But first, a plug: if you haven’t seen it, the first part of my visual history of April O’Neil series is up at my other blog. Like the name indicates, it’s a look at the way the character of April has evolved over the years, which is something I think is rather interesting for a number of reasons.
And now that that’s done…
Slash is one of those characters who got really popular during the nineties era of the franchise, and is now experiencing a renaissance of sorts. He’s already made several appearances in the IDW comic, and now he’s making his cartoon debut, where he appears to have been recontextualized as a mutated version of Raph’s pet turtles Spike.
While I’m not a terribly big fan of Slash–he’s always felt like a cool design in search of a character–and I’m especially not a fan of mutating Spike to get him, I kinda sorta feel this episode might turn out okay. Raph hasn’t gotten a huge amount of focus episodes, and this one feels like the best-conceived of the lot. If we can get something like what we got with Michelangelo and Leatherhead, then this episode might just turn out OK.
As always, post your thoughts, positive, negative, or meta-filled in the comments. Also, a question: who are your favorite “other” turtles? Turtles characters who are not Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, or Raphael?
Some have already called this episode the best of season 2, and I agree. In fact, I was left wishing that this had been a two-parter, since this episode really deserved more space to breathe. While the episode we got was quite good, I wanted to see the other turtles deal with Slash in a context other than a smackdown, and have the five turtles face off against an enemy before Slash turned on them.
- It irks me that the turtles appear to take a lab accident far more seriously than they do stuff like them botching the operation in the season premiere.
- The series really needs someone on staff to point out obvious inconsistencies: just how is it that a three-foot drop is enough to cause the contents of a mutagen canister to spill at the beginning, while a canister that is subjected to far more abuse remains intact?
- While I really liked Leo being forced to have tea with the little girl, the lead-up to that, I thought, was mostly superfluous, with the series of contrived coincidences leading the canister from point A to be B feeling a bit too contrived to be humorous. I probably would have found it hilarious if I were seven, but I can’t imagine any other context where it’d be similarly funny. The payoff was fantastic, though.
- Neither Michelangelo nor Donatello did anything to annoy me this episode, which I think counts as a small miracle. Please, writers, more of this.
- No wait, there was the fact that Mike ruined Raph’s magazines, but even this wasn’t too bad, since it’s perfectly in character for him and he was called out on it immediately.
- Just how is the Mutagen Tracker supposed to work, by the way? How is it that is suddenly detects mutagen it had not detected before, and isn’t set off by the mutagen in the lair?
- I find it incredibly curious that Raph had an interest in vintage martial arts magazines since he was nine. There’s a story there.