TEEN TITANS GO! SERIES PREMIERE “Legendary Sandwich”/”Pie Bros” Review

Yeesh, this is pretty late, huh? The Teen Titans Go! series debuted on Tuesday; I’m writing this on Saturday. But…better late then never. Actually, I almost wasn’t gonna write a review. To be honest, the comedy genre isn’t my forte, and I wasn’t sure that it would be a smart move to do a write-up. But, after much consideration, here I am!

Now, I know a lot of people are against this show because they blame it for the cancellation of Young Justice and Green Lantern, but that is not true at all. So….read this review with an open mind, okay?

Unlike the original series, each episode of Teen Titans Go consists of two segments; think Arthur or Dexter’s Laboratory. In the first segment, Legendary Sandwich, Raven dupes the other Titans into searching for the ingredients of a mystical sandwich so that she can watch “Pretty Pretty Pegasus” in peace. In Pie Bros, Beast Boy is forced to work at a pie store so that he can earn money to buy Cyborg a video game for his birthday.

Mess with Starfire’s hair at your peril!

Now, one things that fans will love is the fact that all five of the main VA’s have returned from the original show. Scott Menville, Greg Cipes, Hynden Walch, Khary Payton, and Tara Strong voice Robin, Beast Boy, Starfire, Cyborg, and Raven almost as if they never left (although Cipes sounds a tad bit more high pitched, but that could just be me), and you can tell that they have a lot of fun with this; they all have pretty good comedic timing, which transforms some mediocore lines into actually chuckle-worthy lines.

As for the actual show….it isn’t that bad. Is it roaringly funny? No, but it isn’t un-funny either. Some jokes work (Starfire has some….interesting plans for Cyborg’s party), and some don’t (Cyborg being a jerk to Beast Boy). This show, if nothing else, is effortless to watch. It flies by pretty fast; it doesn’t slog on like some other comedies, and unlike Ultimate Spider-Man, Titans Go doesn’t rely on cutaway gags. In fact, some of the humor can get pretty dark (watch out for those cannibal jokes!).

The animation isn’t my cup of tea, and I prefer the original show’s aesthetic, but you know what? This animation style works better for this kind of show, so I can understand why they switched. The re-mixed theme song is bland, but not as bad as it could have been.

In short? Nothing special, but I would hardly call it the worst thing ever. It has some funny moments, its nice seeing the characters again, the voice cast nails it (I love Tara Strong’s deadpan joke delivery as Raven), and as a whole, it is easy to watch. I…think I like it!