This is part two of my Teen Titans journals. Teen Titans, as I indicated before, was a well-crafted series with story arcs that helped to cement the show's place as one of DC's, Cartoon Network's, and Warner Bros.'s finest cartoons, with engaging characters and great character development to go along with. With each new season and subsequent story arc, Teen Titans had something relatively new to offer. Not only that, but each new season had something that defined it that set it apart from each other. This list is dedicated to jotting down the top five seasons of Teen Titans from worst to best. Filler episodes and Starfire's arc don't count, as the former doesn't contribute much to the season and Starfire's arc is scattered across the seasons.
5. Teen Titans Season One: While this series did end up getting this show off the ground, it had one of the weakest arcs in the show, which in this case is Robin's. How ironic. Robin gets the short end of the stick when he is by far one of the most popular characters on the show. Anyway, in summary, Slade (Deathstroke), the main antagonist of this season, wants Robin to become his apprentice and eliminate the Teen Titans. Meanwhile, Robin's obsession with this enigmatic villain drives him to do morally dubious things, even making him go over the edge. When it comes to what Slade had in mind, it's a good plan. And yet, at the same time, it's also stupid, too. Slade often raises the stakes every time he appears, so there's really no question that he'd pose a threat to the heroes, which he does. But in this case, what makes this arc, and by extension, Slade's plan, so flawed is how Slade's scheme unravels. In this case, Robin gets himself infected with microscopic robots like the other Titans and tells Slade that his apprentice will be destroyed if Slade doesn't turn off the machines. Now, if Slade were in-character during this moment, he'd let the Titans perish. He doesn't. He is defeated in a surprisingly anti-climactic way. Slade had the Titans on the ropes and he just lets them go, It makes the somewhat ridiculous nature of his plan even sillier if he isn't going to go through with dealing with his enemies. In a later season, he REALLY loses it, but details about that will come later on this list. Anyway, the arc in question involves Robin doing a lot of dubious things, so it's interesting seeing Robin slowly eroded by Slade's mysteriousness, especially considering the fact that even when Robin was Slade's apprentice, Robin still fought back, completely unwilling to give in. But many other antagonists have done this sort of thing afterward, often doing a better job than Slade. Even that witch in one of the other seasons did a better job of breaking the Titans' willpower than Slade did, and she was essentially a joke character. All in all, season one's main arc wasn't special, but it helped give the series a decent audience. But seriously, Slade. Y u so dumb??
4. Teen Titans Season 3: Arguably a step in the right direction compared to Season One, it was Cyborg's turn to have an arc of his own. It also involves Starfire's finishing up as well, so that's cool, but Cyborg was largely the focus here. Yes, Cyborg will let you finish, Starfire, but Beyoncé was the real winner. Seriously speaking, though, the villain of this arc, Brother Blood, was made to be the Anti-Slade, and it shows. The summary of this arc is that, after Cyborg infiltrates H.I.V.E. Academy, he has a run-in with the headmaster, Brother Blood. After initially swaying Cyborg over to his side, Brother Blood becomes obsessed with his enemy when Cyborg resists his mind control powers. With the introduction of Titans East, Cyborg gets the chance to be a leader at long last and after a battle with Brother Blood, he shows that it is his spirit, not his machine parts, that give him his inner-strength. This was an interesting arc, I saw Brother Blood as Season One Slade done right. He was given Robin's obsessiveness, which made for quite a role reversal. Not only that, but with the introduction of Titans East, which not only could've opened a wider range of episode possibilities (which it did), the series now had the potential to create a spin-off, one that DOESN'T make the series look bad. Other than that, this season was much like Season One; anti-climactic ending coupled with nothing too special. And yet, it opened the door to many new possibilities, making it an improvement, albeit not by much.
3. Teen Titans Season 5: There goes that glass of milk again. Things are about to get intense in this season. Beast Boy gets his official arc! What's more is that his archenemies, the Brothethood of Evil, which consists of Madame Rouge, General Immortus, Mallah, and their leader, the Brain, make their big debut at long last. After being notified that the Doom Patrol, Beast Boy's old team, needs Beast Boy's help, Beast Boy and the other Titans cooperate with the Doom Patrol to take the Brotherhood of Evil down. After two missions with BB's old allies, the Teen Titans become the Brain's primary focus, no longer concerning himself with the Doom Patrol. The Teen Titans begin globe-trotting and trying to notify other young heroes and heroines about the Brotherhood of Evil once Honorary Titans go missing. After a few misadventures, the Brain finally makes his move, capturing Robin and hunting down large quantities of Titans, members of Titans East included. But Beast Boy proved to be a potent warrior and a great leader, resulting in the ultimate defeat of many of the Titans' enemies, the Brotherhood especially. This arc had you hooked. It introduced many new characters. Some were compelling, like Red Star, and others weren't. Unfortunately, Beast didn't have too much of a role to play in this season, and this is essentially his TRUE arc. Other characters, such as Jinx, took some of the spotlight instead, and with the lack of filler episodes, this doesn't mean much good when it comes to character development on BB's part. He develops more during the final episode, which wasn't that well-written. However, having all of these familiar faces showing up proved to make up for some of this, even if it was ironically part of the problem as well, as it took time away from developing Beast Boy more. As for the Brain, He is perhaps one of the more successful antagonists, with enough connections and influence to make him a legitimate threat no matter how one could look at it. He was a strategist that was capable of bringing down Robin, arguably the most competent Titan on the show most of the time. The Brain's henchman are hit or miss. General Immortus was practically non-existent, Madame Rouge got annoying every now and then, but Mallah was dangerous enough and evil enough to be taken seriously and you could actually like him as a villain. If it weren't for the series finale being both a cliffhanger and poorly-written, this season would be higher on the list. Instead, it sits in the middle where it currently belongs.
2. Teen Titans Season 4: What was once going to be the series finale of Teen Titans ended up being one of more intense seasons. This is Raven's time in the limelight, so her archnemesis, Trigon the Terrible, finally makes a proper introduction this time around. In this season, Raven's birthday is coming up, and on that birthday, the world will end. With the revival of Slade, things get bad to worse as he and an army of demons seek to use Raven as a gateway for Trigon, allowing him to exit his prison and rule over the universe's remains. However, thanks to her friends, she is able gain the power to defeat her father once and for all. Trigon makes for a dark antagonist, one who actually succeeds in his plans initially, but fails anyway. The stakes are high, and Ravens struggles throughout the season make the victory over Trigon satisfying. There isn't much to say other than that this was the series at one of its darkest moments. Admittedly, however, it is largely due to the writing and the plot that makes this season compelling. Everything else just seems par to the course. In short, this was a solid season that excelled where it mattered most. And now, for the grand finale... Well, kinda, if you know what is meant by this...
1. Teen Titans Season Two: Need the NintendoCapriSun quote be used again? Alrighty then. There goes that glass of milk again!! This season is the magnum opus of the show, with an arc that pulls you in and never lets go, not until the very bitter end! This is essentialy Beast Boy's first arc, but for all intents and purposes, a certain young girl takes the spotlight here. Her name is Terra. She was a Teen Titan. She is a true friend. Time to be taught the teachings of Markovism, young Padawons. Come closer, and you shall be told a tale. In all seriousness, though, the arc went like this. The Teen Titans meet their future sixth member, Terra, as she is leading a large scorpion monster into a trap. After defeating the creature, the Titans take Terra in and, after a mission involving Slade, Terra is eventually convinced that the Titans are no good after a secret involving her powers not being in control is exposed. She comes back sometime later with full control of her geomancy powers, much to delight of everyone but Raven, who was suspicious of her sudden improvement. After gaining their trust, Terra would go on a date with Beast Boy, who was infatuated with Terra at the time, so this appeared to be working out for the both of them. Not true, for while Terra and Beast Boy were on their date, the Titans were under attack. It turned out that Terra was a mole, sabotaging the Titans from within, only Terra wasn't feeling too good about what she did. Sadly for her, Beast Boy broke up with her after finding out about her betrayal, and it sent Terra to the dark side almost completely. Terra ultimately devastates the Titans sometime afterward during a series of ambushes, leading to the devastation of Jump City. However, the Titans return with a vengeance, forcing Terra to flee. Slade abused her for running, making her realize that she's been duped. Beast Boy manages to reason with Terra, who has the honor of destroying Slade for what initially looks like once and for all. However, she did this by activating an inactive volcano, a natural diaster she sacrificed herself to stop, but not before a tearful farewell to Beast Boy. At the end, Terra is turned to stone and her friends mourn her loss, leaving a memorial in her honor. Needless to say, this complicated yet intricate arc made for a fantastic improvement over Season One. Terra developed so well during this season, as did Beast Boy, who essentially had the honor of having two arcs dedicated to him during the entire show's run. Anyway, Tara Markov, a.k.a. Terra, was a villainess in the original comics. Her change from a deranged psycho to a troubled young girl made her the Mr. Freeze of the series, an antagonist that people can sympathize with to the point that, where it matters, you really start rooting for her. Mind you, Aftershock pt. I was another story, but pity can still be felt for her during that episode, so there might be some sympathy still left. Beast Boy was at his fiercest in this season, with good writing to amplify the quality of it. Slade was back, and this time, he had a more dangerous, albeit predictable, plot. He was also at his most evil, abusing the mental issues that Terra had and turned her into a weapon of mass destruction. By the time it's over, you are reminded of why Slade is regarded as one of the Titans' most popular and most important enemies. The arc itself isn't the kind of dark that Season 4 is. No. Not at all. Rather, it's a special kind of dark, one that can be a shock to see on TV. Think about it like this. This show had the guts to, for all intents and purposes, have what is essentially a child being killed off (until the series finale, at least). What makes this even darker is the fact that you not only see it happen, but the events leading up to it and the kind of person Terra was before her "death". All of those conflicts, all of that emotion, and all of those times Terra was involved improved upon the series, settings the standards higher than ever. In short, the Terra arc proved to be the best thing that ever happened to Teen Titans, and may it be remembered as the show's best arc, even if the series finale's poor writing tarnished it a little.
And there you have it, folks. Part three is coming up next.