Teen Titans

Season 5 Episode 8

Lightspeed

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Aired Weekdays 4:30 PM Dec 03, 2005 on Cartoon Network
9.3
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With Titans dispatched across the globe, members of the HIVE Five figure they have it made. Unfortunately, their city-wide crime spree is cut short when a new hero in town spoils the fun. Handing him over to the Brotherhood of Evil may score the HIVE Five points, but actually catching this lightning-fast do-gooder is much harder than it seems.moreless

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  • Wonderful Episode!

    10
    One of my favorites. Kid Flash and Jinx are a great couple. I'm glad he helped Jinx see the light. It was funny how the main titans didn't appear and how the Hive Five interrupted the theme song. KF eating so much was hilarious too. Jinx and See-mure would have been great, as it was pretty obvious he liked Jinx. Madame Rogue continues to be an annoying wench. In the end she got her can kicked along with all the other evils.



    Gizmo continues to be awesome! To bad he was frozen. Kid Flash's powers are great. The graphics made it look awesome!



    Overall, a great episode that stars a new path for Jinx.moreless
  • Kid Flash and Jinx? Interesting.

    9.5
    This was one of the best episodes. This season is pretty hit and miss, it has some amazing episodes such as this and "Hide and Seek", and there are mediocre ones such as "Trust" and "Kole", then there are the truly awful ones such as "Things Change" and "Go!". Okay about that last one, I know I'm in the minority. Anyway, this is a fantastic episode, I loved it. The regular Titans are nowhere to be seen, even the intro is hijacked by the H.I.V.E. Five. Jinx is one of my favorite villains on the show, and she is actually the focus here, not Kid Flash, that's just terrific. But Kid Flash gets plenty of screentime and gets to show off his skills in a couple of abslutely amazing action scenes, both in the museum and the fight with Madame Rouge.



    This episode kind of sets up a potential romance between Kid Flash and Jinx, which is really interesting, look the Starfire/Robin relationship is a bit dull since we know it's going to happen and it's so heavy handed. This episode was brilliantly written, Rob Hoegee, excellent job, I almost forgive you for "Transformation". One distracting element was that that SeeMore apparently also has feelings for Jinx. Why throw that in here? Still, this is a most entertaining, awesome episode and this and "Hide and Seek" really both stand out as truly excellent episodes that are among the best in the series. I know certain websites have slammed this season, almost wishng it was never made. Well, with episodes like these, I can gladly endure the lousy ones.moreless
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    10
    My favorite episode *u*

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  • There is a very fine line between exploring darker themes in a kids' show with sensitivity, and simply using those themes to preach at the audience.

    9.5
    There is a very fine line between exploring darker themes in a kids' show with sensitivity, and simply using those themes to preach at the audience. "Lightspeed" is one of the best examples I can think of, because it takes a relatively stale idea - the redemption of a villain - gives it a twist, avoids all the potential pitfalls, and executes it flawlessly. The episode is a break from form for "Teen Titans," featuring none of the regular cast, but it clearly takes place during the fifth season. Front and center are the Hive Five, a gang of junior baddies who have been featured as antagonists in earlier episodes. We see them happily wreaking havoc in the city while the Titans are away. Unfortunately for the Hive kids, a new hero in town is set on spoiling their fun: Kid Flash (Michael Rosenbaum). However, the gang's leader, Jinx (Lauren Tom), sees the arrival of the speedster as the perfect opportunity to prove herself to the big dogs - the Brotherhood of Evil.



    The story turns on Jinx, who Kid Flash rightly pegs as too smart for the rest of the Hive Five. She had been featured before as a two-dimensional bad-girl, with only hints of depth, filling out the Hive Five's numbers as the only female member. In "Lightspeed," Jinx is fully fleshed out, portrayed as the only member of her team who wants to move on to bigger things, and who is constantly exasperated with the juvenile antics of teammates Mammoth, Gizmo, Billy Numerous, Kyd Wykkyd, and See-More. There are no pains taken to hide that she really is a villain, who steals without a qualm and enjoys making her enemies squirm. Capable, smart, and showing off plenty of attitude, she understands right away that Kid Flash wants to redeem her - and uses that to her advantage.



    As for Kid Flash, this is his introduction to the "Teen Titans" universe, and he's a great addition. Like his counterpart in "Justice League," Kid Flash is a lot of fun to watch, because he has a cocky, playful personality and uses his powers to literally run circles around the Hive Five (who he's quick to point out actually has six members). He also uses that speed to tease and flirt with Jinx, but he does the most damage by simply talking to her, and trying to appeal to her better nature. We get the idea that Jinx hasn't had anyone really talk to her on her own level in a long time. And in the end, he does get her to admit to herself that she's only being a bad girl because she thinks it's the only path available to someone whose powers are "bad luck."



    However, the decision belongs to Jinx. The rest of the story is spent disabusing her of the notion that The Brotherhood of Evil is really as admirable as she thinks it is. After the Hive Five manages to catch Kid Flash, Jinx summons The Brotherhood's imposing Madame Rouge, who she has long idolized. However, Rouge turns out to be both powerful and arrogant. She's alternately dismissive and abusive of Jinx, belittles her admiration, and refuses to recognize her efforts. The rest of the Hive Five are intimidated by Rouge, but Jinx doesn't take this lying down. At the end of the episode, she lets Kid Flash escape, shows Madame Rouge that her power is nothing to be trifled with, and walks away by herself, future unclear.



    The writing is very smart, making the situation so personal to the characters, and keeping the plot exciting. There are fight scenes and jokes and snazzy visuals galore, but they're all made to serve the story rather than the other way around. There's a little light romance, to add some extra kick to Jinx and Kid Flash's banter. And most importantly, it doesn't push its resolution. Jinx is not going to become one of the "good guys" right away, but she's clearly on the right path. We're shown her motivations and her circumstances, which help to make the decision feel genuine and unforced. During her arguments with Kid Flash, she's quick to point out all the bad consequences that would result from leaving the Hive Five, and is alone at the end of the story, despite the blatant hints of impending romance. Compare "Lightspeed" to "X-men Evolution," a similar teens with superpowers show that also had a female character come over to the good side. Rogue's change of heart in "Turn of the Rogue" also takes place in the space of a single episode, but happens very quickly and without the benefit of much contemplation. She's welcomed with open arms by the "good guys" at the end of the story, and there's no reaction at all from her former "bad guy" teammates in subsequent episodes. The choice feels very arbitrary and lacks meaning, but happens because the story needs it to happen. Throughout "Evolution," there is often very little difference in the behavior of the bad and good kids, and no one ever explains, the way Kid Flash does, why being on one side is preferrable to the other.



    "Lightspeed" turned out to be a great little animated drama, with a good balance of fun and serious material. The storyline also had a coda in the climax of the season, "Titans Together." When Kid Flash shows up at the final battle with the Brotherhood of Evil, he apologizes for being late because he had to go pick up a friend - who's ready to show she's got more attitude than ever.moreless
  • It seems that Kid Flash likes to gett his butt kicked by Jinx in this episode.

    10
    This episode is DEFINITELY one of the best episodes of Teen Titans for two reasons: 1) Jinx is the BEST and she deserves to be the main character for once. 2)Jinx finally turns good, which means she won't get her butt kicked anymore!!! Jinx is the best! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is! Yes she is!moreless
Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Kid Flash

Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Gizmo/Jinx

Guest Star

Jason Marsden

Jason Marsden

Billy Numerous

Guest Star

Hynden Walch

Hynden Walch

Madame Rouge

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • It looks that even when the HIVE Five appeared like part of the Brotherhood of Evil at the end of "Homecoming (2)," they're not part of the Brotherhood.

    • After their first confrontation with Kid Flash, when Gizmo is untangling his suit's wiring, the "G" symbols on his shoes have disappeared.

    • After Kid Flash wrecks the room where Gizmo is building the Level 4 prison, when Gizmo alerts Billy Numerous on his communicator, his communicator is wrong; it has a black "H" and an orange background, when it should be an orange "H" with a black background.

    • There were only about 25 or 40 Billy Numerous' around before the commercial break. But when the episode resumes, there are at least more than a hundred of them. The number also changes after Kid Flash runs through them when they act as walls.

    • When it shows a far away shot of the HIVE Five running from the museum before the Teen Titans opening song starts, See-More doesn't have his green belt or eye symbol on his suit.

  • QUOTES (59)

    • Madame Rouge: (to Kid Flash) You like to play the games? This is the one called: Stay Alive!

    • Kid Flash: You don't need to hurt people to feel good about yourself.
      (Jinx zaps him with a stunner)
      Kid Flash: Ahhhngg!!!
      Jinx: And that's only level one. (Turns a dial on the stunner)

    • See-More: He's heading for corridor twelve and that's a dead end! Hahaha!
      Gizmo: End of the road, snot for brains!
      Kid Flash: You do realize I can vibrate my molecules through solid objects. (Vibrates through a wall and comes back on the other side) Later.

    • Jinx: I don't care what it takes! Split up and catch him NOW!!!

    • Jinx: (About Kid Flash) We have to get him back! Do you know how bad it's going to be when Madame Rouge shows up and we haven't got him!
      Billy #1: Bad for you maybe.
      Billy #2: Hehe... good one, Billy! Hehehe!
      (Jinx grabs them)
      Both Billys: Gah!!
      Jinx: You were the ones that said he couldn't get away! (Looks at See-More) You were the one that said you would keep an eye on him! If Madame Rouge doesn't make things bad for you, I promise I will.

    • Jinx: I told you, we need to call...
      Billy #1: Oh, don't let them spoil our fun!
      Billy #2: Ha he! Yeah, let's hang him on the wall like a big mouth bass!

    • Jinx: (About what they are going to do to Kid Flash) I thought we discussed this already!
      See-More: I say we brainwash him and make him steal stuff for us.
      Mammoth: I say we put him up for ransom, he's got to be worth money.

    • (When HIVE Five surrounds Kid Flash)
      Mammoth: You're about to become a speed bump.
      Kid Flash: Only one problem with that, big guy. You got to catch me first. (Speeds away)

    • Jinx: (To Kid Flash) For someone so fast, you're a little slow.
      Gizmo: Who's the loser now...

    • See-More: (To Kyd Wykkyd) I spy with my big, old eye: a truck full of dough.

    • Mammoth: So we got busted, we get busted all the time.
      Jinx: We didn't just get busted. Whoever did this was messing with us.

    • (Jinx acting)
      Jinx: It's too late for me, anyways.
      Kid Flash: It's never too late.
      Jinx: What about the HIVE Five? They would come after me.
      Kid Flash: Let me worry about them.
      Jinx: Where would I go? What will I do?
      Kid Flash: Trust me. (Offers a hand)
      Jinx: (About to take his hand) On second thought, nahh... (Hits Kid Flash with her powers)

    • Kid Flash: Why do you hang out with those losers? That team of yours is only holding you back.
      Jinx: I know, that's what I keep telling them... (Pauses) What would you know?
      Kid Flash: I know you're too smart for all this.
      Jinx: Oh... is this the part when you try to convert me, make me see the errors of my ways? You're wasting your time.
      Kid Flash: When you're as fast as me, time is something you got plenty of. (Speeds to Paris, comes back wearing a French hat and holds up a bag) Croissant?

    • Jinx: (to the HIVE Five) Maybe the Brain thinks we have potential! I don't even know why I hang around with you, nitwits.

    • Gizmo: It was probably those crud, munching Teen Titans.
      Jinx: It can't be, they're still away fighting the Brotherhood of Evil. And the Titans East got called back to Steel City.

    • Jinx: Have your fun. In a minute, you're going to wish you were never born.
      Kid Flash: Oh, right. You want to see what makes me tick.

    • Billy #1: This is boring!
      Billy #2: We're gonna watch some wrestling.
      Gizmo: You dweebs better not hog the sofa.

    • (While playing video games)
      Billy #1: Hey, lay off the deck lasers.
      Billy #2: How come y'all don't know what shields are?
      Billy #1: Which button is it, Billy?
      Billy #3: Left one.
      Billy #4: Right.
      Billy #3: No, left!
      (Starts fighting with Billy #4)

    • Jinx: This is what I came for.
      See-More: Wait, isn't that necklace supposed to bring good luck? And if you're all about the bad luck... (Switches eyeball into a question mark)
      Jinx: It's just a dumb legend. (Pushes See-More aside)

    • See-More: (Whispering; about Madame Rouge) Is she gone?
      Jinx: Yeah.
      See-More: So, er... the research lab is having a special on computers. Steal one, get one free. You in?
      Jinx: Nah, you go ahead. (Pause) Goodbye.

    • Kid Flash: (Breathing heavily) Ermmm...
      Jinx: What's the matter, run out of gas?
      Kid Flash: For now, I'll have my strength back in a minute.
      Jinx: I'm not going to give you a minute. (Holds up a stunner)

    • See-More: Twenty meters to your left.
      Jinx: Thanks, See-More. I knew I could count on you.
      (See-More blushes)

    • Jinx: (To Kid Flash) You're an idiot, I'm turning you over to the Brotherhood of Evil.
      Kid Flash: (Smiling) You're joking, right? You're not joking. (Smile goes away) Jinx, you don't want to get mixed up with them.
      Jinx: Watch me.
      Kid Flash: (Sadly) You're making a big mistake.

    • Jinx: Suit yourselves, but when I'm in the big leagues and you're still robbing parking meters, don't ask for any favors.

    • Billy #1: (Freezing) Whooo... does this guy thinks he is?
      See-More: Where did he come from?!
      Mammoth: How do we squash him?!
      Gizmo: (Untangling wires around him) Ah... Eh... We should have stayed home!
      Jinx: We should be thanking him.
      (Everybody has "?" on their heads; they mix into a giant ?)
      Jinx: Don't you get it? This is our chance to impress the Brotherhood of Evil. We catch this do-gooder and turn him in. They might even offer us membership.
      Billy #1: What's wrong with the way things are?!
      Billy #2: Billy's right, we don't need a bunch of old goats getting in our business.
      Gizmo: Yeah... who needs them.

    • Billy #2: (To Billy #1) Hey, lookie here, Billy, I got one of them er... ice sweeper thingies.
      Billy #3: Hey, I'll race you, Billy.

    • Billy: (After interrupting a hockey match) Billy Numerous owns the ice!

    • (After Kid Flash whirls them in a tornado and drops them into a lake)
      See-More: (To Kyd Wykyyd) Umm... Er... What just happened?

    • (After Jinx attacked her)
      Madame Rouge: (To Jinx) We'll be in touch.

    • Kid Flash: (About Madame Rouge) Why do you want to be like her?
      Jinx: I'm bad luck, good was never an option for me. At least with the Brotherhood of Evil I can be someone, I'll get respect.

    • (Jinx is holding a "Don't Run" sign)
      Jinx: Oh, did I move this? (Knocks Kid Flash out)

    • Kid Flash: (About Kyd Wykkyd) What are you, psychic or something?
      Kyd Wykkyd: (Points to See-More)
      See-More: Nah, we're tracking your heat trail, dummy.

    • Gizmo: (About Kid Flash) Let's take him apart and see what makes him tick!

    • Kid Flash: Don't have much of an attention span, do they?
      Jinx: You have no idea. Stop that! Who do you work for?
      Kid Flash: I work alone these days, you got a nice place. Very secret lair.

    • Kid Flash: (Leaning against cage bars) There's something about you that's different, I think you can do better.
      (Jinx looks at him sincerely)
      Kid Flash: (Holding up sandwich) Can I... have some mustard? This... looks a little dry.
      (Jinx uses her powers to explode the sandwich in Kid Flash's face)

    • Kid Flash: Oooooooooooh! What'cha makin'?
      Gizmo: Oh, you'll find out... (He figures out he's talking to Kid Flash) Agggh!
      Kid Flash: I just need to borrow one of these. (He takes a wrench and disassembles a machine)
      (Gizmo shocks him with the shield device and stuns Kid Flash)
      Gizmo: He's in the workshop, he's in the... (Kid Flash ties him up) Huh, nevermind.

    • Billy Numerous: Y'all wanna make a fort outta sofa cushions?
      Mammoth, Gizmo & See-More: YEAH!

    • Jinx: (After zapping Kid Flash) Madame Rouge! I caught him! Just like I said I would.
      Madame Rouge: (Backhands her) You did nothing. It was I who made him weak. And you call yourself a villain. Pathetic.
      Jinx
      : I wanted someone to look up to. I thought you were cool.
      Madame Rouge
      : Life is full of disappointments. You are one of them, hand him to me.
      Jinx: (Crushes the force-field controller that holds Kid Flash, freeing him) Go catch him yourself.
      Kid Flash
      : Thanks. (Super speeds away)

    • Kid Flash: (Kyd Wykkyd pops up behind him) Gah! Someone should put a bell on you.

    • (We see an armed security beamed room; Gizmo comes down and starts to mess with the system)
      Jinx: Well, Gizmo?
      Gizmo: Huh, security system stinks.
      (All the beams shut down, everyone jumps down)
      Jinx: Gold jewels, priceless artifacts, way better than the mall. H.I.V.E. Five, rob 'em blind!

    • (Billy Numerous looking at the four Egyptian jars)
      Billy #1: (Happy) That's some fancy jars. (Splits into another Billy)
      Billy #2: I agree. I believe this should be the property of Billy Numerous.
      (Now, there's four Billy Numerous' on the screen)
      Four Billy's: Start grabbing!!
      (As they grab one jar each, Jinx came)
      Jinx: You know what they put inside, don't you? Mummy guts!
      (The four Billy Numerous' look inside the jar and makes some gross faces)

    • See-More: Need an eye, Kyd Wykkyd?
      (Kid Wykkyd shakes his head no and uses his powers to put his arm through the glass and steal the staff)

    • Jinx: I want to know who did this, I want to find them and make them pay.
      (Jinx uses her powers to kill the rose)
      Gizmo: Somebody has a boyfriend.
      (Jinx uses her powers to cut the chair off the pole)
      Gizmo: Aghh!

    • Kid Flash: Need a little luck?
      Jinx: It's only a myth! Who are you, anyways?
      Kid Flash: Kid Flash! Fastest boy alive.

    • Jinx: Are you supposed to be a good guy or something?
      Kid Flash: One of the best.
      Jinx: Well, aren't you going to take me to jail or something?
      Kid Flash: I thought I'd get to know you first.

    • Kid Flash: (Looking at Jinx's notebook) I didn't think of you as the unicorn type.

    • Mammoth: Hey, See-More, does this make me look fat?
      See-More: No way, Mammoth. It makes you look rich!

    • Kid Flash: (In a cage) Looks like you got me.
      Billy #1: That's right.
      BIlly #2: And when we're through with you...
      Billy #3: We're gonna... We're gonna...
      Billy#1: What are we gonna do with him?

    • (Alarm goes off)
      Gizmo: We got multiple targets. An armored car on main, three jewelry stores, and a taco stand.
      Mammoth: Ooh, I'll take that one!

    • Jinx: How do you guys expect the Brotherhood of Evil to take us seriously if this keeps happening?!
      Billy #1: Pfft. Brotherhood of Evil.
      Billy #2: Yeah. All those old-timers ever talk about is taking over the world.
      Billy #3: Ha ha! Brain in a jar.
      Billy #4: Talking gorillas.
      Billy #2: Boring.

    • Kid Flash: Wait, wait, wait, wait. If your called the HIVE Five, how come their are six of you?
      (The H.I.V.E. logo appears onscreen, splits into 6 separate pieces, and counts the members)
      See-More: 'Cause... it sounds cooler?

    • Kid Flash: (While his captors argue about what to do with him, he speeds in and out of his cage bringing back snacks every time -- first a hero sandwich, then a bag of potato chips; mouth full) Don't I get a say in this?
      Mammoth: Hey, where'd you get... Those are mine! (Grabs the chips out of Kid Flash's hand)

    • Mammoth: (Walks out of a store holding only a small candy bar, as he unwraps it and prepares to take a bite, Kid Flash speeds past and swipes it in the blink of an eye) I paid for that! (Shakes his fist)

    • Madame Rouge: (Pretending to be Jinx in order to trick Kid Flash) What do I have to do, rob a bank?
      Kid Flash: (Appears behind her) You'd do that for me? I'm touched.

    • Billy Numerous: (Duplicating self in a maze so Kid Flash can't escape) Run, run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, uh... catch you.... ..... .... I'm Billy Numerous!

    • Kid Flash: Jinx? Are you... you?
      (Jinx makes a pipe spray water in his face)
      Kid Flash: It's you.

    • See-More: He's heading for Sector 4.
      Jinx: That's MY room!

    • Gizmo: (To Jinx) A LEVEL 4 CONTAINMENT FIELD?! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR STINKIN' MIND?! THAT'S HARD, EVEN FOR ME!

    • (Teen Titans opening sequence is abrubtly interrupted)
      Jinx: We're the HIVE Five, and this is our show.

  • NOTES (41)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Kid Flash: Trust me.
      This is most likely a reference to the Disney movie Aladdin, when Aladdin extends his hand to the Princess.

    • Kid Flash: Tasmanian Devil
      When Kid Flash tries to escape from Madame Rouge, he spins through the wall and leaves his shape. Taz the Tasmanian Devil, a Looney Tunes character, is known to do that.

    • Kid Flash: Kid Flash! Fastest boy alive.
      When Kid Flash introduces himself to Jinx, he refers to himself as the fastest boy alive. A line used in The Flash comics, where he himself references as "the fastest man alive." In this case, being a kid.

    • Lightspeed: Candy Bar
      The candy bar that Kid Flash steals from Mammoth is called Lightspeed. In the Justice League episodes "Eclipsed," The Flash sponsors a candy bar called the same. Also a reference to this episode's name.

    • Jinx: Where will I go? What'll I do?
      Jinx saying "Where will I go? What'll I do?" is a reference to the 1939 movie Gone with the Wind.

    • Kid Flash: Brainwash
      See-More suggested that they brainwash Kid Flash to make him steal for them. This happened to the Flash on the show Justice League, when Gorilla Grodd brainwashed Flash into stealing for him via a special helmet that induced special brainwaves.

    • Billy Numerous: Lightcycle Sequence
      The scene when Billy Numerous is trying to entrap Kid Flash is a reference to the lightcycle sequence from the film Tron (1982).

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