Episode Reviews - Employee of the Month

Episode #42 - Employee of the Month
Original Airdate - February 19th, 2005

Beast Boy has only one real dream in life -- to someday, somehow own a Moped. And when Robin won't buy him one and Cyborg won't build him one, Beast Boy has only one way to make his dream come true he has to get a job.

Review by Amazing Spidey
Media by Bird Boy
Titans Writers
Written by Rob Hoegee
Directed by Alex Soto
Producer Glen Murakami
Producers Linda M. Steiner, David Slack
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
Tom Kane as Bob
Rob Paulsen as The Source

Note: Theme aired in Japanese.

Screen Grabs


As a fan who freely admits that he hates Beast Boy with every fiber of his being, I got to say, when the comedy episodes are spotlighted on him, they usually aren’t too bad, to be honest. He makes a mediocre ‘serious’ character; as his voice alone basically ruins any dramatic moments, but the humorous episodes based upon him is simply that, humorous. Not break your rip, ruin your pants funny, but they’ve been known to get a belly laugh every now and then. The funniest line of the episode, however, must go to Cyborg for his “Mooya!” line.

It’s hard to believe that the main premise of the episode was Beast Boy’s desire for a moped. His speech about his justifying his purchase of a moped to Robin was awesome. The episode actually started off really strong but the quality dipped shortly after the opening. Bob was pretty amusing, but for an episode that was supposed to be funny, well, it simply doesn’t compare to the likes of Mad Mod or the immortal Fractured.

Animation wise, the episodes is on par with the average Teen Titan episode; nothing to complain about here. I will add, however, that the design of the villain was damn funny. Not in a weird, stupid way, but in a way that makes you silently snigger to yourself every time you see.

Season 4 seems to be focusing on the characters as individuals, which is probably way the episodes range from brilliant to mediocre. The show works much better as a team. We haven’t had a good ol’ fashioned episode with the team fighting a cool villain in too long now. With the thought of adding more members looming, this season may be the last chance we get.

Overall, not a bad episode, but nothing outstanding, it’s certainly a helluva lot better than last week’s effort.

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