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How Long is Forever?

Season: 2
Episode:
1
Air date:
January 10, 2004

 

Cast:
Scott Menville - Robin, Nightwing
Tara Strong - Raven
Greg Cipes - Beast Boy
Khary Payton - Cyborg
Hynden Walch - Starfire
Xander Berkeley - Warp

 

Crew:
Director(s) - Alex Soto
Storyboarder(s) - Mike Goquen, Sam Liu, Irineo Maramba, Chap Yaep
Writer(s) - David Slack

 

Summary: The Titans tend to fight like typical roommates, but Starfire worries that it is a sign that they will not always be friends. When a thief from the future travels back to the present time to steal a priceless antique from a museum, the Titans try to stop him. But the criminal opens a portal back to his time to escape and Starfire is accidentally pulled in with him, then dropped 20 years into the future. It is a bleak time, where none of the Titans are friends anymore and not one of them is happy.

 

Notes:
  • Robin becoming Nightwing in the future is a sign that he is indeed Richard Grayson.
  • Just as in the Batcave, Nightwing's base has display cases for former costumes. But like Slade's base in season one, part of his headquarters contains grinding gears.
  • Of all the Titans, future Raven's appearance has changed the least.
  • Blorthog is a Tamaranian festival celebrating friendship.
  • Cyborg is probably the only Titan.
  • Starfire owns a Mumbo alarm clock.
  • The title is came from a story by sci-fi author Philip K. Dick.
  • Producer and story editor David Slack spoke on writing the episode: "That was a really fun episode to write and I was pleased with the way it came out. It was a nice way to start the second season because we had found some material we didn’t explore in season one. Can our weird wacky animated cartoon do something thoughtful? And really pretty sentimental. Another thing I liked about the episodebesides the time travel (I’m a sucker for time travel)is that it roots into a basic fear of childhood: Will we be the same people when we grow up? That one was a joy to write. I like the way it came out in the end.”
  • David Slack on developing the episode: "Nightwing was one of those things that occurred to us along the way. Sam, Glen and I talked about season two and took things from the top-down. We talked about things we remembered from being kids and looking at things we hadn’t done in season one. And also looking at doing a time travel one. We thought that would be cool. My original working title for that one was 'Best Friends Forever'which is a bad title. But it seemed to be something everyone could relate to. I think everyone has someone from their childhood that they can’t relate to as an adult. So I thought there was something emotionally powerful there."
  • David Slack: "Once we got the basic concept, it fell into place quickly. That story broke quickly. Glen and I did have a disagreement about how it should end. I had this idea: That as Starfire went through the vortex, she saw the future change for the better. But Glen said, 'You don’t want to SHOW that.' And he ended up being right about that.”

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