Hello, hello, hello! I’m back for our weekly review, with the second episode of the series—Sisters. It’s a relatively different episode. The plot has been used before but they do it in such a way that it’s different enough not to matter. You’ve got sibling rivalry, the pressures of trying to fit in, the fears of losing your friends to someone cooler, etc. Oh and then there’s the space police.
It starts off with one of the cutest scenes in the entire series, Robin and Starfire on the Ferris Wheel. The only thing that breaks the romance is Robin interrupting her and, well, acting like a teenage boy. Face it, teenage boys aren’t romantic, even when they try. Not even Dick Grayson. But, that’s kind of what makes it more realistic. I mean he’s a teenager, he’s gonna get distracted by fireworks and not want to listen to her talk about eating a cotton ball. Overall, though, this is a really cute scene. Unless you hate RobStar, this is possibly the sweetest moment between them up until their kiss in Tokyo. She’s clearly having a bit of a hard time fitting in and as always, he’s going out of his way to explain everything to her and show her the cool things about planet Earth. He’s a really nice guy.
Anyways, enough fluff, let’s move to our plot. Out of nowhere this giant, pink….floating space jellyfish…? Really…. Alright well this Jellyfish probe thing swoops in and grabs Starfire, ready to fly away with her into space. Robin gathers the team and they stand on the dock for a good minute watching it fly around with her. They throw everything they’ve got at it, from starbolts to sonic cannons to hotdog stands. But nothing seems to work until Robin whacks it with his bo staff, jumps on and punches it. Yup. Yay inconsistency!
With that thing broken they decide to go home, only to find Starfire’s sister, Blackfire.
I like Blackfire’s design in the cartoon because it’s easier to tell the difference between her and Starfire. They do look almost exactly alike aside from the colors of their hair and eyes, but that’s more than what the comic gave us, really. So anyway, Blackfire introduces herself and immediately all of the Titans like her. Even though she’s clearly kind of a bitch. Not so clearly at first, but from the way she talks to Starfire she seems mean. Furthermore, the Titans are already starting to ignore Starfire. She tells them right out that this cool thing Blackfire’s telling them she did is illegal. They’re heroes! They should be concerned if someone they know is doing things that are illegal like it’s no big deal.
Over the next day Blackfire hangs out more and more with the Titans, who are very jerkishly ignoring Starfire. Seriously. Why does this always happen in these episodes? Doesn’t anyone have friends who are consistently nice to them, regardless of new people? Well. Starfire and I sure don’t. Which is why it’s so easy for me to feel bad for her. Teenage girls have it pretty rough, they often have low self-esteem and if their friends all decide that their sister is cooler than them, and they start hanging out with her instead, it’s pretty unfair. But this happens. Thankfully this problem only lasts one episode and Star’s friends go back to their normal, non-jerkish selves by the end of the episode.
So they go to this rave and Starfire really doesn’t fit in, especially when it comes to lingo. Funny enough none of the Titans should fit in either because they can’t dance, but since this episode isn’t about them no one cares if their dancing sucks or not. Even Raven, who seems to have been the nicest to Starfire, finds someone to hang out with. Starfire feels very dejected and goes up to the roof, where a minute later, Robin follows her up.
Again being the nice guy, Robin can tell something is bothering her and gets her to talk about it. He’s about to tell her something like, “You’re not like your sister at all, but that’s okay because you’re perfect the way you are. You don’t have to worry about her being better at things because you’re better at other things and I’d rather hang out with you anyway, because I like to be with a girl who needs my help. It strengthens my ego, part of a hero-complex I have.”
Something like that.
Then, right as he’s getting into his speech, Blackfire shows up (bitch) and interrupts (bitch) and forces Robin to leave Starfire (bitch) to come dance with her instead (bitch).
Seriously, how does she ever get any of them to like her? She’s awful! But, mean girls get friends, too, in real life. Sigh. This better wrap up soon cuz I can’t stand her.
Another couple of probes show up and start to attack Starfire. By some lucky chance the Titans all see and rush to help her. Or at least fight the jellyfish whom, yet again, are apparently invisible to civilians because none of them ever see these things. They all get outside, just in time to see Starfire dropped in a dumpster and lifted off the ground to be taken away again. Blackfire happens to know their weak spot and shoots them all down. No one checks Starfire, who is still in the dumpster, and instead they crowd around Blackfire to praise her and offer her a place on the Team.
Seriously! Why is this happening??
So that night Starfire decides to leave, but robin comes out to ask if she was even going to say goodbye. Not ask her why she’s leaving or anything like that, just if she’ll say goodbye first. Yeah, yeah, he probably meant that when he said what he said but still. Before Star can answer, however, the space police come down and arrest her with… a tentacle, which is too strong for our powerhouse alien to get out of, no matter how hard she tries. Robin jumps after her and misses by an inch, falling to his death. Or one can assume he shoots a grapple at the ship so he can hold on to the bottom of it as they fly. This was a better plan than jumping up to grab Star’s foot, why didn’t he do that to begin with? Sigh… whatever.
Robin jumps on top of the ship to make sure they don’t take Starfire with them, easily bringing them down and freeing Starfire from the…. Wait how can he just pull of the tentacle thing like it’s nothing?! Starfire, the one who drop-kicks cars with just her one foot, couldn’t get out of it. Boy Wonder tosses it aside like a rubber snake.
Who needs consistency?
So blah blah blah, it turns out they were arresting her because they thought she was Blackfire, who we’ve already established has been doing illegal things in space. Starfire flies up to confront her, feeling fed up and rightfully angry that Blackfire would let Star get arrested for her crimes. But Blackfire isn’t worried because she’s a better fighter than Star anyway, so she’ll do what she wants. Starfire is so sick of this that she decides to stand up for herself.
She kicks Blackfire’s butt before sending her to jail, proving to everyone and herself that she is not inferior to her sister. She may be new to Earth and not understand the culture. She may struggle to fit in even have a hard time hanging out with her new friends. She may even be way behind on English. But, this climax just proves that when she believes in herself and does her best, none of that matters! She’s perfect the way she is, and she’s nice in addition to that, unlike Blackfire. She now understands that being different is a good thing, and that her friends wouldn’t have her any other way.
What really happens is Starfire dodges a million shots from Blackfire, and shoots one starbolt at her sister before Blackfire is arrested and taken to jail, vowing revenge. It’s a really big letdown, I wanted to see Blackfire get her ass kicked! But no, it’s over in less than one minute, and Starfire even gives her a nice goodbye. Even after all that’s happened she still says it was nice to see Blackfire again! Sigh… At least they sort of touched on the moral above, with the next scene.
Star is sitting on the roof still feeling a bit down on herself when Boy Wonder shows up. She tells him that she still feels inadequate and he tells her she’s absolutely perfect the way she is. A really corny ending for what could have been an amazing last battle scene. They’ve got the sunset and blushing and wind in their hair and everything.
So, how was this episode? Pretty good I should say. Flawed, yes, but worth watching. It carries a plot many have seen in some way before, but with the space police it kind of puts a newer spin on it. It has a good, positive message, and some really cute moments for Robin and Starfire. (Including hand-holding, ZOMG!) It’s even got some nice lighting-animation from the fireworks, sunset, and the rave party. It makes Starfire the alien very relatable and many of us have probably lived through this at one point or another.
Thank you for reading, stay tuned for another review next week!