'Teen Titans Go! Season 3 Part 1'
(2-Disc DVD / NR / 2016 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg return for an even wackier third season of all-new, comedic adventures, in 'Teen Titans Go! Season 3'.
DVD Verdict: In truth, the Teen Titans are one of my all time favorite superhero shows; next to Batman: TAS, Superman: TAS, and Justice League. It was an excellent show that appealed to everyone of all ages and was highly regarded as one of the best shows of all time. The characters were complex and lovable, the story arcs were interesting to watch and see how they unfurl, and it balanced the show with comedy aspects and action aspects.
Sadly, after the disappointing series finale that was Things Change, fans like me wanted a continuation because it left the door open for another season. Well Stuart Snyder and the rest of CN decide to once again give us fans the middle finger and decide to produce the abomination known as Teen 'Titans Go! Teen Titans Go!' A take on the original Teen Titans show that continues to follow the lives of the Titans we've come to know and love, for sure, but the show decided to go off in another direction instead of continuing where the original show left off. Indeed, the show instead focused more on the comedy aspect of the Teen Titans.
To continue this history lesson, we now get the processional 'Teen Titans Go! Season 3 Part 1,' which now comes with over 4 hours of entertainment, first time on DVD. Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg head back to school, but Robin's dreams of being class president land them in dreary detention. Beast Boy brings the bling when he discovers he can get stacks of cash from the Tooth Fairy. Robin's bland cooking leads to a culinary clash when the rest of the Titans try to spice up their own meals, and it's an open-and-shut case when Brother Blood puts the Teen Titans in trail for the destruction of Jump City. Guilty or not, the verdict is in, and you won't want to miss a single moment of the outcome!
Sure, as you can tell from what I stated above, my first big issue here with this new collection is that the show abandons a lot of crucial things that made the original Teen Titans such a good show. There are no arcs whatsoever like in the original show at all. There's no story lines to follow, no characterization at all that changes one or more of the Titans, or anything griping that made you want to watch the show. The Teen Titans was never about being a silly show about some random things happening, it had characterization and good story lines.
The artwork is not great to look at either, sorry. The coloring seems overblown in this show and the set designs just look rather bland and generic. The character designs are also badly designed. Everyone seems to have huge heads and very skinny bodies, Raven and Beast Boy look like midgets, and Cyborg reminds me of Quasimodo for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The animation is somewhat better and flows nicely, but there are times where its choppy with the character movements.
Anyway, all that said, 'Teen Titans Go! Season 3 Part 1' brings us 26 new adventures spread over 2 discs. In closing, I have to say that there does seem to be a valid point in re-watching these episodes, for you always seem to catch something you didn't see the last time you watched! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.