It’s time to get dark and gritty with ‘Titans’

If you are new to this wonderful blog, then you aren’t probably aware that I have a soft spot for superhero and the shows that are made to about them. At one point, I reviewed and covered all the DC shows on “The CW.” I figured it was only fitting that I reviewed the latest DC Television show because why not. I was going to review it when it first premiered but I figured, it’s better to wait until the season is over.

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When there’s brooding, you know who to call

“Titans” is a dark envisioning of the popular teen crime-fighting team, “Teen Titans.” It’s the first original series that was created for DC Comics’ streaming service “DC Universe.” With a rating of TV-MA, this is darker than anything the Arrowverse shows will offer. This show makes me really want them to add “Arrow” to their programming and give it the same rating. Fun fact: Arrowverse and “Titans” are produced by the same people.

The show follows Beast Boy, Raven, Starfire, and Robin. Their main mission before it all is to protect Raven from the people that are after her. During this mission, each has their own personal goal that they want to overcome. Raven is trying to stay alive and find her mother, Starfire trying to remember who is she is and her memories, Robin is trying to now be like his mentor Batman, and Beast Boy trying to find a family and just belong. They also meet some fellow “Titans” along the way to assist them in their journey to help and save Raven.

The show itself is paced out rather well but at the same time, it doesn’t give itself enough to tell the story that it wants to tell. There are only 11 episodes, but it’s almost like the story they want to tell would be a normal season length like for “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Supergirl.” The episodes were good but they just left me wanting more. Like I wanted more of the core four. I got the backstory of the recurring Titans and that’s fine and dandy but what about the others?

The production of “Titans” is everything. From the shooting of each scene to the way they introduced the new character. It’s just a well-done show that suffered from the first season hiccups as most shows do. It takes what makes the other DC shows so good and then adds it’s own flair to it. The rating also doesn’t hurt it. You can tell that they decided to tone it down a hair halfway through but it still made the show a little better. It was like the sprinkles on the cake that help the great tasting cake even better.

Verdict

“Titans” is a very good show that has the potential to dethrone “Legend of Tomorrow” as the best DC show. The story is what really hurt it with its first season. I really didn’t give it the time to fully go through the story. Just one or two more episodes might have been just enough to fully flesh out the story. I hope there is another season because frankly, it deserves one. I need to know what happens next. The season ended with two cliffhangers. I NEED RESOLUTION.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Movie Review: ‘Teen Titans GO! To the movies!”

When there’s trouble you know who to call

I love a good gritty reboot of a television show. That isn’t what “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” is. I will get to my review of the new DC Universe show “Titans” later on. I thought it would only be fitting to review the show that really started it all when it comes to “Teen Titans.”

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Now, you are probably aware of what my thoughts on “Teen Titans GO!” are. They have gotten less angry as time goes on. You just gotta view it as an independent series and less of a continuation of the franchise we love. It made the pain go away a little bit. Anyways, “Teen Titans GO! To the Movies” is an actual bad movie. In fact, it was a rather fun time

The movie follows the Titans as they are trying to get Robin a movie of his own. There’s a running gag that everyone including Alfred is getting a movie. It’s a rather funny gag. I died a little at it. The movie is them trying different plans and ideas to get the movie. They run into their arch-nemesis Slade who unwillingly becomes part of their plan to get a movie.

I was rather worried about whether this movie would suck or if it would be actually good. I was pleased that it didn’t suck. It does have its moments where it’s too childish but those are few and far between. The musical numbers are also rather good and funny. Like there is a Beastie Boys inspired number that is actually good. The jokes are also well-timed and doesn’t seem out-of-place.

My only complaint that it didn’t seem like a movie but rather an over-sized version of the television show. It would have been nice for it to feel like a movie made for a theater and not made-for-TV movie. There’s nothing really special feeling to it. Most of the time, they make the movie feel bigger and more important when it comes to movies based on TV shows. “Teen Titans GO! To the Movies.” doesn’t have that feeling. Even if they changed up the animation style a little bit, it would give off a bigger feel to it.

The Verdict

Overall, “Teen Titans GO! To the Movies” isn’t a bad movie. I recommend it highly. It was good time and an overall enjoyable experience. It is just one long episode of “Teen Titans Go!” which is a shame because they could have done so much more with the bigger budget they had. Honestly, it was better than I thought it was going to be. I didn’t have low exceptions but I did think it was just going to be flop. Maybe this will bring back the OG “Teen Titans” series that we all want.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Shows that should have been left alone: Teen Titans

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Everyone remembers, or should have at least heard of, the 2003 television adaption of the DC Comic superhero team Teen Titans (if not,then you must remember this!). Well, they decided to bring back Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy in this year in a kind of continuation of the series called Teen Titans Go!. Unlike my rant about The Powerpuff Girls Z and how it basically ruined the franchise , this is pretty much going to be straight to the point because its just the same show minus some major differences.

The new show is pretty much an extremely watered down version of it awesome original. I know what you are thinking, It’s made for a new audience. But Cartoon Network should realize that any television program involving comic book characters will bring an adult following to it. While the channe aimed towards children during the day, it’s still not an excuse for the cheesy and poor writing in this show. It’s pretty obvious that it isn’t the same writers because Teen Titans Go! has a totally different tone than what was in Teen Titans. Teen Titans Go! is pretty much based around task like finding the ingredients to the greatest sandwich in the universe while Teen Titans was more focused on the villains (The episodes involving Terra was my personal favorite) and even serious storylines like Terra sacrificing her life to save Earth, Raven trying to prevent her dark side and her father from destroying her home, and even had Robin working as Slade’s apprentice to save the life of his friends, who were infected by a fatal virus.

The tones on each show probably had a lot to do with different art styles. Teen Titans was more anime looking while Teen Titans Go! is more cartoonish. The anime feel made it more serious since it looked like the art styling of Cartoon Network’s extremely popular Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Teen Titans Go! was originally apart of the DC Nation block before sparking off on its own.

The bottom line is that if you are going to have the original cast reprise their roles and call it as an follow-up, at least make it fateful to the original. It wouldn’t be as bad if they found new voice actors because then it could stand on its own as a complete new and unrelated show without being compared to the show that made J-Pop and the Teen Titans popular.