Daily Cartoon! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S.2, E.2: “The Incredible Shrinking Turtles”

Welcome to another exciting episode of TMNT! This is episode 7 overall so thanks for reading and following along as I dive back into this series.

Yesterday, we learned that Shredder is back on Earth, but at bare bones levels of support as Krang refuses to help him or send weaponry. He’s basically a two-man team with his number one hench, Baxter Stockman who he broke out of a mental hospital. Solid choice as your number two.

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With all of that out of the way, let’s get to the cartoon!

S.2, E.2: “The Incredible Shrinking Turtles”. Original Air Date: 10/08/1988

We join our heroes already in progress as they are in the middle of a training session in a park. Which park? I’ll assume it’s Central Park since this is a NYC-based show so I think it’s safe to assume they’d utilize the hot spots. During their training, they notice a spaceship speeding toward the Earth and crashing into a nearby pond. Which pond? Um…I don’t know the name of any ponds in Central Park. We’ll call it Stark’s Pond after the one the kids in “South Park” go to. Regardless of the name, the spaceship crashes into the pond.

The Turtles dive in and rescue the alien pilot and swim to land. He’s fading, but he tells them that three pieces of crystal making up the Eye of Sarnath were lost during the crash and that the Turtles need to recover them before they fall into the wrong hands because they have great power. He gives them a machine that kind of looks like Egon Spengler’s PKE Meter to help them track the crystals and then evaporates right before their eyes as if he never existed in the first place.

Another day, another death with zero mourning in the TMNT-iverse.

Unbeknownst to the Turtles, the Shredder was peeping on their training sesh from behind some bushes and hears this entire encounter. This sounds like just the sort of information a shady character like him would be extremely interested in.

The Turtles jump into the Turtle Van which is hardly the most conspicuous mode of transport during the daytime when half the city still thinks you’re a fucking green menace, but whatevs. Also, they don’t have valid plates or insurance and whenever they drive, there’s never even one other car on the road. Ever. In New York City. I call shenanigans. Maybe they filmed this in Vancouver or some shit.

So the Turtles are in the van and the Crystal-tracking device leads them to the docks. They’re able to locate the crystal fragment in a huge dumpster full of trash, but Shredder has been tailing them the entire time and swoops in to steal it for himself. A fight breaks out, but during a momentary pause, Shredder points the crystal at the Turtles and they begin shrinking. They’re able to escape to the sewers to get away from Shredder, but only barely.

With the Turtles out of the picture and his new-found shrinking power, Shredder is having a gay old-time walking around NYC, shrinking skyscrapers and building a model of the city on a table with the actual buildings. And who could blame him? That shit looks bananas! More importantly, he’s using this power to show off to Krang that he’s finally going to put an end to the Turtles.

Baxter has been working on a new gadget called a “Heat Seeking Turtle Scope” that should allow him to locate the Turtles no matter how small they are. Sure enough, the mini-Turtles get swept through the sewers by a gush of water and into the ocean where Baxter is awaiting with a fishing net to capture them. He brings them back to the hideout where Shredder and Krang are FaceTiming and Shredder is going to have Krang watch as he kills the Turtles with a pipe. Dude ain’t fucking messing around. Krang is pretty impressed. Probably surprised too since he’s pretty much looked at Shredder as a bumbling fool for how the Turtles have pwned him up to this point.

Just when you think time has run out for our heroes, the Turtle Van comes busting through the door of the hideout and Splinter pops out to begin another round of battle with Shredder. April is able to locate the crystal fragment and points it at the Turtles again, but this time it reverses the effects it previously had and restores them to normal size.

April must have put down the crystal for some reason at some point, because as soon as the Turtles have been fixed, Baxter and Shredder are getting the fuck out of Dodge with the crystal. Splinter takes everybody back home so they can rest and plan to stop Shredder from finding the remaining crystals tomorrow.

Final Thoughts:

Fucking weird episode. Aliens. Crystals. Powers. Reversals. And why the fuck would April put down the crystal? I’m not expecting reality TV here, but one second she’s holding it and the next, Shredder’s riding off into the moonlight bragging about still having control of it.

I dunno, it’s the beginning of new story arc, so I’m interested, but the set-up is weird. Lots of people have theoretically died in this show as I’ve outlined previously, but this is the first one we actually see die on-screen. And when the alien evaporates, he leaves a coffin-shaped imprint on the ground. Meanwhile, the Turtles don’t know this dude, but they bought into his story about the crystals without so much as a second-thought.

There’s an awful-lot of WTF in this episode. I say that as someone who readily accepts that walking, talking turtles doing karate is just a part of everyday life. Maybe this will calm down as we get more into the hunt for the crystals. This was just too much today.

Until tomorrow.

❤ Joe


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