On bodily autonomy

There are three differences of note between what Elizabeth O’Neil did to her husband in the IDW comics and what David Xanatos attempted to do to Hudson in “The Price”.

  1. Xanatos kept Hudson abreast of just how exactly the gargoyles’ bodily autonomy was being violated, while Elizabeth kept John O’Neil in the dark.
  2. Elizabeth actually succeeds, while Hudson escapes.
  3. The ooze actually does what Elizabeth wants it to do, while the Cauldron of Life, as it turns out, doesn’t.


Plug: A Visual History of April O’Neil, Part 2: (1988 – 1991)

Covering the first two films, the debut of April’s Archie incarnation, and the heyday of the Mirage guest-creator era.

The year 1987 brought us our second ever incarnation of April, one that, while visually faithful to the character as originally depicted, was at odds with what had become the norm.  As the new franchise’s popularity continued to expand, two more new incarnations were introduced: April as seen in the films, who like most things in the movie was conceived as an amalgam of her comic book and cartoon incarnations; and April as seen in the Archie comic books, who was ostensibly the cartoon version, but like most things in the book quickly became her own distinct character.  While the people over at Mirage were still depicting their version of the character as a Woman of Color, by 1990, it was White April who had become the norm.

Go give it a read here.

Plug: Two Recent Instances of Ableism In TMNT Worth Discussing

Sorry for the recent lack of updates.  Not only have I been juggling school with work and a brand-new obsession with Nikita, almost all of my writing time has been spent on an essay about ableism in recent TMNT stories.  That essay is now complete, and available at my other blog–specifically, here.

[Content Note: Ableism, ableist slurs, hostility to consent]

April Clone



With Nick’s TMNT long since having crossed the line from being “occasionally problematic” to “actively immoral and loving it”, I haven’t felt the need to try and dissect the series in any great detail recently.  The problems are the same as they’ve ever been, they’ve been discussed, and there’s really nothing new to say about them.

And then came the April Clone.

In the episode “The Kraang Conspiracy”, the turtles and April discover that series baddie The Kraang, who need April (or more specifically, her genes–because why else would a girl be valuable?) in order to further their plans, have attempted to clone her many times over.  While incapable of furthering their plans, these clones are, with one exception, still perfect reproductions of April…all except for one.  That single clone, which the episode and Michelangelo eventually end up calling April Derp after the most frequent word in her vocabulary,  is set against the turtles, whom she keeps on the ropes until she is eventually, and accidentally, killed by April, whose powers are unleashed by the stress of the situation.


Fictional Villains vs. The Real World

One of the more common criticisms of Dean Clarrain / Steve Murphy’s  Archie-published Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures was the way he often used the series as a platform to write about environmental issues that concerned him, and in particular, the rather anvilicious black-and-white way in which he often did so.  Personally, as someone whose list of life dreams includes “developing and overseeing Captain Planet and the Planeteers remake series”, I’ve never been as bothered by it as some. Sure, I often end up wishing the stories could be better, but this has less to do with themes than it does with structure, characterization, etc.

Other times, though, I think he didn’t go far enough:

And the thing is, this isn’t even terribly notable, what with stuff like the recent Coal Ash Spill in South Carolina, and Deepwater Horizon oil spill a few years back.


Everything Has Its Time: “The Price”

“Death and old age have their price…and it’s too expensive for me” – David Xanatos

“A price is something you get.  A cost is something you lose.”Cordelia Naismith, Shards of Honor

Written by: Michael Reaves
Original Air Date: October 12, 1995
Introduces: The Cauldron of Life
Timeline placement: December 22, 1995 – December 23
TMNT episode I could make a forced comparison to: N/A

[Content Note: Suicide, Dementia, Alzheimer's, Euthanasia]

[Spoilers Note: This post contains spoilers for the episode "The Gathering"]

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So I’m finally going through the first volume of “Tales of the TMNT”…

…and I’m finding that most of the stories were unquestionably improved upon in their 2003 adaptations.  This is not something I’d thought about very many of the show’s adaptations until now.

TMNT (2012) New Episode Open Thread (Spoilers)

Important! This post and its associated comments section may contain spoilers for “The Manhattan Project” / “Wormquake!”

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If there’s one thing I like about the show, it’s how off-the-wall it can be at times, and this might be my favorite concept so far.  On the other hand…that preview scene.  It’s just…why can’t we have nice things?

As always, post your thoughts, positive, negative, or meta-filled in the comments.

ETA: Thoughts after the cut.  Also, feel free to post about “The Manhattan Project”

EATA: Liveblog of “Wormquake!” added.

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