Love For Teen Titans

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Final Exam

Season: 1
Episode:
3
Air date:
July 19, 2003

 

Cast:
Scott Menville - Robin
Tara Strong - Raven
Greg Cipes - Beast Boy
Khary Payton - Cyborg
Hynden Walch - Starfire
Ron Perlman - Slade
Lauren Tom - Jinx, Gizmo
Kevin Michael Richardson - Mammoth
Andrea Romano - Headmistress

 

Crew:
Director(s) - Michael Chang
Storyboarder(s) - Christopher Berkeley, Steve Jones, Shaunt Nigoghossian, Scooter Tidwell
Writer(s) - Rob Hoegee

 

Summary: Three new graduates of H.I.V.E. Academy--Jinx, Gizmo, and Mammoth--are hired by Slade to defeat the Teen Titans.

 

Notes:

  • Chronologically, this episode comes after "Divide and Conquer" and was the third episode to be produced. It was the first to air, however.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Gizmo, Jinx and Mammoth.
  • This is the first time the Headmistress appears in the series. She later goes missing in season 3, paving the way for Brother Blood to become Headmaster. She makes one more (unvoiced) appearance in season 5.
  • In the comics, Slade Wilson is called Deathstroke the Terminator. However, this did not get past the censors. His alias was considered inappropriate for a series originally aimed at seven-year-olds, so the writers decided to call him by his real first name.
  • In the comics, the Headmistress of H.I.V.E. Academy was Slade's wife! This doesn't seem to be the case in the TV series.
  • At one point Cyborg refers to Gotham City, Robin's old hometown (and home of Batman).
  • This episode marks the first time the Titans hear about Slade. Robin does not meet him until later in the season.
  • Glen Murakami said this episode is about bullying.
  • Speaking on the villains of the episode, Murakami said, "We talk about the villains being all adults. We talked about different ways of doing it. I dunno…Gizmo as a little kid seemed funnier. Making them relatable just seemed more interesting. It wasn’t like, 'Oh, we’re going to change it just to change it.' We wanted to talk about the story and figure out how it works. I think it’s the essence of everything....'Same thing with Jinx. Let’s make her more goth. It’s this blend of how to make it a little more anime…how to make it a little more contemporary…how to make it more iconic….I think we wanted to make Jinx similar to Raven but different than Raven."
  • In the comics, Jinx, Gizmo and Mammoth are members of the Fearsome Five.

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