Teen Titans

Season 2 Episode 12

Aftershock (1)

Aired Weekdays 4:30 PM Aug 14, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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A long-lost friend of the Titans returns with a vengeance - and Slade orders Overload, Cinderblock, and Plasmus to launch a series of sinister strikes all over the city. Can our heroes stop three monsters, Slade, and their newest enemy all at the same time?

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  • Terra goes evil and fight the Titans.

    Woah, this is a fantastic episode, Terra goes bad and swears loyalty to Slade. With a new suit she sets out to kill the Titans. I said that "Winner Take All" had great action, well, THIS is great action, made better by the time spent previously on developing the character of Terra. I'm still not sure why Terra would choose to ally herself with Slade, so he can help her control her powers to the utmost extent, so what? Is that really better than having friends, a nice home and everything the Titans could provide? Anyway, Terra attacks the Titans in one awesome battle after another. Plasmus, Overload and Cinderblock join in on the fun too.

    Beast Boy was joking in the beginning, but as soon as Terra appeared he didn't crack, or "quack" a single joke. You know that he would've made a snappy coment when he broke out of Plasmus zit/eye if this was a regular episode. Again, Beast Boy being so concerned about Terra, insisting on giving her another chance goes against what happened in "Betrayal" where he simply turned his back on her, rejecting her and saying they were no longer friends, seems he's had a change of heart.

    This episode has awesome action, I mean really awesome action and flawless anmation. I just don't like how they go back and forth all the time in this Terra storyline. She's good, she's bad, she's good again, Beast Boy's her friend, he's not her friend, he wants to be friends again. At the end of this episode it seems Terra is evil for good, well guess what happens the minute the next episode begins? But I'll talk about that in "Aftershock Pt. 2"moreless
  • Terra comes back to destory the titans...

    I just saw this episode again on DVD. So here I am writing a review for it. Basically, Terra comes back on a bright sunny day to come back to destory the titans. First when they're riding in Cyborg's car a huge rock comes flying, and it sends the car flying. The fight commences. I was like so mad when Starfire tryed to help Terra and then Terra hit her(classic Starfire mistake). And when Terra was about to crush Raven with the rock Raven was like magic and then Starfire caught it. But for that fight they had to retreat. Basically, they try this again. The next time we see Terra Raven just defeated Overload. Then Raven and Terra fight. I really liked Raven in this fight(as always) but Terra had the obvious upperhand and took advantage of it. She drowned Raven. Then in the next part, Starfire gets hit by a rock and gets hit into the ocean. Cyborg and Beast Boy get dropped into a crack of the earth. Robin gets outmatched and injured/destoryed. In the end it shows the titans underground getting ready for the next attack. This episode was fairly well, the fighting scenes were very nice.moreless
  • The opening is ominous, as the scene begins in a dark gothic chamber. A girl appears, a man in a mask, an allegience is made. The one known as Terra has one objective: To Destroy the Titans.moreless

    The beginning itself is dark, the music is creepily appealing, and shows that something WILL happen. And seeing Terra changed is what made the Titans fall in this first half of the episode "Aftershock." I think this arc is altogether the best part of this season, due to the fact that this shows that the Teen Titans reach a new maturity in both battle and on the field. Simply to say, it is appealing to see the betrayal, and the redemption of the Ex-Teen Titan. In all, I give this episode, specifically, an 8 out of a 10. It is appealing, but it still lacks in certain details. Then again, that's just me, being too strict with the details of the story.moreless
  • Terra returns with a vengeance and attacks the Teen Titans. The Titans split up but are taken down by Terra, one by one. Slade has the upper hand now with Terra as his apprentice, and will Slade finally win? It seems the Titans are gone, or are they?moreless

    This episode was thrilling, exciting, adventurous, and suspenseful! It was really cool to see Terra against the Titans and how Terra took them down one by one. This episode was amazing! I also liked how Terra battled Raven. This episode kept me on the edge the entire time and left me at a cliffhanger. In this episode, Terra seemed truly evil. This was an awesome way to bring an end to the Titans and to Season 2.moreless
  • When the Teen Titans is good, it's very, very good.

    It's like the nursery rhyme with the little girl with the curl: when she's good, she's very, very good. And the same goes for TT. There was plenty of action and it was great to see the heroes get their buts kicked. Hey, I like the Titans, but it's a relief to see the heroes not always dominate a battle. There's also some great chracter interaction where Beast Boy makes a good point to Robin that "when you were working for Slade, we didn't give up on you." My only complaint is that I never liked the show's potrayal of Plasmus. It would've made his character more interesting if they stayed with the comic's version who was a fairly bright, yet rather tragic being that can't touch others without possibly hurting them then the show's version where he's a dumb monster with a grossness factor.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (20)

    • Beast Boy's transformations: cheetah, crow, rhino, stegosaurus, horse, pterodactyl.

    • Putting a neural interface disc on Overload would make sense. But why would Slade put them on Plasmus and Cinderblock? Like Terra, they already serve him without question.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Slade is shown initiating Terra as his apprentice. However, Terra had already become his apprentice after "Terra" and was giving Slade the Titans' weaknesses.

    • When Terra said "I don't have any friends, remember?", she is referring to the episode "Betrayal" when Beast Boy said Slade was right, and she didn't have any friends.

    • Slade has Terra place control discs on Plasmus and Cinderblock, even though he didn't need any to control them in the past.

    • After retaliating from the mud bubble explosion, both of Raven's arms are raised in a horizontal position while the auras appear around her hands, but after Terra gets up and begins to create the rocks out of mud, both of Raven's arms are down.

    • During a fight scene with Terra, notice that one of the traffic signals isn't blaring any lights. Either Terra's power deactivated the lights, or someone overlooked this detail. In some of the fight scenes, the traffic light appears to be non-existent. Take for example when the Titans range before Terra (after Cyborg and Robin come rushing out of different doors). There is no traffic light behind them when there clearly should, given the positions. And in the scenes following, the traffic light isn't seen behind Terra either. So where did it go to, assuming that the Titans stayed on the same road (which they should have.) After Raven comments Terra on her "new trick," the sky behind them shows broad daylight. However, after Slade communicates with Terra via her earpiece to explain how she managed to create rock monsters and Terra raises her hands to direct the monsters to destroy the Titans, you can tell the sky behind them is dark as dusk. Exactly how fast was time progressing in this episode?

    • If Starfire can't breath water, how did she come out of it alive when she was knocked out and thrown about a hundred feet from a cliff and landed on her back?

    • There are several discrepancies on how the Titans managed to get out of their situations alive without a scratch. If you look at it, it's pretty much impossible, especially since Terra was totally serious about killing them. If she was really that committed to her promise to Slade and all, hypothetically, at least some of her tries to kill the Titans would have succeeded. Take for example, Starfire. She can't breathe water, and she was knocked into the sea unconscious. Let's be generous and assume that she regained her senses quickly enough to fly out of the water (she would have to hit it and at least sink for a bit or Robin and Terra wouldn't have given her up as dead) and head right up since she landed on her back. Still, that would mean that she would be in the air and trying to find her fellow Titans, definitely not trapped in an underground crevice. Raven could have held her breath under the mud and teleported after she sensed that Terra wasn't concentrating on her anymore. But wouldn't Terra want to see Raven actually dead, not just dragged down into the mud? Not only did she want to kill them all, she especially nursed a hate for Raven. Terra would see a project through, and if Raven could have teleported then, why not earlier? Did the stone hand suddenly loosen its grip on her? And then how would she end up in the crevice (assume she teleported) if she didn't know where the others were? Agreed, she could have sensed their aura and went to join them, but why was she seeking a way out then, instead of teleporting all with her? It would be easy to guess how Cyborg and Beast Boy appeared in the crevice, they fell through a crack and Cyborg probably managed to create some form of shield to protect them from the rocks or discovered the passage. Robin's case is the most unlikely. He should have died, or at least been trapped beneath the rock when it crushed him. If there was any way to remove the rock, he would have done it earlier and continued battling Terra. So that couldn't be an option, considering his entire we'll never give up attitude, and he wouldn't be willing to play dead, as it were. The only other way is down, and that's pretty difficult seeing that Terra encased him in it. Unless the Earth cracked open due to Robin's device or some natural earthquake, I doubt he would survive. In any case, there is no way that he wouldn't get hurt even a little and how did he end up so neatly in the crevice which we assume he just happened to discover? Which brings me to my next point, how did all the Titans end up in the crevice so coincidentally, and actually mange to find each other even though theoretically their battle scenes with Terra were spread out pretty far away, reasoning that they had to split up. Then consider the crevice itself. I assume it is near the Titan Tower, since the scene before that shows their home. So, how on earth did they get even near the Tower without knowing it?

    • When the mud bubble fired at Raven during her fight with Terra forces her back, Raven hovers into the air, but only after shadowy orbs appeared in her hands. Why was that necessary? Raven never needed to make orbs appear to lift herself before (although Starfire in Raven's body in "Switched" needed to cast the spell in order to fly).

    • How did all the Titans end up in the crevice without any signs of injury, especially Robin getting smashed in the face with a big rock had to leave a mark. Also, Starfire falls into the ocean (or that's what we think because we never see her hit the water). How did she get in the crevice with all the other Titans?

    • When Terra knocked out Robin, the next scene shows his R symbol sliding across the floor and Slade picking it up. Cinderblock, Plasmus, and Overload can be seen in the background. Overload was not pulsating electricity. How is this possible?

    • When Terra's face and Slade's are shown together, Terra's uncovered eye is her left eye, yet throughout the rest of the episode we only see her right eye and her left is covered.

    • When Cinderblock is holding Starfire, his hands are around her waist. When she kicks him, she's kicking his palm. This would be impossible noting their position.

    • When Terra is fighting Robin, she says, "You don't know anything about me." Then throws rocks at him. When she throws them, her gloves are gray instead of black.

    • The soles of Raven's shoes represent sneakers in this episode, but in "The Beast Within," her soles have a certain design.

    • When Beast Boy turns into a T-Rex to escape Plasmus' eye, he looks very unproportional. His head is too large, and his legs are too small.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Slade hands Terra his symbol to put on her suit. It shrinks considerably in the transition from her hand to her breast plate.

    • Why does Overload have metal in his body? He didn't have any in "Car Trouble."

    • When Terra picks up Cinderblock outside of the quarry, the yellow glow that should show up around him doesn't appear.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Slade: You have done the past, made mistakes, but all that is behind you… Isn't it?
      Terra: Yes.
      Slade: You belong to me now, don't you?
      Terra: I do.
      Slade: From this day forward, will you serve me and me only?
      Terra: I will.
      Slade: Will you obey my every command?
      Terra: I will.
      Slade: Will you fight at my side… forever?
      (Hands her the insignia, Terra attaches it to her breast plate)
      Terra: I will.
      Slade: And will you destroy the Teen Titans?
      Terra: I thought you'd never ask.

    • Robin: We've got three escaped criminals attacking three separate targets. Whatever Slade is doing, we need to split up… and stop him.
      Starfire: Robin and I shall defeat Cinderblock.
      Raven: I can deal with Overload.
      Cyborg: And Beast Boy and I will take Plasmus.
      Beast Boy: What about Terra?
      Robin: We'll have to worry about her when this is over.

    • Beast Boy: Terra, you can't.
      Terra: Watch me.

    • Robin: What did we ever do to make you hate us so much?
      Terra: You were born.

    • Robin: You heard me! Fall back!

    • Robin: … nothing to steal. What's your purpose?
      Terra: Hello? Does the word "decoy" mean anything to you? We had to find some way to coax you cowards out of hiding.
      Raven: Terra.
      Terra: Raven.
      Raven: Traitor.
      Terra: Witch.
      (They fight)
      Terra: You know, Raven, I never liked you.
      Raven: I never even wanted to know you. You may have fooled the others, but I always knew you were a liar.
      Terra: Oh, really? Is that why you let me live in your house? And steal all your secrets? And-
      Raven: SHUT UP!
      Slade: Good, Terra. You know her weakness - exploit it.
      Terra: You're not getting mad, are you, Rae? Ooh, better be careful. Beast Boy told me all about your temper tantrums.
      Raven: Anger is pointless. My emotions are under control.
      Terra: Nyahh, nyahh, nyahh, anger is pointless. And you're calling ME a liar?
      (Raven leaps at Terra to be brought down by a rock hand)
      Terra: Come on, Raven. What stinks the most? That I tricked you? That I nearly wiped out your team? That everyone liked me better than you?
      Raven: Stop it!
      Terra: Or is it that deep down inside, you really believed I was your friend?
      Raven: (To Terra) I trusted you! We trusted you! We gave you everything, and you treat us like the dirt!
      Slade: Finish her.
      Terra: Who's in control now?

    • Beast Boy: Why are ducks so funny? 'Cause they're always "quacking" jokes!
      (Cyborg laughs weakly; Robin grimaces at the joke)
      Raven: (Staring out of the window) Pull over. I think I'm gonna be sick.
      Starfire: (Innocently) Oh, I see. It is humorous because ducks lack the large brain necessary for the telling of jokes. (Giggles delightedly)
      Robin: Actually, Starfire, it just… wasn't humorous.
      Beast Boy: Huh?
      Raven: Because Beast Boy lacks the large brain necessary for telling jokes.
      Beast Boy: Come on, Raven, you know I'm hilarious. And I'm not gonna give up until I get you to smile. (Pauses) Okay, why did the aardvark cross the road?
      Raven: To beat up the idiot telling jokes about him?
      (Cyborg & Robin laugh)
      Cyborg: You tell him, Rae.
      Robin: Now, THAT'S funny.
      Starfire: Please, the aardvark is some form of duck? (Everyone sighs)

    • Cyborg: I should'a blasted her when I had the chance.
      Raven: I should've hit her with everything I've got.
      Starfire: Why did I permit her to fool me again?
      Robin: Why couldn't we take her down just like any other criminal?
      Beast Boy: (Sighs) Because... she's not just another criminal. She's Terra. (A closeup of her gently-smiling face during her time with the Titans, with her hair streaming in the breeze behind her) She was a Titan. She was... our friend.
      Raven: Terra was never our friend! She was a liar and a spy, trained by Slade and sent to destroy us. She's evil. Always has been, always will be.
      Beast Boy: You don't know what you're talking about, okay, Raven?! She's made some serious mistakes, but she's not-
      Cyborg: Hey, man, the girl wrecked my car. Seems pretty evil to me.
      (Beast Boy grabs the coffee table and throws it aside in one swift, violent movement)
      Beast Boy: This isn't a joke! I knew her better than anyone! I know all the terrible things she's done, and I know exactly how messed up she is. But she's not evil! We can't just give up on her!
      Robin: Beast Boy, she's working for Slade.
      Beast Boy: When you were working for Slade, did we give up on you?
      (Long pause)
      Robin: She gets one last chance. One. We have to break Slade's grip on her. We have to try to get Terra back.
      (Titans alarm goes off)
      Starfire: Trouble!

    • (After tackling Terra to the ground)
      Robin: Do not move.
      Terra: What's the matter, Robin? Feeling lonely since I exterminated your friends?
      Robin: They were your friends, too!
      Terra: I don't need any friends.

    • (After slamming Terra into the gate)
      Robin: Look at yourself, Terra. Is this what you really want to be?
      (Slams Robin into the gate)
      Terra: I'll just never be good enough for you, will I?

    • Robin: It doesn't have to be this way, Terra. I was Slade's apprentice once. I got out, so can you.
      Terra: I don't need you to save me.
      Robin: You can only save yourself.
      Terra: I DON'T NEED SAVING! I'm not some sad little girl who's waiting to be rescued. I wanted to be this way. I wanted to go with Slade. I wanted to annihilate you and your pathetic friends! And now I never want to see your face again. (slams Robin with a huge boulder)

    • Beast Boy: Come on, Raven, you know I'm hilarious. I'm not gonna give up 'til you smile. Okay, why did the aardvark cross the road?
      Raven: To beat up the idiot telling jokes about him.
      (Cyborg, Robin & Starfire laugh)
      Robin: Now THAT'S funny.

    • (Terra turns the ground beneath her into giant, man-shaped figures made out of earth)
      Raven: That's a new trick.
      Terra: How did I do that?
      Slade: You didn't, I did. That suit you are wearing is more than just a fashion statement. It allows me to control your nervous system. Now we fight together as one, Master and Apprentice.

    • Raven: (To Terra) Don't make me hurt you.
      Terra: Don't make me laugh.

    • Raven: So, Overload, do you think you can handle a total blackout?

    • Robin: Cyborg! Now!
      Cyborg: Sorry, kid.
      (Terra grins and blasts Cyborg & Robin into air)
      Office Man: And so I said, "Hey dude, lighten up! It's not like the sky is falling."
      (Cyborg crashes through the roof, and lands on the man's desk)

    • Terra: (To Beast Boy, who is about to fall into a really big hole) Hope you're not expecting a goodbye kiss.

    • (About Terra)
      Cyborg: No more chances.
      Starfire: No more trust.
      Raven: And no more mercy.
      Beast Boy: She's just another criminal.
      Robin: And we're going to stop her. No matter WHAT it takes.

    • (Starfire knocks Terra against the rocks, and Terra is apparently knocked out)
      Starfire: (Runs up to Terra) Terra!
      Terra: (Gets up and knocks Starfire away) You always were easy to fool.

    • (Terra turns the ground beneath her into giant, man-shaped figures made out of earth)
      Raven: That's a new trick.

    • Beast Boy: Terra, stop! We're your friends!
      Terra: I don't have any friends, remember? (Punches him)

  • NOTES (21)


    • Robin: What did we ever do to you?
      Terra: You were born.
      This line was previously used in the 1995 X-Men series between Jubilee and a Neo-Nazi.

    • Terra/Raven: Fight Scene
      During the Terra/Raven fight, Terra stands on a floating rock while a ball of mud orbits her body. Magneto assumed a similar posture (with metal objects, of course) when escaping from prison in X-Men 2.