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Hard as I try to pick the more lighthearted and adventurous episodes, I guess I am just attracted to the darker ones. Maybe it’s because they have some of the best character development overall.
Slade has been out of the picture for a while since they saw him do a back flop into a chasm of magma/lava at the season 2 finale. The Titans have moved on from Slade. All except for Robin, who just can’t seem to shake the feeling that Slade is not actually gone. After a criminal named Cinder block stirs some trouble, Robin begins seeing Slade, the problem he is the only one who can see him. Has Slade really returned? Or is Robin’s obsession making him suffer a mental break?
When I think about it, Robin never got too much development. If he did it wasn’t really anything too deep. Not to say that he didn’t come across as a complex or even a 3dimensional character by any means, but I feel that more could have been explored. At the same time I feel like for this incarnation of Robin enough was said and showed to make him a good character and a good leader of our team. That being said, this episode was a great one in terms of fleshing out Robin’s complexities.
Robin is kind of hard to pin down in terms of what kind of person he is, though that might have to do with whoever was writing the episode at the time. One thing I noticed though that was consistent is that Robin has the tendency to be an obsessive recluse, especially when it came to Slade. Not hard to see why, considering everything that has transpired between them over the course of the series thus far. Also, considering that Robin was raised by the master of being a brooding, obsessive recluse, it is no surprise that his behavior is the way it is.
Yet the most interesting part I find about this episode is that it shows the damage that this behavior can do to oneself and to others. Obsession can destroy the mind and the relationships around you. Also that one must learn to let go in order to move on and become stronger or else you give the object of that obsession power over you.
I feel like what happens here is kind of made pointless by later events in later seasons but as a stand alone episode it has a great atmosphere and a great message. Definitely give this one a watch sometime :D
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