This is something I’ve been looking forward to and dreading for a while: reviewing Teen Titans GO! Never thought I’d actually do this, but I figure with a lot of others giving TTG flak, I thought I’d put in my two cents. Bare in mind, I’m probably going to talk about stuff regarding this show that you’ve probably already heard before, so forgive me if I sound like I’m regurgitating this stuff.
First, let’s start with some history. Little more than a decade ago, Cartoon Network aired a show called Teen Titans. It was based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. Primarily taking influence from Marv Wolfman and George Perez stories from The New Teen Titans comic, the roster consisted of Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven, and Starfire, with some members from the comics as recurring characters such as Speedy, Aqualad, Bumblebee, and most notably Terra, among others. Together they fought crime in Jump City and against numerous villains such as Deathstroke (going by his first name Slade since it was a “kids show”), Trigon, Brother Blood, The Brotherhood of Evil, and more. Highly acclaimed and well-beloved amongst fans, it ran for five seasons from 2003-2006, including a TV movie meant to serve as somewhat of a finale, but not exactly, as there wasn’t exactly a finale that gave complete closure to the overall series, it just kinda…ended. People had demanded CN bring it back, there was even a petition calling for it, and, well, the rest, as they say, is history, and the horror that is Teen Titans GO! came in its wake.
Teen Titans GO! spawned off of some animated shorts that were a part of the DC Nation block that CN used to do before dropping it for no apparent reason. With the other DC Nation shows such as Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and Beware the Batman getting cancelled, TTG remains the only DC Nation show left, despite the block itself no longer existing. Not that that has stopped CN from promoting the Hell out of it and treating it like it’s the best thing it has, despite A LOT of people hating it and wanting it gone, and focus on other good shows the network has such as Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, and more. Not to mention because of its “success”, other rebooted shows done in a similar manner to it, such as Powerpuff Girls 2016 and Ben 10 2016 have come about, though not as “successful” from what I’ve heard.
So what is it exactly that makes Teen Titans GO! such a piece of shit? [Cracks knuckles] Well, let me think: the animation is cheap ass Flash animation unlike the one used for the original show that combined Western and anime, allowing for something unique, innovative, and creative. The characters are one-note stereotypes, ranging from incredibly bland, incredibly stupid, jackasses, dumbasses, and just plain annoying. Despite the original voice actors returning, they have no direction at all, like they’re being recorded either at gunpoint to say the stupid lines they utter or while they’re eating lunch and don’t give a shit. It does everything it can to piss off fans of the original show. It tries to label itself as a “kids show” filled with humor that only they can like, but it’s not funny at all, and I don’t think even kids would find it funny. It also goes out of its way to attack its critics and detractors, abandoning its own audience in the process. Oh, and even the creators of the show admit its stupid, so that makes it ok to make the show stupid, right? WRONG! Just because you think what you’re doing is stupid or that it’s “just for kids” does not make it OK! Haven’t we learned by now that cartoons aren’t “just for kids”, that there are plenty of shows that can be for EVERYONE, no matter what age, as long as its done well? Sure, there are adult cartoons out there and they’ve been done for years, but again it’s depending on how its done that makes those kinds of shows acceptable depending on who’s watching them. I’ll admit, I hadn’t watched much of the show until recently. Beforehand, I only saw clips on YouTube or reviews, such as Mr. Enter. It just amazes me how long this show has lasted. It started in 2013 and is still airing on its fourth season. FOUR SEASONS OF THIS SHIT?!!! How is that possible?
For this review, I decided to tackle one of their “special” episodes, one of their “critic calling” episodes, “The Fourth Wall”. Basically it consists of the villain Control Freak berating the team, being a straw man for the people who hate TTG, calling the show itself garbage in comparison to the original show, and that they must change in order to stay on the air. Of course, the idiots realizing they’re on a show, LITERALLY LOOK AT THE SCREEN in amazement and stupidity, and start berating the audience for watching the show because they’re invading their privacy or something, I guess (uh, TTG, you do know that your fans are watching too, right? so they might take this the wrong way if they haven’t developed the kind of idiotic sense of humor you have). Robin mugs the camera cause he’s an egomaniac (just how I love my heroes, ugh), Starfire acts like an idiot, Cyborg and Raven just kinda do nothing, and then Beast Boy starts taking off his clothes down to his underwear and starts…twerking. I mean, WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!!!
Ok, why is it that a show that’s “meant for kids” does this kind of idiotic shit? These people making the show and the network that air it do know what twerking is, right? It’s a sexual dance meant to stimulate sexual attraction. Just because Miley Cyrus did it a few years ago does not make it ok nor relevant or cool or whatever the fuck they’re trying to do here. It’s stupid, disgusting, and all kinds of wrong. Not only that, but Beast Boy twerks so much the TV screen starts breaking (not my actual TV screen, just the fourth wall thing, I guess, if that makes any sense). Honestly, if he actually broke my actual TV screen with his twerking and popped up in the real world, I’d either run away in fear or grab my metal baseball bat and beat him to death.
So the team ends up trying various different animation styles that look lazier than their usual animation and different kinds of humor in order to be more “high brow” so they won’t get canned. After exhausting themselves, they seemingly surrender to Control Freak, but he’s just in glee because apparently he wasn’t going to get rid of em or something, he was just messing with them to see what other stupid shit they’d do. So the team realizes they don’t need to change at all and anyone who criticizes them need to change instead, and the episode ends with the team raising their asses in the air and farting at Control Freak, even though he’s not affected by it considering he’s on the TV screen and not in the room with them, but I guess this serves as a metaphor for the show farting in everyone’s faces, cause that’s how comedy works, right? Disgusting the audience as much as possible, even if it’s your own audience that actually likes your dumbass humor?
There are others out there that have said much more than I have right now on this show. Honestly, I don’t get what fans of this show see in it. It’s fucking terrible. And of course there’s that bullshit argument that they say about it being for kids and all that. Again, have we not learned over the years that cartoons aren’t just for kids anymore? Even cartoons that claim to be made “just for kids” can be viewed by a general audience. Look at My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Justice League Action. Those are shows that are new variations based on stuff that were originally geared towards a certain audience, but are liked by anyone who watches them now. Speaking of Justice League Action, which I might get to reviewing at some point, that show is what TTG fails to be, or rather it’s a reminder of the kind of show Teen Titans was that TTG tends to piss on just to stay relevant. It’s got the right balance of action and comedy to be entertaining. Sure it may not hit the bullseye, but it’s good where it counts. Also look at the Titans franchise as a whole where it stands now: the current DC Rebirth renditions of the Titans and Teen Titans comics know how to be serious but also lighthearted and fun, as well as epic and compelling, and the current Teen Titans animated movies know how to do a serious story with the team, despite some flaws. There was even going to be a live-action Titans show at one point, but I think that didn’t happen because the networks or whatever were afraid that the people who watch TTG would watch that show too and complain about it being too dark or whatever. What exactly does TTG offer? Superhero comedy? Yeah, I think Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Freakazoid, The Tick, and a couple others would like to have a word with TTG on that front.
Sadly, though, that’s not exactly how things work out. CN just keeps airing the fucking thing so much during the week, kinda making the “don’t like, don’t watch” argument a little moot. One of the reasons it probably keeps treating it like gold (or rather shit painted like gold) is because it’s “easy”. It’s easy to animate and make it look like shit. It’s easy to do this kind of stupid idiotic childish humor it thrives in. And it’s easy for the people making it because they blatantly admit it’s stupid and easy to do. I don’t know what it’s gonna take for this show to get canned or whatever, but I will take comfort in knowing that at least it’s not going to be the only DC animation being around for long, since Justice League Action is airing and Young Justice is coming back. So yeah, there’s still hope.
And don’t worry, this isn’t going to be the only time I review this shit. I still got plenty more to dish out on this abomination. Til next time…