Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star: Justice League Edition is the 18th and 19th episodes of the sixth season of Teen Titans Go!, and the two-hundred-seventy-ninth and two-hundred eightieth overall episodes of the series.
The Justice League holds yet another talent competition, only this time they're facing off against the Titans, but in order to be the most talented superhero team in the DC universe, Robin and Beast Boy must work together on a jazz performance.
The Titans are back at it again with the talent competition, attempting another win after losing two years in a row. Birdarang as usual is the host, and asks the Titans how they are going to blow it this year. The Titans reassure that there is no way that they will lose three years in a row. But they freak out when they see that the Justice League is their competitor. This time, the Justice League’s pets are the judges. Hopeless, the other heroes walk away, thinking they will never win, as long as Justice League is competing. However, Robin is not too worried. Robin pulls out a music sheet, revealing that he has the perfect jazz song that will beat everything. The Titans make fun of how jazz is stupid, but Robin disagrees. All Robin needs is a drummer. Unfortunately, no one wants to work with him, but Robin wants Beast Boy to play the drums, as he thinks Beast Boy is perfect for it, but then saying IF he works hard for it. Offended, Beast Boy gets angry and assures that he is good for the role and will work hard for it. Robin makes sure that Beast Boy will not let him down.
The Justice League performs their acts: Superman juggling cars and planets, Wonder Woman using her lasso to do some tricks, and Batman performing magic tricks. This really puts the Titans in a disadvantage.
It is now the Titans’ turn to perform. Starfire’s performance involves dancing with kitties. The pets/judges like it at first, but Krypto doesn’t seem to happy, most likely because Krypto as a dislike for cats. Krypto starts barking, and the cats start going crazy and out of control. Looks like Starfire’s performance is a flop! Cyborg’s performance is a flop as well. He performed a sitcom of Perfect Strangers, but that don’t impress the judges.
Meanwhile, Robin is not too happy with Beast Boy’s practice with his drums. Robin needs the performance to be perfect, because this is their only chance to winning the talent show. Robin says that if Beast Boy wants to do better, he must break up with his girlfriend, but Beast Boy is confused as he has no girlfriend. In response, Robin throws more stuff at Beast Boy. Beast Boy promises Robin that he will get a girlfriend and break up with her so he can perform better. Robin is not convinced, so he decides to replace Beast Boy with Star. Both Starfire and Beast Boy are shocked, as Beast Boy doesn’t want to lose his drum part, and Starfire wants nothing to do with this jazz performance. As usual, Robin ignores what they say. The first part is left off at Beast Boy who gets ditched by Robin and Starfire gets forced into his role instead despite she didn't wanted to followed by once again another cliffhanger narrated by Birdarang. (Will Beast Boy ever get his chance to be a star? Will The Justice League be crowned this year's winners? Find out Next time on Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star: Justice League Edition!)
Part 2 resumes with Robin forcing Starfire to practice for him. Meanwhile, Beast Boy goes up to Raven and begs her to be his girlfriend, and Raven denies. After many failed attempts, Raven finally says yes, only because Beast Boy is annoying her so much. Now that Raven is Beast Boy’s girlfriend, he can break up with her, and he did so by angrily telling her that this relationship is over. Raven doesn’t seem to care.
All of the judges/pets like the Justice League's performances, except for Aquaman’s, as his performance fails after the fish tank breaks. Later, Beast Boy trains vigorously on the drums, thanks to Robin’s strict and violent attitude.
It is now the time for Robin and his jazz ensemble to perform. Robin and Star are about to head out to the stage, but Beast Boy shoves Star away, claiming that this is HIS part. Starfire is happy that she doesn’t have to perform. Robin doesn’t notice that Beast Boy has replaced Star until at the stage. Robin is furious, as it is too late to change. The jazz performance plays anyway. Surprisingly, Beast Boy’s drum performance impressed the judges, and even Robin. Looks like Robin was wrong about Beast Boy after all. He apologizes for acting like a jerk to him. Because of the jazz performance, the Titans win the Talent Show for the first time! The Justice League is extremely jealous, and the Titans start bragging about their win.
All of a sudden, a giant alien starfish, Starro, breaks into the stage. Starro wants to destroy the most talented superhero group in the DC Universe. Since the Titans literally just won the competition, the Justice League points to the Titans, and Starro proceeds to beat up the Teen Titans. Starfire manages to escape from the box, but ends up getting beat up as well.
- Beast Boy
- Wonder Woman
- Silkie (cameo)
- Titans East
- Young Justice
- The Wonder Twins
- Booster Gold
- Martian Manhunter (cameo)
- Blue Beetle (cameo)
- Commissioner Gordon
- Sticky Joe (cameo)
- Beat Box
- Pain Bot
- Starro (debut)
- This is the thirteenth half-hour special of the series.
- This episode further solidifies the fact that Bumblebee has left the Titans East to go solo, as Kid Flash has replaced her as a Titans East member.
- This episode premiered on Memorial Day in the USA.
- As of this episode, the current whereabouts of Dummy Robin are unknown, since it isn’t seen with the Justice League.
- This episode reveals that Krypto hates cats, possibly because he is a canine.
- Birdarang claiming how the show is getting stale is likely referencing how talent shows in reality tend to have a ratings slip after a certain amount of time, likely on account of them repeating the same stale formula.
- This episode is the third installment in the Justice League's Top Talent Idol Star series of episodes.
- Specifically, this is the follow-up to Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star: Second Greatest Team Edition.
- This is also the first Justice League's Top Talent Idol Star installment to premiere in the Spring. The previous installments both premiered in the Fall.
- Additionally, the way the Justice League is introduced is similar to how the H.I.V.E was introduced.
- Raven is seen unhooded for the 109th time in the series.
- Lady Legasus makes her fourth overall appearance in the series. She most recently appeared in "Arms Race with Legs".
- Starfire's fervor for cats is shown.
- Starfire mentioned Robin's infamous fish breath.
- Robin's love for jazz music, first shown in "Throne of Bones", is shown again.
- Oh My Quad, which was first sung in "Leg Day", is heard again.
- Beast Boy's feelings for Raven are hinted.
- Starfire once again takes the contextual meanings of phrasal expressions literally, when she takes three stops signs right after Robin claims that he and the rest won't lose for three stops.
- Lights, Camera, Fame can be briefly heard when Starfire is dancing with her cats.
- Beast Boy and Robin's jazz routine and overall dynamic throughout the episode references the 2014 film Whiplash, with Beast Boy playing the role of protagonist Andrew Neiman (played by Miles Teller), and Robin standing in for his ruthless and abusive jazz instructor, Terence Fletcher (portrayed by J.K. Simmons):
- Robin yells at Beast Boy for playing too fast and too slow, even when his drumming performances seem identical.
- Robin throws furniture at Beast Boy when Beast Boy messes up.
- Beast Boy 'breaks up' with Raven so he can focus on his drumming career.
- Beast Boy's hands become callused, bruised, and bloody from intense drumming practice.
- The acting, music, editing style, and shot composition of Beast Boy and Robin's final jazz performance mirrors that of the film's final scene, in which Neiman hijacks Fletcher's performance to play the jazz standard "Caravan":
- Robin approaches Beast Boy's drumset to threaten him, leading Beast Boy to crash a cymbal in Robin's face, which causes Robin to flinch.
- The camera horizontally whips from Beast Boy drumming, to Robin conducting, back to Beast Boy drumming.
- Beast Boy disobeys Robin's conducting in order to launch into a self-indulgent, over-the-top drum solo, which Robin ultimately goes along with.
- Beast Boy and Robin's performance outfits resemble those of Neiman and Fletcher's, respectively.
- When Superman catches a car during his act, he recreates the cover of 1938 Action Comics #1.
- When Superman lands after his act, the 'House of El' crest is shown behind him, which is the S symbol used for Zack Snyder's Superman in Man of Steel.
- Cyborg performs a fictional scene from the Perfect Strangers, an ABC sitcom that ran from March 25, 1986 to August 6, 1993. He plays the roles of both Balki Bartokomous and Larry Appleton.
- Aquaman tries to give the fish mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after the fish tank broke. This would be pointless since fish do not have lungs.
- Beast Boy tries to prove he can be a jazz drummer.
- Robin throws furniture at Beast Boy.
- Jazz is described as boring and "for dads".
- Starfire refusing to play drums for Robin.
- The Titans except Robin believing themselves to become laughingstocks.
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