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Old Turtles Meet New Turtles And I'm Still a Child
Posted on Friday, March 21 2014 @ 23:03:01 Eastern



I haven't been watching the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series since it started running on Nickelodeon, even though I've caught a few episodes since the IP picked up again. I've long felt like I grew out of the Turtles years ago. The new computer-animated cartoon does a good job of blending styles and influences, but Splinter looks too tall and I can't stand the lazy CG styles that have flooded cable cartoon television.

Still, the final episode of the latest TMNT season drew me back in by transporting the turtles into alternate dimensions where they even catch a glimpse of their 1980s selves. I had to check it out for two big reasons:

1) The classic turtles! They must be ramping up to the new live-action movie. I hate that Megan Fox and Michael Bay are involved, but I admit that my nostalgia will override any sense I gained from walking out of the most recent Transformers movie and asking the movie theater manager for my money back.

2) I'm a sucker for alternate-parallel-mirror dimension travel, especially in cartoons where the animation style denotes a different universe or cheesy plot points like "that dude's hair is different so we must be in a different universe." As stupid as that sounds, I love seeing my favorite characters face the mirrors we face in our everyday lives. TMNT does this all the time, so I'll take any excuse to waste a Sunday on it.

You can watch the full episode above, but here's a quick review:

Everything starts out pretty slow. Splinter says something about "He who runs his mouth gets a face full of nunchaku" and there's an involved subplot where one of Shredder's minions is actually Splinter's daughter. Again, I haven't kept up, but once the Turtles enter the pink triangle dimension gate, the pace increases dramatically.

Donatello immediately salivates over April O'Neil's jumpsuit. Smart man.... er, turtle man. All of the old turtle voice actors lend their talents to the episode too, multiplying the nostalgia force by a factor of like 16... or however many slices of pizza it would take to feed all of these dudes and dude-ettes.

The writing isn't as bad as I anticipated, like when Splinter's emergency phone is actually a cheese wheel or when Splinter and a tiger dude face-off with some subtitled Japanese thrown in for good measure. The Krangs are up to no good and everyone gets separated, then Casey Jones gets eaten by a worm and everything goes to hell.

Still, it's not everything I had expected. I wish the new turtles could have jumped in and had a giant showdown with eight turtles, two Aprils, two Caseys, and two Splinters fighting off a horde of Foot clan, two Shredders, and two different Krang body-types, both the classic red-underwear robot and the new blue bots they have in the latest series.

In the end, the episode had enough of a hook that I might actually try to watch through the past few seasons of the Nickelodeon cartoon. The series is available on streaming services and via Nickelodeon's website.

The opinions expressed here does not necessarily reflect the views of GameRevolution, but it is a blog written by one of our staff members. This article, posted originally on March 15, 2014, has been lightly edited for grammar and image inclusion. You can find more Vox Pop articles here. ~Ed. Nick Tan 
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