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RoyalRubble

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Tune in to a new Teen Titans Go! hour-long special, tonight at 6:00PM ET on Cartoon Network! Check out the long-awaited sequel to The Night Begins to Shine! Note the special is actually 5 separate episodes edited together.

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Teen Titans Go! "The Night Begins to Shine 2: You're the One"
Episode Debut - July 10, 2020

"Chapter One: Mission to Find the Lost Stems"
The elderly Titans decide to take one last trip to the world of Night Begins to Shine only to encounter a new villian ruling the land, Ultralak.

"Chapter Two: Drums"
In order to stop Ultralak, the Titans must find three music stems, but will need help from a local Miner to get the first stem away from the Sheriff.

"Chapter Three: Guitar"
The Titans are horrified to learn that songs are being melted down and polluting the landscape.

"Chapter Four: Bass"
To retrieve the final stem, the Titans must conquer a virtual world full of increasingly harder obstacles.

"Chapter Five: You're the One"
The Titans use the stems to summon BER, but will it be enough to stop Ultralak?

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That was beautiful and an epic finish! A fantastic sequel. They really outdone themselves! It could have even been a really good series finale given it's the senior Titan's last adventure and they decide to stay in the NBTS world. Loved the quest and story centered on music and themes like creation and freedom. And each part of the quest drew on different themes like a Western and redemption, nature vs. corporation, and a video game but with the classic 80s twists that inspired B.E.R. in the first place.

One gripe, I was hoping to see Sweet restored.

It's funny in the first NBTS, I thought the dragon was an ex-member and here it turned out Ultralak was the ex-member.

Looking forward to getting the new song if and when it's officially posted. I also dug the music after Cyborg realized the secret behind the video game.

Looks like a 4 day event in August based on Carmen Sandiego, lol. And I believe where that Game of Thrones tease from a past convention finally comes into play. Think I saw the designs in the promo.

Also in terms of credits: Brady Klosterman wrote all 5 chapters, Peter Rida Michail directed chapter 1 to 3, and James Krenzke directed chapter 4 to 5. Jonathan Adams voiced Ultralak, Malcolm McDowell voiced Baxtory, Dan Bakkedahl voiced Sheriff, Jaleel White voiced Miner, James Hong voiced Turtle, and Peter Stormare voiced Fibulon.

So far "You're the One" is on iTunes.
 
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Fone Bone

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Teen Titans Go! "Night Begins To Shine 2: You're The One: Chapter One: Mission To Find The Lost Stems"

This review can go a couple of different ways. Perhaps I'll (correctly) point out that the series is simply going back to the well of the one thing it did that was well-liked, and is adding absolutely nothing new to the premise that justifies clumsily piggybacking on the reputation of their best received episode. I could do that. Or I could truthfully say that even if that were true, there wasn't actually anything wrong with the episode. If you wanted me to decry this as a cynical, unoriginal cash grab, whether it's true or not, the episode needed to be MUCH worse.

I like the framing structure of the elderly Titans. It not only gives the proceedings the proper apocalyptic feel, but it feels like we're crazily witnessing the Titans' actual last adventure. It's like Justice League Unlimited's "Epilogue". It's the series finale but it's not the last episode. I like that idea.

Malcolm MacDowell returns but he's weirdly not voicing Mad Mod.

Solid. ****.

Teen Titans Go! "Night Begins To Shine 2: You're The One: Chapter Two: Drums"

Awesome.

The Sheriff reminds me greatly of Jonah Hex, which would be the randomest crossover ever, but would also weirdly fit the futuristic Western motif.

Is it just me, or are these episodes, the most openly satirical episodes of the entire series, also the most earnest and sincere-feeling? I knew it's a spoof of overwrought storytelling. But unlike whenever Family Guy does that, it doesn't break character to point out how lame it is. As such I take "There's a new sheriff in town" as fun instead of stupid. There is something to be said for playing a joke so straight that you are no longer even joking. I think that's sort of what happened in the BER episodes. And the show is better for it, at least for these episodes. ****1/2.

Teen Titans Go! "Night Begins To Shine 2: You're The One: Chapter Three: Guitar"

Starting off the episode in a tightly boarded and animated chase sequence with little dialogue? Total Samurai Jack move. A LOT of the episode felt like Genndy's Masterwork.

I love the guest voice cast. I sort of recognize their voices, but they are effective because they don't sound like voices I've heard come out of cartoon characters before. I'm pretty sure I heard the Turtle guy on Teen Titans before, but for the guest cast they hired regular actors instead of voice actors.

Pretty much every Heavy Metal-stylized cartoon needs a giant psychedelic turtle at some point. Checks. Clear. We're good.

I love this stuff. *****.

Teen Titans Go! "Night Begins To Shine 2: You're The One: Chapter Four: Bass"

A TRON riff? Methinks they are cross-mixing head flick genres a wee bit, but it all looks good stoned. ****.

Teen Titans Go! "Night Begins To Shine 2: You're The One: Chapter Five: You're The One"

That was pitch-perfect. Which in a music episode is everything.

I love that Ultralak turned out to be former BER rhythm guitarist Neal Adams. Great twist.

I love the resolution that the Titans are going to simply stay in that world and not go back to being elderly. As far as series finale endings go, you don't get much happier than that.

The "Check, Check" thing was a great observational gag, and was a brief reminder this show is actually a comedy.

Really, anything past this point is gravy. The series just showed us its actual endpoint. And it was freaking glorious. *****.
 

Fone Bone

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Interesting. That's neat.

07/24:
Mods, please merge this double-post.

Teen Titans Go! "Where Exactly On The Globe Is Carl Sanpedro?: Part 1"

I love Berto's voice actor because it is clear he is not a professional. The fact that he sort of sucks at it is the very reason it is charming.

Ballet teachers are supposedly brutal slavedrivers, and this idea was shown here played for laughs. But somebody needs to look into that.

Robin licks the footprint because Robin is atrocious.

"Mama, like!" Oh, Raven. Never change.

I like the cartoon Fred Flintstone sound effects on the Titans' feet at they hurried to the battle ship.

Not sure this premise needed to be stretched to four episodes, but we'll see. I liked the first part at any rate. ****.

Teen Titans Go! "Where Exactly On The Globe Is Carl Sanpedro?: Part 2"

So apparently a little of Berto goes a long way.

This show is cynical. It nitpicks the obvious plot flaws and oversights inherent in the Carmen Sandiego computer games. Fair enough.

But the show is a little TOO cynical. It tries to talk smack about the acapella theme song for the game show. You can't believably do that. That's the one thing in the Carmen Sandiego franchise that everybody loves and considers above reproach.

All right. But don't be dissing my Rockapella. ***1/2.

Teen Titans Go! "Where Exactly On The Globe Is Carl Sanpedro?: Part 3"

That was nonsense.

Robin needs to shut his mouth hole.

Are Bollywood fight scenes supposed to be serious or funny? I don't feel like we definitively decided that.

Meh. **1/2.

Teen Titans Go! "Where Exactly On The Globe Is Carl Sanpedro?: Part 4"

No. Just no.

Berto died in real life? That's a bummer.

You know what? This is a kids show. It should NOT be referencing Game Of Thrones. There is no bigger example of the fact that Titans Tower need a parental figure looking out for it than the idea that the Teen Titans watch that. It's half-torture-porn, half actual-porn. Not an appropriate thing to parody.

Yeah, the Carmen Sandiego spoof is dated. But it's at least age-appropriate.

Cyborg as Hodor was a pretty good joke. But again, it's not a joke this show should be making. *.
 
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Teen Titans Go! "Where Exactly on the Globe is Carl Sanpedro?", Part 1
Episode Debut - August 10, 2020

The Titans fly to Los Angeles but end up in San Pedro, where Berto tells them about the villainous long shoreman, Carl Sanpedro.

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I'll preface this 4 parter, going into this arc, I was thinking it would have a tough time competing with the glory of a Night Begins to Shine 5 parter but then they also centered a 4 parter around an educational game franchise. So I'm not expecting much.

Pretty funny Beast Boy tried to pack Sticky Joe and Raven referenced the Death Toilet movies with the poster. But we all knew Robin would disappoint them somehow with his frugality. And a mech made of shipping containers defeated by fast food overload? Uh-huh.

Convenient that this Carl Sanpedro strikes when the Teen Titans happen to be in San Pedro. My brain immediately invoked Occam's razor and deduced that Sanpedro is probably Berto or Michael Jelenic. More so the former at the end when Berto says "I know all the tricks of the casual" and shows up at the docks after Sanpedro runs away. If he is, why? Well, Carmen Sandiego was educational in nature. Maybe Berto wants to do the same here and made up this villain as an impetus to get the Titans to travel off the beaten path.
 

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Teen Titans Go! "Where Exactly on the Globe is Carl Sanpedro?", Part 2
Episode Debut - August 11, 2020

Carl Sanpedro has struck again, this time in Jamaica, so the Titans take off for the Caribbean.

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Pt. 2

All the nods to the Carmen Sandiego game/books were kinda groan worthy. The episode really cements why it was for children and questions how effective they were for children's education. I mean I did get how it's used here when comes back to bite the Titans when they try to process the warrant and fail. But eh. I did chuckle at the Titans beating the tar out of the henchmen to Robin's horror, Robin wasting hours looking through the almanac, and Cyborg having a mental breakdown because he got speared at Dunn's River Falls.
 

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Teen Titans Go! "Where Exactly on the Globe is Carl Sanpedro?", Part 3
Episode Debut - August 12, 2020

The Titans travel to India to stop Carl Sanpedro and learn about the sport of cricket.

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The Batman pun was the eye roll of eye rolls but the nod to Bollywood fight sequences was well done I guess. Starting to feel like this should have been a 2 parter.
 

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Teen Titans Go! "Where Exactly on the Globe is Carl Sanpedro?", Part 4
Episode Debut - August 13, 2020

In the final epic showdown with Carl Sanpedro, the Titans head to Croatia, the home of dragons and ice zombies.

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8/13: Raven telling Robin he lives an embarrassing life was :D :D

Robin immediately realizing the zombie king was Mr. Freeze was hilarious.

I never watched Game of Thrones so I've had to look stuff up. So if anyone can correct me on anything wrong, by all means:
*The tree throne was the Oakenseat. On it is a three-eyed raven.
*Starfire was Daenerys Targaryen
*Robin was Jon Snow
*Beast Boy was Grey Worm and Drogon
*Cyborg was Hodor
*Raven was Bran Stark
*Mr. Freeze was the Night King
*Ice Zombie army were Wights
*Sanpedro's dragon was the Ice Dragon
*"The boy king everyone hates" was a reference to Joffrey Baratheon
*The tree Raven uses to time travel was a nod to the Greenseer/Three Eyed Raven
*The shame scene is a nod to the Walk of atonement minus the nudity.
*Raven's summoning of the Croatian bird is warging.
*The tree that grabs Sanpedro was the Heart Tree

Ok, so yeah, the twist was it was Berto trying to teach the Titans something rather than just Robin.

Overall, the 4 parter was uneven, dragged out, some laughs here and there but nothing to write home to. But of course, it was saddening to learn the the real Albert Jelenic passed away during making of this.

10/2: Next week's 5 episodes are on CN's site if anyone's interested. It is highly recommended you do not watch all five episodes in a row, Anime Superhero is not responsible for any subsequent brain damage that may occur. :p
 
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Fone Bone

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Teen Titans Go! "Ghost With The Most"

Beetlejuice is a very rare character in movie history, and he's very rare character in fiction too. Beetlejuice is a flawed film, no question, but that applies to all of Tim Burton's films (except notably Ed Wood). A lot of criticism I've seen of Beetlejuice: The Movie involves the fact that Beetlejuice the character appears onscreen so rarely. And I don't know if film critics back then truly understood stuff like this, but it's the fact that he appears so little which is why he is great. Every single moment Beetlejuice is onscreen is pretty much perfect comedy and cinema. Every second is pitch-perfect and dynamite. He is without a doubt Michael Keaton's greatest role of all time. And the idea of using a amazing character rarely so it means more when he's onscreen is not something most of Hollywood really understands the value of. It's the reason Bill Murray chooses most of his supporting roles, and why Murray is almost always the best thing in every movie he's in (yes, including Ed Wood). Usually when fiction, particularly television, finds a character that works or resonates with the audience, they run them into the ground. Kenneth was the best part of the first season of 30 Rock, so the show became painfully all about him, until we got totally sick of him, and then he and the show just plain sucked from that point on. The Office struck similar comedy gold with the character of Creed, but they were wise enough to barely use him except for maybe one memorable scene or line per episode. And that idea is the value of Bill Murray, and it's the entire reason Beetlejuice is so amazing.

Which is why an entire animated series using the character as a main character was a bad idea back in the 1980's/90's. This episode, while exploring some of the best scenes and bits from the movie, doesn't seem to get that Beetlejuice should never be the star until maybe the last 15-20 minutes of the picture. And maybe while it is true nobody could ever live up to Michael Keaton, they surely could have looked a little harder to match his voice here. Truthfully, I don't think the guy they got on the animated series sounded too much like him either, but he was a MUCH closer match than TTG's version.

While I am disappointed and annoyed they didn't put up the money to get the Danny Elfman Beetlejuice Theme rights, I AM impressed they at least licensed "Day-O". That meant something to me at least. That was the best scene of the movie that Michael Keaton did not actually appear in.

Maybe it is unfair of me (or anyone else) to judge a cartoon Beetlejuice not played by Michael Keaton by the movie's impossible -to-meet standards. But he is like the absolute perfect example of a fictional character you could ever describe. Of COURSE I'm gonna admit when a new version of him disappoints me. ***.

Teen Titans Go! "Bucket List"

Bah! I don't have a bucket list. Bucket lists are for normal people. That ain't me. Having a bucket list means I'm resigning myself to only do the things I really wanna do once. Pass.

Beast Boy's dog joke would have been funny with the right delivery, but Cyborg's Urkel bit would have been bewildering no matter how Starfire told it.

"It's means dead, yo." The TV-PG rating comes in handy sometimes. Not often. But sometimes.

So-so episode. ***.

Teen Titans Go! "Kryptonite"

It's funny to point out that Flash's weakness is running too fast. That doesn't actually make too much sense, does it?

Beast Boy can overcome his dog cone weakness if he turns into an anteater or an elephant.

Oh, Starfire. The Titans are EVERYONE they meet's weakness.

Pretty good. ***1/2.

Teen Titans Go! "Thumb War"

I like Raven commenting that that was a nice ending. Because the show does not have many of those.

Opinion: Starfire is the dumbest Titan and she always was. The Thumb War seems quite unnecessary.

Robin's baby voice continues to be super creepy and obnoxious. I cannot overstate how much I hate it.

I would have preferred the thumbs be gruesomely severed by hedge-clippers in a blood-spurting fashion, but I'm not actually writing the show.

All right. ***.

Teen Titans Go! "TV Knight 6"

I love that Alfred puts Batman in the toddler seat of the shopping cart.

Pocket Robins are exactly as useful and accessible as Pokemon. So... Yeah.

The Bob Ross parody was great. When Raven says, "That tooth looks a little lonely, let's give him some friends" I was like, "This show actually knows its Bob Ross." That's precisely the kind of asinine thing he routinely said. And if anyone know what shame Beast Boy actually has to cover, it should be Raven.

I love these TV Knight episodes. ****.
 
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Teen Titans Go! "Ghost With The Most"
And maybe while it is true nobody could ever live up to Michael Keaton, they surely could have looked a little harder to match his voice here. Truthfully, I don't think the guy they got on the animated series sounded too much like him either, but he was a MUCH closer match than TTG's version.
Fun fact: Beetlejuice in this episode was voiced by Alex Brightman, who played Beetlejuice in the Broadway play (which is a thing I did not know existed until now)
 

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