List of Sym-Bionic Titan episodes

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Sym-Bionic Titan is an American animated science fiction television series created by Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky, and Paul Rudish. The series revolves around a trio made up of an alien princess named Ilana (Tara Strong), a rebellious soldier named Lance (Kevin Thoms), and a robot named Octus (Brian Posehn); the three are able to combine to create the titular character, Sym-Bionic Titan.

In the United States, the first episode of the series originally aired on September 17, 2010,[1] on Cartoon Network. The final episodes aired on April 9, 2011, after the series was cancelled due to not having "enough toys connected to it",[2] though Tartakovsky, who considered Sym-Bionic Titan to be "the most challenging project he has ever done", had hoped to create more than just twenty episodes.[1][3] Although Sym-Bionic Titan has never been on DVD, all twenty episodes are available for purchase at the iTunes Store.

Despite its relatively short life span of twenty episodes, Sym-Bionic Titan was met with positive reception from both critics and viewers alike,[3][4][5] and was also a ratings success. The series was nominated for two Annie Awards in 2011.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 20 September 17, 2010 (2010-09-17) April 9, 2011 (2011-04-09) N/A N/A N/A

Episodes[edit]

Season One[edit]

Note: All episodes directed by Genndy Tartakovsky

No. Title Written by Original air date[6] U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Escape to Sherman High" Bryan Andrews, Paul Rudish and Genndy Tartakovsky September 17, 2010 (2010-09-17) 1.738[7]
Lance, Ilana, and Octus crash-land on Earth while fleeing the evil General Modula, who has conquered their home world, Galaluna. They try to blend in Earth society by going to high school at the nearby town of Sherman, Illinois. During their first day at school, Modula sends a fire monster to destroy the princess. While battling the beast, Lance, Ilana, and Octus form "Sym-bionic Titan" with their robotically enhanced and energized battle-suits and defeat the monster, with some help from the mysterious Solomon. 
2 "Neighbors in Disguise" Darrick Bachman September 24, 2010 (2010-09-24) 1.540[8]
Ilana visits the mall to buy furniture for their new home, but Lance sees everyone around them as enemies, leading to a confrontation with mall security. Lance activates his powered Manus armored suit in Ilana's defense, attracting the attention of a five-headed robot beast sent by Modula. Lance tries to redeem himself for the mess he has caused by being swallowed so he can destroy the beast's power core from within. Later, Solomon takes security footage of Lance transforming. 
3 "Elephant Logic" Ricardo Delgado and Genndy Tartakovsky October 1, 2010 (2010-10-01) __
Ilana and Lance are having a hard time working as a team, so Octus consults children's television in an attempt to find a solution. Meanwhile, General Steel comes into possession of a mysterious rock. In his rush to uncover its secrets, he unleashes the monster within, a massive, electrical storm creature. Taking advice from the shows he's been watching, Octus gets Ilana and Lance to work together to defeat the storm creature. 
4 "The Phantom Ninja" Darrick Bachman October 8, 2010 (2010-10-08) 1.319[9]
Modula sends a squid-like Mutraddi assassin named Xeexi to find Ilana and kill her and the "other two". Meanwhile, Lance takes up vigilantism to spice up his boring life. One crime fight forced Lance to turn on his armor which leads Xeexi to the capture of him. Xeexi then finds Ilana and is about to kill her when Lance breaks free and saves her. Though Xeexi is defeated, knowledge of Titan's existence reaches Modula. He shows the King a hologram of the gigantic robot, demanding that he tell Moldula everything he knows about it, much to the King's shock. 
5 "Roar of the White Dragon" Mitch Larson October 15, 2010 (2010-10-15) 1.859[10]
Lance develops a rivalry with a street-racing gang leader named Mike Chan, also called the White Dragon. When Lance's rivalry gets him arrested, Ilana forces him to get a driver's license -legally- if he wants to race Chan again. During the test, he is harassed by Chan's gang, followed by a long limbed Mutraddi monster. Lance manages to escape the monster, and his instructor passes him in gratitude. Lance, Ilana and Octus defeat the monster and Chan is taken into police custody by the detective who was trying to catch him. 
6 "Shaman of Fear" Genndy Tartakovsky October 22, 2010 (2010-10-22) 1.594[11]
Ilana and Lance suffer from nightmares induced by a shaman-like Mutraddi who preys upon their fear. Ilana sees visions of her people dying, while Lance relives the experiment which claimed his father's life. They face and overcome their fears to beat him and upon returning home, both Ilana and Lance begin to have a new outlook at their mission on Earth. 
7 "Showdown at Sherman High" Darrick Bachman October 29, 2010 (2010-10-29) 1.594[12]
Using Sym-Bionic Titan, the group defeats a Mutraddi blob monster. However, a small piece survives and follows them to school, where it reassembles itself and attacks while they are vulnerable. The creature encompasses the school taking the whole student body prisoner. While Lance and Ilana fight for their lives and the other students, Octus has to devise a means to defeat the creature- which turns out to be cellphone signals via hypersonic waves. 
8 "Shadows of Youth" Paul Dini November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05) 1.917[13]
Lance has memory flashes to his time at the Galalunian military academy as a child shortly after the disappearance of his father. While at the academy, he is bullied and proves he is better than them by achieving the Medal of Excellence. In doing so, his bullies try to kill him and they end up destroying the school. 
9 "Tashy 497" Genndy Tartakovsky November 12, 2010 (2010-11-12) 1.577[14]
When Modula finds a cute but deadly new alien to unleash upon the group, Lance, Ilana and Octus find the cuddly little alien and decide to keep it as a pet. However, they soon discover that the cute creature isn't all what it seems. The creature is generating enough energy to wipe out Earth, so the trio reluctantly let their beloved pet die peacefully in a glorious burst of energy. At an astronomy center, Octus locates a nebula cluster where they let their pet go, which the scientist of the station allows them to name for discovering it. In agreement, they come to name the cloud Tashy 497, as a mix of the names they wanted to name the creature. 
10 "Lessons in Love" Darrick Bachman November 19, 2010 (2010-11-19) 1.671[15]
When Kimmy the cheerleader comes over to study, she strongly becomes romantically infatuated with Octus' human student disguise. Meanwhile, Lance and Ilana encounter a manta-like Mutraddi creature that is absorbing electrical energy that also causes their armor activators/communicators to shut down. 
11 "The Fortress of Deception" Mitch Larson December 3, 2010 (2010-12-03) 1.619[16]
When Lance and Ilana are captured by G3, Octus has to discover the location of their base. Meanwhile Ilana and Lance are locked up in some sort of Galalunian-like cell at the G3 base. When Lance is taken in to be interrogated Ilana meets a seemingly fellow prisoner, Lance takes a beating from his interrogator and breaks out to get Ilana. They all run to get out and after being reunited with their communicators and Octus, they form Titan and break free. 
12 "The Ballad of Scary Mary" Darrick Bachman February 2, 2011 (2011-02-02) __
Octus and Kimmy drag Ilana and Lance with them to an annual school event in the woods known as a Scary Mary party. It is apparently to honor a girl who supposedly died in those woods. Lance and Ilana are very reluctant to join in the fun but after Ilana sees a geekish kid named Jason trying to open a pop bottle she decides to go and talk to him, but Lance is still just not feeling the party vibe so he chooses to just hang out beside the van until a goth girl shows up and they begin talking. While Octus, Kimmy, and some of her friends start doing "The Robot" a shape shifting Mutraddi beast lands near the party. The shape shifter disguises itself as Jason and tries to kill Ilana, only to be stopped by Lance. When it shows its true form to the rest of the kids at the party, they all run, giving Lance, Ilana, and Octus time to form Sym-Bionic Titan and kill it. 
13 "The Demon Within" Don Shank February 9, 2011 (2011-02-09) __
Lance, Ilana, and Octus go deep in to the swamp to find a Mutraddi that has landed in the water. They investigate the crashed ship and are attack by an amphibian-like Mutraddi that, after a seemingly easy kill, is able to bite Ilana and escape. Very slowly she transforms into the creature and attacks an alligator that was also mutated. Lance and Octus kill the original Mutraddi beast, turning Ilana back to herself. 
14 "I Am Octus" J. M. DeMatteis February 16, 2011 (2011-02-16) __
As the world seems to come to an absolute standstill, Octus remains immune and tries to find the cause for the problem. He is also forced to figure out what exactly he is. Once Octus finds the source, a giant bat Mutraddi that uses radio waves to stop all organic beings from moving, he attacks it, freeing Lance and Ilana. Now free, they form Sym-Bionic Titan with Octus and easily destroy the beast. 
15 "Disenfranchised" James Gomez March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02) __
Lance learns how to play the guitar, and General Steel sends a spy to Sherman High, convinced that whoever is behind Titan is at the school and Lance, Ilana and Octus become Steel's prime suspects. A dragon-like Mutraddi, which was defeated earlier by Titan, comes back as a severed head during a concert but is destroyed by Ilana and Octus with a hologram of the Manus armor, to give Lance an alibi with the General being at the concert. 
16 "Escape from Galaluna" Bryan Andrews and Mitch Larson March 9, 2011 (2011-03-09) __
Another flashback episode showing the invasion of Mutraddi on Galaluna and Ilana, Lance, and Octus's escape. Ilana attends the opening of a school in a tribal region of Galaluna with her guardian, Hobbes. Meanwhile, Lance goes on a mission to rescue hostages from an observatory. His commander tells him to return to his post, but sneaks in to the observatory as the Mudtradi Leader was talking to Modula (unbeknownst to Lance) and Lance was imprisoned for getting the hostages killed (even though they were beforehand). Meanwhile, the King is seen finishing building Octus. The invasion occurs and Hobbes is injured and returns Ilana to the palace with both of them alive, and Lance's commander is revealed to be a traitor for Modula. Lance kills his former commander after a long sword fight and events lead up to how the trio arrived on planet Earth in the first episode. 
17 "Under the Three Moons" Darrick Bachman March 16, 2011 (2011-03-16) __
Ilana is homesick, so she joins the Homecoming Dance Committee and creates a Galalunian-themed dance. Meanwhile, General Modula's continued failure to destroy the princess is spreading across the galaxy. Modula is approached by an alien who guarantees on his own life that he has a creature that will destroy Ilana and crush the Galalunian People's spirit. As our three heroes try to prepare for the dance, Lance and Kristin go a little further in their romantic relationship with a karate bout, but she declines his request to join him at the dance. Issues arise when the creature arrives just as they are about to depart for the dance. Titan at first fails poorly, as Octus and Ilana are distracted by missing the dance and making Kimmy feeling guilty and upset. However, Lance's lack of concern for their feelings pushes Ilana and Octus over the top, and the creature is soundly defeated as a result of their frustration. Later, Kimmy, fed up with Octus' "bathroom" disappearances, breaks up with him, while Ilana and Lance share a dance under the spotlight, their dates having run off together. Modula, after destroying the alien, continues plotting a way to destroy Ilana once and for all. 
18 "A Family Crisis" Genndy Tartakovsky March 26, 2011 (2011-03-26) __
Solomon and his team land at a heavily damaged space station when they are attacked by a burst of energy. Meanwhile, Octus is thrown a surprise birthday party by Lance and Ilana. During the party, Octus receives a distressing call from Solomon that requires Titan's immediate assistance. Titan arrives at the space station and are able to survive one encounter with the creature thanks to Solomon. He explains it is a creature made of pure lightning-like electrical energy and when it drains the energy of something, it cannot be recharged again. As they flee from the creature, Octus is hit by the creature in his leg, and cannot fix it. The gang then decide to contain the creature instead of destroying it. Lance and Solomon head towards the creature while Octus and Ilana hide. They manage to trap the creature temporarily, until Solomon's ship arrives. All of them escape, except for Lance due to the cable breaking. Octus saves him but is drained by the creature. When they try to recharge his mainframe it fails, and a strongly infuriated and heartbroken Lance uses Solomon's ship to destroy the station and the extraterrestrial creature within. 
19 "The Steel Foe" Darrick Backman April 2, 2011 (2011-04-02) __
Lance and Ilana have been on the run for three whole weeks trying to reboot Octus. Meanwhile a giant Mutraddi beast has been ravaging Sherman in Titan's absence. General Steel reveals a giant robot named The "Homeland Mobile Emergency Robot" HMER (nicknamed the Hammer); constructed from the metal scraps of the gigantic rocket that Tashy was sent to Earth in; which he uses to defeat the creature. Lance believes that if they can sneak into the army base with the recharge unit for The Hammer, they will have enough energy and power to reboot Octus, but they are discovered and find themselves fighting the army and the Hammer. Without the intense energy and abilities of Titan, they are both easily overwhelmed. G3 intervenes to rescue Lance and Ilana and they join forces to prepare to battle against General Steel and the Hammer. 
20 "A New Beginning" Darrick Bachman April 9, 2011 (2011-04-09) __

General Steel launches an all-out assault on G3's mobile airship base with his new Hammer robot, and it's up to Lance and Ilana to stop it. The battle is soon interrupted when three Mutraddi monsters attack three parts of the world simultaneously. During the battle, the mysterious and shadowed leader of G3 successfully reboots Octus. Overjoyed to have their dearest friend and "father" back, they reform Sym-bionic Titan; defeating all three monsters with ease. At the end of the day, the trio search for G3, who have disappeared, apparently gone into hiding. Soon after, Octus sends Kimmy a text that he will be home soon which brings tears to her eyes, as they head back to Sherman.

Note: This episode merely indicates an unresolved cliffhanger "ending" of the series. 

References[edit]

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