Episode Reviews - Deep Six


Episode #08 - Deep Six
Original Airdate - September 13th 2003

When a mysterious amphibious villain called Trident makes off with a boatload of dangerous Toxic Waste, the Titans hop into the T-SUB and go on an undersea adventure to put a stop to Trident. This is Beast Boy's big chance to morph into all sorts of undersea animals and show the team what a big hero he really is. But unfortunately another big hero shows up to steal the spotlight: a good-looking water-breathing teenage do-gooder named Aqualad.

Review by VortexInfinite
Media by Bird Boy
Titans Writers
Written by Marv Wolfman
Directed by Alex Soto
Producer Glen Murakami
Producers Linda M. Steiner, Bruce Timm
Asst. Producer Kimberly A. Smith
Music by Lolita Ritmanis
Casting and Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Animation Services by Dong Woo Animation C.O., LTD.

Titans Voices
Greg Cipes as Beast Boy
Scott Menville as Robin
Khary Payton as Cyborg
Tara Strong as Raven
Hynden Walch as Starfire
Clancy Brown as Trident
Dave Coulier as Captain
Wil Wheaton as Aqualad

Note: The theme aired in Japanese.

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Pans


Sound Clips
Beast Boy's Mic Gets Switched Off (MP3, 197kb)
"He Just Put on 300,000 pounds. I am so jealous." (MP3, 137kb)
"Who Is This Guy?" (MP3, 177kb)
"I Usually Work Alone." (MP3, 320kb)
Review

This has been my least favorite episode of Teen Titans yet. After a string of episodes that reveal important aspects of the characters, we get a boring, cliché plot that's been used in many, many other shows. The addition of Aqualad did nothing but give Beast Boy someone to be jealous of. Almost every aspect of "Deep Six" was bland and lacked style.

The opening is slightly interesting, though it's the only time the villain Trident is slightly intriguing or threatening. Afterwards we see the Titans in a cool-looking sub, but acting distinctly un-Titans. They never struck me as the type to imitate Star Trek's Enterprise crew. The synchronization threw me off.

Watching the Titans travel through the ocean, one notices how...uninteresting the ocean is drawn. Everything is the same blue color with the occasional coral in the distance. No fish, no colors of light, nothing. Very bland for a Titans episode.

Aqualad's appearances adds little to nothing to the episode. He is a typical hero-type with no back story and little personality. We learn that his priorities are protecting others, not boosting his own ego, but that's about it. No mention of Aquaman either.

Raven has a particular inappropriate reaction toward him, considering she's supposed to be an expert at suppressing emotions.

Throughout the episode, the only character who seems to be acting like himself is Beast Boy. In my opinion, Beast Boy is fine in small doses, but an entire spotlight on his ego and his showiness does not provide anything of substance. Watching him try to one-up Aqualad gets increasingly annoying. ("No, *I* saw him first!")

As Aqualad and Beast Boy track down Trident, it becomes increasingly obvious to the viewers what's going down. Meanwhile, it takes the pair a long while to discover that Trident has found a way to clone himself. At which point Beast Boy does come up with a clever temporary idea ("Which one of you is the best?"). Their escape turns out to be dumb luck.

In conclusion, this was a severe disappointment after seeing what Teen Titans could achieve. Bland plot, bland atmosphere, bland guest star, and bland villain. It just seemed half-assed throughout. About the only thing I really liked would be Aqualad's fish-man. Tram-Tram or something like that. He was the most original aspect of the whole episode.

Three stars.

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