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Apprentice, Part 1

Season: 1
Air date:
October 4, 2003


Scott Menville - Robin
Tara Strong - Raven
Greg Cipes - Beast Boy
Khary Payton - Cyborg
Hynden Walch - Starfire
Ron Perlman - Slade
Dee Bradley Baker - Cinderblock


Director(s) - Michael Chang
Storyboarder(s) - Anthony Chun, Jennifer Graves, Steve Jones, Shaunt Nigoghossian
Writer(s) - Rob Hoegee


Summary: Who is Slade? That's the question that plagues Robin. Slade contacts the Titans in the middle of the night and says that he is in possession of a device called the Chronoton Detonator, which would stop time if it were to go off. The team has a limited amount of time to find the Detonator and defuse it before it's too late. Robin leaves the others and tracks Slade to his secret location, only to learn that the Detonator had been a ruse to separate him from his teammates. They had played into the villain's hands. Slade reveals that Robin's friends have been injected with nanobots that allow him to kill them if Robin does not become his Apprentice. The team leader has no other choice but to obey.


  • Slade finally reveals his evil plan, and that is for Robin to serve him.
  • This was the only episode in the series to end with "To be continued."
  • Producer and story editor David Slack on developing Slade: “So we realized Slade was a father looking for a son….We knew we wanted that….We just didn’t know how to crack it. So once Bruce said that, we realized we just needed a device that would literally take him away from his friends. So the show fell into place after that....The voice for Slade was pretty easy to find. I was writing him as this very detached, aloof, reproachful guy. An early description I wrote of Slade described him as 'the monster under the bed, made flesh.' I just wanted him to be really, really frightening. Of course, getting Ron Perlman to do the voice made a huge difference. When we first heard Ron doing the reads, that really set the voice for Slade. That was true of all the voices. It became easier to write Beast Boy after hearing the way Greg was going to read him. That’s true of all of them. Good voices make all the difference. And we’ve got a great cast.”

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