Sweet Sixteen: “The Big Brawl” Part One

“And so it came to pass that this place was born, a nexus where beings from a multitude of different worlds could pit themselves against worthy challengers.” — D’Jinn

Written by: Mike Ryan

Original Air Date: May 15, 2004

Teaser Narrator: Splinter

Characters and Concepts Introduced: The Battle Nexus, D’Jinn, Drako, Miyamoto Usagi

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: “Avalon”, Part 2

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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


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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Metal Gear Solid 2 in a Ship: “Rogue in the House” Part One

“Sirs! Trooper Zog! Serial number XJ4! Reporting *koff* *koff* duty, sirs!” — Zog


Written by: Eric Luke

Original Air Date: April 17, 2004

Teaser / Recap Narrator: Leonardo

Characters and Concepts Introduced: Zog

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

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Iraq: “City at War” Part Two

“My name is Karai, and I am here to restore order to The Foot.”


Written by: Marty Isenberg

Original Air Date: March 20, 2004

Recap Narrator: Michelangelo

Characters and Concepts Introduced: N/A

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: “Avalon”, “Turf”

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Holodeck History: “Secret Origins” Part One

“We are Utroms.  We are one.  We shall not fail.  We shall not fail!” Mortu

Utroms at the console

Written by: Eric Luke
Original Air Date: January 17, 2004
Recap Narrator: TV News Report
Characters and Concepts Introduced: Ch’rell (Unnamed)
Gargoyles episode I could make a forced comparison to: “City of Stone”, “Legion”

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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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List Post II: “TMNT” (2003) Characters who are Fathers

Splinter occasionally gets some funny expressions, and I love this particular one.

If TMNT can be said to have a theme, it is that of fathers and the effects they have on their children.  In contrast with the original animated series, Splinter’s parentage is made into a major part of the series, and several other characters gain additional storytelling weight by serving as mirrors to that relationship.  This, more than anything else, is why I really like the idea of Karai as the Shredder’s daughter, as problematic as her demotion can be.

Most of these, I should note, are cases of adoptive fatherhood, which brings up the secondary theme of the series, which is that family is not inherently biological.  The Hamato line, in particular, is, as far a we know, continues only via adoption, and will continue to do so, given the biological realities of the turtles.

In any case, the list.  If I’ve missed one, or you simply have something to say, feel free to bring them up in the comments.

  1. Splinter (father to Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo)
  2. Oroku Saki, a.k.a. The Shredder, a.k.a. Ch’rell  (father to Karai Saki)
  3. Arnold Casey Jones Sr. (to Casey Jones)
  4. Harry (to Nano*)
  5. Hamato Yoshi (to Splinter*)
  6. The Daimyo of the Battle Nexus (to The Ultimate Ninja)
  7. Doctor Dome (to Ananda)
  8. Ammag (to Kluh)
  9. The Ancient One (to Hamato Yoshi, Yukio Mashimi, and Tang Shen)
  10. Mr. Hambrath (to Starlee and Glaxor Hambrath)

* Although the “children” in both cases see these people as their fathers, it is unclear that they would describe the relationship in that manner.