Well, it’s finally here! It took me longer than expected, I’ll admit, but I’ve finally managed to rank the episodes of all five seasons! Season Five is wildly different from the other four seasons though. Despite this being Beast Boy’s season, more emphasis is put on heroes outside of the five main Titans meaning quite a few episodes don’t even have the Titans in at all. Some people liked this season, and as you might have guessed, some people hated it. What do I think? While I see where the people who dislike this season are coming from, I have a soft spot for this season. You have to admit, this season has some really good standalone episodes, and although the main story arc isn’t the best, it’s still pretty good. Like every season, Season Five has its fair share of both good and bad, and I think a lot of people judge this season for what it isn’t, not what it is. Anyway, I’ve blabbered on long enough. Let’s look at the final season of Teen Titans!
Kole was an easy choice for last place for me. It’s the most forgettable episode of the entire season, and possibly the entire series. I’m not saying the episode is bad, but it simply has nothing going for it. A new, superheroine with crystal powers is introduced as well as her caveman friend. Doctor Light, who’s probably the best part of the episode, shows up, and realises he can use her powers to power his machine. The Titans fight and stop him with the help of Kole’s caveman friend. The end. So much of this episode just feels unnecessary, like they were padding the episode out to fit a twenty minute time slot. A few of the scenes don’t even have any music over them, meaning there’s just an awkward silence at some points in the episode. I can’t even remember most of the episode, and if that isn’t proof that this Kole isn’t that great, then I don’t know what is. Thankfully, the rest of Season Five is much better.
#12 Homecoming Part Two
Did you know, the writers actually thought of several names for this episode? Before they came up with ‘Homecoming’, the two-parter was actually called ‘The Doom Patrol be Unbearable Assholes for Forty Minutes’. Jokes aside, I can’t stand the Doom Patrol. They’re stubborn for the sake of being stubborn and honestly, I don’t understand how Beast Boy ever put up with their shit. I hated Mento more than I hate most villains on the show, Elasti-Girl just goes along with whatever he says, Robot Man is rude and thinks the Titans are ‘just kids, kids that saved the entire goddamn Earth… several times!”. Honestly, Negative Man is the only likeable one. They’re made out to be super-smart, super-skilled, top-notch superheroes yet their only plan is to just charge forward and leave their allies for dead if they fall slightly behind. I’m not saying this is a bad episode, I still thought it was decent as far as episodes of Teen Titans go, but I think there’s a reason the Doom Patrol never showed up again throughout the rest of the season.
#11 Homecoming Part One
‘Homecoming Part One’ is better than the second part, mainly because most of the Doom Patrol aren’t there for half of the episode. This episode shows us a side of Beast Boy we’ve never seen before, a more serious side we haven’t even seen in the most dire of situations. The writing is decent and the action is great but there are better ways they could of introduced us to the Doom Patrol and the Brotherhood of Evil. Apart from that, there’s not much more I can say about this episode. It was a good start to the season, but not really a strong start, and that’s why it get’s so low on this list.
# 10 Things Change
Probably the most controversial episode on this list. Was it a perfect ending to the series? Was it a horrible, ambiguous end that left too many loose strings? I’m not entirely sure, but what I do know is that this episode contains some serious feels. It was an interesting end to Beast Boy’s arc to say the least. After the Season Two finale, Terra pretty much disappeared completely from the show and I think the writers realised they couldn’t just ignore the character before the series’ end, especially in Beast Boy’s season! Although they finally addressed the character after over two seasons, it feels like we were left with more questions than answers by the end. Has Terra truly lost her memories? What is that element-absorbing robot thingy? Is Red X Jason Todd as many fans theorise, or someone else(I’m still sore he only showed up like two times in the entire series)? What the hell is in Robin’s briefcase?!?!? Sadly, we’ll most likely never get an answer to those questions. Whatever you think of the finale, you have to agree, there are worse, even more dissatisfying ways the series could have ended.
After the relatively underwhelming ‘Homecoming’, ‘Trust’ was the episode where this season really picked up. While it’s nowhere near the best episode of the season, ‘Trust’ managed to establish the Brotherhood of Evil as well, evil, as they had been hyped up to be in the previous two episodes. Madame Rogue is the most interesting member in my opinion and this episode showcases her mercilessness perfectly as she hunts down Hotspot in an attempt to hijack the Titan’s communication network. However, when you boil it down, this episode is just pure action and not really much else. It sets up the Brotherhood’s master plan for the finale but the episode is lacking in most other areas. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this episode greatly and it kept me tense in anticipation all the way through.
Snowblind is one of the most memorable episodes of the fifth season in my opinion, and that’s saying a lot. Season Five has its fair share of serious episodes, but this episode certainly takes the cake. While on a mission with the rest of the Titans, Starfire gets separated and overwhelmed by the cold-probably because she doesn’t know how to put some goddamn winter clothes on-only to be rescued by a mysterious Russian man named Red Star. The Titans later find out he was part of an experiment to make a perfect super soldier(because of course) and the radiation given off by his powers has created a powerful monster made of pure radioactive energy. Red Star uses his insane strength and power to defeat the monster but ends up releasing so much energy, that Starfire has to take him into space where he explodes into a supernova of pure energy presumably dying. It’s a touching episode, although not the best of the season, and Red Star has a much more fleshed-out character than most of the other heroes showcased in this season. My biggest problem however, is that he returns in ‘Titans Together’ seemingly unharmed completely dissipating the emotional impact of his sacrifice in this episode. Nevertheless, this is an excellent, feels-heavy episode.
# 7 Calling All Titans
‘Calling All Titans’ is the first part of the season finale, and while it’s by no means bad, I was kind of expecting more. The Brain executes the plan we already knew he had formed back in ‘Trust’ so it wasn’t really a surprise as the Titans and honorary Titans get taken down one by one. At least it’s entertaining, but this doesn’t even happen until the second part of the episode. The first part is just the five main Titans taking communicators to their final allies. Some of them such as Jericho are important in the next episode but others such as Argent barely appear at all for the final battle. Don’t get me wrong, this episode was enjoyable to watch, but it mostly felt like setup for the next episode. Thankfully, it seems the setup in this episode was worth it, as the next episode, ‘Titans Together’ is much more interesting.
#6 Revved Up
As I’ve said before, it seems like every season has an underrated episode that barely anyone talks about, yet alone praises, and it seems this trend hasn’t stopped for even one season. Revved Up is an awesome episode. It’s one of my personal favourites of the fifth season, and yet, I barely hear talk of this episode unless it’s about that goddamned suitcase(seriously, what the hell is in it?). This episode takes the wackiest of concepts, the aptly named ‘Wacky Races’ and put’s its own Teen Titans spin on things. Although it isn’t the best comedy episode of the season, it had me laughing non-stop at Cyborg, Beast Boy, Stafire, and especially Raven. Not to mention, this episode is significant for being the final episode of the series in which Red X makes an appearance! While not the main focus of the episode, he still makes this episode twice as good as it already was. As far as I’m concerned, one of the most underrated episodes in the entire series.
Now this episode was unexpected. We knew we were going to get episodes focused on superheroes outside of the five main Teen Titans, but we never suspected that they’d also make an episode focused on a prominent villain in the series. Jinx was always the most interesting member of the Hive Five(six?) for me, yet for some reason, Gizmo seemed to be the member that got the most spotlight. Don’t get me wrong, Gizmo is funny, and he’s great in comedy episodes, but he’s not that great as a character. So after five seasons, Jinx finally got some development in one of the best episodes of the fifth season. Jinx wants to get into the Brotherhood of Evil and become a big-time villain by impressing Madame Rogue, one of the Brotherhood’s core members and her role model. But a run-in with the hero Kid Flash causes her to reconsider her life choices. Eventually, she becomes a hero, saves Kid Flash and even shows up in Titans Together to help fight the Brotherhood. This episode was great simply because it was nice to see a character outside of the Titans get some development, especially one who was there from almost the very start of the series.
#4 Hide and Seek
You’d think that after an entire season dedicated to the character, the writers would have run out of episode ideas for Raven. Yet somehow, they still managed to make one more Raven episode for the final season. And fortunately, it doesn’t break the streak on the final hurdle. Hide and Seek is yet another brilliant episode focused on our favourite teenage sorceress. But it’s different from all the other Raven episodes. Rather than being dark and serious, Hide and Seek focuses on comedy. It’s a seemingly impossible task to write a lighthearted episode around Raven’s character but they still managed to pull it off. Raven is forced to escort some young, well, younger superheroes to safety before the Brotherhood of Evil gets to them. Suffice to say, they prove more than a handful, possibly even rivalling Trigon as Raven’s greatest threat. This episode is just a whole bunch of fun and I still greatly enjoy watching it. However, it isn’t the best comedy episode of the final season. That honour goes to…
#3 For Real
Ah, Control Freak. The writers just couldn’t resist giving him another episode after the masterpiece in the fourth season that was “Don’t touch that Dial”. Our favourite couch potato and certified nerd isn’t facing the Teen Titans this time though, he’s facing their knockoffs: Titans East. There are just as many jokes as “Don’t Touch that Dial” and almost as many references. Some of the jokes in this episode are even more hilarious than the one’s in “Don’t Touch that Dial”. My favourite part of this episode has to be Control Freak’s chatroom chums. Almost everything they said had me gasping for air. As well as that, this episode has its fair share of action with Speedy’s challenge being one of the most epic. This episode represents everything great about the lighthearted, and fun half of Teen Titans, and for that, it get’s third place.
#2 Titans Together
‘Titans Together’ is a really fun and entertaining episode. It isn’t anywhere near as serious as the other finales but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s a breath of fresh air. The episode starts with Beast Boy being an absolute badass, destroying some Brotherhood of Evil robots and finding shelter in a secret emergency base. The remnants of the Teen Titans appear: Pantha, Herald, Jericho and a distraught Mas. Despite the overwhelming odds, Beast Boy leads them on a rescue mission, and with the help of the five core Titans minus Robin, they manage to save the captured superheroes and defeat the Brotherhood. And that’s it. It certainly has the simplest plot of all the finales, but I still can’t help liking it. Watching all these different superheroes display their powers and use them to defeat the numerous villains the Titans have fought throughout the series is just epic. The giant battle at the end is action-packed and exciting but the stakes never really feel that high. It fits Beast Boy’s character perfectly, and that’s why it’s second on this list. Second only to…
It took a grand total of five seasons and sixty one episodes but we finally got an origin story for how the Teen Titans all met. And it was more than worth the wait. It is first place on this list after all. I end up liking this episode more a more the more I watch it. ‘Go!’ has the perfect blend of humour and action that the show is known for. The episode starts with Robin who recently moved to Jump City to fight crime when suddenly, an enraged Starfire lands on Earth and begins destroying the city. Eventually, Beast Boy and Cyborg show up to help fight her before Raven appears and shows them a more peaceful solution. They then decide to work as a team to thwart an alien invasion of massive magnitude. Every single one of the Titans are at their best in this episode and their performances made me feel nostalgic for when I watched the series for the first time. We even get the origin of Cyborg’s famous ‘booyah’! This episode is near flawless in my book, and so, it stands as the best episode of Season Five on this list.
And so, this saga has eventually come to its end. I’ve been wanting to make these lists for a long time, and this blog has finally allowed me to. It took a lot of work, but it was worth it in the end. This probably won’t be the last time I talk about Teen Titans, but it will probably be the last time I make a post about it that’s this big. I hope you all enjoyed reading these lists as much as I enjoyed writing them. Any and all opinions, criticisms and thoughts are welcome in the comments below. Thanks for all the support and feedback!