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Betrayal

Season: 2
Episode:
10
Air date:
July 31, 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) - Alex Soto
Storyboarder(s) - Irineo Maramba, Sam Montes, Scooter Tidwell, Chap Yaep
Writer(s) - Amy Wolfram

 

Summary: All is not as it seems with Terra, but the Titans fully trust her. Beast Boy has an obvious crush on her and can't decide whether or not he should ask out the new Titan. But she saves him the trouble and they go out on a date to the fair. While they're gone, Titans Tower is attacked by hundreds of Slade Bots. The team is having difficulty defending themselves.

 

Notes:

  • Terra is revealed as a traitor to the team. After she ran away in episode "Terra", Slade trained her to gain control of her powers. Afterward, she was told that she owed him. So she returned to the Titans as a spy, feeding Slade their secrets.
  • This episode has a recurring theme with reflections. Beast Boy gave her the heart-shaped mirror box, Terra stared sadly into her reflection in a spoon at the diner, was startled by the mirror behind the bar, and the last main scene took place in a house of mirrors, where she broke down upon being met with her own reflection at every direction.
  • In the original comics, Beast Boy also had a crush on Terra. He was devastated when her betrayal was revealed. She had zero sympathy for him or the team. Unlike her comic counterpart, however, Terra in the show seems to truly care for Beast Boy, as she tried to protect him from Slade in this episode.
  • In the comics, Terra and Slade were in a relationship (despite her being a minor and him being much older).
  • In the comics, Terra was Slade's spy from the beginning.
  • This was the first time a Titan, other than Robin, faced down Slade alone.
  • The pizza the Titans had at the beginning was topped with pepperoni and anchovies. So why was Beast Boy (who is a vegan) eating it?
  • When Terra floated on a rock, held her hand out to Beast Boy and said, "Do you trust me?", this was similar to a scene from the Disney movie Aladdin.
  • The diner Terra and Beast Boy visit is called "Ben's" after director Ben Jones. His face can also be seen on the menus.
  • Bubba Ho-Tep (Elvis impersonator) was seen playing pool in the diner.
  • Producer Sam Register on the Terra arc of the second season. "We chose [Judas Contract] because of all the Wolfman/Pérez stories. That was probably the best story that they did. It was sort of their uber-story. It was one I remembered as a kid. I talked to Marv Wolfman and he said, at the time, Kitty Pryde was really big at Marvel on the X-Men. And they wanted to do an evil version of Kitty Pryde. And that’s where Terra came from. And from day one, when they greenlit the show, me and Glen always knew we wanted to do Terra. So second season is when we decided to do it."
  • Producer David Slack spoke on Terra: "I think the important thing with Terra was to drag you back and forth with her. To make you like her, then you hate her, then you like her again, then we make you hate her again. Because Terra is 'the bad friend'the kid you know that…well, something isn’t right there. Something’s going on. That felt more useful to us with our audience. I think people do get lost. Look at the state of the world today. Bad things happen. And I think from my own aesthetic, I’m always more interested in why people do bad things than just evil itself....And I think in the end, Terra is still a little bit of a bit of a puzzle. Why was she like that?"
  • David Slack spoke on adapting the Judas Contract storyline to television: "So Amy went and read the Judas Contract, and Glen reread it. Then we sat down and talked. What were some of the things we can use from it, what were some things we wanted to change, who was ‘our’ Terra versus theirs? Obviously, the biggest change is that the Terra that Marv and George wrote is just a bad seed. Not even just a bad seed, but she’s evil. She’s not a good person. We were more interested in showing things from Terra’s point of view a little bit more. That sometimes people can do very bad things, but not be a completely bad person. That was where we thought out story wasand that opened it up to tell to a six year old audience. Because some of the Terra/Slade relationship stuff in Judas Contract is a little too hot for TV."
  • Writer Amy Wolfram spoke on Terra: "Definitely in the comics she was a little bit darkera little bit more grown-upthan we went. 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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