Episode Reviews - Aftershock, Part 2
Episode #26 - Aftershock, Part 2
Original Airdate - August 21st, 2004- Second Season Finale
In a world without Titans, Slade has taken control of everything: the
streets, the city, and the heart of his young Apprentice. But are our heroes
Review by Amazing Spidey
Media by Bird Boy
Written by Amy Wolfram
Directed by Alex Soto
Producer Glen Murakami
Producers Linda M. Steiner, David Slack
Music by Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Lolita Ritmanis
Casting and Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Animation Services by Lotto Animation
Greg Cipes as Beast Boy
Scott Menville as Robin
Khary Payton as Cyborg
Tara Strong as Raven
Hynden Walch as Starfire
Ashley Johnson as Terra
Ron Perlman as Slade
Dee Bradley Baker as Ternion
Note: The review for Aftershock Pt. 1 and 2 are the same.
As Teen Titans was originally supposed to be one season of 26 episodes and
not two seasons of 13 episodes, this season's finale acts as both seasons'
finales, in a way. The Titans are still fighting Slade, and he's finally
found his apprentice, in former Titan Terra.
These episodes act as a follow up to Betrayal in that Terra now has no
feelings left for The Titans, and The Titans have branded her a traitor, and
want nothing to do with her.
As with last seasons finale, The Titans, specifically Beast Boy are left to
face an enemy they don't want to fight, one of their own; one of their
friends. Whilst one could accuse the finale of being too similar to the
previous one, that's not the case. It should be said, however, that the two
part Apprentice successfully achieved everything it set out to do, whilst
here, the result, unfortunately, was not the same.
It continued with the same tone as Betrayal. In fact, there really is no
reason why this couldn't have been a 3 part story; they are that alike, and
the story focuses on the same characters, specifically Beast Boy, Slade and
Terra. The remaining Titans really don't do anything at all, except beat a
bunch of lackeys from previous episodes, which is a shame. Robin, Cyborg and
Starfire are far more interesting characters than Terra, Slade and Beast
Sure, the typical silliness was somewhat evident in the show, particularly
whilst the Titans are driving in Cyborg's badass car. Raven is sick of Beast
Boys jokes, Cyborg rants about his baby, Starfire is so adorably confused at
the jokes and so on. The humor soon went and the action poured in thick, and
didn't really stop throughout the episode.
The episode isn't as enjoyable as it could be, and the problem more or less
rests on Beast Boy. In previous episodes he has been shown as the funny guy,
which ironically also seemed to annoy most viewers who found humor in the
other characters, such as Raven, who wouldn't know a good joke if it bit her
in the cape. In this episode, he acts serious--too serious. It really didn't
fit. He even sounds like he was trying to be funny, which doesn't help his
cause. The problem with this episode really does rest on the characters
shoulders. Terra worked best as a member we weren't sure we could trust.
Once she had turned evil, the mystery had gone, and with it, the interest.
Slade works best as a man sticking to the shadows and playing the people
around him to get what he needs. Beast Boy works best as foil for the rest
of The Titans. When he's on his own, he's irritating. Of course, I'm the
first to admit this is a cartoon for 11 year olds, most of who probably find
him hilarious; but then again, this is my review, as an 18 year old with too
much time on his hands.
The ending wasn't up to much either. Not only could you see Terra's
sacrifice coming a mile away, her final moment was with Beast Boy, when it
really should've been with all the Titans. The underpinning theme to the
whole episode was friendship, specifically the friendship they had, but
lost. If Robin and the rest of Titans who wanted Terra defeated had thanked
them for saving it would've made for a better, more emotional scene. Instead
it was Beast Boy (again!) when we, as viewers, got the feeling he didn't
really want to fight her.
Terra as a statue was weird. It gives us the hope that not all is lost, and
it was nice seeing Starfire give her the flowers, it shows the rest of them
Teen Titans, on a whole works best because of the relationships between the
characters, whether they are teaming up to fight a villain or fighting over
where to go for dinner. When you take that away, the result is usually a sub
par episode, which feels like something is missing. Overall, this episode
was disappointing, but it tied some of the loose ends up. The producers can
now freely choose between using Slade and choose how often they wish to use
him. It also offers an opportunity to freshen the show up a bit, without the
chief villain. I'm certainly looking forward to the results.