Episode Reviews - Kole


Episode #58 - Kole
Original Airdate - November 5th, 2005

While in the Arctic Circle, the Teen Titans once again take on Dr. Light. And when an accident sends the Titans through the ice, they discover a new exotic Underworld --and two new superheroes, Kole and her caveman sidekick Gnarrk.

Reviews by Bird Boy
Media by Bird Boy
Titans Writers
Written by Amy Wolfram
Directed by Matt Youngberg
Music by Michael McCuistion
Animation by Lotto Animation

Titans Voices
Greg Cipes as Beast Boy
Scott Menville as Robin
Khary Payton as Cyborg
Tara Strong as Raven, Kole
Hynden Walch as Starfire
Dee Bradley Baker as Gnarrk
Rodger Bumpass as Dr. Light

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Sound Clips
"Neither is Raven." (MP3, 85kb)
"Aren't you?" (MP3, 60kb)
Review

I’m probably going to surprise a few people by saying I didn’t think this episode was half bad. How do I know it will surprise people? Well it surprised me just now as I typed that.

When you break it down, this episode really didn’t have a whole lot going for it. If it felt familiar to you, it’s probably because in Justice League Unlimited's “Chaos at the Earth’s Core”, we got an identical location—dinosaurs and all. Only in Teen Titan’s version, there’s only two inhabitants among all these dinosaurs: a strange alien girl named Kole and a Tarzan-like man named Gnarrk. Not to deny Kole’s cool design and powers, but how come she gets sole billing in the title? Gnarrk’s just as cool…hell, he used her as a freakin’ sword!

The story was generic Titans fluff. Dr. Light gets a whole episode to himself this time, though comparing it to his comic book counterpart in present-day comics, he’s nothing more than a sissy in a Shriek (Batman Beyond) outfit. He provides good comic relief though, notably in the end scene with him and Raven.

It is a real shame that the fights in Titans have either become boring or just unimpressive to me. I’m sure the kids still love it, but anymore it just hasn’t touched the bar that “X” set in season three; I know it’s not like I should expect an awesome fight scene in every episode, but it sure would be great to get a nicely choreographed scene. I will admit Raven’s enveloping of Beast Boy was pretty neat to see.

What I enjoyed best about this show was the music. McCuistion threw in one hell of a rockin’ good score to go along with the episode. There was some really good music in the fight scenes and it really stood out. Kudos on the sound track, it was really quite good.

Not too much else left to talk about; the characters of Kole and Gnarrk are nothing to get that excited about and the episode in itself felt very much like a retread of past Titans adventures. Nearly sixty shows into its life, Titans is starting to lose its steam, but it’s still got a few fun kicks left in it. Here’s hoping future episodes are more original and entertaining.

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