Teen Titans

Season 4 Episode 6

Troq

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Aired Weekdays 4:30 PM May 09, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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A brave hero from outer space called Val-Yor comes to Earth and asks for the Titans help in defeating an otherworldly menace known as The Locrix. But according to Val-Yor, Starfire may be the real problem...

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  • A episode that deals with racism, a series first. It seems so real!

    9.8
    Troq was another superb Season 4 episode that I personally enjoyed. While the episode was deemed to realistic, it did quite well for itself.



    Val-Yor seemed to be a bad guy. But, if he was, the episode won't do as well as it did because "Forces of Nature" and "Spellbound" used the same type of stories.



    Anyway, the way Cyborg and STarfire bonded was good and I was happy to see thm together. Starfire also seemed to mention events from "Deception.



    Robin wasnt in Starfire so much and I believe, like "Can I Keep Him?", this episode did quite well. I would have liked Starfire to leave Val-Yor to die and learn his lesson but like reality, she saved him but he now hated everything.



    Overall, an excellent episode that you should see if you want to kick racism out because nobody deserves to be critised.moreless
  • goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooiiiiiiil

    9.5
    Good. Great. Loved it. Wonderful. exciting. Cant wait to watch it again. Loved it ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hannah. My name is Hannah and it was a very very very very very very awsome show. I love tht show. yay. So everyone should watch it. My fave is starfire she is pretty and awsome. I love her. and then I like beastboy and pretty much al of them . that is why I like this epidode cause it was wonderful. yay. so dont for get to watch it. cause it is awsome. Sooooo plaease please watch it. hamoreless
  • A brave hero from outer space called Val-Yor comes to Earth and asks for the Titans help in defeating an otherworldly menace known as The Locrix. But according to Val-Yor, Starfire may be the real problem...moreless

    10
    Starfire has always been my most favorite titan and I love her in this episode. This episode deals with a serious real-life issue: Racism. Throughout the whole episode, I felt like I understood how Starfire felt when Val-Yor called her a troq. This epiosde reminded me of my own past.



    Troq is what Tamaranians are called by those who feel they are inferior. Starfire tells this to Cyborg (who had asked her what troq meant earlier, but misunderstood when she said it means nothing) and she also asks him if he knows how it feels to be judged by your appearance and background. Cyborg says of course he does because he's half-robot, but he also means because he's African-American (although he doesn't say this).



    I have faced a lot of racism throughout my life because of my skin color and religion. Every time Val-Yor called Starfire troq, it reminded me of a time when someone called me a racial name when I was younger. I'm sure I felt the same way Starfire felt.



    I like when Starfire tells Val-Yor that just because she saved his life does not make her any better than other Tamaranians (he was trying to compliment her by saying this, but it was still basically an insult). My favorite part of the episode was Starfire's speech at the end. She says:



    "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."



    And she couldn't be more right!moreless
  • One of the greatest episodes in the show

    10
    TROQ was a truly emotional and powerful episode. Not only does it have sufficient action and intrigue, but also does it strive to convey the message that racism is very wrong - yet at the same time, also very widespread. Depressing, perhaps, but truly great nevertheless.

    I salute the writer of TROQ.
  • A great moral lesson.

    9.5
    Everybody who is a minority will understand this excellent episode. When Val-Yor calls Starfire a Troq she gets offended and we dont know why. It was when Cyborg calls her a Trog she tells him that a Trog means nothing and was he ever called that. Cyborg says yes because he says he is half robot but you know what he really means that he is black. When the rest of the Titans find out they want Val-Yor to go. At the end when Starfire saves him he says she better than the rest of her people. One of the Titans says even when you make a compliment it is an insult. That is so typical of a bigot. This show should be seen by every grade school student as a lesson of racism.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • 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.
      Cyborg: Star...
      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.

  • NOTES (22)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • 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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