Episode Reviews - Fear Itself


Episode #18 - Fear Itself
Original Airdate - February 7th, 2004

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

Review by Bird Boy
Media by Bird Boy
Titans Writers
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by Michael Chang
Producer Glen Murakami
Producers Linda M. Steiner, Bruce Timm
Asst. Producer Kimberly A. Smith
Music by Michael McCuistion
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
Alex Polinsky as Control Freak
Tress MacNeille as Horror Movie Actress

Screen Grabs






Pans


Sound Clips
"You will be. You will be." (MP3, 280kb)
"Run! It'll eat your brains!!" (MP3, 229kb)
"I've fought psychotic villains..." (MP3, 348kb)
"Whose claws are on my grebnaks?!" (MP3, 241kb)
"I'm afraid not" (MP3, 142kb)
Review

The words "predictable", "vident" and "orseseeable" come to mind when you think about this episode. Yes, it was obvious from the point Raven said she had lost her powers that she was the one conjuring the little beasts up, but many people seem to be ignoring the overall fact about this episode: it was flat out awesome. Between the flashes of light that rippled through the Tower when the lightning came down, to the animation, this episode seemed to not only flow really well, but was beautifully animated along the way.

The main villain of this episode was taken out by six-minutes into it, but what we did see of him reminded me of two things: Howard Groote and the script-writer guy from "Sentries of the Last Cosmos" (both from the Batman Beyond series). He's the ultimate nerd who I'm sure many fans of this can relate to, and he decided to take it out on a local video store for not making "Warp Trek V" one of the top movies on their list. This set us up for the movie rental that Beast Boy made at the end ("Wicked Scary"), which the Titans proceed to watch and get the bejeebers scared out of them at the same time. The movie, despite denying it, seems to affect Raven in someway so that she loses control over her feelings--causing monsters from the movie to come and attack the Titans in the tower, picking them off one-by-one, until she's the only one left and is forced to confront herself with something she'd been denying since the beginning: she was scared.

Much like the other episodes this season so far (sans "Terra" and possibly "How Long Is Forever?"), it did very little in terms of character movement and overall season plot movement--but if we continue to get episodes of this nature, I'll be happy. It entertains me for about thirty minutes, and that's all I ask for...

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