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.

Had this episode existed in a vaccuum, I would have likely considered it to be quite good.  There’s a lot to like about this version of the Rat King, and this is his best outing yet.  What’s more, there’s a bunch of solid moments near the conclusion which are really quite cool.  Plus, Ice Cream Kitty.  Unfortunately, this episode is part of a set, and so it’s impossible for me to think of it as anything other than part of a continuum.  Things that could have been striking–the invasion of giant rats–doesn’t feel anywhere near as special when it’s one of a million different things we’ve seen attacking random pedestrians in the same way.  Unfair?  Perhaps.  Still, it is what it is.

  • While this take on the Rat King continues to be one of the series’ better-conceived villains–he still feels diminished by his origins; he’s not everything he could be.  Like the fungus monster, he’s the sort of character who would be well-served by an aura of mystery, and this particular take–the monarch of all rats who looks for their interests–needs conviction the show’s version can’t really have, as someone whose connection to rats came more or less randomly.
  • I’m not sure what to make out of Casey’s antipathy towards Irma.  Sure, I could understand how she could be annoying–no one is obligated to like everyone–but given her lack of screen time,there really hasn’t been enough time for it to feel justified.  What’s more, it annoys me that her defining trait seems to be the fact that she’s meant to be annoying.
  • Have I mentioned lately how much this version of Michelangelo infuriates me?    Between his  continuous refusal to respect others’ personal space or accept responsibility for his actions, and his casual disregard for his or others’ safety, there’s really only one clip that can properly express it.

And the worst part is how the series continously coddles him, refusing to allow his shit to have any consequences.

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“Wormquake” Liveblog: Part 1

  • Karai, ambushing the turtles is about as hard as petting kittens.
  • Well, hello, Leo’s danger-sense. Good to see you after your extended stay in Cuernavaca during the last handful of episodes.
  • How the hell is a squirrel carrying a nut up to a building rooftop. Or rather, why?
  • Leo remembered that Karai was his sister!
  • Seriously, the only reason Karai and the Foot retreated has everything to do with narrative convenience and nothing to do with sense.
  • Brandon Auman? Is he… (goes check) yup, the guy who wrote “The Mutation Situation” and “The Kraang Conspiracy”. Ugh.
  • Carlos!
  • “They would if you were there.” Ha!
  • Translation of the reveal: “We’ve ignored the plot point for long enough”.
  • Xever, your lust is not a reliable source.
  • Hee! At Shredder’s reaction to Bradford.
  • Tigerclaw looks good. Very Archieish.
  • Tigerclaw as second in command? If only that position meant anything.
  • Nooo to the appropriation of the “cricket” line from the first film.
  • Wait, so how is that defeated Kraang’s first instinct to run away from the portal?
  • …although unlike many scientists, Donatello is incapable of interacting with the opposite gender.
  • Yes, portals are closing, so the very best idea is to step on them nilly-willy.
  • Old toon reference! With old (or oldish) music!
  • Dimension X!
  • Hello, April’s conveniently-appearing powers.
  • Okay, that’s an especially unfortunate reuse of an established character model.
  • Wait, so thousands of portals, and the one they inadvertently went through was precisely the one leading back to their world? On one hand, predictable. On the other hand, whaaaa?
  • Is Tigerclaw a Star Fox character?
  • Oh pleasepleasepleaseplease kill Mikey. Pretty please, show?
  • The cheesephone is FANTASTIC.
  • Karai saving the turtles in 3…2…1…
  • Nope, Splinter. Where is Karai, anyway?
  • How is it that the prisoners are not disarmed? This fucking show.
  • Huh! Cool detail on the creation of mutagen.
  • Woo-hoo, Kraang monster. Feel the sarcasm.
  • Interesting turnabout.

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“Wormquake!” Part 2

  • Okay, the worms’ butt faces are nicely creepy.

  • Wait, so they’re going with Shredder wearing a ask because of his burns? That seems…ill-conceived.

  • Please tell me Shredder won’t fall for the “only fight your enemies at their best” crap.

  • Welp.

  • “So fierce, yet so scared?” What the hell is that supposed to mean?

  • Hee! At the Bradford commercial.

  • I like April’s ringtone for Casey

  • Somebody is seriously overstimating the amount of salt in a shaker.

  • I really love all of Casey’s improvised weaponry.

  • Okay, there’s something really off about the old-school turtles, visually. Like they look too polished or something.

All in all, not a bad episode, although still far from feeling like something I’d recommend.


3 Responses to TMNT (2012) New Episode Open Thread (Spoilers)

  1. Scott says:

    I think Nick’s version of The Rat King might be the best incarnation of the character after the original Mirage version. I’m just shocked at how well written he is, and I loved his names for the rats like, “Artistotle.” It shows he hasn’t lost his intelligence after his transformation especially with the mathematical formula he was creating on the board.

    Really good episode all around with good usage of everyone. Mikey was genuinely funny in this one and the usage of Irma was pretty well done.

  2. Ian says:

    Good day, yesterday! At what can technically be called comic book convention–it’s more of a comic book flea market–I ended up scoring several Mirage TMNT books, including issue #32 (the one where April is suddenly a reporter and has an adventure in Egypt) the color version of issues #18 (the Bruce Lee homage) and the first film adaptation. I also got Tales of the TMNT Vol. 1 #2 (Nobody’s first appearance), but that one is in such bad shape that the lower edge of the book breaks appart at a touch. It might have once been on fire. I’m especially glad to get issue #32, since I’d already decided against collecting the IDW collection which includes it, since it also contains the most explicit instance of the character’s whitewashing.

  3. Ian says:

    F.Y.I.: I’ve edited the original post to add thoughts on “Wormquake!”

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