Tuesday, May 7, 2013

TMNT (1987) season 3 part 6 Review

Only two more of these to go and I'll be done with season 3!  Which means I won't even be halfway through the entire series!  Huh.  Well, that sucked the wind right outta me.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) season 3 part 6 at Adventures in Poor Taste.

This was a great batch of episodes for recurring characters and toy promos.  Rat King and Leatherhead throw down, Metalhead makes his debut, Don Turtelli returns, Agatha Marbles has her first appearance (lame) and, of course, both Usagi Yojimbo guest appearances!

All that and the Flush-o-Matic torture toilet playset.  Probably the most amusing bunch of season 3 episodes I've gotten to look at, yet.


Ioannes Paulus said...

Great review as always. :) You don't mention that Usagi's name is in fact confused with the title of his comic book (he does say it means "rabbit bodyguard" though) in the Fred Wolf show and for the corresponding action figure.

Also I realized you've been using Mirage terminology: "Michaelangelo". Note that this show spells it the same as the actual artist's name was spelled ("Michelangelo") in the episode titles at least. There was one exception where it is miss-spelled: season five's "Michalangelo, the Sacred Turtle".

Mark Pellegrini said...


Hey, you're right about the Mich(a)elangelo thing!

I had always operated under the impression that all TMNT media mispelled it the way Mirage did in the early days of the franchise. I'm surprised the Fred Wolf cartoon of all places got it right.

I'll watch out for that in the future.

Anonymous said...

Just curious, do you intend to continuing reviewing the Fred Wolf show after Season 3?

Season 4 is just as long as Season 3 is, (Season 4 is a whopping 39 episodes) so I'm curious.

Mark Pellegrini said...


I do, though I haven't decided how I plan to tackle it. Season 4 is sort of a mess, as the episodes were divided up between Saturday morning broadcasts and syndication, screwing up the story chronology. Then there's the European vacation episodes, where take place during season 4 but were delayed and not aired until season 7.

I was thinking about doing the European Tour episodes as part of the season 4 reviews, but I dunno if that'll confuse people or not.

Ioannes Paulus said...

Come to think of it, the Fred Wolf show getting the spelling right thing is funny.

I came to realize this back then when I first saw the show. I loved drawing as a kid (still do, but not enough time) and I actually had a sketch pad, drawing each character on a separate page titled with the names, always adding new ones according to how the back toy boxed evolved, waiting for the new figures to appear in the cartoon (quite disappointed with the ones that didn't).

So I first relied on Playmates which used the Mirage spelling (I didn't know anything about the Mirage comics at the time of course), but later started to register the episode titles while watching the show to keep track of the "timeline". I really got confused because of the mismatch.
Archie also used "ae". Eventually I just gave up on looking for consistency when I saw the totally wrong name in the episode title I mentioned.

All latest media (Nick, IDW and Playmates) use "Michelangelo" now by the way.

Anonymous said...

If you review Season 4 just go by the order the episodes are on DVD. That was the same order ninjaturtles.com had the episodes in when they were compiled by Molly Bode.

As for the Euro Vacation eps, just forget about them and save them for later. They're the low-point of the entire series and Raphael has his alternate voice in all 13 episodes. I could not stand Raphael's alternate voice and to sit through that for 13 eps straight is a nightmare.

As for Season 4 in general, its a lot like Season 3, with a mix of really good episodes, some average episodes, and some bad episodes. There's also a lot more Turtle-centric stories in this season, focusing on each individual Turtle on their own adventure which I rather liked. Season 3 only had a few of those such as "Take me to your Leader" or "Invasion of the Turtle snatchers."

Ioannes Paulus said...

@Anonymous: Is the full Molly Bode episode guide still available anywhere? Too bad Viacom took down the old site.

Mark Pellegrini said...

@Ioannes Paulus

Mutant Ooze archived it, thankfully:


Ioannes Paulus said...

Great, thanks Mark! Wasn't sure if it was the same order they use on most sites.
I noticed that season 7 episodes are a bit shuffled on the DVD because of the "slices" I guess.