Around two years ago I made a rant about Teen Titans Go. However it had not come out at the time so my rant was juggling it a little too early and I apologize for that. But that it's been out for two (going on three years) I'm here to say. It's not as bad as I thought it would be......... It's *Worse!!!*
Now I hear you say that if you hate it so much why watch it. Well... I really don't watch it. Or at lest not that often. And when I do wacht it, it form the sake of understanding were it goes wrong. And I'm one of the lucky people. Most people are forced in to watching it because Cartoons Network spams it all the time. I've only been as successful as I've been at avoid it as often as I have is because I rarely wach Live TV anymore. (I normally use On Demand or Netflix (or in the case of anime Crunchyroll but digress.) But whenever I watch something On Demand they always show commercials of it sometimes even if the program I'm watching is not even from Cartoon Network (and it add injury. TTG is branded "you new favorite show" which is a blatant lie if ever there was one.)
Remember how much I use to hate Adventure Time. Well TTG is worse then I ever thought AD was. It makes the early episodes of AD look like gold (though in a few years that may not be saying much.)
But what makes this show so bad? Well alot of things actually. But first and foremost is the comedy (if you can even call it that.) The shows sense of humor is on the same level as a game of peekaboo is with a small child. Sure babies will find it funny. But as someone with a fully functional brain the shows humor feels like an insult my intelligence. It doesn't really help theat the creators themselves have (shamelessly) stated that they hate intellectual-humor. Most of the jokes are either extremely childish or completely nonsensical. And when the humor isn't batshit stupid it's just flat out mean spirited.
Not too mention that some moments in this show head into fetish territory. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not. But seeing so of that stuff just makes me feel uncomfortable.
Also a number of episodes feel like they where directly ripped off from some were else. And a some episodes are directly lifted from original serious (so I guess they did watch the original show.) Hell the redubbed a scene from the original.
The character are one dimensional and completely unlikable. Unlike in the original series where they were three dimensional and likeable. TTG as Flenderize the character to such a degree that they're barely recognizable from their original counterparts. The Titans have become stupid, loud, obnoxious, self-centered, egotistical, sadistic, incompetent, irresponsible, brats. It worth mentioning that eventually it got so bad that it landed all five of them on The Villains Wiki (Which is for villains! I'm almost certain this was intentional.)
The worst of the bunch is Robin. Where as in the original Robin was brave, head stand, and occasionally hot blooded. TTG is a out right Pychopath. He's by far the most sadistic of the group. Oddly enough he's the closest this show has to a straight man (and even then it's only out of his control freak tendencies.) And his relationship with Star is twisted into a one sided obsession.
Beast Boy and Cyborg are not far behind Robin in this regard. The two of them have petty much because the same character (the only difference between them character wise is that Cy is a genius ditz while BB is just a flat out dumbass.) They are both the most childish and irresponsible of the group. They are also by far the dumbest and many of the conflicts are caused by them (granted by not all of them by far. But it's still a noticeable trend.
Raven is a Brony (or Pegasister if you want to be technical) and that's her character. She has some Gothic moments and a definite lack of empathy. But that's it. I don't really care that she's a Brony. But the jokes about her being one are too frequent and too blatant. It like she's holding a sign saying "I'm a brony. Laugh at me." And Raven's straight man role is completely gone. In fact it can't be quite jarring to see just as silly and off the wall is the rest of the group. And in the original show Raven was a powerful spell user but had set limits on her powers to stop her from being a walking deus ex machina. In TTG she has no limits and can do whatever the creators want at the time. Making her a walking plot device. Despite that she is just as incompetent as the rest of the group.
Starfire is the least changed of the group. But she has had her naivety cranked up to 11 and like everyone else has become a complete dumbass. (Though to be far her more unheroic acts are done more out of stupidity rather than actual malice.)
And there's Tara. In the original show she was a tragic character only only turned evil out of desperation and Slade's manipulation and in the end she sacrifice herself to stop Slade. In TTG she a outright bitch who's blatantly evil since day one. However this is actually closer too how she was in the original comics
And in shows that are super silly and off the wall. There needs to be a straight man. Some one who's "serious" one and is the voice of reason. Who gives the silliness something to play off of and who give the audience someone they can relate to. SpongeBob has Squidward, Billy and Mandy has Mandy, Uncle Grandpa has Gus, Invader Zim had Dib. And so forth. TTG does not have this. Though I might also briefly bring up One Piece it's super crazy and every character has at least one quirk so there's no official straight man. But it makes up for that by the characters taking turns being the Straight Man. TTG doesn't even do this. Like I said Robin is the closest thing to one. But when he's acting as one it's because of his control freak tendencies and he looks like a child throwing a fit because his friends are embarrassing him. It wouldn't be such a big deal. But this is one of the oldest tropes in comedy.
And the art size is just lazy and feels dull. Especially when compared to the animation of the original series.
And there's the batpoop stupid morals. You'd think a show like TTG wouldn't bother with more of this is trying to be funny and nothing else. But this show tries too use morals. The episode "Boys vs Girl" teaches that girls are the master race and boys should be thankful that they allow them to continue to exist ( you can't fight sexism with more sexism.) Another one titled "Knowledge" say that the more you know the less fun you are ( but given how unlikable the two resident idiots are this moral doesn't hold much water.) (And give that they're a lot of problems with people being uneducated, this is a very bad moral to teach children.) The episodes "Books" and "Head Fuirt" are also anti-intellectual (not help by the creators themselves being self-proclaimed idiots and anti intellectuals.) And the infamous " Staring into the
Future" says that you should avoid responsibility at all costs even if it ruins everyone's life. Now I know what you're saying "it's a comedy nothing is too serious." The problem with that is that kid don't know it. They take things literally (hell there many adults that do too.) And unless the show makes it anviliciously clear that there just joking kid will take it seriously. ( and it doesn't help that there are comedies that that do try to teach morals. Sometimes anviliciously so like Family Guy. Though many of them run in to similar problem. )
But the worst thing about this show is that it directly tries to insult fans of the original show (And often sticking the middle finger twitching general audience) Look calling out your critics is bad enough on its own. But it's worse when you don't understand where the criticism is coming from and just assume that is coming from butthurt fanboys of a previous material. There are several episodes specifically designed as responses to critics.
One of which "Let's get serious" is basically the Creator saying "We could make are show a little more seriously and actually produce something of quality...... But we're not. So *fuck* you." ( insert troll face here.)
Another one is the infamous "Return of Slade". Which the title is a flat out lie (in order to troll people and as a rating trap.) Slade is only mentioned and never appears (though that might actually be a good thing as to where he doesn't get dragged through this piece of shit.) The episodes is actually about Cy and BB want a clown (in this episode clowns are a metaphor for this show) but everyone insists clowns are only for kids and there nostalgia blind. And then when they see the Clown they don't like it and try to make him more adult. And then the clown goes and makes everything more adult. And the overall premises that children's entertainment is just for children and that they have too let the childhood go (even though they continue acting just as childish in the next episodes). I'm not going too much in to detail about this (considering that Mrenter already did a reviewe of this episode) but I do find a few things wrong with this statements.
1. Not everyone who hate TTG watch the original show back in the day. Some members of TTG own target demographic even hate it.
2. It's a false dichotomy to say that kids only like a certain thing (generally being stupid loud and obnoxious.) There are plenty of kids who enjoy things with more mature themes. Kid don't like being treated like babies.
3. Just because it's for kids doesn't give you excuse not to try.
4. If you feel so strongly that your show is just for kids then why are there adult jokes hidden in it. If you amped up the dirty jokes this show would not feel out of place on Adult Swim.
5. A number of different mediums went through a similar thought of logic as CY and BB in this episode and just as many of them that failed they we're just as many that succeeded. Hell DC (and Marvel) them selves went through that logic and many people have praised them for being more adult (though some times they can be too adult but that's off topic.)
6. Not only is this behavior out of character for the original version of Cy and BB. But also for this version of them. There so childish that I wouldn't be surprise if they start playing with baby toys.
TTG's statement has no leg to stand on and is just a Strawman. Hell Walt Disney recognized that he had to appeal to adults and kids alike. Elsewise he was dead in the water. But TTG has just has CNW backing then up giving them constant undeserved support.
Also you can't use the "It's not supposed to win an Oscar" argument well your show as nominated for Kids Choice Award. Some one that your show was Oscar material. And if you're show is " worthy" of the a nomination then it worthy if the criticisms that come with it.
And overall it doesn't feel like anyone involved in this show doesn't cares. Not the production team. Not the voice actors. And sure as hell not the producers! It's like everyone thing they do it like it was specifically designed to piss off fans of the original show. Hell when I'm watching it I just say to myself "You just don't give a shit do you?" The lack of effort put in to this is astounding. And I'm convinced that are trolls. I strongly believe that *There* *Doing* *It* *On* *Purpose*! They were always doing it one purpose. I believe that everything mentioned here is intentional. There try to piss people off.
And while there are worst shows out there. No show succeeds in pissing me off the way TTG dose. While it's not the worst show ever. It is (in my opinion) the worst Superhero show ever. I'd rather watch Marvel Superheroes Squad. That a silly kiddy superhero show but I don't feel like it trys to insult me as a viewer. Hell Ultimate Spider-Man is better then TTG (yeah I went there.) Or even the 90s Fantastic Four show that evern the comics took a stab at. This is a show I'd rather don't exist. And the sad thing is because CNW has a love affair with it for some reason I doubt it's going to get plugged anytime soon. Hay, maybe the reason they spams it is to forced it to stay on the air. *This* *Show* *Sucks*!!!!!!!
It might be popular now but remember Twilight was once upon a time ( despite having a massive hatedom even then.) And in a few years people while look back on this show the same way people look back on Twilight or Jonny Test.