild him as a Cyborg: half-man, half-machine. When Raven recruited Cyborg, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt to hide his appearance.

Beast Boy and Cyborg became fast friends in the comic book series – something that is echoed in this episode. Raven and Cyborg also have a little bonding moment; They shared a similar scene in NEW TEEN TITANS #7 [1981].

Raven was, at first, a very mysterious presence of the team. She was afraid to reveal her true half-demonic nature to her teammates.

The Gordanians were a recurring threat in the comic book series. The lizard-Iike race thrived on slavery became their main vocation. In NEW TEEN TITANS #1 [1980], the leader of the alien ship is Commander Trogaar, the same name used in this episode.

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 Episode 63: Calling All Titans

“No, Robin, it is you who have been defeated. I have captured the king… your pawns cannot save you. You have lost. ” 
– The Brain

Originally aired: January 7, 2006
Written by Amy Wolfram
Directed by Ben Jones

The final game has begun. While the Titans are spread out throughout the globe on one last mission, Brotherhood mastermind the Brain makes his move. Robin has a strategy of his own, but as all the villains begin taking down all the superheroes all at once, will it be enough to save his friends?

Hynden Walch as Argent, Madame Rouge
Khary Payton as Herald
Dee Bradley Baker as Tramm, Gnarrk
Diane Delano as Pantha
Freddy Rodriguez as Mas Y Menos
Glenn Shadix as The Brain, Monsieur Mallah

  • This episode features the full animated debuts of Argent, Pantha, Jericho, Bushido, Herald and Killowat; It also features the full animated debuts of Cheshire and Psimon.
  • Psimon was originally slated to appear in the first season episode, SUM OF HIS PARTS. The character was changed to Fixit.
  • Hive students Angel and XL Terrestrial make their first full animated appearances; They previously had cameos in DECEPTION and HOMECOMING [part two].
  • Freddy Rodriguez – the voice of Mas Y Menos – was originally slated to provide the voice of Pantha.
  • Wonder Girl makes her second ‘unofficial’ appearance on the animated series with another cameo. She is seen on the compass wheel.
  • The Brain says “Shall we play a game?” which is a reference to the movie, “Wargames.”

Producer Glen Murakami on the new Titans: “We went through all the characters. and decided which ones we could use. Which characters do we need? Which ones would be cool? What were their powers? We make a list and go from there. We wanted to expand the Titans’ world. That was a direction we wanted to go in. We decided it’s like the Titans were in high school and they graduated. It’s like they went on to college. And when you go to college, you go see the world. That was something we were trying to parallel.”

“When you go to college, you don’t necessarily have the same group of friends. Some people go to different colleges. Some people stay in town. You make new friends. That’s what it’s like. So we wanted the characters to experience that.”

Story Editor Rob Hoegee on Pantha: “I really liked Pantha a lot. I had a lot of fun with her in my episode. It was funny, because Freddie (Rodriguez) did the voice of Pantha in the recording session – and he was awesome – but then later they looped someone else in. I’m not quite sure why they replaced him, because he had this great Ricardo Montalban meets Antonio Banderas thing going on, which is what I pictured her sounding like.

Story Editor Amy Wolfram on Argent: “I liked Argent a lot. I thought she was pretty cool. And had we done a sixth season, we would have definitely expanded on all these characters. Argent would have had her own Titans Tower in London. We had great hopes for all these characters.”

This episode introduces Argent. Introduced in TEEN TITANS (second series) #1 [1996], The second group of Teen Titans were united by a common origin. The sinister H’San Natall alien race produced alien/human half-breeds to act as warrior sleeper agents on Earth. The seedlings – Argent, Risk, Joto and Prysm – were activated on their 16th birthdays. Silver-skinned Toni Monetti learned she had the ability to control bursts of silver plasma energy. Joining the Teen Titans as Argent, Toni evolved from spoiled rich girl to capable heroine. In this episode, Argent even remarks when she receives a Titans communicator that it clashes with her outfit. In the comics, Argent is Italian, not British.

Pantha first hit the scene in NEW TITANS#74 [1991]. A result of the Wildebeest Society’s macabre experiments, Pantha long sought the truths behind her origins. Pantha’s razor sharp personality was softened when Baby Wildebeest bonded with ferocious feline as his ‘mama’ – much to her chagrin. This episode, Cyborg mentions that Pantha and Wildebeest are friends. Upon learning of Wildebeest’s capture, Pantha becomes enraged.

Raven locates the Titan known as Herald. Streetwise Mal Duncan was invited to join the Titans by Loren Jupiter in TEEN TITANS #26 [1970]. Mal later adopted the identity of the Herald when his girlfriend Karen Beecher [Bumblebee] helped fashion a dimension-opening Gabriel’s Horn for him. Herald and Bumblebee eventually settled down and married. But the Titanic twosome has come out of ‘semi-retirement’ when their Titans friends need them.

Raven locates Herald in Dimension X, which is an alien dimension encountered by the Teen Titans way back in 1968. In TEEN TITANS #16 [1968], The Teen Titans discovered that Hillsdale High actually is the secret base for an alien takeover. Entering “Dimension X,” they rescued some of the students. The Dimension X aliens returned in TEEN TITANS #21-22 [1969].

Jericho first appeared in TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #42-44 [1984]. As son of Slade Wilson, Joe Wilson was born with the mutant ability to possess people once he made eye contact. A childhood accident left his vocal chord severed – leaving young Joey unable to speak. The gentle mute hero known as Jericho joined the Titans despite his familial ties. When Beast Boy first meets Jericho, he is playing a guitar; In the comic book series, Jericho was an artist and musician.

In Asia, Robin locates Bushido. Marking his first appearance in TITANS ANNUAL #1 [1999], Japanese teenager Ryuko Orsono became the proud Bushido warrior upon his mother’s death – fulfilling a long family line of honorable heroes. In this episode, Robin and Bushido fight demon-ninjas who turn to dust; Bushido battles various mythical creatures from Japanese folklore.

The time-tossed Team Titan named Killowat first appeared in NEW TITANS #79 [1991]. Hailing from a depressing alternate future, the timelost teens sought to prevent their own future. Originally a soldier for the evil Lord Chaos, Charlie Watkins realized the error of his ways during an accident with a bank of energy converters. Crackling with electricity, Charlie joined the Team Titans as Killowat! Killowat was later erased from time during the Zero Hour time crisis in 1994.

The asian assassin known as Cheshire made her first appearance in NEW TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #2 [1983]. Vietnamese orphan Jade Nguyen learned to survive in the Far East through the study of martial arts and the craft of poison. Taking the name Cheshire, she became a feared and famous international assassin. Jade later had a daughter named Lian, the product of a brief yet passionate affair with Speedy. In this episode, the battle between Speedy and Cheshire has some special significance for long-time fans.

Psimon first plagued the Titans as a member of the Fearsome Five way back in NEW TEEN TITANS #3 [1981]. Dr. Simon Jones was given fantastic mental powers by Raven evil father, Trigon. Psimon gathered the Fearsome Five, a group of criminals, to destroy the Teen Titans.

Wonder Girl makes her second ‘unofficial’ appearance on the animated series with another cameo. She is seen on the compass wheel. Wonder Girl, also known as Donna Troy, is Wonder Woman’s younger sister. She first appeared – and joined the Teen Titans – in Brave and the Bold #60 [1965].

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 Episode 64: Titans Together

Raven: “So, does anyone actually have a plan?”
Starfire: “Yes, we kick the butt.”
Cyborg: “Just like old times.”
Beast Boy: “Only better.”
Robin: “Let’s finish this.”

Originally aired: January 14, 2006
Written by Rob Hoegee
Directed by Matt Youngberg

All seems lost for young heroes across the globe: they have been spread far and wide, their lines of communication have been severed, and one by one, the Brotherhood of Evil takes them down. But as The Brain claims his victory is assured, one brave hero manages to slip thorough the Brotherhood of Evil’s grasp: Beast Boy.

Hynden Walch as Argent, Madame Rouge
Khary Payton as Herald
Tara Strong as Gizmo, Jinx
Dee Bradley Baker as Cinderblock, Gnarrk, Le Blanc
Diane Delano as Pantha
Freddy Rodriguez as Mas Y Menos
Michael Rosenbaum as Kid Flash
Glenn Shadix as The Brain, Monsieur Mallah

  • In the comic book series, the Teen Titans’ battle cry was “Titans Together!” – which is the title of this episode.
  • Kid Flash and Jinx return in this episode; Jinx has reformed from the events seen in LIGHTSPEED.
  • Red Star returns in this episode, having survived the events of SNOWBLIND.

Story Editor Rob Hoegee on Jericho: “There was a great deal of discussion about Jericho and how we might be able to use him – and whether he was worthy of an episode. Everyone agrees he’s an interesting character – but it would be difficult to focus a whole episode on him. Since Jericho uses sign language, there were concerns that wouldn’t animate well. We wanted to do justice to the character, but it just didn’t work out to center a whole episode around him. But we do see Jericho. And he does play a big part in wrapping the season up.”

Producer Glen Murakami on Jericho: “We just said, “Why the hell not?” Jericho is kind of an odd character. He’s sort of a wimpy character. So we wanted to try and make him cool.”

Producer Glen Murakami on Pantha: “I liked Pantha. Rather than all the girls being small, you had this big wrestler chick. Yeah, I thought that was cool.”

Producer Glen Murakami on Season Five: “I think the thing that happened with fifth season was this: we did look for the international characters. So it would seem like, oh here’s a Titan from this part of the world, and this part of the world. We thought that was neat. To see Titans all over the world.”

“We felt like the audience grew up with these characters. And I didn’t want it to get boring. I mean, it seemed like we were starting every episode with some emergency at Titans Tower. And then Beast Boy would do some goofy bit involving food. Then they get called on a mission…. I felt we were getting a bit formulaic. And we were doing some of the same types of gags. And I didn’t want it to be like that. Even though the show was successful and we were doing cool things with it, I didn’t want to get in a rut. We needed to start having the characters grow and do different types of stories.”

See CALLING ALL TITANS for notes on Jericho, Herald, Pantha, Bushido, Argent, Killowat, Psimon and Cheshire.

“Titans Together!” – the title of this episode – was the team’s battle cry in the comic book series.

The overall season five storyline shares some similarities with certain comic book storylines. In NEW TEEN TITANS #13-15 [1981-1982], Beast Boy and Mento avenge the original Doom Patrol by defeating the Brotherhood of Evil. Their final battle on Zandia featured a large battle between the Titans and the new Brotherhood of Evil. Beast Boy’s final confronation with Madame Rouge resulted in her death. Beast Boy gew up a bit during the course of that story – just as he does in TITANS TOGETHER.

The storyline also shares some similarities with “Titans Hunt” [NEW TITANS #71-84 in 1991-1992]. The evil Wildebeest Society captured the Titans one by one; It was up to Nightwing and his new allies – Pantha, Phantasm, Arella, Red Star, Slade and Mento – to save them all.

Jericho uses his powers in this episode. When eye contact is made, Jericho is able to enter another’s body and control their motor functions (except their speech). If the person is unconscious when Jericho enters, he can also speak through them, but retains any speech patterns the person may have. Being mute, Jericho communicates with sign language when not possessing someone or when his victim is conscious. If Jericho can use his victim’s voice, he will speak with the possessed’s speech patterns.

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 Episode 65: Things Change

“Things change, Beast Boy. The girl you want me to be is just a memory.” 
– “Terra”

Originally aired: January 16, 2006
Written by Amy Wolfram
Directed by Michael Chang

After months of fighting the Brotherhood of Evil around the globe, the Teen Titans are finally back home. But a walk through the city reveals that things are no longer as they remembered. And while Beast Boy wants everything to be just like it was in the past, he has to face the fact that in life things change.

Ron Perlman as Slade
Ashley Johnson as “Terra”

  • This episode features references to the events detailed in TERRA, TITAN RISING, BETRAYAL and AFTERSHOCK [part 1 & 2] from season two.
  • This episode continues the theme of reflections from that same story arc in season two.
  • In the actual script of this episode, Terra’s name is only written within the context of Beast Boy’s dialogue. The name of the school girl is not “Terra” in the script.
  • Starfire mentions “AJ’s Music Store”, a reference to series associate producer, AJ Vargas.
  • “Terra’s” school is Murakami School, a reference to series producer Glen Murakami.
  • Storyboard artist Irineo Maramba is seen in Murakami School.
  • The lead character from Napoleon Dynamite can be seen in animated form as a student at Murakami School.

Story Editor/Writer Amy Wolfram on THINGS CHANGE: “The way that I wrote that press blurb was very specific. It does not mention [Terra’s] name. It does not mention what the story is about or anything. It was written fairly vague, on purpose, because that will probably be our last episode. And it’s a wonderful, different way to end a season rather than doing a two-part fight. […] It’s a nice way to remind us of who our characters are. I don’t know that’s it’s necessarily an end, a beginning or a middle. But it shows the characters, after having traveled a whole season, finally returning home. So it’s a nice way to go.”

Producer David Slack on THINGS CHANGE: “Yes, that’s a nice little coda. Or, I should say, a nice big coda. Glen [Murakami] was talking about that episode back in season three. And ultimately, I think we couldn’t have found a better spot for it in the run of the series.”

Producer Glen Murakami on THINGS CHANGE: “We figured it out when we were talking about what the fifth season was all about. I think we even talked about bringing “Terra” back during the Trigon storyline. But that didn’t make sense; It didn’t organically work with that. I was just too many things to try and do. And y’know, I really like the character. But sometimes that alone isn’t a good enough reason to bring a character back. So Amy and I discussed the story and we decided what it should be about. Really early on, we figured out what the story would be and what it meant. And we both really liked it.”

“[…] We did this really, really, super-huge, massive action story. And then we do this really, really, tiny, small, personal story. The show was always about change and shifting gears. It was about being unpredictable. And I liked that. So that’s the reason why we wanted that storytelling in THINGS CHANGE. It’s supposed to be thoughtful. It’s supposed to be slow. It’s funny, because it seems self-explanatory to me.”

“[…] I think it’s a nice cap to the “Terra” story. I think the thing people don’t realize about “Terra” is: she wasn’t cut out to be a super-hero. She had super-powers, but she wasn’t cut out for that. And that’s what makes her a tragic character. And I think that’s what makes that character interesting. It’s hard to explain that sort of thing to people. Like, some characters are born to die. And that doesn’t mean that we don’t like that character. That’s the lesson of that character.”

Story Editor Amy Wolfram on aborted plans for season six: “They wouldn’t have all stayed at Titans Tower. We had this idea that there would be Titans Towers all over the world in each sector of the world. So we would keep our core five, but also expand and get to know these new characters, and have them mix and match-up. We felt that season five was like their graduation. They have sort of moved on and started to make new friends. When that happens in life, you may have a new best friend, or a new friend at work, and things like that, so it definitely would have opened up their world even more so than in the first five seasons.”

“[It]  would be called New Teen Titans. I worked on it over the summer. It was really cool! [laughs] And it builds on what we established in season five. It was really going farther and farther with some things we were developing. Plus, now after this season, we had so many characters to explore and to work with. So that would have been a lot of fun. Glen and I did a mini-bible for it, and we had about twenty-four main characters in it. We had our Titans, plus Titans East, and the new ones we had brought in for the two-parter.”

In the comic books, after utterly betraying the Titans, Terra’s own rage consumed her as she buried herself in a ton of debris in TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #42-44, Annual #2 [1984]. It took a long time for Beast Boy to deal with her apparent death.

Years later, another Terra appeared, claiming to be a time-tossed adventurer from the future [NEW TITANS #79 in 1991]. Terra II made herself known to the utterly shocked Beast Boy in NEW TITANS #86-87 [1992].

This “Tara Markov” believed she was a nameless orphan injected with the first Terra’s DNA by Lord Chaos. But when the smart-mouthed geomorph learned she did not originate from a false-future, she feared she may actually somehow be the first Terra – the psychotic traitor to the Titans. As of this writing, Terra II still doesn’t know who she is!

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