How Long Is Forever?
original airdate: 01-10-04
do an antique clock, a time-traveling thief and an alternate
future have in common?
right, just when we all got comfortable accepting that Robin
could be any of the three comic incarnations of the Boy
Wonder, and the DC Animated Universe continuity debate had
reached a standstill, what does Murakama and company do?
they throw a kibosh at us the size of a freight train. That’s
we get too wrapped up in what I refer to as “The Nightwing
Debacle,” lets take a moment to catch up to speed
feels that her friends and teammates are slowly drifting
apart due to minor roommate-type squabbling. She attempts
to mend the fences to no avail.
introduced to a new villain who answers to the name of Warp.
Warp is no stranger to the Titan comics so it was nice to
see a familiar character pop in for a cameo.
Warp of the animated series possesses time traveling capabilities,
and he has traveled back in time in pursuit of an antique
clock. It would seem that in the future riches could be
made from precious artifacts from yesteryear.
maybe it’s not that different from the here and now.
Either way, Warp has undergone some minor tweaking in his
comics, Warp was a member of the Brotherhood of Evil, capable
of summoning dimensional warps that allowed him to travel
great distances. These distances, however, were always confined
within the boundaries of time.
for the animated series, Warp’s power has altered
slightly, making him a time traveling thief, which allows
us a device to explore the fate of our beloved Titans should
they allow their friendships to continue to dwindle.
there is a lesson to be learned, there is a way.
is our central character for this adventure into the future.
As she pursues Warp she ends up being sucked into his time
warp and thrust years into the future.
traveling episodes and teenage comic book characters have
a great breadth of history with one another. The interesting
thing about time travel in regards to heroes is that by
jumping forward in time we are given the chance to see them
in circumstances or situations that would otherwise not
be plausible in their current timeline.
couldn’t kill off Robin in the present, but you might
get away with killing him in the future and blaming it on
a mistake in the space time continuum, which of course can
be mended and therefore prevented.
again, we couldn’t kill off a character in this show
to begin with, so strike that.
sure you get my point, despite the ramifications and restrictions
of children’s programming.
“How Long Is Forever?” I couldn’t help
but recall the "Days of Future Past" arc over
in the Uncanny X-Men books. Ok, shoot me, I’m
crossing the DC / Marvel line here, but I have a point.
of Future Past" allowed writers to have characters
die, and thereby amplify the tension in the present day
arc by illustrating what awaits our heroes in the future
should something not be remedied in the present.
you imagine a future without Wolverine?
same device is employed here; however, this episode is far
more akin to Back to the Future than it is to The
Terminator. The fate of existence does not ride on
the outcome of the present day friendships among the Titans,
but life could be a whole lot sweeter if their relationships
blossomed as opposed to dwindled.
learns this when she visits the future incarnations of her
teammates. She finds Cyborg living in the now defunct Titan
Tower. His power cells have long since corroded, and he
has been forced to feed off of the tower itself, which means
he can never leave the premises again.
Boy has been reduced to a freak show attraction by his own
hand. He is fat, balding, and chooses life behind the bars
of his cage to keep people out.
seem that Raven has finally cleared herself of her father’s
evil, as she is found to be donning a white cloak. Fans
of the comics are sure to grin at that sight alone. However,
the cost of this cleansing seems to have rendered her a
bit stir crazy as she has resorted to isolation and constant
babbling to herself when Starfire visits her.
brings us back to Nightwing. That’s right, our future
Robin has become Nightwing, a walking, talking, nearly carbon
copy of his mentor’s design.
leads to complications, because any comic book fan knows
that Nightwing is actually Dick Grayson, the first Robin
from the comics. So does this mean that Robin is in fact
the episode does stress that this is one possible future
for our precious Titans, which is a safe way of saying “we’re
I suppose it doesn’t really matter. Seeing Nightwing
appear was a fun twist in the episode, which overall seemed
to be a bit on the week side for a season opener. Especially
the bomb that was dropped in the two-part season one finale.
again, it was nice to see things somewhat back to “normal”
as it were. The Titans didn’t have any pressing drama
or conflict to face in this episode, but rather we are treated
to a lesson in how important each of these characters are
to one another. Seeing the aged Titan’s reform into
a team to take on Warp had a warmly charismatic feel to
also get a tiny little spark of romance between Nightwing
and Starfire, which only does justice to stoking the fires
of speculation back in our present timeline. Sadly, Star
must leave her future friends and return to her time, which
got me thinking, where was future Starfire this whole time?
in the present, it’s Starfire who remains the glue
holding the group together. Let’s hope for Beast Boy’s
sake she succeeds.
Week: You wanted it, you got it! It’s thirty
minutes of 100% pure unadulterated Beast Boy. Consider this
fair warning! Be here next week for "Every Dog Has