Ever since Slade's last appearance, Robin has been haunted by the question if he survived or not. And when Cinderblock busts out of jail, Robin is hurled into a vast forest where he gets his answer: Slade is standing right in front of him and he is planning to use Seismic Generators to destroy the entire city. Robin tells the Titans to find the generators while he and Starfire go for Slade, but when Starfire can't see Slade and the Titans can't see the generators, Robin is convinced that it's up to him to put a stop to his nemesis once and for all.moreless
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When the other Titans come in and see Robin (in Robin's mind fighting Slade), Beast Boy makes the comment "since when is Robin into mime."
When Raven goes into Robin's mind (to see if Robin is seeing Slade), she sees a clip of Robin's tragic past when he was in the circus.
When Beast Boy complains about his cold on the hospital bed, look at Starfire and Raven. When they laugh, you notice that they switch sides.
When talking about Robin's condition, Cyborg says blood pressure and neural kinetics (are off the charts). This does not exist; neurogenetics however, studies the role of genetics in the development of the nervous system.
When Robin yells at Starfire for letting Slade go, tears well in her eyes but are gone the next second.
Beast Boy's transformations: triceratops, tyrannosaurus rex, elephant, gopher, velociraptor, fish, crab, chicken, horse, gorilla, crow, pig, giraffe, armadillo, goose, hummingbird, hamster, koala, frog.
When Slade runs past Starfire in the woods, her hair is flat on her head like everyone else's is from the rain. But when Robin has his flashback, Starfire's hair is normal and not affected by the rain at all.
The cable episode info said that Slade broke out of jail. But Slade wasn't even in jail. He was killed by Terra.
In "Final Exam," Raven healed Beast Boy, so couldn't she heal up Robin's wounds instead of putting him in a hospital bed (other than to hold him down)?
Why couldn't Raven or Cyborg just deactivate the protocol, since Robin activated it from inside? Unless it was set to lockdown until another amount of time before deactivating, there should have been no difficulty stopping the program.
As implied later in the show, Robin's harm from "Slade" only happens in the dark, while with light, there is no effect (this is shown after Robin says, "Lights out, Slade," and turns on the light, causing Slade to vanish). So, if this is the case, why was Robin still getting hurt if Cyborg was lighting up Robin's battle with Slade in the old hideout?
When the Titans get locked in the room, Raven says that there's no way in or out. So, how is it that Starfire could easily rip through the floor?
How come the Titans couldn't take Cinderblock down if both Cyborg and Robin have beaten him one on one before?
When Robin wakes up in the tower, in the part where they (Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy, & Starfire) were saying he was "dangerous," Robin's symbol was ripped. It was black and yellow, but look hard, the symbol was red at one time.
Whenever the show comes back from commercial, after Robin is in the hospital bed, first there are no wrist restraints on him, and then they suddenly appear when Slade is about to hurt him.
Whenever Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy, and Starfire go into Slade's old lair to locate Robin, they all see Robin all hurt and bruised, and Starfire uses her Starbolt to light up the room, you see Starfire's green light after she flashes her Starbolt, but when they show the whole team in the next next shot, you see Starfire with her hands behind her back and no Starbolt. So how was the green light still showing?
In "Sisters," Robin said his cape was made of titanium alloy. Also, in "Winner Take All," Robin reflected lava with the cape. So, if his cape is so powerful, how in the world could he have ripped it with his bare hands while fighting a hallucination?
When "Slade" runs by Starfire, she is looking away from him. However, in the flashback towards the end, she's looking right at him.
When Robin is all scratched, bruised, and hurt, it was the first time that, when a Titan was hurt, that it actually showed.
Every other time Cinderblock has shown up, he has rushed straight into a fight without thinking. In this episode, he suddenly develops a strategic side when he fights the Titans.
In "Forces of Nature," it was raining and everyone's hair stayed the same, but in this episode their hair fell flat.
If Raven is able to fly through walls and such, why didn't she do that when the Tower got locked down?
Cyborg: The dude fell in a pit of lava, who lives through something like that?
Raven: Apparently Slade.
(after they found Robin in a darken junkyard, Starfire glowed her hand for light)
Robin: What are you doing here?! You're suppose to be finding the generators!
Cyborg: I don't think there are any generators, man. We looked everywhere.
Robin: Slade must be cloaking them, just like he's cloaking himself. That's why you couldn't see him.
Starfire: But if I cannot see him, why could you?
Robin: What are you trying to say?
Raven: Robin, are you sure you really saw Slade?
Robin: Saw him? I fought him! You think I did this to myself?!
Beast Boy: Dude, this is the only way out and we're standing here the whole time. No one got pass us.
Cyborg: No one was in here but us.
Robin: I don't have time for this! I have to find those generators!
Cyborg: There are no generators. There is no Slade!
Robin: I know what I saw!!! I have to stop him! I'm the only one who can! (takes out Birdarang) And I'll take down anyone who gets in my way!
(everyone was shocked; Starfire throws a starbolt behind Robin dazing him)
Starfire: I have never seen Robin so angry before. So angry at me.
Beast Boy: Wow, and I thought I didn't like going to the doctor.
Beast Boy: (About Robin) Dangerous? Try totally flipped out, crazy, kookoo, la banza.
Raven: I don't know if he's real or not, but he's real to Robin, and that's all that matters. The stress on his mind is destroying his body. Robin truly believes he's fighting Slade . . . and Slade is winning.
Robin: You're only in my mind...only in the dark. My friends are right: you aren't real!
Slade: I'm real enough to finish you!
Robin: (After turning on the lights; completely exhausted) Lights out, Slade...
Beast Boy: What are you doing?
Raven: Finding Robin. (Chanting) Azarath Metrion Zinthos…
Raven: Robin! I can feel he's not going to make it.
Starfire: Then we must end this battle... now! (Rips floor apart and dives toward basement)
Slade: Seismic generators, Robin. Three of them. Placed on fault lines all over the city. And in three short hours, they will trigger an earthquake so magnificent, it will break your city in two.
Robin: Not if I break you first!
Cyborg: (Grimly) The agent in Slade's mask didn't trigger itself, there was a signal. Somebody triggered it, from OUTSIDE the tower....
Robin: My friends say... you're not real!
Slade: Oh, I'm very real. (Throws Robin to the ground) Could you have gotten all those bruises from someone who wasn't there? You can't even touch me.
Robin: Slade... stop!
Slade: No, Robin. I won't stop. Not now, not ever. I am the thing that keeps you up at night. The evil that haunts every dark corner of your mind. I will never rest... and neither will you.
Beast Boy: (About Robin) He's better, now what about me?? I'm DYING over here.
(Has a sneezing fit, and turns into multiple animals, Raven & Starfire have a laughing fit)
Slade: Robin... If you've stopped me, then why am I still here?
Raven: (In Robin, then pushed out, gasps) SLADE!!
Slade: Brings back memories, doesn't it?
Robin: All I remember is how much I hated you!
Slade: What I remember is that you couldn't defeat me... at least not alone.
Slade: Relax, Robin. (Holds up lethal-looking device) I promise - you won't feel a thing.
Slade: So, here we are again. The old haunt. Just the two of us.
Slade: I believe you are familiar with the cloaking technology?
Robin: I'm familiar with all of your tricks, that's why you're not going to get away with it!
Robin: (To Starfire) What happened?
(Robin grabs her arm)
Starfire: ... You are hurting me...
Robin: Slade ran right by you! How could you let him get away?
Starfire: But, Robin... there was no one there.
Slade: Relax, Robin. I'm not going anywhere.
Slade: How can you save a city, Robin, when you can't save yourself?
Slade: Alone again, Robin? As long as I'm around... you're never alone.
Robin: Lights out, Slade.
This episode was nominated for a Annie Award for Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production.
It was never revealed who activated Slade's mask. This was still not revealed at the end of the series, leaving it open-ended.
According to Teen Titans Go #47: Robin is confirmed to be Dick Grayson. His origin is told in narration by Batman (who secretly checks up on him).
This is the first time Robin yells at Starfire.
Look Hard: Throughout out the episode, the apparition of Slade appears to not interact with the surroundings. It's most obvious during the forest chase and the fight in Slade's old lair when branches or cogs that Slade was jumping on did not move; whereas Robin's slighter size caused branches to bend and cogs to give way.
The truck Cinderblock throws is the same truck that took Plasmus to prison in the episode "Divide and Conquer."
When Raven went inside Robin's mind, she saw two snippets of his life.
1) Two trapeze artists falling to their death.
2) Someone in a cave swearing over something.
#1 proves Robin is either a part of the Flying Grayson's, therefore that he is indeed based off Richard "Dick" Grayson, or that he was in the audience and therefore Tim Drake. It eliminates the possibility that Robin is Jason Todd.
#2 proves that Robin did indeed work for Batman, since he was swearing over something, the oath to protect people or something in the BAT CAVE.
Second mentioning of Slade in this season, first being in "X."
First time Raven has ever used telepathy.
Look Hard: When the Titans are fighting Cinderblock, he knocks Starfire and Raven down to the ground, and behind them you see a police/guard for a split second.
This is the first and only time in this season that Slade is shown.
Opener: As Robin stays up late monitoring the city from the Tower, he finds one of Slade's old masks in a box when the alarm sounds.
When Raven looks into Robin's mind, she see's his father and mother fall to their death, making reference to Dick Grayson's past.
Running Gag: Beast Boy sneezes and changes into different animals every time he does so.
Second time CGI Computer Animation is used. It is used on the air vents when Raven is flying through them in search of Robin.
Villain(s): Slade & Cinderblock (partially).
Robin was looking at three sites on the computer at the very beginning, the same three sites where he thought the earthquake generators were.
YTV airdate: November 25, 2004.
Raven doesn't just "see" through someone's eyes, she "feels" through them, too. When Robin got punched while she was in his body, Raven went flying backwards out of her trance.
Notice the rain splashes on Robin, but not Slade. A nice touch by the animators.
Three places from previous episodes are used:
- The pier, from "Sisters," where the Titans were when Starfire was almost captured.
- The highway bridge, where fights occured in both "Forces of Nature" and "Date With Destiny."
- The park, where Starfire and Beast Boy fought Thunder and Lightning in "Forces of Nature."
First appearance of Raven's "soul-self."
Terra is responsible for Slade's "death," but she is never mentioned or seen in this episode.
Pay attention to Cinderblock's eyes when we see him. Instead of being their normal orange, they are blood-red, the color that people's eyes turn when Brother Blood takes control of their mind.
The scene where Robin is tied down to the bed looked a lot like a scene from Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, where Robin (Tim Drake) was tied down in a similar manner being tortured by Joker, whereas in this sequence he was being tortured by the Slade hallucination.
Scarecrow's Fright Dust
Slade's chemical regenerate strongly resembles Scarecrow's Fright Dust from the Batman cartoons and comics, but instead of seeing what he was afraid of, he saw what he expected to see: Slade.
Robin: (unsure about Slade being dead) We can't be sure. He was never captured. Never found.
This is most likely an allusion to the comic book Rule/Tradition, "Never assume someone is dead unless you have the body in front of you, and even then you can't be certain," given the tendency of characters presumed dead to reappear as clones, ghosts, alternate selves from another dimension, or past/future selves from another timeline.
When Raven goes into Robin's mind, you see some flashbacks. One of these is a shadow of Robin with one hand on a bible and one in the air. This is Robin swearing his loyalty to Batman.
When Raven locates Robin and enters his mind to look through his eyes, what she sees is Robin's parents being killed. Robin was part of 'The Flying Graysons', a circus act that came to Gotham City and ended in the tragic death of his parents leading to Dick Grayson (Robin) to be taken in by Bruce Wayne (Batman).
Starfire: (Shoots starbolt at infirmary door, bounces around room)
Starfire tries to blast open the door to the infirmary with a starbolt, and it bounces around the room. This is a reference to the scene in Star Wars where Chewbacca tries to blast open the door to the garbage smasher.
The part about Robin seeing a hallucination of Slade and communicating with it is straight out of the movie Fight Club. Especially when Robin fights him. In his view, he sees Slade. From the others, only Robin fighting himself. Same in Fight Club, when the hero is seen punching himself through a security camera.
During the scene toward the beginning of the episode where Robin is standing in the rain after seeing Slade, his cape falls over one shoulder and he holds his Bo Staff with the other hand. His hair is flattened by the rain, and he looks strangely like Batman.
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