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"BL4Z3" is the twenty-fifth episode of the fourth season of Teen Titans Go!, and the one-hundred-eighty-second overall episode of the series.

Summary

The Titans become hackers to stop a gang of computer pirates.

Plot

The episode starts off, as many do, with the Titans watching television. Suddenly, the broadcast is interrupted with a crime alert. Robin is shocked by the alert, leading the other Titans to speculate that some horrible catastrophe is threatening the world. But Robin tells his team that the threat is coming from piracy.

The other Titans become excited, because they think they are about to go on a seafaring, swashbuckling, pirate adventure. Robin then tells them that the threat is actually from computer piracy, which the other Titans think means robot pirates. Robin has to explain to them that computer piracy is when bad guy hackers steal digital goods and make them available for free on the internet.

The other Titans get upset, and ask if the FBI can handle the problem instead of them, but Robin insists that becoming good guy hackers will be awesome.

He leads his team to a computer room where they transfer their conscious minds into his old computer. Robin creates a digital outfit for himself, which is mostly leather, and logs in under his hacker name, BL4Z3. The other Titans find the outfit and name pretty ridiculous.

While on the desktop of Robin's computer, they mess around with his files, causing the system to crash and reboot. Robin, still determined to have an awesome hacker adventure, connects them to the internet and does a web search for "pirates". Finding the pirates takes a while since the Titans are "borrowing" WiFi from their neighbors.

Once the search is complete, a portal opens up and a floating pirate ship appears. The pirates on board have a treasure chest full of stolen digital goods. Robin's disappointed that his hacker adventure isn't going exactly as planned, but the other Titans are now excited and they encourage Robin to open his mind to the new adventure. Robin becomes renewed with added enthusiasm for this new adventure. He and his team get into pirate costumes and board their own pirate ship. They engage the computer pirates in battle, defeat them, and recover the stolen digital goods.

While the Titans are inspecting the treasure chest, several agents from the FBI enter the scene and assume that the Titans are the computer pirates. Before they can explain, the FBI agents charge, wielding katanas, as the Titans runaway. The episode goes to black as the head FBI agent slashes at the screen.

Characters

Trivia

  • This episode premiered one year after "Think About Your Future".
  • The same sock puppet that was used for the Puppet Wizard's character in "Puppets Whaaaaat?" makes a brief appearance on the TV show the Titans were watching at the beginning of the episode.
  • The Titans steal their WiFi from HIVE Tower, their only neighbors.
  • As the title of the episode appears, the Octopus now has sunglasses, then quickly changes it's colour to green, then back to orange. This foreshadows the theme of this episode.

Continuity

  • This isn't the first time the Titans were enthusiastic about pirates. Cyborg was very excited when he thought Aqualad was a pirate in an earlier episode. And in "Hand Zombie", Cyborg also mentioned how cool pirates are.
  • Raven is seen unhooded for the 61th time in the series.
  • Among the loot in the treasure chest is a Pretty Pretty Pegasus movie, which Raven is ecstatic about.

References

  • The 1999 movie The Matrix is referenced several times:
    • Robin's black hacker outfit is similar to Neo's and the fighters that show up at the end are similar to Trinity, Morpheus and Agent Smith.
    • The "red pill/blue pill" dilemma is taken from the movie as is the quote "I'll show you just how deep the rabbit hole goes."
  • Many of the visuals are from the video game Tetris, including the Computer Pirates.
  • Robin's desktop has a folder marked "Lexcorp Files". These might be the same files that Batman obtained in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Robin also has folders marked "Batman" and "Flying Graysons".
  • The game Beast Boy finds named "Cool Dudes" seems to be about Mr. Freeze and Captain Cold.
  • Robin's old computer runs on an operating system called Lexcorp ZX.
  • Robin's pirate costume may have been partially inspired from Luffy's look in One Piece.
  • "Did you try turning it off and on again" is a reference to the British comedy The IT Crowd.
  • Starfire's attire may be referenced to Peter Pan's attire.
  • Once the Titans enter the internet, a series of memes are shown. Ones specifically;
    • A meme of a crying baby that has a caption that says TEEN TITANS NO!. Which is a reference to people who strongly despise the show and want the previous series back for a sixth season.
    • A meme of a man with a shocked facial expression that has a caption that says WHAT IF MARTHA WAYNE WAS ACTUALLY MARTHA KENT. Which is a reference to Batman's mother and Superman's adoptive mother that have the same first name.

Errors

  • On the Cartoon Network app and online, the episode is titled "Blaze" instead of "BL4Z3".
  • Beast Boy exclaims something about "walking the plank" when in fact, pirates never did this in real life

Running Gags

  • The Titans (except Robin) mistaking computer pirates for seafaring pirates.
  • Robin saying "Free your mind", followed by a lightning effect.
  • Robin screaming, "Jack in!"

Gallery

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The image gallery for BL4Z3 may be viewed here.

v - e - d Episode Guide

Season 1: April 23, 2013 - June 5, 2014
Legendary SandwichPie BrosDriver's EdDog HandDouble TroubleThe DateDude RelaxLaundry DayGhostboyLa Larva de AmorHey Pizza!GorillaGirl's Night OutYou're Fired!Super RobinTower PowerParasiteStarliarMeatball PartyStaff MeetingTerra-izedArtful DodgersBurger vs. BurritoMatchedColors of RavenThe Left LegBooksLazy SundayStarfire the TerriblePower MovesStaring at the FutureNo PowerSidekickCaged TigerSecond ChristmasNose MouthLegsBreakfast CheeseWafflesBe MineOppositesBirdsBrain FoodIn and OutLittle BuddiesMissingUncle JokesMás y MenosDreamsGrandma VoiceReal MagicPuppets, Whaaaaat?

Season 2: June 12, 2014 - July 30, 2015
Mr. ButtMan PersonPiratesMoney GrandmaI See YouBrianNatureSalty CodgersKnowledgeSlumber PartyLove MonstersBaby HandsCaramel ApplesSandwich ThiefFriendshipVegetablesThe MaskSerious BusinessHalloweenBoys vs GirlsBody AdventureRoad TripThanksgivingThe Best RobinMouth HoleHot GarbageRobin BackwardsCrazy DaySmile BonesReal Boy AdventuresHose WaterLet's Get SeriousTamaranian VacationRocks and WaterMultiple Trick PonyTruth, Justice and What?Two Bumble Bees and a WaspOil DrumsVideo Game ReferencesCool SchoolKicking a Ball and Pretending to Be HurtHead FruitYearbook MadnessBeast ManOperation Tin ManNeanCampfire StoriesAnd the Award for Sound Design Goes to RobThe HIVE FiveThe Return of SladeMore of the SameSome of Their Parts

Season 3: July 31, 2015 - October 13, 2016
Cat's FancyLeg DayDignity of TeethCroissantSpice GameI'm the SauceHey You, Don't Forget about Me in Your MemoryAccept the Next Proposition You HearThe Fourth Wall40%, 40%, 20%Grube's FairytalesA FarceScary Figure DanceAnimals, It's Just a Word!BBBDAY!Black FridayTwo ParterThe True Meaning of ChristmasSquash & StretchGarage SaleSecret GardenThe Cruel Giggling GhoulHow 'Bout Some EffortPyramid SchemeBeast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck, and It's BadThe Teen Titans Go Easter Holiday ClassicBatman v. Teen Titans: Dark InjusticeBottle EpisodeFinally a LessonArms Race with LegsObinrayWally TRad Dudes with Bad TudesOperation Dude RescueHistory LessonThe Art of NinjutsuThink About Your FutureTTG v PPGCoconut Cream PiePure ProteinOpen Door PolicyCrazy Desire IslandThe Titans ShowBooty ScootyWho's Laughing NowOregon TrailSnuggle TimeOh Yeah!Riding the DragonThe OverbiteThe Cape

Season 4: October 20, 2016 - TBA 2017
Shrimps and Prime RibHalloween v ChristmasBooby Trap HouseFish WaterTV KnightTeen Titans Save ChristmasBBSFBDAY!The StreakThe Inner Beauty of a CactusMovie NightBBRAEPermanent RecordTitan Saving TimeThe Gold StandardMaster DetectiveEaster CreepsHand ZombieEmployee of the Month: ReduxThe AvogodoOranginsJinxedBrain PercentagesBL4Z3Hot Salad WaterChapter One: I Saw You DanceChapter Two: The Story in Your EyesChapter Three: Playing Hard to GetChapter Four: The Night Begins to ShineLicationLabor DayClassic TitansOnes and ZeroesCareer DayTV Knight 2Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol StarThe AcademyCostume ContestThrone of BonesDemon PromThanksgettingThe Self-Indulgent 200th Episode Spectacular!BBCYFSHIPBDAY

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