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Fear Itself

Season: 2
Episode:
5
Air date:
February 7, 2004

 

Cast:
Scott Menville - Robin
Tara Strong - Raven, Video Clerk
Greg Cipes - Beast Boy
Khary Payton - Cyborg
Hynden Walch - Starfire
Alex Polinsky - Control Freak
Tress MacNeille - Horror Movie Actress

 

Crew:
Director(s) - Michael Chang
Storyboarder(s) - Joaquim Dos Santos, Mike Goguen, Steve Jones, Shaunt Nigoghossian,
Writer(s) - Dwayne McDuffie


Summary: After defeating Control Freak, a couch potato with a remote that can bring inanimate objects to life, strange things start happening in Titans Tower. Raven claims that she never gets scared, but even she is disturbed by the happenings. Could it be Control Freak's doing...or could it be something else?

 

Notes:
  • First appearance of Control Freak.
  • The title of the episode is probably a reference to the popular Franklin Roosevelt quote, "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself."
  • McDuffie originally created Control Freak for the DC Impulse comics, but never got to use the character until Teen Titans.
  • The Titans watched a horror movie called Wicked Scary. This fictional film was also referenced in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Wake the Dead". Dwayne McDuffie wrote this episode and produced the JLU series. He did this as a kind of crossover between the two shows.
  • The Puppet King's controller was seen in the evidence room, but it was already destroyed in "Sisters".
  • When Control Freak is talking about the movie Warp Trek V, a poster of one of the cast members could be seen in the background. The actor was green. In the original comics, Beast Boy played a character named Tork on a TV series called Space Trek (which was also clearly a reference to the actual Star Trek show).
  • When Beast Boy said, "They say when you watch this video, strange things happen," it was a reference to the movie The Ring. In that movie, when people watched a specific video, they died within one week.
  • When Control freak said, "And that, my little tribble, is why you must be destroyed!", it was a reference to the classic Star Trek episode "The Trouble With Tribbles", which featured small, fury, seemingly harmless alien creatures called tribbles that multiplied endlessly when fed.