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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "Earth's Last Stand" Review

As fun, funny and action-packed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can be, it only strikes an emotional chord every once in awhile, but when it does, it's often the standout moment of the episode. (Suffice to say, Master Splinter has gotten his fair share of these over the years.) But in "Earth's Last Stand," the truly affecting arc this week was Fugitoid's, and for me it stood out as one of this season's best. Because at its core this episode was about second chances -- not just for the Turtles, but for Fugitoid as well, who, until now, we knew relatively little about. Obviously one of the driving forces this week was the discovery that Fugitoid created and sold the black hole generator to the Kraang many years ago, which divided the team. For Leonardo, this culminated in a reckless (but visually awesome) attack on the Triceraton mothership. Meanwhile, back on Earth, we found out that, yes, there were in fact two sets of Turtles now: our time-traveling Turtles from the "present" and the Turtles of six months ago. And while many of the scenes were retreads from the Season 3 finale, they had the added twist of being seen from our Turtles' perspective, along with Mozar learning the truth about the past. READ MORE...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "The Ever-burning Fire" Review

As the final spacefaring episode of TMNT, "The Ever-Burning Fire" brought the Turtles' six-month voyage to an exciting close -- albeit in near-identical circumstances as when they started. But the great thing about this entry was how it brought in both the Triceratons and Lord Dregg into the race for the third black hole generator piece. Plus, it introduced a new Tokka, who was one of the Six Great Cosmic Monsters of the Universe, and the final fragment's guardian. This episode was nothing if not action-packed, starting with the showdown between the Turtles and Lord Dregg. I have to admit, I was a little surprised to see Dregg back so quickly after his defeat in the previous episode, but I kind of like how his non-demise has become an ongoing joke at this point. ("Man, finally! Dregg's harder to squish than a cockroach!") It was also a nice touch having Dregg work for the Triceratons, at least for a time. READ MORE...

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: "THE ARENA OF CARNAGE" REVIEW

This week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or should I say "Adolescent Alien Warrior Terrapins"?) effectively put a button on the three-episode storyline surrounding the first piece of the Black Hole Generator. At the same time, "The Arena of Carnage" gave us one of the more entertaining standalone adventures we've seen, including a direct tie-in to the Triceratons. Even the cold open, which was enjoyable in its own right, gave us a glimpse at the events to come. I absolutely loved the arcade-style simulation Fugitoid cooked up, right down to Shredder announcing the text graphics in the background. It also made me realize how desperately I want to play a TMNT fighting game in the style of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. (Get on it, Nickelodeon!) READ MORE...

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: "JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF MIKEY'S MIND" REVIEW

This week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was certainly one of the most unique episodes we've seen this season -- sort of 2016's answer to the Dream Beavers episode last year. And much like that episode, the majority of "Journey to the Center of Mikey's Mind" took place inside the brains of our heroes, specifically Michelangelo's. While this episode was pretty fillery overall, it still offered some fun distractions. Of course, the part that did advance the main plot this week was the team's visit to Zaphod's Cantina -- a clever reference to everybody's favorite two-headed scoundrel in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Indeed, this new setting felt a bit like a mashup of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe and Wuher's Cantina in Star Wars, which was cool. We were also introduced to the Jabba the Hutt-esque schematics dealer Belly Bomb (Charlie Murphy), who first appeared in the Archie Comics. READ MORE...

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: "RIDDLE OF THE ANCIENT AEONS" REVIEW

It had been nearly two months since our last TMNT fix, during which time our only brief hit was a new trailer for the live-action movie sequel. (I admit, hearing Fugitoid this week was slightly unsettling after watching the entirety of David Tennant's performance in Jessica Jones between episodes.) But at long last, the series returned with "Riddle of the Ancient Aeons," which marked the season's first major milestone since the premiere. In "Beyond the Known Universe," we learned that the Utroms had hidden away three fragments that make up the Black Hole Generator, with this week's episode focusing on the first of those three. And while the journey itself was pretty standard -- including yet another mind-altering plot device -- the storyline's use of mystery and scale was pretty epic. READ MORE...

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: "THE OUTLAW ARMAGGON" REVIEW

"The Outlaw Armaggon" was similar to last week's episode in that the Turtles explored another ruined ship out in the middle of space, but the circumstances and outcome were completely different -- and for the better, with not one but two alien threats. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before the legendary Ron Perlman lent his voice to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but they sure gave him an awesome character to play -- the robo-shark bounty hunter, Armaggon, who, yes, was just as badass as he sounds. (Sharp-minded fans might also remember Armaggon from the Archie comics, although this was the character's TV-animated debut.) In addition to boasting a rad-as-hell design, Armaggon's first attack on Fugitoid's ship was suitably Jaws-inspired, with Raph even saying the very line I was thinking: "We're gonna need a bigger ship." READ MORE...

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: "BEYOND THE KNOWN UNIVERSE" REVIEW

In the parlance of Casey Jones, "That was METAL!" To put it mildly, things looked pretty grim after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 3 finale, as the Turtles lost their friends, family and the entire freaking planet. The Season 4 premiere started off on a somber note, similar to the beginning of Season 3. But instead of April and her diary, Leonardo caught us up with a Star Trek-esque "captain's log" detailing the destruction of Earth. It was a nice way to start things out, especially since some fans pointed out that our heroes, Casey in particular, seemed too excited after their devastating defeat. READ MORE...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "Annihilation: Earth!" Review

The TMNT: Season 3 finale delivered a dark, fun, action-packed storyline, with higher stakes than ever before.   Read More... //www.ign.com/articles/2015/09/27/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-annihilation-earth-review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "Dinosaur Seen in Sewers!" Review

This week's TMNT introduced Zog the Triceraton, who paved the way for the Season 3 finale.   Read More... //www.ign.com/articles/2015/09/20/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-dinosaur-seen-in-sewers-review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "The Fourfold Trap" Review

Karai's evil relapse came to a head in this week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.   Read More... //www.ign.com/articles/2015/09/13/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-the-fourfold-trap-review