Open Thread: Turtles (or Gargoyles) in Time (Spoilers)

OR: Ian’s cynical ploy to capitalize on today’s increased TMNT-related internet traffic.

So there’s a new episode of the 2012 TMNT out today, the first in a good long while.  I’ll admit I haven’t been following the series all that closely, as I don’t get Nickelodeon in my house, so watching new episodes now requires more effort than I’m sometimes willing to spend.  Still, this episode is special, because we are (finally?) getting one of my favorite-ever TMNT characters.


From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #1. Art by Sophie Campbell.


Now, do I have any faith they’ll do right by her?  Surprisingly, I’m actually not all that fearful: Renet–or at least the incarnation of her seen in “Time Travails” and the 2003 series–is one of the few characters whose personality is already largely in line with the Nick show’s sensibilities so I don’t expect anything too horrible to be done with her.  Then again, the show could always surprise me.

Anyways!  Time travel.  Talk about your favorite TMNT or Gargoyles stories involving time travel, be they from the cartoons or any other source.  What’s your favorite approach to time travel?  Is it Gargoyles’ “everything occurs because it did”?  Or do you prefer the everything goes chaoticness of the Timey-Wimey Ball?  What stories would you have most liked to see in the proposed Gargoyles spin-off TimeDancer?  Talk about it here!  And heck, if you have anything to say about today’s new episode, feel free to share that also.

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TMNT (2012) New Episode Open Thread

What the?  Has the episode been leaked already?  In any case, discuss it here.

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.


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.


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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TMNT (2012) New Episode Open Thread (Spoilers)

Metalhead Rewired

I think I’ve been on the record before about not being a fan of doppelganger turtles running around.  They seem fundamentally misguided, and feel a bit too much like creative crutches.  While this show managed a rather excellent version of Slash–which succeeded, in large part, because of Raph’s existing relationship with Spike–it was nowhere near as successful with Metalhead, who beyond his recurring role as comedic extra, has done nothing but serve as yet another third-act for the turtles to fight, and worse, seems to have nothing to offer beyond that.  Here’s hoping I’m proven wrong.

As always, post your thoughts, positive, negative, or meta-filled in the comments.

ETA: My thoughts below the cut.

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TMNT (2012) Open Thread (Spoilers)

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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.

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