So, I was recently watching Netflix and catching up on the best super hero show on television today (no, not one of the CW’s colourful quartet of DC shows…and not one of Netflix’s growing stable of gritty Marvel adventures, either). What I’m talking about is Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans Go! – the irreverent animated take on the mighty teen heroes of the DC Universe.
Anyhoo, I just stumbled across a TTGO! holiday themed show (Season 3, Episode 17) that I instantly had to add to my Classic Christmas TV Episodes short list – even though it’s actually an Easter episode. It’s titled “The TTGO! Easter Holiday Classic”, but I think a more fitting title would be “A Battle With St. Nicholas”.
And in that vein, allow me to use that classic poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas”, as inspiration for the following episode recap. After all, ‘tis the season!
‘Twas the Easter before Christmas and out on Titan’s Island
Our young heroes were excited – even Raven was smilin’!
Robin had their next mission and was ready to unmask it:
“Titans – search for eggs to fill your Easter basket!”
The Titans ran off, but soon noticed something funny…
Not an egg was to be found – nothing was there from E. Bunny!
Something must have happened to the Holiday Hare!
There is no way he would leave Easter baskets so bare.
The Titans questioned some other holiday icons
From second-rate days, they were nearly bygones.
With Cupid, the boys got nowhere fast
Since he shot them all with his arrow love-blast.
So infatuated now with one another
They forgot all about Leprechaun – paid him no bother!
The girls tried cop roles – Starfire, the “bad” one
And Raven watched on as she harassed George Washington.
Tom Turkey fared worse and barely squeaked out a gobble
Before Starfire bashed his head and made his brain wobble.
Learning nothing helpful, the Titans took pause –
“Our last hope is King Holiday – we must see Santa Claus!
So off to the North Pole and Santa’s sprawling HQ,
Teeming with elves, all with something to do.
They sat with Santa, he of white beard and round bod
Who noted that E. Bunny had been acting quite odd.
“But if he’s gone missing, then there’s only one thing to say:
I’ll take his place – and save Easter Day!”
The Titans all cheered as he hopped in his sleigh
And quickly restored Easter – but in a more “Christmas Way”
That’s when Robin suddenly realized it was no time for cheer.
This was his plan all along – Santa wants to rule the whole year!
So they raced back up north to sneak into Santa’s Lair
Shocked, but not surprised at what they saw there.
All the holiday mascots, locked in cells, just a-chillin’!
While Santa watched over them like an evil Bond villain!
“Yes, I kidnapped Easter Bunny and all of the rest!
Every holiday should be MINE, because I am the BEST!”
Then Santa armoured-up, his battle suit ready to fight.
The Titans knew they were outgunned and could use some extra might.
So with a snap of her fingers, Raven summoned to their aid
The stalwart members of the Holiday Brigade!
A President’s Day punch, then a brutal swift kick
Followed by a bop on the noggin from Leprechaun’s stick
Then Robin’s grapple wrapped him ’round and around
And brought Santa crashing right down to the ground.
The day saved (again), all was now bright and sunny
And the Titans couldn’t wait to free cute, fluffy E. Bunny.
But as they unlocked his cell, what they saw was a fright
A human/bunny hybrid laying eggs? Man, that stuff just ain’t right!
…and a Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!