Thursday, November 21, 2013

TMNT (Fred Wolf) Season 4, Part 3: Review

I won't let this show win!  I will conquer the 1987 TMNT cartoon and review every single episode!  Not because I want to, but because I HAVE to.

Anyway, check out my review of 5 more TMNT season 4 episodes over at Adventures in Poor Taste!

Contrary to that unflattering opening paragraph, this was a shockingly enjoyable batch of episodes.  Slash, the Evil Turtle from Dimension X!  Mona Lisa!  Baxter Stockman!  His twin brother... Barney Stockman?

I don't think he got an action figure.

Keeping with my routine, next up will be another run through the Nickelodeon TMNT cartoon.


Killer Moth said...

In terms of the series' comedy, it's always fascinating to compare/contrast vs. today's standards. For example, the "No, You go" bit from "B/R Conquer the Universe," if the Family Guy writers ever did that, that would have been extended to at least 5 minutes. Probably longer.

As for Slash, I once said this on the Technodrome forums, but I can now understand why they made the design much goofy, because, while Playmates!Slash was awesome, his design would have really stuck out by that point of the series, which was less angular and more rounded. Might have been a little scary seeing that design animated. If only Slash waited until the Red Sky episodes, then his original design would have had an actual chance.

And while we're at it, maybe one of you can tell me who designed Slash's Playmates design? Because that mystery has been bugging me for decades.

And, as an adult, I'm far less hostile to Fred Wolf Slash, particularly because I pity him. He wasn't wrong, when he said, "Everybody tricks me!" And every other character in the episode basically did. And yet, he was still able to wreck mass destruction and be almost over-the-top violent, in his own way.

And I will pick a bone with his second episode, as it implied he was rock-stupid when recalling this episode. At most, he was really naive, yet otherwise, he seemed to have average intelligence.

And the late TMNT Dissected website had a good point in that, even though, Slash wasn't evil, the Turtles wanted nothing to do with him. Partially justified, as he was unruly, but still. Like with Baxter, it's easier to dump the character rather than deal with their issues with the Turtles, because we got to repeat the conflict endlessly and stuff. Though, Baxter did get a nice lampshading about that in his finale.

As for Mona Lisa being dropped, that was behind-the-scenes issues. (I believe the Technodrome forums and even Laird's blog finally addressed the matter, last year, or back when I was more a regular. Life got crazy busy, so I stopped going.)

Good reviews, can't wait for the next one.

Anonymous said...

I think as you're rewatching the original toon you're enjoying yourself a lot more than you expected to. Aside from the typical animation flaws/editing and 80's type stories, most of the original cartoon is actually quite enjoyable as an adult.

This is also the only show where even the bad episodes are weirdly entertaining. XD