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"Staring at the Future"
Information
Season

One

Episode

31/208

Original air date

30 October 2013

Running Time

11:11 (minutes)

Viewers

1.254 (million)

Production number

116b

Credits
Produced by
Written by

John Loy

Directed by

Scott O'Brien

Episode guide
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"Staring at the Future" is the thirty-first episode of Season 1 of Teen Titans Go!, and the thirty-first episode overall. It first aired on 30 October 2013 on Cartoon Network.

Logline

Cyborg and Beast Boy have a staring contest that lasts 30 years, bringing them face to face with a future of adulthood and responsibility... and they hate it.[1]

Synopsis

Robin is creating a serum that would allow him to grow a mustache in order to attract fangirls when he is interrupted by Cyborg riding Beast Boy, as a bull, who crash into his room through the wall due to them having an indoor rodeo. Beast Boy starts stomping on the floor, causing a vial of Robin's serum to land on him, growing hair everywhere as a result. The rodeo crashes into Starfire's room and chase her in circles. Disrupted from reading due to the noise, Raven floats over to the wall and knocks on it as a signal to quiet down. However, the rodeo crashes through the wall, trapping Raven underneath. Exiting her room through another wall, the troublemakers continue their rodeo in the living room, ending their game once Beast Boy kicks Cyborg into the TV.

Cyborg proclaims he set the new indoor rodeo record when he and Beast Boy are confronted by Robin, Starfire, and Raven. Starfire angrily remarks that she hope the duo are intending to clean the mess up but Beast Boy states that the maid would handle the cleaning until Raven reminds him that they don't have a maid. Beast Boy shrugs the remark off by saying that he and Cyborg were only goofing off until Robin counters by reminding him that life is about responsibility. Disgusted by the word responsibility, Beast Boy and Cyborg claim that the future they envision would not have any responsibilities and jump out the window to escape the word.

At Zippy's Pizza, the two eat in order to forget their friends' advice until they both reach for the last slice of pizza. The two begin to fight for the last slice and decide to settle the argument with a staring contest. Outside, a montage plays as buildings are created and robots are given life. A mouse jumps on Beast Boy's head, causing him to look away while Cyborg happily eats the pizza before remarking that it tastes thirty years old. The two exit Zippy's Pizza in a hurry and are shocked to discover that the staring contest lasted thirty years. Beast Boy high-fives Cyborg for having the longest staring contest ever and the robotic Titan suggests to find the other Titans in order to inform them of their achievement.

Entering Titans Tower, Beast Boy and Cyborg find it to be empty until they spot someone staring out the window. They believe the figure in question to be Robin, but Nightwing turns around and informs that he changed his name and had a baby due to growing up. Beast Boy happily exclaims that he and Starfire must have gotten married, but Nightwing corrects him by revealing he married Batgirl. Batgirl greets the two Titans before kissing Nightwing passionately. Disgusted by the ordeal, Beast Boy attempts to drag Nightwing to the movies with them but the superhero reveals that he can't due to having the responsibility of cooking dinner that night disgusting the two. Cyborg angrily asks Nightwing about Starfire's whereabouts, who reveals that she returned home.

At Tamaran, Cyborg and Beast Boy enter a palace and spot Starfire sitting on a throne. Before they can greet her, Tamaranians surround the two but they are defeated by the Titans. Beast Boy questions why the guards attacked and Starfire reminds them that they work for her as she is now queen of Tamaran. Beast Boy drags her to the exit, exclaiming they'll be able to enter the movies and asks Starfire about the existance of theaters in her planet. She states that Tamaran have gladiator fights instead and expresses her regret at being unable to join the two due to having the responsibilities of a queen. Distraught at the use of the word, Cyborg asks Starfire about Raven's whereabouts.

In another dimension, Beast Boy and Cyborg call out for Raven who appears in the form of a circular globe of light due to her defeating Trigon and being reborn as pure cosmic energy. She explains that she is tasked with keeping the universe in balance and saves a planet. She asks the two if they're dead, but Beast Boy reveals that they're just looking for someone to accompany them to the movies. However, Raven declines to join by stating that bringing balance is a full time job and is interrupted by Cyborg who tells her not to say the word responsibility. Pretending to be unable to hear her, Beast Boy and Cyborg run off.

At Zippy's Pizza once more, Beast Boy exclaims that the future stinks and expresses his disgust for the others' jobs. Cyborg explains that if they build a time machine and change one little thing, the future will change thus saving their friends. The two return to the tower and begin to build the time machine when Nightwing enters asking if they want leftovers. Cyborg denies and Nightwing asks if they could keep the noise down as the kids are trying to sleep. However, Cyborg reveals that Nightwing won't have children once they finish building their time machine. Nightwing attempts to convince them that he loves his life, but Beast Boy declares his family horrible. Angered, Nightwing activates his communicator prompting Starfire and Raven to arrive.

Nightwing reveals to the two that Beast Boy and Cyborg are attempting to alter the future. Raven orders them to stop, but Beast Boy claims that she isn't the boss of him until Raven reminds him she's an immortal goddess. Cyborg installs the final piece to the time machine and begins to activate it until Starfire blasts the two away from the machine. The two begin to attack the three by reminding them that Cyborg is an indoor rodeo champion. Beast Boy kicks Nightwing back and stomps repeatedly on Raven before chasing Starfire. Nightwing and Raven recover until Batgirl shushes them by reminding Nightwing of the kids. Nightwing apologizes, but the distraction allows Beast Boy and Cyborg to activate their time machine.

Returning to their positions when starting the staring contest, Beast Boy asks Cyborg what do they do now. Cyborg answers that they need to change one little thing and cuts the last slice in half in order to share it with one another. Beast Boy wonders if sharing the slice would be a big enough change, but Cyborg states they'll have to wait thirty years to find out. Thirty years later, Cyborg and Beast Boy agree that the best part on living in a world where chaos reigns is the fact that there are no responsibilities. Elderly versions of Robin, Starfire, and Raven land next to the two with Robin wondering how the Robot Overlords grew stronger. Cyborg answers that it had something to do with sharing the last slice of pizza before Beast Boy reveals it could have been worse with Robin having a baby and a mullet. Robot Overlords spot the Titans and begin to attack Robin, Starfire, and Raven while Cyborg and Beast Boy relax claiming they can live in this future.

Transcript

For a full transcript of "Staring at the Future", click here.

Cast and characters

Voice actor Character
Greg Cipes Beast Boy
Scott Menville Robin
Nightwing  
Khary Payton Cyborg
Tara Strong Raven
Batgirl  
Hynden Walch Starfire
Non-speaking roles
Jinx (cameo)
Robot Overlords  
Tamaranians  
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut


Trivia

General

  • Running Gags: The word responsibility appearing over Robin/Nightwing, Starfire, and Raven.
  • Food Content: Beast Boy and Cyborg stared at a slice of pizza for thirty years which led to the plot of the episode. They later shared a slice of instead of staring at it to alternate the future.
  • This episode aired with a rerun of "Burger vs. Burrito".

Continuity

References

  • Batgirl and Nightwing married in the future references the DC Universe where the two were a couple at some point.
  • The Robot Overlords are, in actuality, The Manhunters, a fictional race of extraterrestrial robots in the DC Universe.
  • This episode is an "inverse" of the dystopian future shown in the Teen Titans episode, "How Long Is Forever?".
  • Cyborg shoots a butterfly when explaining to Beast Boy that they needed to change one little thing alluding to the Butterfly effect, a concept in chaos theory coined by Edward Lorenz.
  • The three-lined glowing part in Beast Boy and Cyborg's time machine resembles the Flux Capacitor, the main piece from the DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine from Robert Zemicks' Back to the Future movie series.

Errors

  • Beast Boy is vegetarian but he eats pepperoni pizza with Cyborg. This is fourth time the error happens.

Gallery

Staring at the Future title card
The Image Gallery for Staring at the Future may be viewed here.

Footnotes

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