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This episode was meant to teach kids a lesson about racism.
It was kind of obvious that Starfire didn't like being called Troq. Even Cyborg didn't suspect that Starfire didn't like the name when he asked what it meant (he just knew it wasn't an English word). Why didn't any of the other Titans notice how Starfire reacted whenever Val-Yor called her Troq? Even if it wasn't obvious that the name offended her, it should've been obvious to the other Titans that Starfire did not like the name, as she clearly showed.
When Cyborg says to Starfire that Val-Yor is calling her a terrible name, his arms are at his side. But in the next shot, when he says that if Starfire punches Val-Yor out, it will just confirm the terrible stuff he says, he has his left hand on her shoulder.
When Starfire and Cyborg were talking about Val-Yor's racism, Cyborg says that Starfire can't punch Val-Yor because it'll confirm all the bad things that he thinks of her. But Starfire had just explained that Val-Yor thought Tamaranians were weak and useless, and that was the reason he hated them. So if Starfire had punched him, wouldn't that have been a good thing, proving that she could fight when need be?
When Val-Yor is showing the planets that have been conquered in the Titan's Tower, we see the species that had the long striped nails, like Starfire's, in Transformation. This means that, that planet must have been taken over after the Titans were there.
When the Titans are running to the briefing room, Robin is in the lead. However, it should be Cyborg.
When Val-Yor's ship lands on Sentia and Starfire asks what she can do to help, he angrily tells her to guard the ship. She refuses, correctly realizing that he means it as an insult, and he grudgingly lets her come with them. However, since the surface of the planet is swarming with Locrix drones, several of whom attack the ship the moment they land, wouldn't it be wise to have someone guard the ship? After Starfire refuses, Val-Yor never assigns the task to anyone else, and so the ship is left unguarded for the rest of the episode.
When Val-Yor's ship crashed, it landed out of view of the tower, all the Titans could see was the big ball of smoke/fire in the middle of the forest. But when the Titans arrive, you can see the Tower in the distance behind them, with no trees blocking the view, so wouldn't the Titans have seen the ship actually crash, instead of watching it disappear into the forest?
In the end when Val-Yor is talking to the Titans on the roof of the Tower, Raven is on the left of Cyborg in a scene. In the next scene, she is gone from the picture. On the third scene when she is talking to Val-Yor about his insult, she is on the right of Cyborg.
When Starfire is listening to Val-Yor tell the Titans what they're going to do when they reach the planet, and she's sitting on the step, part of her boot is missing. So, it looks like her left boot only goes to her knee, however, the silver band from the boot is still on her thigh.
In the beginning, they were cheering for Val-Yor when he was fighting the Locrix spaceships, even though they didn't know if he was good or bad.
In the beginning, Val-Yor crashes on a hill, quite a distance away from Titan Tower, from where the Teen Titans were watching him. In the next scene, we can see the Titans arriving to the crash site on foot, which must have taken some time given the distance. Yet they arrive just as Val-Yor was walking out of the flaming remains of the ship. Was he just standing in the fire, waiting for a public to make his exit?
When the ship Val-Yor was on crashed in the forest, it left a fiery wreckage. Yet the Teen Titans are not at all worried at seeing this huge blaze in a wooded area.
Robin: (After Cyborg tells him about Val-Yor calling Starfire a Troq) Starfire, why didn't you say anything? He will apologize. I'm going to...
Starfire: No, Robin. Our mission is more important than my feelings.
Val-Yor: Thank you for all your help.
Robin: Don't thank us, thank Starfire.
Beast Boy: Yeah, she's the one who saved your sorry butt.
(Val-Yor looks at Starfire who has a sad look on her face)
Val-Yor: Thank you, Starfire. I must say you're not bad for a Tr- (Stops for a second) Tamaranian.
Val-Yor: I thought you earthlings were all right. I guess I was wrong. Your just like the Troqs.
Cyborg: Way to go, Troqqie!
Starfire: (gasps) You do not call me that!
Cyborg: But Val-Yor calls you Troq all the time.
Starfire: That does not make it right.
Cyborg: What's up? I thought you said it didn't mean anything.
Starfire: No. I said it means nothing. When Val-Yor calls me Troq, he is saying that I am worthless, a nothing.
Starfire: There are those on other planets who feel Tamaranians are inferior. Troq is what they call us.
Cyborg: So, he's calling you a terrible name? And you know that if you punch him out, it'll just confirm all the bad stuff he thinks about you?
Starfire: Yes. You know what it is like to be judged simply because of how you look?
Cyborg: Of course I do, I'm part robot.
Robin: (All the robots the team are fighting shut down) They did it!
Cyborg: (Starfire appears with Val-Yor unconscious on her shoulder) No... she did it.
Cyborg: Troq? What does that mean?
Starfire: It means nothing.
Val-Yor: Guard the ship, Troq.
Starfire: No, I am going with you.
Val-Yor: I gave you an order!
Starfire: I do not take orders from you. If my friends go into danger, so do I. Besides, my people can withstand hostile conditions.
Starfire: Please, explain why it is bad to be the old maid.
Val-Yor: It was me versus twenty of them. They had me surrounded. There were Crixies to the left, Crixies to the right! Things didn't look good for Val-Yor...
Cyborg: What did you do?!
Val-Yor: Raven, Beast Boy, you man the blasters.
Beast Boy: Cool!
Raven: (Looking at Beast Boy) Can I blast whoever I want?
Val-Yor: I trust you to do a good job, Spike.
Cyborg: We've got your back.
Val-Yor: I know you do, Metal Butt. Now, Sunshine, I'm going to need you to keep that energy field of yours around the ship, and Champ, I need you to provide backup when needed.
Robin: I'm sorry Val-Yor treated you like that. If I'd known, I'd never would've let it happen.
Cyborg: None of us would.
Starfire: There is nothing you could've done. There will always be people who say mean words because you are different. And sometimes their minds cannot be changed. But there are many more people who do not judge others based on how they look or where they are from. Those are the people whose words truly matter.
Val-Yor: You must be one of the good ones.
Starfire: The fact that I saved you does not make me better than any other Tamaranians.
Val-Yor: Hey, I'm trying to pay you a compliment.
Raven: Then why does it still sound like an insult?
Cyborg: (To Val-Yor, after he takes down the Locrix ships) Man, you sure know how to make an entrance.
Val-Yor: It's all in a day's work.
Beast Boy: (Amazed) You do that everyday?
Val-Yor: Nope, most days I fight more than just two of them.
Raven: So, today's a slow day for you?
Val-Yor: Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, exactly.
Val-Yor: (To Raven, after she blasts a lot of the Locrix) Remind me to stay on your good side.
Starfire: (To Val-Yor) You may not value my life, but I still value yours!
Starfire: I wish to apologize. I did not mean to endanger your ship, I was only trying to help.
Val-Yor: I don't need any help from a stupid Troq.
Beast Boy: Are we dead yet?
Raven: Yep, that's why you're still talking.
Beast Boy: Val-Yor said he's never seen anything like me.
Raven: Yeah, most people haven't.
The word "Troq" is said sixteen times in this episode. Two times by Starfire, three times by Cyborg, and eleven times by Val-Yor.
This is one of two episodes that deal with serious life problems. This episode deals with "Racism" and the other episode in this season is Addiction in the Cyborg episode "Overdrive."
The converstation Starfire and Cyborg had about Starfire being called a troq, she said it meant inferior. When Starfire asked did Cyborg ever was insulted, he only responded that he was half robot, thus saying that he was also african-american and racism had followed him where ever he went.
There was no Val-Yor in the Teen Titans comics. He was made up by the creators, specifically for the animated series.
After Starfire took care of the LOCRIX mines, she told Cyborg that there are some people who think Tamaranians are inferior. This is because the Tamaranians, though very strong, were a peaceful race and were often not prepared for enemy onslaughts and were constantly caught offguard. Because of this, many other planets thought Tamaranians to be inferior warriors and an inferior race.
When the Titans hear a loud rumbling noise, one of the Titans guesses, "Giant worms?" This is a reference to the events in "Titan Rising."
Opener: In space, a spaceship is being attacked by two others. As it enters Earth, the Titans witness its victory over the two spaceships, and the pilot reveals himself to be Val-Yor.
It was assumed that the lack of a crossover between the Teen Titans and Justice League Unlimited was due to the differences in the animation styles. However, the inclusion of Val-Yor (a character that very much resembles Captain Atom, a Justice League hero), it seems that a crossover could be possible.
This is the first Teen Titans episode to ever premiere in May on Cartoon Network in the US.
Troq sounds very similar to Trog, an insult used in the TV series Lilo & Stitch, when Gantu refers to Stitch.
Villain(s): The Locrix.
Val-Yor looks a lot like DC superhero Captain Atom, with solid silver upper body, face and hair, and an atom-like insignia on his chest. The only major difference is that Val-Yor's costume is black on the lower half, while Atom's is all silver.
The Locrix look a lot like Overload.
At one point, Robin finishes explaining to Val-Yor how they beat Control Freak. He is probably referring to either the episodes "Fear Itself" or "Episode 257-494." Of course, he could be referring to a battle with Control Freak we have not yet seen. This may be the case as after Robin finishes, Val-Yor comments on how he led the team well in that situation, but in neither of those episodes did their victory over Control Freak come from Robin's leadership skills.
Val-Yor gives all the Titans nicknames:
Robin - Spike
Starfire - Troq/Troqie
Raven - Sunshine
Cyborg - Metal Butt
Beast Boy - Champ
The word Troq means nothing, worthless, inferior. Some species use this word to describe Tamaraneans.
The aliens being terrorized in Val-Yor's slideshow are the same species Starfire encounters in "Transformation."
Val-Yor lands on the same hill and what looks to be the exact same spot that Soto's ship landed on in "Every Dog Has His Day."
This is the second time Starfire has provided a valuable life-lesson/earth evaluation in an episode. The first time being in "Revolution."
This episode deals with racism, a series first.
YTV airdate: May 6, 2005.
Locrix Ships: Appearance
These ships look suspiciously like the Batplane from the feature film, Batman.
Central Processor: Beaches of Normandy
When the Titans and Val-Yor show at the central processor the scene looks incredibly like the beaches the Allies stormed in WW2, down to the X-shaped obstacles.
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