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Episode Reviews - The Beast Within

Episode #35 - The Beast Within
Original Airdate - Month Day, Year

When Beast Boy begins turning into an angr and aggressive Man-Beast against his will, can the Titans save themselves from their savage friend?

Review by Amazing Spidey
Media by Bird Boy
Titans Writers
Written by David Slack
Directed by Alex Soto
Producer Glen Murakami
Producers Linda M. Steiner, David Slack
Music by Michael McCuistion
Casting and Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Animation Services by Dongwoo Animation CO., LTD.

Titans Voices
Greg Cipes as Beast Boy
Scott Menville as Robin
Khary Payton as Cyborg
Tara Strong as Raven
Hynden Walch as Starfire
Dee Bradley Baker as Werebeast

Screen Grabs


Sound Clips
"Ohhh yeah, bad grammar. That'll get him." (MP3, 91kb)
"You are acting like at total zargnarf!" (MP3, 78kb)

Despite his name suggesting otherwise, David Slack is quite easily the best writer Teen Titans have. His episodes have always been a cut above the rest of the writing talent even from the first few sub par episodes. The show relays on visuals more than writing to reach itís younger audience, but despite the fact it doesnít use itís visuals to aim for the older audiences, like the noir setting of Batman: The Animated Series, or the gigantic scenery of Spider-Man: The New Animated Series it still works as a cartoon adults can enjoy, thanks to the diversity between the characters and GASP, characterization and good storytelling. Take note, The Batman.

The Beast Within works on many different levels. The writing perfectly displays Beast Boyís desire to be more of a bad ass, and the visuals display how different this new creature is from the annoying little frog boy. The one thing it doesnít work as however, is a mystery. When the other creature showed up, I was wondering what the hell was going on. It lacks any logic. Why would Adonis turn into a beast like creature? The chemical alteration would have made sense for Beast Boys alteration, but not a regular human. Iím prepared to accept that 5 teenagers can afford to buy a big ass T building and live in the middle of an island without having any jobs to pay for them, but the Adonis beast lacked any sense at all, and basically ended the better story that was being told.

One of the highlights of the episode was Robinís characterization. I thought him being a hard ass was perfectly just, considering he literally told Beast Boy to tell him what happened, therefore giving him a chance before deciding that Beast Boy was a threat, and needed to be locked up. If someone else attacked Raven, Iím sure heíd have the same attitude. Well done, David Slack.

Animation wise, itís of typical Teen Titans brilliance. Some nice storyboarding when the Titans where fighting Beast Boy in the sewers and a great performance by Greg Cipes made this a very memorable episode, despite itís really stupid ending.

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