I may as well share my opinion of this very controversial episode
with you Tropers.
I think it's not just a very well-written episode, but a beautiful
one at that. All of its elements (its position in the series' run, its subject matter, its tone, etc.) work very well together to create an emotionally strong experience for all of its fans. You may or may not like the character of Terra (I am personally quite fond of her), but that's a non-issue; it was good of the writers to revisit such an important plot device instead of taking the easy route and leaving it open-ended, for one thing, and for another, it was brave
of them to tackle it the way they did. 'Things Change' is not clear-cut. It doesn't settle comfortably into either of the molds that fans had come to expect.
Instead, it challenges the Titans, all
of them, with something they had never really needed to cope with before: things lost to the passage of time. It's one hell of a curveball, the kind aimed straight for the gut that you never see coming.
As children, didn't we all get a little teary-eyed when our favorite store, a stand-by of our world, first put up that FOR LEASE
banner? Today, isn't it hurtful to reunite with an old friend, only to realize that the love that once fueled their smile is gone, left behind and lost forever? How about the person who just disappeared
after high school, your friendship not deemed important enough to hold on to? Teen Titans
is a silly cartoon, no doubt, but as fans, we saw something more in it, something special, sincere, and uniquely human. 'Things Change' showed us it wasn't all in our heads. There really was something special there, something really, really cool. But now it's gone; the series is over, the curtain has dropped, and our friends are waving good-bye. That's what this episode is: Good-bye, dear friend, I can't play with you anymore. Our first emotional sucker-punch that pushes us a little closer to adulthood. Something we can all relate to.
But of course, the Titans aren't real, and neither is Terra. They are our cherished friends, but just in our imagination.
Be that as it may, I really, truly mean it when I say I miss them, and wish them well.