TMNT (2012) Open Thread (Spoilers)
15 February 2014 9 Comments
Oh my gosh! April! In an episode occurring directly after a major revelation about her! Could the series actually be –GASP!–following up on her development in a consistent manner?
(Answer: not really, since the episode that was actually supposed to follow “The Kraang Conspiracy” was apparently “The Good, the Bad, and Casey Jones”, which featured April in a more or less disposable role. Still, progress of sorts.)
In any case, we have another monster episode, which actually makes me somewhat optimistic, since these generally turn out to be somewhat inoffensive. Plus, mushrooms, and a non-zero chance that the episode will not be horribly ableist.
By the way, I realize I haven’t posted anything beyond the open threads for most than a month. I’ve been working on stuff–the piece on “The Price”, and several fan fics–but right now, I’m spending time on a rather more time sensitive essay on something else. Once that’s done, there should hopefully be a more steady stream of new material–including, yes, an essay on last episode’s fuckery with the April clone.
As always, post your thoughts, positive, negative, or meta-filled in the comments.
ETA: My thoughts on the episode below the cut.
It’s hard not to compare this episode with the 2003 series’ own “the turtles face their worst fears” episode, “The Darkness Within”, and to be honest, this doesn’t compare terribly badly with that episode. While the strengths of that episode were mostly conceptual–lovecraftian hi-jinks!–“Fungus Humungous’ ” lie mostly in a handful of well-executed scenes, such as April and Casey’s initial moment of absolute ease around each other at the beginning, or the mushroom ballet, which was everything this Fantasia fan wanted from the episode. That said, I wish the episode had been broader–something akin to Cowboy Bebop‘s “Mushroom Samba” or Star Trek‘s “The Naked Time”–since assorted random wackiness plays better to this series strengths, and might have avoided some of the repetitiveness of the various characters’ reactions.
- Okay, I really don’t buy the final resolution at all. While the basics are sound enough, the episode does a terrible job of setting up “breaking through the city streets” as a possibility, and doesn’t even attempt to explain how that might be possible. In the end, it’s very lucky that the fungus wasn’t housed directly below a skyscraper or something. Also, I might have visibly groaned when the various victims immediately got better as soon as the monster was defeated.
- Grumble grumble Donatello grumble grumble April grumble grumble grumble Nice Guy grumble HATE.
- The creators’ insistence on making the mutagen the cause for everything is baffling, and continues to be one of the more frustrating things about the show (along with all the other most frustrating things). Just think of how much creepier the episode would be if the writers hadn’t attempted to explain the monster.