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Nevermore

Season: 1
Episode: 6
Air date: August 30, 2003

 

Cast:
Scott Menville - Robin
Tara Strong - Raven
Greg Cipes - Beast Boy
Khary Payton - Cyborg
Hynden Walch - Starfire
Rodger Bumpass - Dr. Light
Keith Szarabajka - Trigon

 

Summary: Raven loses control of her powers during a battle with Dr. Light. Afterward, Beast Boy again sends her over the edge. He goes to Raven's room to apologize and meets Cyborg on the way. Instead of finding Raven, the guys come across a magic hand mirror that pulls them into Raven's mind.

 

Notes:

  • Raven's destiny is first hinted in this episode. Her back-story is later explored in season four
  • Beast Boy says that Raven never laughed at any of his jokes, but in season five episode "Go!" it is revealed she laughed once after they first met.
  • It is revealed that on Tameran, Starfire's home planet, large meals mean that the person cooking is engaged to be married.
  • This is the first appearance of Raven in her white-cloaked form.
  • The large, red figure Cyborg and Beast Boy come across in Raven's mind symbolizes her father, Trigon, who is an extremely powerful demon. This makes Raven half-demon.
  • The figure in Raven's mind was not really Trigon, but an embodiment of Raven's anger. Trigon did not make a real appearance until season four.
  • The R-Cycle makes its first appearance in this episode.
  • The different-colored cloaked figures in Raven's mind symbolize different parts of her personality. Blue is her normal self (the one we always see), pink is happy, grey is timid, green is brave, purple is affection, brown is gross, yellow is knowledge, orange is rude, red is rage, and white is a perfect balance of all her forms (minus rage).
  • The theme for this episode is sung in Japanese for the first time.
  • The title of this episode is an allusion to Edgar Allen Poe's most famous poem, The Raven, in which the only word the raven speaks is "Nevermore."
  • Speaking on the story plot, producer and story editor David Slack said, "Nevermore was an idea I had before coming on board the show. That was one of the original premises I wrote. I had conceived it completely differently. By the time it got to script, the only thing that remained was that it centered around Raven. That, and the title of the episode. When we were originally working on the story, we conceived it as a literal journey into another dimension. Something on the way to Azaratha Dr. Strange-type world...And when Glen and I were talking about it, he mentioned, 'Well, if the story is about them getting to know Raven better…shouldn’t they just go inside her head?' And that just cracked the whole thing wide open."

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