Episode Reviews - Date With Destiny
Episode #19 - Date With Destiny
Original Airdate - February 14th, 2004
A creepy criminal known as Killer Moth threatens to destroy the city
with a flying army of mutant moths, unless -- Robin takes his
spoiled-rotten teenage daughter Kitten to her junior prom?!? So while
the other Titans are scouring the city in search of Moth's secret
hideout, a reluctant Robin has no choice but to go along with the
villain's bizarre demand. Can Robin survive his date with destiny?
Review by Bird Boy
Media by Bird Boy
Written by Rick Copp
Directed by Ciro Nieli
Producer Glen Murakami
Producers Linda M. Steiner, Bruce Timm
Asst. Producer Kimberly A. Smith
Music by Kristopher Carter
Casting and Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Animation Services by DongWoo Animation Co., LTD.
Greg Cipes as Beast Boy
Scott Menville as Robin
Khary Payton as Cyborg
Tara Strong as Raven, Kitty
Hynden Walch as Starfire
Thomas Hayden Church as Killer Moth
Will Friedle as Fang
Note: Theme aired in Japanese
If you thought the description sounds weird, it's cause it is. If you
thought the preview for this looked weird, it's cause it is. If you thought
the opening theme song was weird, it's cause it...well, it was in Japanese.
Teen Titan's fans should know by now to expect the unexpected from this
show. Not in terms of character writing or plot twists--just pure, out of
the ordinary and twisted animation. And if they haven't begun to expect that
by now--you'll learn to to after this episode.
Did it do a lot different? No.
Did it add anything to any of the characters? Not really.
Was it fun to watch? Hell yes, it was!
The episode, like everyone this season, has featured some of the best
fight/chase scenes this side of the DCAU--both in animation and
choreography. It's insane how much flipping, twisting and turning these
characters (and the city, and the vehicles) do in this show, really giving
you a more action-packed feel than any other cartoon (that I've seen
anyway). I guess one could tire of all of this if this was all the show
consisted of, but it doesn't--it usually has some sort of nice character
interaction, or Beast Boy throws in a good one liner, giving the episode a
nice, rounded, complete feel to it.
I'll admit one thing--I did lie about the character progression. We get a
huge development with Robin and Starfire--it's obvious by the way Starfire
freaks out over Robin's "date" with Kitty ("Meee-ow!"), that she has
feelings for him in some way. I guess everyone has to have someone--Robin
has Starfire and Beast Boy has (or had) Terra; I guess we just wait
for the Cyborg/Raven episode where they express their true feelings for one
Even if the episode didn't do a lot, it was just a well-constructed episode,
complete with the little quirks and quips we see so often on this show. The
show is indeed growing one me to a great extent--I never thought I'd see the
day when I'd welcome more of those wonderful little anime-effects that were
so prevalent in this episode. Consider me a fan of the Titans, 100%.