"Tower Power" is the sixteenth episode of the first season of Teen Titans Go!, and the sixteenth overall episode of the series.
After a mishap, Cyborg gets plugged into the Tower, causing him to go mad with power.
The episode starts off with Cyborg excited for a late night TV marathon. The rest of the Titans are going to watch it too, but they were all too tired. Cyborg then rudely wakes them all up, except for Robin, whom he draws a mustache on his face (and a smiley face on his tongue).
Cyborg then questions why they all can't stay up like he can. He flashes back to when that was also a problem when he was fixing up an old airplane early in the morning and accidentally crushed the other Titans with its engine. They point out that he is half robot, which allows him to have more energy because there's less of him to get tired. Beast Boy then accidentally spits soda on Cyborg, causing him to malfunction and needing to clean his parts. The Titans offer to help him, even though Cyborg doesn't think they're competent enough with even basic technology (and therefore, not his advanced tech), though he eventually submits. However, as Cyborg suspected, the Titans do a terrible job, as Starfire points out. The end up reassembling Cyborg into a toilet, with a large pile of unused parts still lying around. Jokingly, they say he's fine and this toilet form is how they remember him looking. Unable to put him back together properly, the Titans plug Cyborg into the Tower. This gives Cyborg complete control and access to all of the Tower's systems. Even after Beast Boy spills soda on Cyborg again, everybody thinks this will be great.
The next day, all the Titans see how annoying Cyborg's complete access to the Tower becomes. He wakes Beast Boy up early, plays non-meditating music during Raven's meditation, and creeps on Robin in the shower as well as sending him out of it by increasing the water pressure too much. It's not seen how he annoys Starfire, but it is assumed he did something annoying to her too. The Titans plan to unplug him, but Cyborg overhears this and attacks them with household appliances, having become completely robotic. He attacks Raven with a vacuum cleaner, Beast Boy with a coffee maker, Starfire with a toaster, and Robin with a lamp. The Titans end up beating these appliances with some struggle. Cyborg then says he's willing to be unplugged, which throws the Titans off guard and allowing Cyborg to gas them all, knocking them out.
When they awaken, they've all become the appliances they were attacked by, but they all seem happy about it.
- Cyborg talks about how the Titans' flesh and blood are useless, and he makes them hold the heavy thing. However, Starfire could have easily lifted it due to the fact that she has superstrength. Also, Beast Boy could have turned into a strong animal or Raven could have lifted it with her telekinesis.
- This was Adam Beechen's only episode as a writer.
- The two VHS tapes have the names Cats Don't Dance and The Iron Giant, both Warner Bros. animated movies released during the 1990's.
- When Cyborg was talking about how the VHS could record TV shows, it showed something that looked like Batman: The Animated Series from the early '90s.
- The vacuum that Beast Boy is using looks and makes noises very similar to the Star Wars character R2-D2.
- The Titans turning Cyborg into a toilet is similar to the original series episode Stranded, where Beast Boy tried putting Cyborg back together, and kept turning him into things that he looked nothing like.
- Cyborg mentions that he has all six seasons of Webster on VHS, meaning that the series must take place after all six seasons were released on VHS. He also mentions the episode, "Burn Out".
- Cyborg saying he's "as excited as the Pointer Sisters" is a reference to their hit song "I'm so Excited" which was also on Cyborg's "Pointer Sisters Mix"
- When Cyborg shorts out for the second time and the monitor starts showing static, very briefly the faces of Batman, Joker, and Two-Face flash onto the screen.
- The songs on Cyborg's "Pointer Sisters Mix" are:
- "Brian's Lament" by ULTRA Squad
- "More Than a Woman" by Bee Gees
- "Thermos Jam" by Casey's Hat Band
- "I'm So Excited" by Pointer Sisters
- "No, No" by Jelly Nex
- "Bad Girls" by Donna Summer
- "Nobody Got Time" by Socko
- When Robin is in the shower, he's singing the original Teen Titans series theme song.
- Raven has an Etrigan statue in her room.
- When Cyborg becomes more robotic, he becomes a lot like HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. There's even a part where HAL's viewcam appears.
- Cyborg also stated "I'm sorry, I can't let you do that." which is a famous quote from HAL 9000.
- Cyborg becoming more robotic may also be a reference to the original series episode Overdrive, where he turned off all of his human functions and his voice became similarly robotic.
- Cyborg unleashing a gas through the vent to knock out the Titans is a nod to the video game Portal, where GLaDoS kills everyone in Aperture Science excluding the protagonist through the ventilation of neurotoxin gas.
- The ending is a twisted spoof, similar to the desires of Brother Blood from the original Teen Titans show in the episode "Titans East Part Two". Brother Blood desires to transform the Titans into cyborgs, Cyborg in Teen Titans Go! decides to transform the Titans into appliances run by him and the T-tower computer system.
- Behind Cyborg at one point, you could see a Catwoman clock.
- The episodes name is strikingly similar to Tower of Power, a music group.
- Also, the title of this episode is barely similar from the Regular Show episode called "Power Tower".
- When Cyborg woke Starfire up for the late night TV marathon by using a megaphone, her face was blown back by the intense sound. This is similar to Double Trouble, where the same thing happened to Starfire's face due to intense wind speed from two hairdryers.
- This is the fourth time Cyborg's head has been detached from his body. ("Laundry Day", "Hey Pizza!", "Gorilla")
- This is the second time Robin falls off Titans Tower, as well as the second time he falls whilst naked. ("Laundry Day")
- Beast Boy states that someday the Titans might have an accident causing them to lose some of their body parts. This happens to him in "Man Person."
- Cyborg had a desire to be full computer in this episode. Although in several other episodes he has sorrow over being mechanical and wishes to be fully human. ("Super Robin", "Real Boy Adventures")
- Cyborg claims that VCRs were from the '80s, but the first VCRs were actually released in 1978.
- In this episode, Beast Boy says that Cyborg got his powers from an accident that required him to replace several body parts, which was that actual canon story of how Cyborg is half robot, but in the episode "Dog Hand", the flashback of Cyborg as a baby says he is half robot because his dad was a toaster. Cyborg also did not get his powers when he was a baby.
- The mustache and smiley face aren't on Robin when he walks next to Cyborg.
- At the end, Raven remarks "You're getting crumbs everywhere". Robin and Beast Boy are not getting crumbs anywhere. But Starfire did get crumbs everywhere, however.
- Cyborg seems to like '80s pop culture, and is continuously explaining it to the other Titans.
- Beast Boy spilling soda on Cyborg, causing him to short-circuit.
The transcript for "Tower Power" can be found here.
|The image gallery for Tower Power may be viewed here.|