How Teen Titans Adapted The Judas Contract
How Teen Titans Adapted The Judas Contract

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Teen Titans 2003 is a beloved adaptation of the famous group of sidekicks. Out of five seasons, one of them stands out as a wonderful example on how to adapt a comic book story arc. The arc in question is 'The Judas Contract'. Join me in my analysis of the second season of Teen Titans 2003. Core Ideas is a channel dedicated to video essays detailing what makes your favorite media work. From Bo Burnham to Star Wars, no topic is off limits. Patreon: Core Ideas Twitter: Intro by:


Propane Kid : Damn. I just realized something. When Raven says “you treated us like dirt”. DIRT was the thing Terra ALWAYS manipulated. She used her friends the same way she used the earth. Just a tool.... idk if that was intentional from the writers but that lines definitely more powerful to me now.

Miketastic : "That's not me... I'm not a hero, I'm not out to save the world. I'm just a girl with a geometry test next period and I haven't studied." Damn that's some good writing.

Gavin YoungMann : The terra arc physically hurt me as a kid T-T

CheesecakeLasagna : Even in hindsight, this is actually one of the *top 10 anime betrayals.*

Kandara Kara : “I’m just a girl with a geometry test next period and I haven’t studied.” Mood.

Golden Kingdom : Opening line: *"Teen Titans was a pretty weird show"* Me: *"Your intro is a pretty weird show"*

Black Fire 56 : I guess you can she tried to do good but was terable at it

Nocturne22 : The cartoon did it better. Terra wasn't the obnoxious, unlikable, yet bland character with very little personal stakes like in the comics. They made sure she had a personal connection to all the Titans, and gave her a clear motivation: to gain control and stop being afraid of herself. We get to see how she goes off the rails, and they wisely left out the sex stuff with Slade. She was treated as an actual teenage girl, and her powers The only thing I wished the cartoon would have done was actually have her go on missions with the Titans, to further drive home her betrayal. It felt awkward how after she joins, she seems to be deliberately left out of the story until her betrayal.

Elijio Ledesma : “Mental issues do not excuse bad actions” wow my first video of you and already you’re hella good at explaining ....literally that one sentence should be said to the world with all these “mental issues” as an excuse for criminals to avoid jail

Anna Bella : I think the cartoon version of Terra worked a lot better, mostly because Terra wasn’t built around being a ‘what a twist’ villain for the sake of it. Sure in later comics they gave Terra a decent reason behind how she behaved, but her purpose was to be the opposite of characters like Kitty Pride and that was the problem.

inplane : There's something I always found charming about Terra. Whether it's her character design or character development, there's always a bittersweet vibe she gives off. Her character is fun to watch as she creatively manipulates the Earth to save people, but deep down we know that isn't the truth. She's broken, lonely, and imperfect in every way possible. That makes me appreciate her good side so much more.

Dunkleosteus : You pronounce "louse" as if it sounds like "loose". It rhymes with "mouse" and is the singular of "lice". It's the origin of the word "lousy".

corbin m : i waant expecting that i would be FEELING THINGS. warn me next time ;_;

Catnium : TT + avatar .... best western animations in the last 20 years

Decaf [Invidia] : I find it strange that more people aren't discussing the fact that Young justice is actually just Teen Titans updated to the current DC universe...

Starving Victory : I just found your channel and picked this video out of curiosity.Truly good writing you have, and needless to say about how much you investigate for your videos. The editing is solid, despite for some little details that I can't appear to find now (there was a moment in which you showed three pictures, and after a bit made them fade. I'm pretty sure one of those faded later than the others, but it's something minor to look at anyways). But over all, good work man, you deserve a lot more subscribers for this! You have a good future. About The Judas Contract: quite the adaption is Teen Titans ain't it? Made quite the job with Terra, and while I actually haven't watched much of the show, now I'm interested in doing so. I can easily see why it's regarded as a beloved adaptation, I'll enjoy watching it for sure.

Toon Link : 4 year olds today are obsessed with paw patrol. Yet my cousin, on the other hand, was 4 years old and a HUGE fan of teen titans. He would go trick or treating as Robin and it was like, the best time of his life. Even with our huge age gap (him being 4 and me being 9) we were both the best of friends who enjoyed the same TV shows, video games, and anime. Maybe not all preschoolers were like my cousin, but I think our generation (90's and 00's) was very special.

John Arkady : Judas Contract....oh, the memories....TT was some cutting-edge stuff back then...still have my original issue!

Meeshell ART : It's great seeing all the Teen Titan love and attention at the moment.

DreamCatz : teen titans go version of tera is horrible like the show

Alexander Christopher : How is the Trouble in Tokyo movie is about Starfire? It was more Robin tbh, given that Robin was the one focused on investigating the Japanese villain.

Angelica Fandino : Could you do a comparison video of the Teen Titans: Judas Contract comic and the animated movie adaptation? They're all most alike frame by frame and I wanna know your thoughts on it.

S. F. P. : Terra was always my favorite character of them all. I'm glad to see that there was a larger picture with her.

rednekdashie : Damn, really well made video. Personally Terra was one of the best characters. A really good example of how flawed characters are often the most relatable/entertaining to watch. Those flaws make them feel much more real and tangible.

Vicious Delicious : So sad that young justice is going the comic book route instead of the teen titans one. You did a good job of explaining Tera

Zed Miller : so beast boy went to a high school with no problems from the children there

ltshep : > About her inability to control her powers “That might not seem like that big of a deal” Uh... suuuure... Damn good video though. I was too young to really understand most of this when I watched the show. Really neat to watch an analysis of it.

Cristopher Paredes : How do u only have 32k subs Beautifully edited.

Rajid Mohandas : The Teen Titans finale is the most anime part of the series. I love the trope of friends and loved ones being lost or far away to never be seen again... of course Terra is there, but not the Terra beast boy knew.

NotWho YouThinkIAm : Tara was one of my favorites in the Judas Contract. Deathstroke will always be my first favorite.

Chi Pa Pa : Raven would have easily beat Terra in her demonic form. But for the sake of the plot they had to nerf her.

Sebastián Cartes : Holy shit this video was surprisingly deep

Melissa D : To conclude, Teen Titans Slade is the best Slade.

pavliko : 1:47 Why does everything anime-ish has to have tentacles in it? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Moriah Morales : Idk how I came across this video but your personal input towards the end about mental health made me realize a lot of myself and so thank you!

AJ Estur : I didn't remember how tragic this was. My opinion on this fantastic show has never changed and I can't wait for it to come back.

Isaiah Georges : I noticed he had a weird lisp-ish voice about halfway through the video and idk why but it's making me mad🤦😂

Daryl Talks Games : This honestly made me feel so much better about the end of Teen Titans. When I watched the first time I was very young and just wanted more. It felt like an abrupt end. But this gave me a new perspective to look at it from. Tremendous job man, genuinely enjoyed it!

Emily Steckly : Really good video, Terra was always my favourite character growing up. I'm excited that this video wasn't just shitting on her but actually looking into her as a character.

strong122 : 13:55-14:07 when some random guy ask for your name cuz he trying to smash

Rosegold Ranger : And now Tera is my second favorite character in the teen titans

joshua williams : This was beautifully done. You can tell you did your homework man. The footage you showed, the editing, and the music choices especially just made this excellent.

Lowart : Amazing work! What a fantastic video. It's clear that you really poured yourself into this. I hope that this really takes off.

Luis Torres : 13:43 plays "changes" by XXXTENTACION

buca117 : This was really well edited. You should be seriously proud of that, man. Also, the content was pretty good. I think I appreciate the Teen Titans' Terra over what you described as the original. A sociopath is way, way less interesting and impactful than a traitorous friend. For me, the most powerful scene in the Titans tv show, one that encompassed the sheer rage borne of betrayal, was the one where the five titans finally reunite and take down Terra in that ominous fog. That. That was what it all meant.

James Nolan : Of all the videos I've watched on reviews, or discussions, of a story: this is, by far, one of the best best done I've seen. Surprised to find my throat tightening at the end of this episode.

Gelenvader3 : Wow this was well written and produced.

UltimateKyuubiFox : Your editing in this video is the kind of thing usually reserved for Batman: The Animated Series. There’s so much respect for this show and genuine craftsmanship on your part, I can envision showing literally anyone this and having them feel like it was a worthwhile watch. Great work, man. A sobering yet understated look at an under-appreciated adaptation.

Daniel Thompson : Man, going through that arc hurts every time. Especially the last episode. AAAH why did it have to happen that way?? Great video, but man that story still hurts.