Monday, July 24, 2017

TMNT (2003) Season 2, Part 4 review at AIPT


My TMNT (2003) Season 2, Part 4 review is up over at AIPT!

This was not a great stretch of episodes; sort of a season low.  "Rogue in the House" was a pretty good pick-me-up, but man.  "Junklantis".  "April's Artifact".  "The Golden Puck".  That was rough.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I always thought the reasons some 4kids filler episodes suffered is because PL didn't allow them to use any old Fred Wolf/Playmates/Archie characters, so they were forced to make generic plots to fill in the time.

Garbageman, Rich Texans, April on a bug planet, even Nanobot, etc. I mean I would have easily taken Muckman over Garbageman (they're both garbage themed characters), Scumbug over any bug oriented episode, or Mutagen Man over generic human villains. We couldn't even get Metalhead over the Turtlebot even if they're essentially the same character anyway.

Of course now that IDW and Nick opened the floodgates and bring back every old character recognizable constantly, it doesn't matter anymore. But being a teen in the early 2000's when the 2k3 series was originally airing, I remember longing for the return of Slash, Mutanimals characters, etc. even if I knew they wouldn't show up.

The 2k3 series didn't really come up with much new iconic villains outside of Hun and Bishop, besides Ch'rell if you count him seperate from the Shredder. A lot of the Fast Forward villains were interesting too but they came too late in the series to make much impact.

Anonymous said...

Aaaaaaand there's the other song.

Congrats 4kids Five. You successfully made my younger teen self shudder in repulsion.

Killer Moth said...

@Anon:

"Of course now that IDW and Nick opened the floodgates and bring back every old character recognizable constantly, it doesn't matter anymore. But being a teen in the early 2000's when the 2k3 series was originally airing, I remember longing for the return of Slash, Mutanimals characters, etc. even if I knew they wouldn't show up."

Being a young adult in the early 2000's watching the series, I eventually came to the same conclusion. Especially during the Outbreak arc, as that would have been the ideal opportunity to use Scumbug, Wyrm, Muckman, etc. Of course, I knew it wouldn't happen, for the reason Anon said, but I do hate missed opportunities. I don't recall if I felt such longing before then, because I was still assessing the series and basically rolling with what it was doing. Nevertheless, Season 4 was when it finally hit me in how much I was starting to miss those older characters.

Given the Foot Mechs, it probably would have an good opportunity to introduce Chrome Dome, too. His awesome Silver Samurai design would have fit well with the series' visual template. As for his name, eh, they could have found something more palatable for the series' sensibilities, especially in light of the Metalhead/Turtlebot issue. Then again, maybe not, if Turtlebot was the best they could do at the time.

Mark stated things well, as usual, but I'll only comment about this:

"So if the Shredder creating a robot duplicate of Splinter and sending it to destroy the Turtles sounds familiar, that’s because that exact plot happened in the old Fred Wolf TMNT cartoon, in the episode “Plant 6 from Outer Space.” And even then, it wasn’t a very original plot, as the Shredder had previously created a robot duplicate of Irma and sent it to destroy the Turtles in “The Turtle Terminator.” So this is a rehash of something that was already a rehash."

Considering the original plan was to replace the President with one of the Foot Mechs, it kinda sorta reminds me of the real master plan of "Cowabunga Shredhead," but using s solid hologram, instead. I'm sure none of that was intentional when the script was written, but all the robot double or artificial being callbacks didn't hurt matters or were slightly amusing. Truthfully, I kinda like the idea that even 4Kids Shredder wasn't above copying a scheme or two from Fred Wolf Shredder, albeit done in his own special, savvy way.

Good review, as always. Can't wait for the next one.

Mystery Cup of Joe said...

I like to say that I appreciated how Shredder did not take the nonsense of robot Splinter. He saw it was not working and aborted the plan. This made the show treat feel like it treated my intelligence as a mature young adult instead of a toddler. Also, Shredder torturing Baxter showed how this variation meant business (even if he is a brain like creature) and we should not think less of him. In fact he was awesome for taking on a whole Triceraton's brute force like a champ. I apologize for praising Shredder too much but a good villain gives a story purpose and Shredder made me rush to my television every Saturday. Bishop would later have the same affect.

I do have to say that I was disappointed how the foot soldiers did not receive an actual upgrade and that they were fodder similar to the 80's show. You would think that human foot soldiers would receive more background expansion (IDW seems to be doing a better job at that). Yet, the show did address that the material to create the robot soldiers and Splinter clones was sparse.

Awesome review. I can't wait till you get to Battle Nexus.

Benedict S. Bartolome said...

I hope you talk about the evolution of Nano. Loved his 3 ep evolution.