Daily Cartoon! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S.2,E.10: “New York’s Shiniest”

Welcome to another exciting episode of TMNT. We’re coming down the homestretch of Season 2 and what a season it’s been! We’ve still got a few episodes remaining and I’ve got questions I want answered so let’s see what we get today.

S.2,E.10: “New York’s Shiniest”. Original Air Date: 12/3/1988

Plot:

Shredder’s got a new plan! The NYPD is understaffed and investing in robot cops. They’ve obviously never seen THE TERMINATOR. Shredder will infiltrate the NYPD, reprogram the robot cops to obey him and SURPRISE…he will use them to destroy the Turtles. I don’t think Krang really believes this will work, but he seems tired and doesn’t want to fight with Shredder so he tells him to go for it.

Meanwhile Irma and April are having some girl time and…wait…what’s this? Is April…my god, she’s actually wearing a dress! New_York's_Shiniest_2.png

I know, not the best picture, but at least we know she owns something else after all.

So these two yutes go to April’s apartment where she’s being robbed. The burglars take everything and she calls the Turtles for help. They roll through and try to track down the van she described. When they find it, they also find the robbers trying to sell all April’s stuff on the street. A very slight rumble breaks out where they basically scare off the robbers and reclaim April’s belongings before returning them to her.

Irma convinces April to capitalize on her anger from being robbed to do a big story for Channel 6. Personally, I don’t know what kind of scoop “mediocre reporter leaves door unlocked, loses couch” is, but people watch anything. She calls her connect at the police station who gives her the iggy about the robot cops coming soon. April runs down to secret location her police informant tells her about and she meets Rex-1, robotic officer. He helps her escape from the real cops who want to arrest her for trespassing and then follows her to give her the remote control to him because he claims to exist to solely protect her. We can make jokes about the police only protecting white people all day, but let’s call a spade a spade: girl got a fat ass. I’d protect her too.

So April takes Rex-1 homes and has the Turtles kidnap Vernon Fenwick so she can give a live report on the Rex-1 robots the NYPD are planning to use. The whole town is watching and April’s got the scoop. Her stock’s gonna be on the rise for sure. Shredder, meanwhile, is going to hack the system and create a clone army of Rex-1s to destroy the Turtles.

Somehow, Shredder has a robot factory again and is able to create another goddamn army of robots in the time it took for the Turtle to drop off Vern at home. Where he gets the funding for all this shit, I’ll never know. Let alone the raw materials. The steel, the circuitry. This is all very complex and Shredder is able to produce an army in less than an hour.

The evil robots confront the Turtles on their way home from dropping off Vern, but they refuse to surrender and go jumping in the river instead. Shredder – who is watching on closed-circuit TV – is hyped AF that the Turtles exist no longer. But he’s a tard because they’re fucking Turtles and they survive in water. Like, really. C’mon now, Shredder. Head in the game, bro. That’s a rookie mistake.

Splinter, April and Rex-1 head to the streets but are stopped by the Shredder-Bots. They drop a gargoyle on Rex to take him out and are about to set their sights on April and Splinter when the Turtles make the save and take out the handful of evil bots.

They take Rex-1 back to the sewers where Donatello begins some robot surgery. He’s able to resurrect Rex, but has to use Michelangelo’s VHS movie collection as parts. Splinter devises a plan to lure Shredder’s robots to the carnival where the Rex is able to get the evil-bots to explode by trying to keep up with him while he exercises to Donatello’s aerobic workout tape.

Shredder’s obviously annoyed because he was sure this was the home run of plots. The Turtles go celebrate, probably the same way they always do…with a pizza and bad jokes. Irma pops in on April to show off her new gentleman caller, Rex-1 who states his objective as “To serve and protect…and take Irma to the movies.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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Final Thoughts:

Weak AF. I can see Rex-1 becoming kind of cool if he becomes a recurring character, but I definitely don’t think that happens. This episode sucked. And, as bad as the endings have been with the convenience of getting everything in a neat bow-tie, this one was especially bad with the evil robots exercising too much and then exploding while Shredder shook his fist.

This is only episode 15 of 190-something overall so please don’t start getting corny as fuck on me already. I’ll never make it anywhere close to finishing if that happens. Hopefully, this is just an exception and not the rule and we can get back to something decent tomorrow.

❤ Joe

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Daily Cartoon! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S.2,E.8: “Invasion of the Punk Frogs”

Welcome to the Sunday edition of TMNT! We’re coming off what’s been my favorite episode thus far in the series and I’m fired up to get going today.

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When we last left off, Baxter Stockman had been turned into a mutant fly and may have been vaporized by a machine of his making. Shredder also was able to convince Krang to send him Bebop and Rocksteady from Dimension X so he finally has a bit of a crew assembled. Let’s see if this helps him against the Turtles.

S.2, E.8: “Invasion of the Punk Frogs”. Original Air Date: 11/19/1988

Plot:

Shredder’s new plan is to get Krang to send him a canister of the Mutagen so he can make more mutant to use to fight against the Turtles. Krang thinks this is a great idea, but there’s currently an ion storm in Dimension X that may interfere with the portal. Shredder says they have to try it.

Well, the ion storm does indeed fuck with the delivery and the canister ends up in a swamp in Florida. Shredder is tight AF and gets dressed in his best Don Johnson-like threads to head to Florida to recover the Mutagen.

Shredder gets to Florida with the quickness and finds the canister, but is dismayed when it’s completely empty. He does, however, find a group of four frogs who’ve been transformed by the Mutagen and convinces them that he’s a swell guy and brings them back to NY so he can use them against the Turtles.

Bebop and Rocksteady are causing a little havoc around NYC to keep the Turtles busy, but they get called home by Shredder since he basically went to Florida and back in what feels like 10 minutes. When they get to the lair, he introduces them to their new co-workers: Attila the Frog, Genghis Frog, Rasputin the Mad Frog and, finally, Napoleon Bonafrog. This is exactly what it’ll be like when I have kids. Baby Skeletor, Baby Mike Piazza, Baby Honky Tonk Man, etc. Solid names.

Bebop is worried that the frogs will get their ass kicked because the Turtles are trained ninjas, but Shredder puts his fears to rest when he says he’s already trained them. So now he’s gone to Florida and back AND trained the frogs in martial arts in no time whatsoever. OK. He has the frogs rob a bank to test them and the news reports that it was the Turtles that did it so now the city is on high alert to rid themselves of the Turtles.

Shredder FaceTimes Krang because he needs more Mutagen, but Krang says the last batch was the last of it. He gives Shredder the recipe, though, and Shredder sends the frogs to steal all the ingredients. The Turtles get the iggy that the Frogs are breaking into the lab and head that way to stop them. They face-off, but the Frogs are able to use a distraction and get out of Dodge before any real battle can take place. They’re really teasing the heat to build the drama here.

It’s worth noting that the Frogs are having ethical battles within themselves over all this stealing. They know it’s wrong, but Shredder’s been so nice to them, they just accept that he knows best and go along with it.

There’s one more chemical needed for the Mutagen and the Turtles have April track it down for them. The Turtles catch up to the delivery truck and – sure as shit – the Frogs are there to stop it and get the chemical. Just as they’re about to rumble, the NYC Anti-Turtle Task Force comes rolling through in a fucking tank and uses an ice cannon to freeze the frogs before turning it on Turtles. Raphael is able to knock the ice cannon off track which gives the Turtles the chance to hightail it out of there, but not before taking the frozen Frogs with them.

On Splinter’s direction, the Turtles are told to show trust to the Frogs and they melt them free of their icy confines. After a brief moment of tension, Splinter is able to act as peacemaker and the Frogs realize that Shredder has been lying to them the entire time. The two groups of mutants then hatch a plan to foil Shredder for good.

The Frogs returns to Shredder and tell him that, although they weren’t able to get the chemical, the overheard the Turtles saying that they’d hide it inside a prison where Shredder wouldn’t be able to find it. Shredder loves good intel so he immediately sets out to retrieve it.

Shredders busts into what he thinks is the storage room in the prison only to find out he’s been double-crossed! But, at that very moment, the NYC Anti-Turtle Task Force shows up and throws the sting into chaos. Shredder uses a crystal ball to disguise Bebop, Rocksteady and himself as Task Force cops and they escape leaving the Turtles to deal with the real cops.

The eight mutants head back to the sewers where the Turtles give the Frogs a map on how to get home to the swamps of Florida. They’re very thankful because they miss swamp life. Michelangelo offers them a pizza to tide them over on their trip, but the Frogs HATE pizza. The Turtles can’t believe that anybody would hate pizza and the Frogs turn to head home.

Final Thoughts:

Fun episode here. The Frogs were a weird touch, but I kind of remember Genghis Frog being a thing. Does he come back at some point? I feel like he does. I don’t know. Maybe I’m making that up.

The Frogs had these weird southern accents that – as someone who lives in Florida – I dunno, they weren’t very good. Although, I also don’t hang around the swamp areas so maybe they’re accurate in those parts.

I was always under the assumption that Shredder had created the Mutagen and here, he needs the recipe from Krang to be able to cook up some more. It makes me wonder why Krang was so dependent on Shredder to build his body. I guess he just needed a pair of hands to put it together, but Shredder had always been portrayed as a regular old Mr. Science in addition to a martial arts master so this kind of threw me of. Didn’t take me out of the episode or anything, but there we are.

So, it seems that – at least for now – we’re off the multi-episode story arcs for a bit. Since the Eye of Sarnath was destroyed, Shredder’s plans haven’t carried over much. In this episode, Baxter Stockman didn’t even make an appearance after his huge role in the prior episode. Kinda crazy.

Either way, still a fine episode and looking to see where we go next.

❤ Joe

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Daily Cartoon! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S.2,E.7: “Enter: The Fly”

Welcome to the Friday edition of our special meet-ups to discuss the classic TMNT series! Thanks for coming! It’s been a good week here at Car JoeMez as we’ve gotten back into the swing following the Thanksgiving weekend and have been keeping up with not only this, but we’ll have some super sweet podcast action coming at you ASAP!

I know you’re not supposed to play favorites, but I really think our next episode which should be out tonight is our best yet. We were cracking up the entire time and I’d expect nothing less from you, our faithful audience. Thanks for continually coming back whether it be here or with the podcast as our listens have skyrocketed over the last couple of weeks. You certainly know how to make a girl feel special.

Enough niceties for now, let’s watch a cartoon!

S.2,E.7: “Enter: The Fly”. Original Air Date: 11/12/1988

Plot:

The Turtles are up in the blimp floating around NYC because April passed along a message saying Shredder was spotted on the roof of the World Trade Center. Yikes. Fifteen years later and it still makes you squirm when seeing the WTC.

The Turtles get close and see Shredder up there with Baxter Stockman as they’re testing out a new piece of equipment that is supposed to set a force field around the towers. Baxter forgets some nerd shit, though, and his machine kind of backfires. The bad guys spot the Turtles, pack up and run off because they can’t risk losing the equipment.

Shredder and Baxter are next seen on a garbage barge because that’s where Krang decided to set up the trans-dimensional portal because he thought it’d be hysterical to see Shredder up to his knees in garbage. Shredder begs for help and gets Krang to agree to finally send him Bebop and Rocksteady back, but SURPRISE there’s a catch! The portal is finicky and one person must be sent back to Dimension X to assure the portal doesn’t fail. Shredder is all too excited to throw an unwilling Baxter to Dimension X because of all his recent failings. Bebop and Rocksteady are returned to Earth and Shredder hatches a plan to strike the Turtles at their weakest point: April O’Neil.

Cut to April at her desk at Channel 6 and she gets a flower delivery. Irma sees this and immediately goes into her, “I wish a man would send me flowers” gimmick that she does. Let’s talk about Irma for a second. irma

OK, so she’s not exactly your classic cartoon scorchcake, but am I wrong thinking that there’s a lot of potential here? Put the hair down, some nicer clothes and a little eyeliner and I think we have a potential SHE’S ALL THAT winner. Sure, her voice is annoying and her constant yearning for a man is off-putting, but she could probably look really good with a little work and – with that seems to be low expectations for men – would probably be all about you if you put in some effort. I see no reason that her and I wouldn’t have an awesome time getting some apps at TGIFriday’s and getting to know each other before maybe going to see whatever the new Will Smith movie is. Just thinking aloud here.

But I digress.

April assumes the flowers are from the Turtles and heads to the sewers to break up with them because they’re from different worlds. Apparently, 1988 is still a rough time for interracial relationships. Also, how fucking jiggy does this chick think she is that she’s ready to let down all FOUR of them? C’mon, honey, you walk around in an unflattering yellow jumpsuit everyday. Sure, one, maybe two of them are into you, but all four? That’s some ego you’ve got there.

Splinter answers the door, immediately recognizes the plant as dangerous and throws it in a trash can. He asks April if she’s inhaled the petals’ fragrance and she faints as she’s answering in the affirmative.

Meanwhile, Baxter is not adjusting well to life in Dimension X. Krang makes no secret that he has zero use for him and has his guards throw Baxter in a giant X-Ray type machine. What looks to be a common house fly is shown to also get locked in and, once the machine is turned on, I guess the DNA of the two is mixed

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and we get…

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…ta-fucking-da. Baxter is now a fly man. As opposed to the Fly Girls from “In Living Color”.

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But Baxter must have taken a page out of their book because he’s ready to do what he wants to do…in living color. What is it that Baxter wants to do? Well, go back to Earth, for starters. He grabs a laser from the weapons bin and opens the portal from Dimension X. Krang and his guards attempt to stop him, but Baxter is able to hold them away with his laser and get through the portal quickly thanks to his new fly form which he is having no problem whatsoever adjusting to. Good for him.

The Turtles return home to see Splinter caring for April and he informs them that her condition is grave because of the plant she was sent. Splinter knows how to make an antidote, but needs a special leaf that would be nearly impossible to find in New York. Thankfully, Raphael knows about a greenhouse uptown that deals in rare plants so they go check out the merchandise.

Krang hits up Shredder on FaceTime and explains the whole Baxter situation. You know, supposed to get vaporized, but this pesky fly got in and cross-mutated him. Regular fucking Tuesday.

Baxter is shown flying through the city where he is swearing revenge on his enemies. He just so happens to see the Turtles on their way to the greenhouse. They get into a tussle, but the Turtles escape through the sewers and, though Baxter laments them escaping, he promises Shredder won’t. The Turtles don’t know that it was Baxter, but Donatello thinks he’s kind of familiar.

Baxter goes looking for Shredder and is shot out of the sky by Bebop and Rocksteady. Shredder sweet talks Baxter and convinces him that this transformation was all the Turtles’ fault and that they were friends the whole time. Baxter’s all like, “Riiiiiiiiight, the Turtles. Because we fight them together!” You don’t just give up on your friends, bro. Unless they make you take a not-even-that-embarrassing picture at a wedding. In that case, you delete them for laughing at you.

The Turtles get to the greenhouse and – what luck – they get the last Gazai bush in the Western Hemisphere. April better appreciate the fuck out of this after she was ready to break up with all of them. Even though – at no point – has it even been suggested that she’s a Mormon with four boyfriends.

Baxter locates the Turtles and Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady join him for a sneak attack! They’re able to escape to the Blimp and get away from the fight, but Leonardo drops the plant needed to cure April. Shredder patches into their TurtleCom frequency and FaceTimes the Turtles to challenge them to a fight if they want their plant back. It’s obviously a trap, but c’mon now, this is the last Gazai plant in the Western Hemisphere. What choice do they have?

They meet at a junkyard where they’re immediately ambushed. Shredder’s big plan is to push the Turtles back until they get in range for that device he was playing with at the beginning of the episode which is supposed to…I dunno. Kill them, I guess. I mean, that is his end goal, right? Well, it doesn’t matter because, just in time, BAH GAWD! THAT’S MASTER SPLINTER’S MUSIC!

Splinter comes speeding through in the Turtle Van firing lasers at the baddies and interrupting Shredder’s big plans. The Turtles are able to grab the plant after it’s knocked from Shredder and Baxter – in an attempt to get it back – gets caught in that force field thing and looks to have been vaporized.

Splinter is able to revive April and they celebrate with a new pizza creation from Michelangelo that is topped with the remaining leaves of the Gazai plant. Babyface go-home.

Final Thoughts:

Yo! This episode was dynamite! Action! Drama! Laughs! This was a packed 22 minutes of animation and I loved it. I didn’t realize Baxter became the fly so early on in the series. But I remember him being significant as the fly so it’s just my memory failing me.

No bullshit, I loved this episode. The endings on these are kind of whack, but it’s gotta be left open for tomorrow’s battle so it’s not like it ruins it or anything. I’m totally interested to see what happens with Baxter since I’m sure they didn’t just kill him off at the end there. Unless they actually did, in which case, I really don’t remember this show for shit.

Either way. Looking forward to tomorrow’s episode. Have a great weekend, all!

❤ Joe

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Daily Cartoon! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: S.2,E.5: “Curse of the Evil Eye”

Welcome back to another episode of TMNT. The shit is hitting the perpetual fan when it comes to the Eye of Sarnath. We still don’t know all the power it holds when assembled, but it’s gotta be serious AF since the dead alien said so.

So let’s not waste any more time, on to the next episode…

S.2,E.5: “Curse of the Evil Eye”. Original Air Date: 10/29/1988

Plot:

Donatello builds another new device to help them track down the third and final crystal piece that makes up the Eye of Sarnath, but despite this hot new tech, Shredder and Baxter again beat them to it and now has all the fragments. They got it out of the river which is great because we get Shredder dressed as Paddington Bear. He puts them together and then attaches the completed Eye of Sarnath to his helmet so he can increase his brain power…and utilize the powers of the alien device through mind control, obvi.

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Meanwhile, Baxter Stockman is hungry AF after a job well done and picks up some Chinese. I don’t blame him. I’ve been dying for good Chinese food since moving out of NYC. I have places around here that are OK, but it just doesn’t compare. Although, when I visited my Mom over the weekend, we went to a place by her and it was pretty good actually. Don’t take good Chinese food for granted, folks.

The Turtles are still hunting for the Eye and spot Baxter leaving the Chinese place, but he sees them and uses his special eyeglasses to expose them out of their disguises. The Turtles still track the signal back to Shredder’s hideout, but he uses the power of the Eye to bring the red dragon on the side of Baxter’s Chinese food box to life. Leonardo and Michelangelo jump on the dragon to try to stop it from causing anymore of the unneccessry deaths we’ve become accustomed to just as April, Verne and Blodgett (the news van driver) are out looking for a story.

Blodgett is terrified and drives off while April and Verne were trying to get a closer look. Donatello and Raphael battle with Shredder and during the melee, Donatello knocks off Shredder’s helmet causing Shredder’s mind control over the Eye to disappear. Blodgett ends up picking up Shredder’s lost helmet after driving the van into the river and getting fired for being a moron.

Shredder is flipping out over losing the helmet, but Baxter is hot on the trail because he picked up Donatello’s new tracking device and is getting the signal. Blodgett, meanwhile, is realizing the mind control of the helmet and creates a huge comic book collection. Baxter is quick to discover him and steals the helmet with relative ease because Blodgett is completely inept.

Baxter’s not exactly being humble and uses the power of the Eye to build himself a Taj Mahal to live in right next to the fucking East River. Real conspicuous, asshole. The Turtles are obviously wondering where this fucking Taj Mahal came from and end up in a new fight against some kind of glue monster that Baxter thinks up.

Shredder does the hot run-in and is fucking pissedddddddddd that Baxter is using the helmet for himself and didn’t just give unlimited power over to him. Shredder breaks through the glue man and steals his helmet back before trapping the Turtles in a shrinking bubble and taking off on a flying carpet to destroy the Interstate Bridge.

April and Splinter hit the room after receiving an SOS on the Turtle Com and free the Turtles. Blodgett tells the Turtles that the Eye has no effect on gold and April calls her friend who’s conveniently the head of a museum and gets him to lend the Turtles gold shields so they can fight Shredder. It’s good to have friends in the right places.

Shredder is sure he’s got this in the bag, but he’s also holding the Sarnath-tracker which was built to destroy the Eye once it comes in contact. Shredder throws the helmet and device in the river and they explode. Thus ends the saga of the Eye of Sarnath.

Final Thoughts:

This arc kind of goes out with a whimper. I think they could have done a lot more with the effects of Shredder having control of the Eye for some time and the tension it would cause between him and Krang as well as what it means for the Turtles, NYC and the world!

The finish felt like a cop-out. The Turtles didn’t really defeat Shredder. He just carried around the tracking device for whatever reason and didn’t realize that this asshole, Donatello, rigged it to blow the thing up.

Besides that, we get some good tension between Baxter and Shredder with Baxter feeling he’s intellectually superior and thereby truly the one deserving of the power. But it’s weird because Shredder’s not exactly a dumb jock. He’s like part Mr. Science too and built Krang’s body with his bare hands. Maybe Baxter is just THAT smart.

I really love the visual of Shredder in his rain gear. It is stupendous.

Obviously, this isn’t the end of Shredder, but I’d assume he’s going to have to humble himself in front of Krang now. That should be interesting.

All in all, still enjoying the show, but yeah, a little disappointed with how this tale ended.

Favorite Quote:

While Baxter has the Turtles at his mercy, he brags about how he was able to defeat them and Shredder was not…until Shredder hits the room and says,

“I’ll bear that in mind Baxter, when I’ve delivered your eulogy, you traitorous vermin!”

I love when the heels use that kind of disparaging language.

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you again for tomorrow’s episode!

❤ Joe

Daily Cartoon! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S.2,E.4: “Mean Machines”

Greetings and welcome back to another episode of TMNT. My Thanksgiving break lasted a bit longer than I expected since work was hella busy when I got back, but I’m here now. Ready to fulfill all your needs and wants.

I hope everybody had a great holiday. I certainly did which is why you haven’t heard a word out of me. Quickly, before we start, I just want to say thanks to all who are listening to the podcast as we’ve been hitting some good numbers all month. We’ve blown away all the numbers before so thanks for tuning in and remember to subscribe on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and Google Play. Leave a review too. That shit matters.

OK, so when we left off, the Turtles and Shredder were in a race to find the missing pieces of an alien crystal that combines to make the Eye of Sarnath and grants the holder all sorts of alien powers. So far Shredder has been a step ahead of the Turtles during all of this and keeps escaping barely with the crystals still in his possession.

Which brings us too…

S.2,E.4: “Mean Machines”. Original Air Date: 10/22/1988

Plot:

We begin with Donatello building a new tracking device for the crystals of the Eye of Sarnath since the one the Turtles were given by the alien apparently broke or needs new batteries or something. So much for the advancement of alien technology.

So they have this new gizmo and it leads them to a bank where there just happens to be a robbery taking place. The Turtles can barely go out at all without stumbling into some kind of crime wherever they go. A tough life they lead.

The Turtles take care of the bank robbers in short order, but were followed to the bank by Shredder and Baxter who apparently know where the Turtles are every second of the day and, at no point, just fucking murder them in their sleep to get rid of them for good. I mean, if the Shredder’s end-game is to rid himself of the Turtles, why not just do that? Stick a hose leaking carbon monoxide into the sewers or put cyanide in their pizza. Or hide under their beds and slit their Turtle throats as they meet with Mr. Sandman. There’s legitimately tons of options here.

Shredder and Baxter locate the next piece of the Eye of Sarnath while the Turtles are occupied and head back to the hideout so they can FaceTime with Krang and tell him Shredder’s new plan to utilize the power of the crystal by soldering it to a computer which I guess will make it a super computer or something. Krang and I agree that this plan seems a little ridiculous, but whatevs.

For some reason, despite having a device that leads you to the crystal, the Turtles are up shit creek without a paddle once Shredder has it. It’s like he’s still living in the one area of town that doesn’t get service from Verizon.

Shredder puts his plan to work when he breaks into a computer lab and attaches the Eye of Sarnath to a big computer mainframe that has some sort of artificial intelligence. He uses it to track the Turtles to a construction site where they were meeting April. The computer sends some sort of energy signal through the power lines of NYC to activate the previously unused construction vehicles nearby to attack the TMNT. The Turtles, obviously find a way out of this sticky situation, but the computer is not satisfied and begins draining all the energy from all the power plants across the city and activates all sorts of machines which begin causing absolute chaos in NYC.

The Turtles are finally able to track Shredder, but the computer realizes what’s going on and takes control of the Turtle Van causing it to crash. The computer continues to draw more power so Shredder can open the portal to Dimension X and summon his Foot Soldiers without needing Krang.

The Turtles bust up the party, though, and put an end to the computer’s reign of terror by turning it off, but not before Shredder and Baxter once again escape.

Final Thoughts:

This Eye of Sarnath arc is getting a little difficult for me to understand. I could have sworn Shredder already had two pieces of it, but apparently, today’s discovery at the bank was the second. I may have to go back and re-watch an episode or two as the notes I take during the episodes say one thing that doesn’t necessarily jive with what’s happening on-screen.

Either way, this plot by Shredder today was fucking dogshit. Attach a crystal to a computer? Hasn’t he seen The Terminator? Just a matter of time before that computer would have eventually turned on him too. Basically, the Turtles did him a favor by cutting that computer off.

One thing of interest at this point is that there aren’t really a lot of supporting characters yet. April has her news team, Shredder has Baxter, the Turtles have Splinter, but Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady have been used very sparingly and there hasn’t been much in terms of new characters or alliances or anything which leaves for a very exclusive world. It could just be me, but I could have sworn the universe expands if, for nothing else, just to expand the toy line which was massive at the time.

Maybe that’s coming and I’m just jumping ahead of myself.

Either way, that’s where I am. This story-arc is a bit convoluted and I’m waiting for more characters so I can buy toys.

That being said, the episodes are still fun and go rather quickly which is great because it makes you want to see the next one. And I still want to see the next one. So even with the issues, the show hasn’t lost my interest.

Sorry again for taking so long to get back to this, but like I said, I enjoyed my little vacation and am now back to the grind. I’ll keep pumping these out as best as possible.

Thanks for coming by and I’ll see you tomorrow.

❤ Joe

Daily Cartoon! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S.2, E.3: “It Came From Beneath The Sewers”

Welcome again to another episode of TMNT! Let me just take a quick moment to thank you for reading these reviews. The web traffic has increased every day so that’s an encouraging sign!

With tomorrow being Thanksgiving here in the US, I am not promising a new blog, but I will try to have it up early before any of my real activities for the day get going.

OK, back to important stuff. The Turtles have to hunt down this crystal and Shredder already has the first part of it. That brings us to…

S.2, E.3: “It Came From Beneath The Sewers”. Original Air Date: 10/15/1988

Plot:

We pick up immediately from where we left off yesterday. The Turtles and April are using the Crystal-finder machine thing to try to find the next piece of the Eye of Sarnath. Shredder has the same idea and is now FaceTiming Krang to use the fancy equipment in the Technodrome (which is still in Dimension X) to track the crystal as well. Both parties track it to a local carnival.

The Turtles seem like they’ll get there before Shredder, but it’s instead found by a couple of kids before they can get there. April tries haggling with them and offers $3 (American) for the crystal, but even in 1988 that was a joke of an offer and they send April away. She runs off to find the Turtles to get more money, but they’ve been taken to a side-stage as they were mistaken for costumed performers and are being forced to put on a show.

While April is trying to find them, Shredder and Baxter roll up on these kids and make no offer of $3, they just take the crystal from them with a snicker and head back to the super secret hideout. While there, Baxter drops the crystal and it makes contact with some dirt from the bottom of Shredder’s boot. They discover that the crystal is able to create some kind of mutating dirt spore out of that and Shredder is hyped that he has another means to try to destroy the Turtles.

For someone who’s supposed to be a karate master, Shredder is Mr. Science AF.

The Turtles are now home in the sewers telling Splinter about how Shredder has the new portion of the crystal when, all of a sudden, a giant mutant plant comes breaking through the wall. Between robots and mousers and now plants all attacking Splinter and the Turtles in the sewers, it’s amazing that all of NYC hasn’t completely crumbled from the shattered underground base due to all these battles. And we’re only 8 episodes in. I can’t imagine how many more times this shit happens.

So yeah, picture a Venus Flytrap on fucking steroids (like a D-Ball and Winstrol stack) and that’s what’s trying to eat the Turtles. The defeat it for the moment and it retreats back through the sewers.

Cut to April’s apartment – which is new since her last one WAS FUCKING DESTROYED AND ALL HER NEIGHBORS KILLED a few episodes ago – where April and Irma (who also works at Channel 6) are sitting around, having coffee and talking about boys. OK, this is gonna get good. It’s like having a listening device planted in a girl’s sleepover and we’re gonna get to hear some wild ass shit…and then there’s a knock at the door and kills that pipe dream before it could come to fruition.

April answers the door, but nobody is there. Just a note with an address and saying where to meet. It’s signed by the Turtles. Now, I will say right now: this makes no fucking sense. If the Turtles could take the time to ring ‘n run April’s door, why not just wait for her to fucking answer and tell her to get her coat because they’re going out? It’s obviously a fucking trap. And it’s made even creepier that Shredder knows where April lives! Why would you want to keep living there if the Shredder can just pop in unannounced whenever the fuck he feels like it? I wouldn’t feel safe. I don’t feel safe just writing about it. What if Shredder reads this blog and is like, “I’m gonna get that motherfucker for blowing up my spot since obviously nobody else realized this shit”? I could be in real trouble, you guys.

April, despite her background as an investigative journalist, doesn’t heed my warning and shows up alone to the address which is just an empty warehouse. Shredder pops out like, “SURPRISE, MOTHERFUCKERS” and captures her. She’s tied to a chair as Shredder takes her Turtle-Com and dares the TMNT to save their friend.

Even at only 8 episodes in, April is proving to be a girl with a ton of drama. I don’t know if I would continue hanging out with her if I wasn’t hitting it.

The Turtles arrive at the warehouse disguised as pizza delivery boys and fucking Baxter opens the door like a real jerk because who doesn’t have four pizza delivery boys show up with an order you never placed?! Stupid, Baxter. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

The Turtles save April as Baxter and Shredder again escape, but there’s a news report on saying a giant plant is destroying the city. They grab April and head out to meet the plant and, after remembering Splinter’s advice to get to “the root of the problem”, are able to cut the plant down and come away with this one filed under W.

Best line:

I’m going to start including this in every review I do. You get some real good shit these writers were able to slip in. Like this gem:

Shredder: Good catch, Baxter!

Baxter: You must admit, I do have soft hands.

And the gay-dar needle is pinned to the max.

Final Thoughts:

The entirety of this episode is completely preposterous. And I fucking loved it! This was a wonderful collection of things that shouldn’t make sense and when it was over, I stopped, shrugged and said, “seems legit.” That being said, there are a lot of things here that are going to impact the remainder of this story-arc, at least in the short-term.

Shredder’s finally getting some heat on the Turtles. He’s beating them to the crystals and, although they’ve been able to rescue Splinter and April from his clutches, he continues to escape and further his cause. Krang has to be impressed with his showing of late and it seems like just a matter of time until Shredder gets his reinforcements sent to him from Dimension X.

Once again, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so I will try to get an episode in, but no promises. Thanks to all for reading and keep the comments, Tweets and e-mails coming! Happy Thanksgiving!

❤ Joe

 

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.

Quick programming note: I’ll be attempting to keep up on this as best as possible, but with the Thanksgiving holiday coming up and traveling and all that shit, a day or so may get skipped along the way. Don’t worry, I won’t be abandoning this like I did with M.A.S.K. You can always catch the updates on our Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.

And don’t forget to listen to all the episodes of our podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and Google Play!

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