Episode Reviews - Fractured


Episode #24 - Fractured
Original Airdate - August 5th, 2004

When Robin accidentally wrecks the R-cycle while pursuing a nasty thug named Johnny Rancid, he winds up with his arm in a cast -- and doubt in himself. Lucky for Robin, he gets a helpful visit from his Number One Fan: a short little weirdo from another dimension known as Larry the Titan! But unlucky for Robin, Larry's reality bending powers cause more problems than they fix. Can Robin get his nerve back and take down Johnny Rancid before Larry's "help" breaks the fabric of space time and destroys reality as we know it?

Review 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 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
Rodger Bumpass as Dr. Light
Dee Bradley Baker as Larry the Titan
Henry Rollins as Johnny Rancid

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Sound Clips
Johnny and Robin Talk (MP3, 107kb)
Larry sings some of the Titans theme (MP3, 315kb)
"Please! No more Robin yelling at Robin!" (MP3, 196kb)
Larry states his name (MP3, 196kb)
"We did! Together!" (MP3, 259kb)
Review

One of the more positive aspects I find in the Teen Titans cartoon is that is has masterfully set up 5 unique characters that can adapt to any situation and tone. There is no dramatic shift needed for the creative team to tell a comedy story, such as the superb Mad Mod, a horror story like Fear Itself or the typical action/drama story, along the lines of Masks or the 2 part Apprentice story.

This particular episode, Fractured, is more along the lines of Mad Mod; however it seems to have been slightly toned down, which will please a lot of people. It's not as 'out there' as Mad Mod was, which is either good or bad, depending on how you felt about said episode. No Scooby Doo chase sequence here.

Robin's alternate dimension fan boy, Larry The Titan, was obviously intended to act as foil for our fearless leader and it worked well. Robin's frustration of being unable to fight the villains he despises so much was amusing to watch, especially as he had this little kid bugging him all day. He's like those cousins you have that whenever they're over, they follow you around endlessly.

As always, the animation shined. I remember when the designs first appeared online, everyone thought the show would look crappy, but it has, in my opinion, become one of the most consistently well-animated shows on TV.

After my first viewing of Fracture, it quickly became one of my favorite episodes. I like how Teen Titans is a show where you can sit back, enjoy the episode, laugh a little, cry a little and walk away not having to overanalyze the characters motives. In short, sit back and enjoy.

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