Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TMNT (2003) Season 2, Part 5 review at AIPT

I finish off my reviews of the 4Kids TMNT cartoon's second season over at AIPT today!

And what perfect timing, too.  As Miyamoto Usagi is just wrapping up his latest crossover revival with the TMNT, we get to revisit the start of his crossovers with the previous generation.

While season 2 had its ups and downs, it ends on a high note with "The Big Brawl" multi-parter.  Even the standalone "Return of the Justice Force" was better than I remembered it (and a legit improvement on the comic version in many ways).

Now on to season 3 and more Triceratons!


Anonymous said...

I didn't consider Justice Force to be the greatest episode, but I did enjoy how comic booky it was. For the record, I like how original Justice Force felt like Golden/Silver Age heroes in comparison to Silver Sentry and other modern style heroes. All the way from their powers, goofy names, simple costumes and even lack of diversity. Hey, authentic is authentic.

Anonymous said...

I think the character Drako also oddly represents the Turtles constant run in with dragons in every incarnation. They're always different dragons but they feel like an established part of the TMNT mythos now.

There was a green dragon in Usagi's ep in the OT, there's Hothead from the toys/videogames, The Warrior Dragon from Archie, Drako in 2k3, Kavaxas in Nick, Dragon Lord in Next Mutation, and in IDW they're talking of bringing Shredder back as a Dragon in the Pantheon.

It's funny when you stop to think of it. There's no "one" dragon character that returns in every incarnation, but they keep using dragon-type characters in every single series. I think much like Usagi and other recurring characters, we can always expect the Turtles to come across a dragon adversary in every series.

Joey Batz said...

I love your write ups, but that Adventures In Poor Taste website is HORRIBLE. It slows my computer down to a standstill. I spend more time waiting for the screen to scroll down than actually reading your reviews.

Mystery Cup of Joe said...

Once again, awesome review on the series. This season just showed how the TMNT 2003 will always be a classic. The intense showdown with Shredder, the multiverse fights in with Battle Nexus, Usagi, and finishing the season with another villain to make things interesting.

I always wondered about the Shredder statue at the Battle Nexus if it was Che'rell or the actual ancient Shredder?

I see you got tired of anime tournaments during your high school phase. Guess what? They are still going strong and I agree that it needs to be changed up. Is it Ancient Japanese culture to settle things in tournaments similar to the Roman era with coliseums?

Can't wait for the Bishop reviews. I thought the Shredder's armor looked threatening but Bishop cleans house by wearing only a suite.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering why he posts his cartoon reviews on that website instead of here, but then I realized he probably gets paid to do. If he gets money for his hard work rather than posting reviews on his blog for free, I would do that too.

Chris Arndt said...

It's the Multiverse.

It could be the 1984 Oroku Saki human from some universe

BulletTooth504 said...

If I'm remembering Mark's reviews from Mirage Vol. 4 correctly, the Shredder statue is of a good-guy version of the Shredder from an alternate universe whose name was either Oroku Yoshi or Hamato Saki.

Mark Pellegrini said...


I don't think they ever stated directly who the statue in the Battle Nexus was of. Oroku Yoshi, drawn with the design of the 4Kids Shredder, was introduced and could be just as much a ringer as Ch'Rell or the Tengu Shredder.

Anonymous said...

You should start next review with The Christmas Aliens. It was ep 301 in production order.

Anonymous said...

In Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare", the tortoise kept the same pace while the Hare alternated between slow and fast. Between the TMNT (who have been rebooted half a dozen times) and Usagi (who is less well known but has been in one constant continuity for decades), it's the other way around.