For the Glory of the Republic: “Rogue in the House” Part Two

“Sirs! Tell them Zog fought bravely. For his comrades. For the republic. For victory!” — Zog

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Written by: Ben Townsend

Original Air Date: April 24, 2004

Recap Narrator: Zog

Characters and Concepts Introduced: N/A

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: “The Edge”

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Mirage Stories: “The Golden Puck”

“Just a puck?  Just a puck!? It’s not just a puck! It’s a symbol. That golden puck comes from the beginning of ice hockey and carries us forward to the future of…ice hockey!” Casey Jones

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Written by: Michael Ryan

Original Air Date: April 10, 2004

Teaser Narrator: Casey Jones

Characters and Concepts Introduced: Slim, Jimmy, Jimmy, Mr. Arboost

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: N/A

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Landfill(er): “Junklantis”

“Rule, Britannia, Britannia rules the waves!  I don’t know the words to this stinky song!” Michelangelo

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Written by: Eric Luke

Original Air Date: April 3, 2004

Teaser Narrator: Donatello

Characters and Concepts Introduced: N/A

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: “Monsters”

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Things Can Be Reversed: “Return to the Underground”

“Him and his big ideas.  ‘C’mon guys, let’s go down to the underground city! We’ll have some laughs!’ WE’LL GET EATEN!”— Michelangelo

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Written by: Marty Isenberg

Original Air Date: March 6, 2004

Teaser Narrator: Donatello

Characters and Concepts Introduced: Turtle Tunneler

Gargoyles episode I could make a very forced comparison to: N/A

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Wherein I answer “TMNT 2003″‘s Questionaire

So I ran into this questionnaire yesterday, originally posted by TMNT2003‘s Tortuga Me Gusta Tumblr, and I figured I’d answer it.  Questions are in blockquotes, answers in between.

Your favorite season and why.

Season 4: The culmination of three seasons of growth. The characters and relationships have been established, the writers have broken free of the more limiting S&P restrictions, and we’re allowed to see what they really can do.

Your LEAST favorite season and why.

Season 7: Yes, it was clear that it was rushed as hell, and that they had a budget that made shoestrings seem like an extravagant expenditure. Still, there were lots of interesting things that could be have been done, and the series attempted like one of them.

List three things the series could’ve improved upon.

  • More diversity, particularly when it comes to gender and sexuality.
  • Better ways of dealing with the restrictions imposed by S&P, particularly in the first two seasons.
  • Better production values in general, particularly in seasons 4-7.

If you could only change one thing about the series, what would it be?

One change? Make April a Woman of Color, in line with her depiction for most of the first volume of Mirage.

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Looking Back: TMNT (2012) Season 1 (Part 2) : TMNT’s Women Problem

[Content Note:  Rape, Rape Culture, Nice Guys (TM), Sexist Tropes]

When I initially wrote that first post about how the pilot for Nick’s TMNT treatment of April O’Neil was problematic, I did not expect writing about gender to become a regular thing. Given that those first two episodes had somehow managed the unlikely feat of making April an irrelevant part of her own story, it seemed to me that there was nowhere for the show to go but up.

That sort of optimism seems funny to me now.

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It’s a Bit Clangy, and a Bit Jammy: “Turtles in Space — Part Three: The Big House”

” SPOOOOOOOON!!!”— Raphael

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Written by: Marty Isenberg
Original Air Date: November 22, 2003
Recap Narrator: Professor Honeycutt & Michelangelo
Characters and Concepts Introduced: Prime Leader Zanramon
Gargoyles episode I could make a forced comparison to: N/A

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