TMNT (2012): “Panic in the Sewers” (Spoilers)
24 November 2012 4 Comments
Yes, I’m late with my essay on “The Search For Splinter” Part Two, and this blog is not really supposed to be about Nick’s TMNT, but these are a snap to do and get decent page views, so I’m fairly sure I’ll be doing these regularly.
I think I’ve managed to figure out what my main problem with the series is. Like I said elsewhere, its plotting isn’t tight enough for me to be able to appreciate it as a dramatic series–for example, just what is stopping Shredder from pulling off this exact same plan later on, and why don’t the turtles worry about that?–and I haven’t been able to get to a place where I can take on its own terms like the original or something like Teen Titans or Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated. What’s more, its approach feels deliberate enough that I don’t have confidence that it will improve; as far as I can tell, the show is absolutely confident about its approach. While this incarnation of the turtles can be fun, there’s little to recommend it except for rather great aesthetics.
- Okay, so the first thing the Purple Dragons will do with the bugged pizza box April gave them is set it on a flat surface and notice that it has a large device taped to its underside. How April did not realize this very obvious thing is left as an excercise for the viewer.
- While Bradford’s reaction to be mutated isn’t one of those things that need to be dealt with immediately, I do wish some concession had been made to the fact that this huge life-changing thing had just recently happened to him.
- The fact that April had braces sometime in the near past is adorable.
- I also liked the hints at a larger role for the Purple Dragons, and hope the series continues to try to flesh them out, both collectively and individually.
- The turtles are patrolling now? More context, please.
- On a more substantive note, it’s interesting how this Splinter’s approach for the “Saki is coming for them” problem is markedly different from his 4Kids counterpart. Neither is necessarily better or worse than the other, from a character standpoint, it seems like a major point of divergence and something worth thinking about.
- I am more than ready for Michelangelo’s “quirkiness” to be toned down. Heck, all of the turtles’ tics could stand to be taken down a notch, particularly during battle.
- Don’s crush on April did not annoy me this episode. Hooray!
- Oh, and ten episodes in, and April is still the only woman in New York. For the sake of context, note that the far-from-progressive-and-occasionally-racist original cartoon at this point had two women in its regular cast, one female guest-star (Kala), and numerous female extras. Also, yes, I am perfectly aware that, by this point in its lifespan, the 4Kids toon was also doing worse than the original in this regard.