"How's this for a Special? Spaaaace" is the fifteenth and sixteenth episodes of the fifth season of Teen Titans Go!, and the two-hundred-twenty-fourth and two-hundred-twenty-fifth overall episodes of the series.
After receiving a galactic crime alert the Titans take off for an epic space adventure. The Titans have to stop Darkseid's latest scheme but the excitement of the space adventure might be too much for Robin to handle.
- This is the tenth half-hour special of the series. The previous ones are "Two Parter", "Operation Dude Rescue", "The Streak", "BBRAE", "Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star", "The Self-Indulgent 200th Episode Spectacular!", "Flashback", "Kabooms", and "Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star: Second Greatest Team Edition."
- This is the first non-holiday themed episode to be premiered around Christmas.
- The reason why Starfire and Raven prevent Cyborg and Beast Boy from flirting with the green babes is because they both have their own respective “girlfriends” (Jinx for Cyborg and Raven herself for Beast Boy).
- Raven didn't fly for the majority of the episode, and instead spent more time walking with her legs.
- The episode title itself is being referred by the crew as "a little sarcastic response to Cartoon Network ordering for many special episodes".
- The back of the Season 5 Part 1 DVD Lookin For a Fight got inspiration from this episode for its design.
- Raven is unhooded for the 83rd and 84th time.
- This isn't the Titans' first space adventure. They fought Darkseid on Apokolips previously in the episode "Two Parter" and they traveled through space to visit Starfire's home planet in "Tamaranian Vacation." And at the start of the episode "You're Fired!", the Titans fought Plasmus on an alien planet.
- In multiple episodes, Starfire has fired laser cannons while making laser blast noises with her mouth, such as in "Teen Titans Save Christmas" and "Ones and Zeroes".
- Titans Tower has blasted into space many times. The entire tower transported the Titans to Tamaran when they took a break to see where Starfire grew up. And in "Double Trouble", the entire Tower was launched into space to deal with the rouge duplicates of Beast Boy and Cyborg who had taken over.
- The holodeck the Titans used in this episode appears to be similar to the one they used in "Video Game References".
- This is the second time Beast Boy has transformed into a Chewbacca, the first time being "Ones and Zeroes".
- This episode makes numerous references to Star Trek and Star Wars.
- At times the Titans are dressed like Starfleet officers. Beast Boy wears a red Starfleet uniform. Robin mentions that this makes Beast Boy "expendable", a reference to what Star Trek fans refer to as "red shirts".
- Beast Boy telling Raven that he's her "father" is a reference to Darth Vader revealing himself to be Luke Skywalker's dad.
- At other times, the Titans are in Star Wars costumes. Cyborg is wearing a vest similar to Han Solo's, Starfire is dressed like Lando Calrissian, Raven is dressed in the camouflage poncho Princess Leia wore on Endor, Robin is dressed like C-3PO, and Beast Boy takes on the form of a Sasquatch, which is meant to resemble Chewbacca.
- Robin is struck by an energy beam from a probe and lives an entire virtual life on a long dead alien world. During that time, he learns and masters playing the trombone. This is a parody of a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled, "The Inner Light". Though in that episode, Picard learns to play the flute, not a trombone. However, the trombone might be a reference to Picard's first officer, William Riker, who plays trombone.
- After all the Titans learn a musical instrument from the probe, they play music as a band which sounds similar to the Mos Eisley Cantina music in Epsiode IV: A New Hope.
- The Titans' evil parallels with mustaches is a reference to the beard of Doohan, a now deceased Canadian actor who used to play the role Scott.
- When flying through the asteroid field, the radar on the ship resembles the classic Asteroids arcade game.
- The adorable purple round creatures Robin showed to the other Titans are based on the Tribbles, which can multiply themselves asexually.
- The space babes are based on the Orion Slave Girls (also named Orion animal omen). Since this episode is from a kids' show, they're obviously not being portrayed as sexy...
- Nonetheless, sexism is indeed quite heavy in these characters, and of course disrespectful to women in general. This can explain why Raven and Starfire are furious with Cyborg and Beast Boy possibly trying to flirt with them.
- A weapon similar to the lirpa, a traditional Vulcan staff from Star Trek is briefly held by Robin after he and the other Titans arrived at the Space Council.
- The title itself might be a reference to the Space Core from the Video Game Portal 2. At the end, the core repeatedly says "Spaaaace."
- The two-butted monster is a reference to Coconut Fred from the Kids' WB! animated series Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island.
- The derelict space craft in Alien was in the background when Robin was in a comatose and living in his dream.
- Starfire was given the position of communications officer on the ship, but from her control panel, she was able to fire missiles and lasers. Generally, the weaponry and shields would have been under the control of a tactical officer in Star Trek, where Raven was positioned.
- When Beast Boy worries about wearing a red shirt and inquires why Robin mentioned that they "hide blood", Robin responds with a foreshadowing, "You'll see...", but nothing comes of this.
- Robin getting overwhelmed by excitement and fear while acting like C-3PO.
- Robin doing a William Shatner impression when he acts like a starship captain.
- Robin demanding that the Titans provide theme music to his thoughtful space adventure.
- The Titans (except Robin) yelling "Space Adventure!"
- The Titans dressing up as space heroes.
The transcript "How's this for a Special? Spaaaace" can be found here.
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