TMNT (2012) New Episode Open Thread (Spoilers)
9 February 2014 6 Comments
In case it’s not immediately clear, that’s a dude behind the water tower, taking pictures of the turtles. They are like, canonically bad at stealth.
As always, post your thoughts, positive, negative, or meta-filled in the comments.
Note: I would very much appreciate if y’all please refrained from referring to the April clone by its official name. That shit’s grody.
ETA: My thoughts below the cut.
Finally, some answers. I just wish they weren’t so disappointing, and they weren’t tied to an episode we’ve already seen several times before. It’s probably my least favorite of the season, after perennial unfavorite “The Mutation Situation”.
- Oh, April clone: you could have been so good. I actually rather love the design, but…God. The myriad issues with the name they chose for her and what they did to try and justify it deserve their own point, but long story short, the series does not seem to be in a rush to not be morally repugnant.
- The turtles continue to be really bad at stealth. I mean, consider what needed to have happened in order for Kurtzman to be able to photograph them. He would either have had to tail them for the duration of the turtles’ two-hour training run, or the turtles are regular enough in their patterns to allow him to predict where they’d stop. How in the world was Shredder ever unable to find them?
- Like the initial “The Kraang are after APRIL” reveal, the revelation that they’ve been working behind the scenes for centuries feels like something that was given absolutely no thought beyond “this would make for a cool moment”. It’d be one thing if the series were completely different; here, it just makes me wonder why the writers bothered. It changes nothing! It can change nothing, given that the show can’t leave Present Day, South Side New York! All it does is make the Kraang feel even more incompetent, seeing as how they haven’t learned to blend in after centuries, and had a plan A that consisted of “mess with stuff, hope that the one magical DNA strand that may not ever exist shows up so that we can then fail to obtain it”. What’s more, it raises one very important question that they can’t answer: why stay hidden at all? Why not just use their superior technology to take over the planet and turn it into a giant lab that they can use to find the perfect DNA strand in relative comfort?
- I can take April not being as skilled as she wants to be as a character and plot point. I can take April desperately wanting to play a more active role in the turtles’ adventures. I can’t take them both in the same episode, especially after the series has played her up as considerably more skilled than she was shown here, and especially after Casey fucking Jones has been shown to be ready for prime time since moment one. Even then, it might still have been salvaged if they’d made it clear that April wants to do something–anything–to feel like she’s actually helping make progress in the search for a cure for her father. But no, the series is more interested in making her a liability for kicks.
- I get that they were going for Kurtzman–an old school reporter type–and I like the character fine, but really writers, couldn’t he have been way awesomer as a badass lady reporter?
- The scene with the various April clones Zerg Rushthe turtles was creepy and effective. In a better show, April seeing herself die several times–and her killing herself–would be an interesting development for the character. Here? I’d be surprised if it ever gets mentioned.