Episode Reviews - Birthmark

Episode #42 - Birthmark
Original Airdate - February 5th, 2005

Slade is back and this time he's after Raven. But the Teen Titans question why.

Reviews by Amazing Spidey
Media by Bird Boy
Titans Writers
Written by David Slack
Directed by Michael Chang
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 Lotto Animation

Titans Voices
Greg Cipes as Beast Boy
Scott Menville as Robin
Khary Payton as Cyborg
Tara Strong as Raven
Hynden Walch as Starfire
Rodger Bumpass as Dr. Light
Ron Perlman as Slade
Kevin Michael Richardson as Trigon

Screen Grabs



This episode whooped ass--literally, in every sense of the word. From the highly amusing opening to the beautifully choreographed fight scenes, it was simply stunning from beginning to end. However, its greatest achievement is that it simply leaves you begging for more, which in all honesty, Teen Titans hasnít done so well since the first season. Most of the Terra arc was pretty predictable and Brother Blood was bloody boring. Only Slade has managed to intrigue me enough to make me want to see him again.

I have to add though; spoilers literally killed the impact of his return. I thought it was awesome when Haunted hinted at his return. But the creepiness of his return was lost, simply because I wasnít surprised by it. Itís no oneís fault in particular, as Cartoon Network let the damn episode descriptions out too early, but I can only imagine how sweet it wouldíve been if I was totally unaware Slade was returning. It couldíve been one of the coolest ďOh. My. God.Ē moments ever.

Iíve personally been awaiting the return of Slade with each passing episode. With the exception of a few of the second stringer villains such as Mumbo, Control Freak and Mad Mod, most of the villains in Teen Titans are pretty mediocre, and their attempt to Ďreplaceí Slade as the big bad with Brother Blood was pretty uninspired.

The one thing that I was a little cautious about for Sladeís return was the fact it might simply look like their going through the motions and repeating the same story all over again. Thankfully, this is not the case, and his return is one of great interest, because now heís got a new master, new absolutely whoops ass Human Torch style powers and, most intriguingly, a new motivation. It seems our Slade no longer cares about Robin heís after Raven. This somewhat reminds one of the whole Terra angle, only it seems a helluva lot more interesting.

Some things simply shouldnít change however. One of these things is Ron Perlman. He simply owns almost every single role heís ever had. With the exception of an iffy Hulk, the man is a God animation voices. He brought great life to a somewhat mediocre villain in Batman: The Animated Series displayed the perfect sense of rage as Orion in Superman: The Animated Series

This season has promised to focus on Raven, which I personally think is great. Unlike Cyborg and Starfire, Raven works great when sheís in the lead role, whereas the aforementioned duo works so much better as supporting characters. Ravenís biggest strength is that she works great as both. Another great asset to her is that, like Robin, her past is a great mystery. Whereas one could pretty much accurately speculate what Beast Boy, Cyborg and Starfire were like before they became Titans, its great fun to think about what Raven and Robin were previously.

The ending was cool. Iím just really interested in seeing where this entire story heads. The mere title of the seasonís finale has great expectations from me. Considering how good a build up this gave it, letís hope it doesnít disappoint like the previous ones.

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