Teen Titans TV Series (season 2) Review

The second season of the animated television series Teen Titans, based on the DC comics series of the same time by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani, originally aired on Cartoon Network in the United States. Developed by television writer David Slack, the series was produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The series focuses on a team of crime-fighting teenaged superheroes, consisting of the leader Robin, foreign alien princess Starfire, green shapeshifter Beast Boy, the dark sorceress Raven, and the technological genius Cyborg. The season focuses on a new character, Terra, a hero possessing the ability to move the earth while struggling to accept her boundaries and the Titans as her friends.

The season premiered on January 10, 2004 and ran until August 21, 2004, broadcasting 13 episodes. The season also aired on Kids’ WB on later dates. The season re-aired on Kids’ WB during the 2007–08 U.S. network television season on The CW for the final time, but instead airing episodes out of order.

Warner Bros. Home Video released the second season on DVD in the United States on September 12, 2006 and in Canada on September 26, 2006. Upon release of the season on DVD, the season received critical acclaim with the Terra story arc being singled out for praise.

My Personal Thoughts

t’s refreshing watching a show like Teen Titans – this second season just as much as the first. Fans of American animation have had much to be happy about this past decade, especially in the superhero realm, but just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes a show like this one.
That isn’t to say that it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen, it just might be unlike anything you’ve ever seen – that is to say, the visuals in this show are delightful. Combining the best of anime (exaggerated faces, enacting metaphors, etc.) with the more static American cartoon style, Teen Titans‘ second season is as fresh as it is fun.

And, really, that’s what keeps you watching. While the visuals may sweeten the confection, it’s ultimately the stories that keep you sticking your hand back into the candy jar. These are small, simple little episodes, but they’re just so gosh darn fun that you don’t care that they’re so basic.

Date With Destiny puts a fun twist on the old formula when a villain – the obviously demented Killer Moth – demands that in addition to fortune and power, in exchange for not destroying the city, Robin must take his teenage daughter to the prom. A jealous Starfire tags along, morphing into all sorts of funny caricatures before night’s end.

Winner Take All is an entertaining action-packed episode that isn’t scared to admit that its sole purpose is to show us a bunch of really cool fights. From Aqualad vs. Speedy to Wildebeest vs. Beast Boy, the spectacle is animated mayhem at its best. There’s also the more serious Transformation in which Starfire begins to go through a thinly-veiled version of Tamaranian puberty. The cool part comes when a creepy intergalactic spider-creature tries to eat her as she becomes a cocoon.

Another excellent plus to this collection, and this show, is the series’ willingness to experiment with visuals. In the first season it was the MC Escher-inspired Mad Mod, and in season two we have the Crayola-covered Fractured. When Robin is introduced to the impish “Nosyarg Kcid” (Dick Grayson, backwards), the Titans are thrown into a topsy-turvy world that looks to have been drawn with a box of crayons. There’s a long chase scene which, combined with the energetic music, makes for a very entertaining episode.

But the best part of the season is the multi-part “Terra arc.” Introducing the famous Titans comic book character, the episodes paint a nice portrait of friendship and betrayal – on the small, kiddie-oriented screen. As long as you keep in mind the target audience, you should enjoy the story. Simple though it may be, you’re still moved by season’s end.

Of course, the show’s main baddie, Slade (the badass mercenary also known as Deathstroke in the comics) is back for more foiled attempts at stopping the Titans. His recruitment of Terra as an apprentice is nice, but it would have been even better to get some more dimension out of the one-note villain. While the show is great to look at and the stories are fun, if only it tried to push the emotional angle, for both its heroes and villains, just a little bit more, it would really be something.

While it’s not perfect, it’s still a heck of a lot better than most animated shows out there. Traditional fans of DCU cartoon shows (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, etc.) may balk at the anime-inspiration behind the show, but Teen Titans should not be missed by anyone who enjoys animation. It’s a fun, funny little show, and I already look forward to the next release.

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Date With Destiny puts a fun twist on the old formula when a villain – the obviously demented Killer Moth – demands that in addition to fortune and power, in exchange for not destroying the city, Robin must take his teenage daughter to the prom. A jealous Starfire tags along, morphing into all sorts of funny caricatures before night’s end.

Winner Take All is an entertaining action-packed episode that isn’t scared to admit that its sole purpose is to show us a bunch of really cool fights. From Aqualad vs. Speedy to Wildebeest vs. Beast Boy, the spectacle is animated mayhem at its best. There’s also the more serious Transformation in which Starfire begins to go through a thinly-veiled version of Tamaranian puberty. The cool part comes when a creepy intergalactic spider-creature tries to eat her as she becomes a cocoon.

Another excellent plus to this collection, and this show, is the series’ willingness to experiment with visuals. In the first season it was the MC Escher-inspired Mad Mod, and in season two we have the Crayola-covered Fractured. When Robin is introduced to the impish “Nosyarg Kcid” (Dick Grayson, backwards), the Titans are thrown into a topsy-turvy world that looks to have been drawn with a box of crayons. There’s a long chase scene which, combined with the energetic music, makes for a very entertaining episode.

But the best part of the season is the multi-part “Terra arc.” Introducing the famous Titans comic book character, the episodes paint a nice portrait of friendship and betrayal – on the small, kiddie-oriented screen. As long as you keep in mind the target audience, you should enjoy the story. Simple though it may be, you’re still moved by season’s end.


Of course, the show’s main baddie, Slade (the badass mercenary also known as Deathstroke in the comics) is back for more foiled attempts at stopping the Titans. His recruitment of Terra as an apprentice is nice, but it would have been even better to get some more dimension out of the one-note villain. While the show is great to look at and the stories are fun, if only it tried to push the emotional angle, for both its heroes and villains, just a little bit more, it would really be something.

While it’s not perfect, it’s still a heck of a lot better than most animated shows out there. Traditional fans of DCU cartoon shows (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, etc.) may balk at the anime-inspiration behind the show, but Teen Titans should not be missed by anyone who enjoys animation. It’s a fun, funny little show, and I already look forward to the next release.

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