"Go!" is a half hour episode in the television series Teen Titans, the tenth episode of the fifth season and, chronologically, the first episode of the series (Before "Divide and Conquer"). It is actually a prequel to the series and explains how the original five Titans first meet.
Ever wondered how the Teen Titans first met? What was Beast Boy's first joke? How did the romance between Robin and Starfire develop? Those questions will be revealed if you go back to the very beginning and find out that everything started with a certain alien girl who crash landed on Earth.
In space aboard an alien cruiser, screams ring out as aliens prepare to deliver a prisoner. The cell door cracks open and a figure steps out – Starfire. Starfire sends her captors flying and sets off an alert before flying off into space and escaping to Earth.
In the city, a caped figure looms over a burglar then disarms him with a birdarang. Bats swarm out of the shadows and then Robin shows up and takes him out while talking out about how he's new in town and is now working alone. Their fight is interrupted when Robin sees a flash of light through the sky and goes to investigate. Starfire has crashed to Earth in the middle of a street and is confused by the alien environment and unable to speak English. She lashes out, wrecking cars and buildings, as she tries to free herself from her manacles. Robin throws a birdarang to catch her attention and then the two fight. From the shadows, Raven watches as Beast Boy leaps in to send Starfire flying. Another figure, Cyborg wearing a sweat suit to conceal his body, shows up as well.
Starfire manages to free her hands enough to fire energy blasts at the three heroes, missing but further devastating the city. When she weakens, Raven appears to them and raises a force field, suggesting that fighting isn't the answer. Robin approaches Starfire and manages to get through to her, calming her enough to free her from the manacles. She kisses Robin, gaining the ability to speak English, then tells them to leave her alone lest they meet destruction and flies off.
Robin goes off on his own to track down Starfire and the other three go their own way although Beast Boy wants to hang out. Cyborg pulls off his hood to reveal his cybernetics but Beast Boy is impressed rather than repulsed. They're interrupted when the alien cruiser flies over the city then releases a holo-projector that lets the aliens state they're here to recover Starfire, and they'll destroy anyone who gets in their way. Hundreds of the alien slaves fly out seeking Starfire. Robin returns and agrees to team up – Raven is reluctant and warns that if they know who she was, they wouldn't want her around. Robin accepts her anyway and they're off.
Raven telepathically senses Starfire and Beast Boy picks up the scent while Cyborg scans for her unique heart beat. They eventually found Starfire in a video store eating candy and popcorn, who doesn't believe they're friends. Starfire reveals that the slaves, the Gordanians, are delivering her to their Citadel and have her serve them as their slave. The others vow not to let her go back. The Gordanians arrive and the five heroes fight back, driving them off. The Gordanian leader, Trogaar, sends another message announcing the city will be destroyed then puts his ship into position.
The group starts to blame each other, until Raven interrupts and Robin resolves they need to get out of the mess together. Raven teleports them aboard the ship and they head for the firing controls. While Raven still wonders if she will fit in, Cyborg reassures her, given the backgrounds of himself, Beast Boy and Starfire. As Starfire apologizes to Robin for the earlier argument, they are interrupted by the arrival of Gordanian soldiers. Meanwhile in the ship's bridge, Trogaar orders his men to prepare the firing sequence, when he was interrupted by the arrival of the five heroes who took out his men outside the bridge. Raven saves Beast Boy by blocking Trogar's attacks with a black telekinetic shield. And, in turn, Robin saves Raven from his attacks. When Trogaar stuns Robin, Starfire lashes out at him and then Cyborg joins in. He knocks them back and Robin suggests Cyborg rewire his electronics and parts into a weapon.
As the trio are surrounded by Gordanians, Raven commands them to "Get away from my friends!" and she lashes out with her powers, causing the ship to crash into the water knocking out all the Gordanians except for Trogaar. He prepares to destroy her and Beast Boy, but Cyborg takes him out with his Sonic Cannon at the last moment from behind, with a simple triumphant statement of "Boo-yah."
Standing on the island where the Gordanians placed their hologram-transmitter, they congratulate one another and Starfire gives them her name in their English language and asks them if she can stay. They welcome her as a friend and decide to stay together, with Robin and Cyborg providing communicators for them all to stay in contact and Robin's final words being: "When there's trouble, you know who to call."
First Appearance of Characters
- Batman (referenced)
- This takes place a couple weeks before "Divide and Conquer."
- In the scene where Starfire is destroying the pizzeria, animated versions of George Perez and Marv Wolfman (the artist and writer, respectively, for the Teen Titans comics) can be seen on the balcony.
- The robber who was fought by Robin said, "This isn't your town. Aren't you supposed to be with--?" before Robin interrupted him. This might be possible that he was wondering why he wasn't with Batman.
- It's possible this was a red herring to let the audience believe Robin was not with the Titans anymore, since the audience did not know this was before they met.
- At the beginning of the episode, Beast Boy's boots and gloves are different from what they usually are.
- Starfire's captive costume seems very similar to Blackfire's costume, possibly implying in the episode "Sisters", Blackfire had possibly recently escaped prison and gone to Earth very soon after.
- Beast Boy references an old accomplice, Robot Man, when he says Cyborg is like "Robot Man 2.0".
- Raven appears to be much like Timid Raven in this episode, feeling extremely alienated and lonely when she first meets the Titans. However, Cyborg ultimately takes on the big brother role, and makes her feel better. This would explain why Cyborg and Raven have a healthy friendship with each other.
- Beast Boy was rather excited when he meets Robin, and appears willing to do whatever it takes to impress him, implying that he knew he worked with Batman.
- This is one of the extremely few episodes where Raven hadn't been rude or gave sarcastic remarks to Beast Boy (or just in general).
- Raven was also the first one chronologically to call the other Titans friends.
- This is the only episode where Raven's forcefield takes the form of her soul self.
- Robin says at the end of the episode, "When there's trouble, you know who to call." This references the initial sentence of the show's Theme Song.
- At the end of the episode, Starfire is shown to have changed into the outfit she wears throughout the series. However, it is unknown as to where she got the change of clothes, as she was a captive prisoner when she came to Earth.
- This episode shows why Beast Boy uses "dude" a lot. Cyborg called him dude and Beast Boy was very excited.
- The events that led to Starfire's capture are shown in a flashback from Teen Titans Go! issue #46 "Wildfire".
- The Gordanians make their first and only appearance. However, they were mentioned in "Sisters"
- This episode reveals how Robin and Starfire developed their feelings for each other.
- This is fifth and final episode focusing on Robin and Starfire's romantic feelings for each other until their relationship is finally brought to a conclusion in the series finale movie, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo.
- This is the first time chronologically that Cyborg says his famous victory cry, "Boo-yah!" Although he claims this would be the only time he ever says it, Cyborg ends up saying it frequently throughout the series.
- This is the second known time Raven has called Beast Boy funny, but the first time chronologically. The other time is in the episode "Nevermore" by Happy Raven.
- After Raven called Beast Boy funny, Beast Boy said he was going to tell her jokes and this caused Raven to become nervous. This could explain why Raven thinks Beast Boy isn't funny in the series.
- This was the last episode to air in 2005.
- The Gordanians' first appearance in Warner Bros. animation was in the Justice League two-part "Starcrossed."
- Cyborg can be seen wearing a gray jacket in the movie "Justice League", a possible reference to this episode.
- As Robin walks towards Starfire to set her free, she can be seen with her regular clothing.
- In some goof scenes where Starfire is wearing her black suit, her boots are still purple. An example of this is when Robin releases her from her handcuffs. The shot goes to the handcuffs falling on the floor and one can see that Starfire's boots had turned purple, but the next time they are in the shot, they turn black again.
- As Starfire attempts to free her hands on Earth, three civilians can be found on top of the Pizza Corner with the upper half of their bodies over the restaurant ledge.
- When Beast Boy asks Raven for confirmation that his mask is cool, he addresses her by name, despite the fact that she never formally introduced herself, nor was her name ever mentioned, or at least not on-screen. It is possible that she could've introduced herself off-screen, as Beast Boy said, "So... I'm Beast Boy, who are you?"
- When Starfire begins yelling at Robin for it being his fault that the Gordanians would destroy the city, the middle gray stripe on the part of the suit covering Starfire's stomach changes color from gray to black and then gray again.
- When Cyborg says "He's green, half of me is made of metal, and she's from space. You fit in just fine." to Raven, he is saying that all team members have something that makes them different, but he doesn't mention anything about Robin.
- Continuity mistake: In the shot immediately after Beast Boy says "Uh, guys, I think they know we're here", where the Gordanians are entering the scene, Starfire is in her normal sleeveless outfit. In the shot immediately before and after this, she's wearing a full suit of Tamaranean armor.
- When Beast Boy says "besides, we kind of made a good team," his mouth doesn't move.
- List of instances where characters' mouth disappear for a split second:
- When Beast Boy comments on the Gordanian ship positioning above the city.
- As Robin is about to hand out the Titans Communicators.
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