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Terra

Season: 2
Episode:
3
Air date:
January 24, 2004

 

Cast:
Scott Menville - Robin
Tara Strong - Raven
Greg Cipes - Beast Boy
Khary Payton - Cyborg
Hynden Walch - Starfire
Ashley Johnson - Terra
Ron Perlman - Slade

 

Crew:
Director(s) - Ciro Nieli
Storyboarder(s) - Eric Canete, Ben Jones, Alan Wan, Matt Youngburg
Writer(s) - Amy Wolfram

 

Summary: The Titans meet a homeless earth-mover named Terra. They offer her to come live and train with them. She confides in Beast Boy that she can't control her powers very well and makes him promise that he won't tell anyone. It seems that things will work out for the new girlexcept that Slade wants her to join him, and he refuses to take no for an answer.

 

Notes:

  • First appearance of Terra.
  • This episode, the beginning of the main plot line of the season, was based on the Judas Contract saga from the New Teen Titans comics.
  • In the comics, Terra's real name was Tara Markov and she was the illegitimate daughter of the king of Markovia, a fictional country in Europe. But in the show, she speaks with an American accent, so her back story may be different.
  • The episode began and ended with Terra fleeing. This will not be the first time she is seen doing this.
  • The comic counterpart of Terra was a psychopath.
  • Terra's name comes from the Latin word for earth.
  • If Slade could turn coal to diamond, his strength must be superhuman.
  • Terra's favorite color is red.
  • Producer and story editor David Slack on adapting the Judas Contract to screen. "The Judas Contract stuff is so well done and so interesting. It was a joy researching that. So we looked at that, and Glen and I made the choice to have one writer work consistently on the whole arc. And Amy had done such a good job on her episodes in season oneplus, since it was a female character, we wanted a female perspective."
  • Writer and story editor Amy Wolfram spoke on Terra: "Definitely in the comics she was a little bit darkera little bit more grown-up....We approached her as being someone who wasn’t sure what she was or what she wanted, and someone who was not in control of her powers. So she was looking for that help, someone to give her guidance, whether it was someone who was good or bad. And she was an interesting character because I think in a lot of ways, she was real. Because she wasn’t sure of everything. All the other Titans have a sense of who they are. But with Terra, we got to see her figure out who she was."

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