For one glorious moment, this show was frickin’ hardcore.
The thing about these weird early episodes of Teen Titans Go! is that they’re significantly more grounded than later episodes, and no episode exemplifies that more than this one. Of course, by “grounded” I mean “less bizarrely random.” If this episode had been made during the third season, the DMV would probably come to life and need to be defeated with the power of traffic cones.
Robin trying to get back his driver’s license while unknowingly acting as a getaway driver is a plot that could work on pretty much any Cartoon Network show. The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, you name it; if there’s a character old enough to have a license, then you could easily do this plot. Heck, for Gumball and Uncle Grandpa, you could keep the majority of the episode’s over-the-top gags, like landing on a rainbow, or driving into a store.
|Yeah, this looks like something Uncle Grandpa could do with his mouth.|
It really is simply a slice-of-life story with the trappings of Teen Titans Go! Robin wants his license back, with humorous complications and the obligatory subplot.
Cyborg’s memory loss subplot is kind of barebones. Cyborg forgets who Starfire is, asks who she is a few times, and suddenly gets his memory back at the very end.
|Beast Boy is oddly chill with Cyborg's sudden hostility. Must be some good drugs.|
Robin’s inflated ego begins to pump itself up in this episode, where he calls himself a...
...repeatedly despite all evidence to the contrary. Actually, I take that back. He seems to be a pretty good driver every time we see him onscreen, so I can’t help but wonder what he was doing to crash the Batmobile. Still, the ego’s there. And it seems as though the Titans think less of him now than they did in the first episode, which will be an ongoing slide into loathing territory soon enough.
Ed (Jeff Bennett)
Poor Ed. Sure, the guy was a serial bank robber, but Hell is a pretty severe punishment. Probably the most severe. However, this episode was produced before the last episode, “Pie Bros.” In that episode, Ed is seen as Beast Boy’s defendant that he accidentally convicts beyond a shadow of a doubt. Which would have been a nice little bit of continuity between episodes.
|Hey, at least it's better than Hell, right?|
One of the compliments I can give to there early episodes is that the animators are more willing to take risks and go off-model.
|"I'm drawn more dynamically than usual! No time to explain!"|
In the end, this might actually be the most forgettable episode of Teen Titans Go! It’s not bad, but there’s really nothing about it that makes it as memorable as, say, “Pie Bros.”
Next time, though, the writers tackle their first episode featuring Trigon, one of the most fearsome and darkest recurring antagonists of the original Teen Titans. Let's see how long it takes Teen Titans Go! to irrevocably anger fans of Raven. See you then!