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Recap / Teen Titans S 2 E 1 How Long Is Forever?

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Starfire: On my planet, Rekmas means "The Drifting," the point in which close friends begin to drift apart... and their friendship begins to die...
Cyborg: Aw, c'mon, Starfire!
Beast Boy: We are so not Rek-whatevering.
Raven: We're getting on each other's nerves a little. Big deal.
Robin: Yeah, this is just...typical roommate stuff. We're not going to drift apart, Star. I promise. We'll all be friends forever.
Starfire: Forever?

Starfire notices all her friends arguing and tries to call their attention to it out of fear that they might be drifting apart. Then, in a fight with a time-travelling thief, Starfire gets sucked into the future, where her fear has come true. Cyborg is confined to Titans Tower due to his final battery giving out, and him having to remain plugged into the tower's power source at all times. Beast Boy has become afraid of everything, locking himself in a cage to keep passersby away. Raven has lost her mind, believing herself to be hallucinating Starfire when she tries to visit. Finally, Starfire runs into Nightwing, who helps her figure out how to get back to her time, and reforms the (no longer Teen) Titans.



  • Bad Future: The future Starfire travels to is undeniably this.
  • Dare to Be Badass:
    Starfire: (resigned) There is nothing you can do. There is nothing anyone can do. The past cannot be repaired; the future cannot be altered. No matter how wrong it seems.
    Nightwing: So it's impossible. Good. If memory serves, we've done the impossible before.
  • Fountain of Youth: How Warp is defeated-when his vortex generator gets sufficiently damaged, it explodes, causing Warp to revert to a baby.
  • The Freakshow: Where Beast Boy has wound up.
  • Future Badass: Robin is the only Titan to get more badass, but at the cost of his relationship with his friends.
  • Future Loser: Arguably all the Titans to varying degrees, but most glaringly Beast Boy.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Raven. She gets better, though.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid / Putting the Band Back Together: Nightwing summons the former Titans for help by using one of their old communicators.
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  • Gone to the Future: What happened when Starfire time traveled.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: The future Beast Boy is balding. The present Beast Boy does not take it well when he learns this.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Warp tries to crush Starfire's already-shaken spirit by telling her that the future cannot be altered.
    Starfire: (threatens to destroy the modulater) If you wish to return to your future, you will repair the damage you've done to my past!
    Warp: Damage? Silly girl, there's nothing wrong with your past. One cannot damage history because history cannot be changed. (holds up the clock) I went back in time to steal this because history says it disappeared and history says it disappeared because I went back in time to steal it. Past, present, future. It's all written in stone, my dear. And nothing you do can ever change it.
  • The Heart: This episode highlights Starfire's role as this. With her gone, Cyborg loses his humanity, Raven hides in her shell, Robin throws himself into his work, and Beast Boy lets his insecurities get the better of him.
  • Jail Bait: Averted, but a lot of fans pointed out that Nightwing seemed to be acting a little too intimate towards Starfire here.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The two punks who throw things at Beast Boy are based, appearance-wise, on members of the Mutant gang from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
    • Besides the obvious (Robin becoming Nightwing as an adult), there's also how Nightwing stores his Robin costume, which is reminiscent of how Batman stores the costumes of retired or dead Robins.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • Starfire's fear of the Titans potentially breaking up actually happens after her disappearance to the Bad Future. This fear spreads to the Titans in the present, who quickly celebrate Blorthog.
    • Future Raven's rejection of past Starfire being real, due to the fact that she hallucinated her before.
  • Screw Destiny: Starfire delivers a speech that sums this up.
  • Self-Restraint: Both Beast-Boy and Raven are able to leave the places they're confined with relative ease, suggesting this Trope.
  • Ship Tease: Starfire and Nightwing's interactions in this episode are semi-romantic. (Well, kind of blatant actually. And just a little awkward [and not to mention confusing] considering Nightwing is somewhere around his mid-thirties.)
  • Snow Means Death: Starfire finds herself in a snowy environment when she discovers the Teen Titans had collapsed in her absence.
  • Stable Time Loop:
    • Warp claims that the device he stole was recorded as stolen in his future, thus he was only invoking this. Subverted when Starfire manages to resteal it following Warp getting turned into a baby.
    • Starfire when she comes back tells the Titans everything. Robin ends the episode by saying, "So Nightwing, huh?"
  • White Void Room: Raven's chamber.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Warp tells Starfire that the Bad Future she's seen is inevitable. She realizes it isn't necessarily so when she returns to the present with the device (which Warp's history records as vanishing permanently at the time he stole it).

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