Why I Like Mary

First of all, an apology to regular commenter Robin. I had told her earlier that the next one of these would be of David Xanatos, but upon beginning to write it, I realized that my feelings on the character are in flux at the moment, and that writing something that wouldn’t repeat what everyone already knows about the character would take an incredible amount of effort and go against the point of these essays, which is to have something short and relatively effortless  to produce to post between episode reviews. The Xanatos piece will still go up, eventually—I’ve hit on an interesting thought about how the way the show deals with it mirrors and to a degree predicts the way society has been forced to deal with the too-big-to-fail 1%–but the whole thing needs some time to marinate. So, until we get that, here’s a post about a character that’s just as awesome.


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TMNT (2012) New Episode Open Thread (Spoilers)

Have I mentioned lately how much I like how the CGI is often used in this series?  Because I do.


So.  New episode.  I’ll be at work today so I won’t be able to watch it, but if it’s online, I’ll catch it eventually, assuming I don’t have anything else to do, like watching Bob’s Burgers or washing my hair–I’ll write my thoughts later if I have them.  In any case, chat about the episode here.


On bodily autonomy

There are three differences of note between what Elizabeth O’Neil did to her husband in the IDW comics and what David Xanatos attempted to do to Hudson in “The Price”.

  1. Xanatos kept Hudson abreast of just how exactly the gargoyles’ bodily autonomy was being violated, while Elizabeth kept John O’Neil in the dark.
  2. Elizabeth actually succeeds, while Hudson escapes.
  3. The ooze actually does what Elizabeth wants it to do, while the Cauldron of Life, as it turns out, doesn’t.


Plug: A Visual History of April O’Neil, Part 2: (1988 – 1991)

Covering the first two films, the debut of April’s Archie incarnation, and the heyday of the Mirage guest-creator era.

The year 1987 brought us our second ever incarnation of April, one that, while visually faithful to the character as originally depicted, was at odds with what had become the norm.  As the new franchise’s popularity continued to expand, two more new incarnations were introduced: April as seen in the films, who like most things in the movie was conceived as an amalgam of her comic book and cartoon incarnations; and April as seen in the Archie comic books, who was ostensibly the cartoon version, but like most things in the book quickly became her own distinct character.  While the people over at Mirage were still depicting their version of the character as a Woman of Color, by 1990, it was White April who had become the norm.

Go give it a read here.

Plug: Two Recent Instances of Ableism In TMNT Worth Discussing

Sorry for the recent lack of updates.  Not only have I been juggling school with work and a brand-new obsession with Nikita, almost all of my writing time has been spent on an essay about ableism in recent TMNT stories.  That essay is now complete, and available at my other blog–specifically, here.

[Content Note: Ableism, ableist slurs, hostility to consent]

April Clone



With Nick’s TMNT long since having crossed the line from being “occasionally problematic” to “actively immoral and loving it”, I haven’t felt the need to try and dissect the series in any great detail recently.  The problems are the same as they’ve ever been, they’ve been discussed, and there’s really nothing new to say about them.

And then came the April Clone.

In the episode “The Kraang Conspiracy”, the turtles and April discover that series baddie The Kraang, who need April (or more specifically, her genes–because why else would a girl be valuable?) in order to further their plans, have attempted to clone her many times over.  While incapable of furthering their plans, these clones are, with one exception, still perfect reproductions of April…all except for one.  That single clone, which the episode and Michelangelo eventually end up calling April Derp after the most frequent word in her vocabulary,  is set against the turtles, whom she keeps on the ropes until she is eventually, and accidentally, killed by April, whose powers are unleashed by the stress of the situation.