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Aftershock, Part 2

Season: 2
Episode:
13
Air date:
August 21, 2004

 

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

 

Crew:
Director(s) - Alex Soto
Storyboarder(s) - Tim Divar, Irineo Maramba, Scooter Tidwell, Chap Yaep
Writer(s) - Amy Wolfram

 

Summary: In a city without the protection of the Titans, Slade has taken over. the streets are silent with abandonment, except for the echoing sounds of Slade's robot army marching through. Terra claims she has no regrets for all that she has done. It looks like everything is over.

 

Notes:

  • Slade died in this episode.
  • This was the only absolutely serious episode of the show, even more serious than "Haunted". No one gave any exaggerated facial expressions or cracked jokes.
  • The theme of reflection continued at the beginning of this episode, when the box that Beast Boy gave Terra in "Betrayal" breaks.
  • Whenever Terra's doing something good, her hair falls back behind her ear, unveiling her face.
  • Terra had several flashbacks to her time as a Titan. One of the scenes involved a bank robbery attempt by Mumbo, which was foiled by the Titans. The full scene never appeared on the show, but the story was told in the 12th Teen Titans Go! issue, released in October 2004 (a couple of months after this episode aired).
  • Just a day after this episode aired, Marv Wolfman, who wrote the New Teen Titans comics (including the Judas Contract story arc), received dozens of emails from fans asking him to bring Terra back to the show. He reminded them that he had no say-so over what happened in the animated series.
  • Glen Murakami, the show's producer, appeared on the money that was thrown in the air after the Titans nabbed Mumbo.
  • Producer David Slack spoke on understanding Terra: "I think that what’s cool about the Judas Contract is that it’s a tragedy. And the trick of tragedy is to not give you the easy answers. I don’t know if she redeemed herself with what she did. I know she did one thing right, but as fans pointed out, she also caused that volcano. I know she sacrificed herself to save the city and her friends but she also betrayed them. I think the tragedy is that she’ll never be able to explain herself. And when people do get lost in their own lives, there’s a point we can’t understand. Like why that person got into drugs or why that person killed himself. I think it’s complicated. Evil is complicated. We definitely wanted a sense that she redeemed herself. But in the end, I don’t know that she did or not....And I think whether you’re a writer, an artist or a director, the art form we’re all working in is stories. And I think the best told stories stick to your ribs. That you find yourself thinking about them later on. The key is to give enough so the story makes sense, but not enough that you tell them everything. I think we have a pretty smart audience; There’s a lot of brains thinking about this stuff. I think everybody I know knows somebody who got lost in life. Someone that couldn’t hang on like the rest of us could, and they’d get involved with bad people or drugs or whatever....Whether Terra is or isn’t evil, I cared about her. I was sad to see her go. I think Terra’s story is a story about responsibility. I think Terra doesn’t feel responsibility for anything she does. As a result, she feels very out of control. She feels like she needs somebody else to be to be in charge of her. In the end, she finally does take charge. Whether or not she was actually a good person or an evil person, I think she finally resolved whatever was plaguing her. She finally found some real spine and real courage."
  • David Slack on the intensity of "Aftershock": "You cant write a show that kids are watching and not wonder if you’re going too far with it. But we have a lot of people looking out to make sure that doesn’t happen. In the end I don’t feel we’ve done anything bad for audience. Lately, I’ve been thinking back to the Disney movies we grew up with, and they’re really dark. There’s some really dark and scary stuff that happens there. And I don’t think it’s a terrible thing for children to be scared by something they see on TV because that how we learn to deal with being scared. It’d be a bad thing if there was a generation that didn’t know how to handle being scared. I don’t worry about it too much. But writing the scenes with Slade and Robin and Slade and Terra is one thing. But seeing the animation, it’s a grown man beating up a teenager. So there’s definitely moments where you go, 'Woah. That’s intense.'"
  • Amy Wolfram on the episode: "Well, we also saw that as her redemption too. It wasn’t necessarily a sad thing. She saw what she needed to do save the world and her friends. In some ways, to save herself. So we went for that. I certainly wanted to beat up Slade more than they let me [laughs]. I threw him in boiling lava and even that didn’t seem to be enough."

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