Friday, September 28, 2012

TMNT (1987 cartoon) Season 2, Part 2 - Review

I've finished up my review of the second season of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon produced by Fred Wolf, taking a shot at the last seven episodes.

While I enjoyed the first half and its tighter plotting a bit more, this second half of season 2 has some pretty fun episodes, including a few of my all-time favorites ("Enter: The Fly" being my pick as the season's best).  Of course, it also has some of the most inept in the series, like the borderline incompetent "New York's Shiniest", but even the bad ones are at least fun to watch for their rampant idiocy.

So if you wanna read about the Punk Frogs, REX-1, Baxter-Fly and the return of those god damn Neutrinos, head on over to the link above.


E. Wilson said...

Oh my God even as a kid I fucking hated the Neutrinos. You are not alone.

I also always wondered about poor Baxter; it's not like he was even a particularly threatening villain as a fly, so why was he constantly being shunted off to alternate dimensions? As repetitive as the Technodrome's constant side-lining was, at least there was a need within the story to write the unstoppable death-machine out. But Baxter? Meh, at least he gets his computer boyfriend next season. (I think?)

Speaking of the Technodrome, seeing it sink into a horrid pit of molten lava warms the nostalgic cockholds of my heart.

E. Wilson said...

Finally finished re-watching this season, as your articles poked my nostalgia-bone. A couple random thoughts:

- "Enter the Fly" probably is the best episode of the season, although for personal reasons (read: I had the VHS), I like "Killer Pizzas" more. What I actually like about "Fly" is that Shredder's plan is actually pretty solid: poisoning April is just the distraction. The real thrust of the plan was to subtly use the antidote flower as bait, since he already knew where it was. Poor Shredder's plans rarely had layers like that.

...and I'm just as confused by Baxter's sidelining now as I was in the late 80's. In his new, more toy-friendly form, he should have stayed on Shredder's posse as the resident mad scientist.

- Splinter's a lot more of a wise-ass than I remember. Additionally, as an adult I've come to realize that Shredder, not Michelangelo, is actually the funniest character on the show.

- "Invasion of the Punk Frogs" is an awesome episode if only because of casual-wear Shredder.

- You know how you can't believe some of the Mutanimals never got toys? I have the same feelings about Rex-1. It...the toy practically makes itself.

- Dear God, Irma was seriously horny 24/7...

Is a manifesto on the new toon's premiere upcoming?

Mark Pellegrini said...

@ E. Wilson

Yeah, it really would've been great if the variosu mutant villains that had accumulated throughout the show had joined on as Shredder's infrequent henchmen. Baxter-Fly, especially, would have gotten mroe mileage than as the recurring nuisance making a cameo-a-season. Maybe Pat Fraley's voices for Baxter and Krang were deemed too similar or something.

Anyway, we could've gotten "Night of the Rogues" every episode instead of just once.

I actually haven't seen the new Nick cartoon, yet. I just haven't been that excited about it and I don't have cable anymore, so I can't even watch it when I'm bored. I'm bound to see it eventually, though; maybe if it comes out on DVD or something.

I hear that it's okay, if a little overboard on the "Teen Titans fake anime reactions". But that's just Chiro Nieli for you.

E. Wilson said...

It was pretty solid; nothing blew me away, but nothing stuck out as horribly misguided. It definitely takes a lot more from the 1987 cartoon than the 2003/Mirage comics mythos, though, which I kind of appreciate. They use the (superior, IMHO) cartoon origin for Splinter, and there's even the return of the classic "random henchman gets mutated into a one-off villain" plot. The animation is stylized and consistent (I didn't notice that many fake anime reactions, but they're so omnipresent in some shows I may be desensatized), the Turtles are characterized well, and most of the humor works.

Downsides? Mikey won't shut up, but that's pretty consistent throughout the television shows. The wide-open models for the city sets allow for great action scenes, but also makes NYC seem downright empty; it really gets distracting after a bit.

Also, while it's nice to get an homage to Krang in the form of "the Kraang" being an evil alien conspiracy, they're essentially used as the 1987 show's Foot Soldiers, but with more personality. They're certainly memorable and effective as cannon fodder, but I hope they eventually get a commanding officer with some of the original Krang's charm.

And the theme song sucks. But I hated the 2003 theme, too, so I can't complain too much about that.