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Episode #41 - Cyborg the Barbarian
Original Airdate - February 12th, 2005

Cyborg is mysteriously thrown into the distant past and lands in the middle of a barbarian village that needs his help. But with the nearest charging station 5,000 years in the future, Cy has no way to recharge, and his power supply is dwindling.

Review by Amazing Spidey
Media by Bird Boy
Titans Writers
Written by Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott
Directed by Alex Soto
Producer Glen Murakami
Producers Linda M. Steiner, David Slack
Music by Michael McCuistion
Casting and Voice Direction Andrea Romano
Animation Services by Dongwoo Animation Co., LTD.

Titans Voices
Greg Cipes as Beast Boy
Scott Menville as Robin
Khary Payton as Cyborg
Tara Strong as Raven
Hynden Walch as Starfire
Kimberly Brooks as Sarasim
Michael Clarke Duncan as Krall

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I’m going to be blunt. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an episode of Teen Titans that was this bad. Hell, I’ve watched every episode of all the DCU shows and I’m struggling to find one that was this plain dull. This wasn’t Critters bad. This was bloody worse.

Teen Titans works best as a team show. Every time they separate and act on their lonesome, it leads to a crappy episode. There are exceptions, but those are what I like to call “Robin episodes”. Cyborg as a character simply isn’t entertaining enough to hold the fort for 22 minutes on his lonesome. Cyborg, whilst amusing, is simply dull when episodes are focused on him. He’s a great team player or a sidekick, but as a star, he’s absolutely terrible. Nearly all Cyborg episodes are crap, I’m sad to say.

The Stone Age characters weren’t interesting. The villain was absolutely pathetic, quite easily The Titans worst villain. I usually enjoy this show, and find something enjoyable in it somewhere, even if I am watching mediocre episodes, but this… I simply couldn’t wait for it to end. It started off entertaining enough, with Beast Boy drooling over his new Gamestation and Cyborg’s excitement over all his new toys but as soon as he went into the past it just became such a tedious affair.

What’s even stranger, how did the witch manage to transport Cyborg into the past? Why him? How did Raven manage to pull him back? If there was an explanation, I’d have been happier, even if it was a damn stupid one. I’m not sure what purpose the episode served; the fight scenes weren’t up to par with previous episodes, there was little humor and it didn’t really develop Cyborg.