Why No 'Titans' Series Will EVER Come Close to the Original Why No 'Titans' Series Will EVER Come Close to the Original

11 Oct , 2018

As of this writing I have not seen Titans yet, but I know it won’t compare to the original Teen Titans.

Let me tell you a story. Rewind to 2003—After what felt like the longest bus ride ever, I ran home for a new show Cartoon Network was teasing… I didn’t know what it was called, I just knew it had Robin leading a team with badass kung-fu moves.  

I got home, scurried to the couch, snatched the remote into my palm and flicked on the TV. After about 10 minutes of commercials (sham wow!), I heard “When there’s trouble you know who to call…” I felt nothing but jitters down my spine. Wooooo weeee! That was one of the best openings I’d heard in a long time, and I think that helps. Cartoon Network fulfilled my childhood desires.

 

Emotion

The show creators pumped blood, sweat, and tears (ew…) into one of the greatest superhero shows of all time: the original Teen Titans. When Beast Boy, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, and Robin came together, it was like the first time someone mixed macaroni with cheese. But one of the best aspects about it was you could feel the emotion.

The emotion behind this show was incredible. Robin and Starfire were in love, Terra and Beast Boy bonded, Cyborg even got close to Jinx, but none of it was over-the-top. Starfire and Robin especially were infatuated with one another, to the point where I found myself on the edge of my seat waiting for a kiss! When it finally happened, I was in tears. Besides the feels, the characters themselves were developed marvelously.

 

Character Development

Every Titan, besides Starfire, got their own set of stories. I wish Starfire did, she was the cutest (5th grade Leo’s crush)!

The seasons were carefully crafted in a way that made you want more. In the first season, Robin dwindled between right and wrong. In the next, Terra is introduced and the legendary Judas Contract storyline is retold. Season 3 deals with Cyborg’s struggle between machine and humanity. The next season explored Raven’s past and her struggle with her father. The fifth and final season introduced the Doom Patrol and developed Beast Boy’s character.

 

Attachment to character

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The show made you bond with the team. It used a formula very similar to the MCUgiving each Titan their own miniseries and leading up to the finale, Trouble in Tokyo. I guarantee somebody at Marvel saw this and said “they’re doing it right, let’s follow their lead,” now if that same person would nudge the DCEU… but I’m getting off topic. Not only were you attached to the Titans, but the show also had a great balance of genre.

Teen Titans took comedy, action, drama, and a sprinkle of romance, and blended it up to make the perfect TV show birthday cake. While a series like Teen Titans Go! leaned too heavy on the comedy, and Titans appears to be heavy on the action and violence, Teen Titans had multiple genres to lean on.

“But Leo, if you haven’t seen Titans how do you know it’s worst than Teen Titans?” If you’ve come this far, I’ve got your answer.

 

Will 'Titans' live up to 'Teen Titans?'

While Titans looks like a spectacle, it doesn’t pack that same punch. I don’t think we’ll get a balance of genre, heavy development of the characters or an emotional bond to them. It feels rushed. It doesn’t seem like the effort hits home and it wreaks of an Arrowverse vibe. It feels like the writing won’t hold up and we’ll get a lot of bologna in the episodes.

And, cmon, where’s my boy Cyborg at?! I looked forward to “BOOYAH” in every episode and now you’re ripping that away from me? Take him out of Justice League and put him in Titans where he belongs. Hawk and Dove? Scrap em. I know they were in the early team, but cmon. I’d take Cyborg over both of them any day.

Also, let's visit the Starfire problem. No, she doesn’t look like a hooker to me, the fur coat is badass. But the hair color is throwing me off and so is the personality. Yes, this is a new team, new universe, I know. But I want my quirky, curious Starfire back who wasn’t used to earth customs and leaned on Robin for everything (except fighting, she kicks ass all on her own). This series will never come close to Teen Titans.

I’ve come to terms that Teen Titans Go wasn’t made for me. It’s goofy and silly—it’s for children and it can stay that way.

What do you think of Titans? Do you think it will be as good as Teen Titans, or do you agree with me that it will come nowhere near? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

For a brief history of the Teen Titans team, check out the video below on A Brief History of the Teen Titans.

 

As of this writing I have not seen Titans yet, but I know it won’t compare to the original Teen Titans.

Let me tell you a story. Rewind to 2003—After what felt like the longest bus ride ever, I ran home for a new show Cartoon Network was teasing… I didn’t know what it was called, I just knew it had Robin leading a team with badass kung-fu moves.  

I got home, scurried to the couch, snatched the remote into my palm and flicked on the TV. After about 10 minutes of commercials (sham wow!), I heard “When there’s trouble you know who to call…” I felt nothing but jitters down my spine. Wooooo weeee! That was one of the best openings I’d heard in a long time, and I think that helps. Cartoon Network fulfilled my childhood desires.

 

Emotion

The show creators pumped blood, sweat, and tears (ew…) into one of the greatest superhero shows of all time: the original Teen Titans. When Beast Boy, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, and Robin came together, it was like the first time someone mixed macaroni with cheese. But one of the best aspects about it was you could feel the emotion.

The emotion behind this show was incredible. Robin and Starfire were in love, Terra and Beast Boy bonded, Cyborg even got close to Jinx, but none of it was over-the-top. Starfire and Robin especially were infatuated with one another, to the point where I found myself on the edge of my seat waiting for a kiss! When it finally happened, I was in tears. Besides the feels, the characters themselves were developed marvelously.

 

Character Development

Every Titan, besides Starfire, got their own set of stories. I wish Starfire did, she was the cutest (5th grade Leo’s crush)!

The seasons were carefully crafted in a way that made you want more. In the first season, Robin dwindled between right and wrong. In the next, Terra is introduced and the legendary Judas Contract storyline is retold. Season 3 deals with Cyborg’s struggle between machine and humanity. The next season explored Raven’s past and her struggle with her father. The fifth and final season introduced the Doom Patrol and developed Beast Boy’s character.

 

Attachment to character

Image result for teen titans

The show made you bond with the team. It used a formula very similar to the MCUgiving each Titan their own miniseries and leading up to the finale, Trouble in Tokyo. I guarantee somebody at Marvel saw this and said “they’re doing it right, let’s follow their lead,” now if that same person would nudge the DCEU… but I’m getting off topic. Not only were you attached to the Titans, but the show also had a great balance of genre.

Teen Titans took comedy, action, drama, and a sprinkle of romance, and blended it up to make the perfect TV show birthday cake. While a series like Teen Titans Go! leaned too heavy on the comedy, and Titans appears to be heavy on the action and violence, Teen Titans had multiple genres to lean on.

“But Leo, if you haven’t seen Titans how do you know it’s worst than Teen Titans?” If you’ve come this far, I’ve got your answer.

 

Will 'Titans' live up to 'Teen Titans?'

While Titans looks like a spectacle, it doesn’t pack that same punch. I don’t think we’ll get a balance of genre, heavy development of the characters or an emotional bond to them. It feels rushed. It doesn’t seem like the effort hits home and it wreaks of an Arrowverse vibe. It feels like the writing won’t hold up and we’ll get a lot of bologna in the episodes.

And, cmon, where’s my boy Cyborg at?! I looked forward to “BOOYAH” in every episode and now you’re ripping that away from me? Take him out of Justice League and put him in Titans where he belongs. Hawk and Dove? Scrap em. I know they were in the early team, but cmon. I’d take Cyborg over both of them any day.

Also, let's visit the Starfire problem. No, she doesn’t look like a hooker to me, the fur coat is badass. But the hair color is throwing me off and so is the personality. Yes, this is a new team, new universe, I know. But I want my quirky, curious Starfire back who wasn’t used to earth customs and leaned on Robin for everything (except fighting, she kicks ass all on her own). This series will never come close to Teen Titans.

I’ve come to terms that Teen Titans Go wasn’t made for me. It’s goofy and silly—it’s for children and it can stay that way.

What do you think of Titans? Do you think it will be as good as Teen Titans, or do you agree with me that it will come nowhere near? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

For a brief history of the Teen Titans team, check out the video below on A Brief History of the Teen Titans.

 

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