Episode Reviews - Overdrive


Episode #48 - Overdrive
Original Airdate - June 18th, 2005

CYBORG is a guy with a "can do" attitude. And with the new MAXIMUM 7 processor upgrade driving his circuits, it looks like he can do more than ever before. But when Cyborg meets his multi-tasking match in the duplicitous BILLY NUMEROUS, can Cy really push himself to the max?

Review by Gareb
Media by Gareb
Titans Writers
Written by David Slack
Directed by Michael Chang
Producer Glen Murakami
Producers Linda M. Steiner, David Slack
Music by Kristopher Carter
Casting and Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Animation by Lotto Animation

Titans Voices
Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Adonis
Scott Menville as Robin
Khary Payton as Cyborg
Tara Strong as Raven
Hynden Walch as Starfire
Jason Marsden as Billy Numerous

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Sound Clips
"He's more Cyborg-y than ever!" (MP3, 86kb)
"Because you..." (MP3, 114kb)
Review

If you thought we wouldn’t see a Cyborg spotlight episode after his spotlighted season (season three), his spotlight episode in season four (“Cyborg the Barbarian”), well you can guess again. This ones all about Cyborg and his need to upgrade his components so he can get more into his daily schedule and while it works out great until near the end, Cyborg eventually has the chip removed when he dedicates all his resources to powering it and nothing else in his system.

I guess on a low level, the episode dealt with drug addiction and it’s harmful effects. Cyborg was so intent on powering his new processor (the “drug”) that he ignored everything else his body or friends needed in order to focus on the processor’s power and catching the villain (the “addiction”). Considering they just tackled racial profiling in the “TROQ” episode, I don’t know if they’re running short on ideas or simply spinning them to fit these scenarios. Not say it’s a bad thing; I don’t mind the occasional good moral episode, just odd to have two in a row like this.

A new villain was introduced in this episode (“Billy Numerous”) and at first you think he’s the most hilarious things to come out of the show; then you spend five more minutes with him and get really annoyed by the hill-billy accent and his attitude. If their goal was to make you hate the villain, they certainly accomplished it in a short amount of time. Fortunately once the Titans devised a way to confuse him (by “multiplying” themselves via holograms, Billy did it to himself until he couldn’t multiply anymore, causing all his clones to zip back into his body), he went bye bye; unfortunately, that wasn’t until the end of the episode.

Animation on the multiplication was fun to see. The blur techniques they use in this show are always cool to look at and they used plenty of them on Billy’s cloning. Cyborg’s dual cannons provided some nice eye-candy, as well as his over-powered system, making his suit / armor glow. Music was as solid as ever.

Not a bad episode, some hilarious moments with Beast Boy (I typed that, yes) and a few laughs with Starfire and Cyborg speaking the Tamaranian language, round out the episode. As with “TROQ”, it’s pure filler, but this one is worth catching.

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