Episode Reviews - X


Episode #28 - X
Original Airdate - September 4th, 2004

When the Titans track down the culprit in a string of recent robberies, our heroes are shocked to find themselves facing a foe they thought they'd never see again: Robin's evil alter-ego: the mysterious Red X. Is Robin to blame for Red X's crimes?

Review by Amazing Spidey
Media by Bird Boy
Titans Writers
Written by David Slack
Directed by Ben Jones
Producer Glen Murakami
Producers Linda M. Steiner, David Slack
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
James Hong as Chang

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Sound Clips
"The only crime here..." (MP3, 80kb)
"And now I smell like Rhino butt..." (MP3, 36kb)
"What's the matter kid?" (MP3, 113kb)
Review

After an average season opener, Teen Titans kicks back into high gear with ďXĒ. While certain questions remain unanswered, I think they remain better this way. The focus wasnít about the new ďXĒ character, it was about Robin and his past coming back to haunt him and school boy error. Itís also lead the way for X to return at a later date.

The premise of the episode was one of Teen Titans most intriguing. David Slack delivers once again. Slack has proven to be the master when it comes to writing The Boy Wonder, and his relationship with the Titans and the obsessive leader side to his character.

The storyboarding was uncanny in this episode. Several of the shots just displayed Robinís guilt so perfectly. Many of the shots had his cape draping over him, almost in a Batman style manner. It brought great mood to the episode. Lotto Animation helped it along with some stunning animation.

While some hated Robinís narrative throughout the episode, I thought it was extremely well executed. With the narration, the audience is shown this is Robinís episode, which is also evident by the fact the rest of the Titans didnít do a whole lot. As my favorite Titan, this was personally welcomed. The villain was somewhat lame, but he played his part. Again, this is Robinís story, his time for development.

While itís not as ďfunĒ an episode as Fractured, or as dramatic as Masks, it still stands out as one of best the series has to offer.

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