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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