Review & Comparison! OS TMNT 2 to Nick TMNT

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This is the day I would normally write a review about the newest episode of Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I would go on about the plots, characters, favorite scenes, and if I like or don’t like the changes made to characters in the show.  These are normally fun write ups sharing my inside view of the Nickelodeon series.  And while I wish I could say these are weekly, they’re not.  Nickelodeon every now and then takes a break, making us fans hold our breath just a little bit longer in waiting for the next installment of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  So what do I do?  I re hatch the old series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Today I’ll do a review comparison of the second episode of the original series "Enter the Shredder", comparing it to the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.  Hope everyone enjoys this read.

I reviewed and compared the Nickelodeon theme song to the original series theme song.  So I’m not going to start there.  This review will all be about the episode itself.  This episode held as many important scenes as OS TMNT 1 did.  We learn about Krang, we watch as Bebop and Rocksteady are taken into be mutated and see the Turtles fight their way through the Technodrome.  A full episode filled with important moments for the rest of the original TMNT cartoon series.

We start off seeing April O’Neil walk in turning on the light saying Raphael’s name.  It shows the Turtles sleeping on bunk beds as they start to wake up to get around.  Leonardo says they can’t eat till they train.  Where we see Michaelangelo lose his patients.  After training the Turtles have breakfast which is when April let’s them know that they are going topside to help her get the story out of all this madness.

When I was a kid I did not think much about this, but now as an adult watching the cartoon I find things that did not stand out to me back then.  Teenagers inside a sewer where they can, and did expand to more room for sleeping, were all sleeping on bunk beds?  With their weapons?  Only taking their face mask off at night?  Got to admit it worked for me back then, as I loved seeing Raph sleeping with his sai.  I also have to wonder why April only called Raphael when she came in to wake them.  Was there another reason that she wanted just Raph, and the others decided to wake up too so she changed her mind?  That even confused me as a kid.

I find it funny that Michaelangelo is the Turtle to lose his patients during training.  In the 4Kids series that was the one thing Mikey really had.  As he would tease Raph and let Raph be his own downfall, as seen in “Meet Casey Jones” and “Big Brawl” Part 3.  In the Nickelodeon series though, Michelangelo doesn’t have much patience while waiting for Donatello to arrive with the Shell raiser in “The Pulverizer".  Personally I liked how 4Kids handled this part of Mikey best.  As it felt like Mikey had a part of his ninja training under control, which helped make him a better part of the team.

With April getting the Turtles to go out and look for the rest of her story, it was a nice way to push the story along.  This scene was also an area where we got to see more of the Turtles eating different pizza.  I felt all of this was a good intro that helped us get a feel for how the Turtles live, to where we’re picking up with on their mission for April.

April goes with the Turtles searching for the Technodrome.  They get to the area where it should be and find a huge tunnel.  Realizing the Technodrome went that way, April wants to go and get her story.  Leonardo stops her, and tells them that they’re going to get Splinter.  It’s too dangerous for April.

This is a scene I really like.  It shows the Turtles going out and seeing just where they need to go.  Realizing this is bigger than they could of pictured and more dangerous.  They decide to re think out a plan.  This is something I do not see often in the Nickelodeon series, closes we got to this was in “Panic in the Sewers” where they did not return out of logic, but fear.  In some episodes like “I think his name is Baxter Stockman” and “The Pulverizer” the Turtles are off to find the bad guys and appear there without any reason of knowing how to get to where they are.  This is the details that bug me in the new show, which they really displayed well in the first few episodes of the original TMNT Cartoon series.

Shredder is on the run in his Technodrome as he’s called away, he goes into talk to this pink blob with tentacles for arms.  He calls the creature Krang, as Krang gets after Shredder for not going through with his side of their deal. Krang has given him advance technology wanting Shredder to build him a body.  Shredder uses the excuse that the Turtles and Splinter are more important right now.  So Krang tells him how to defeat his enemies.  Telling Shredder to use the same mutagen that he had used to try and kill Hamato Yoshi, to now make his own mutants.

My biggest problem with this is that they never explain how Krang knew that Splinter was mutated into a rat.  This is much like in the new Nickelodeon series Shredder and the Foot are calling Hamato Yoshi by Splinter, which we first see in “New Friend, Old Enemy”.  I am hoping there is a reason for this.  It is a little bit of a pet peeve of mine when bad guys know more than they should.  I do not recall a moment where Krang explains how he knew Splinter was a rat.  Did Shredder stand there and watch them mutate after pouring the ooze down the drain? If so, why not take that moment of confusion of his enemy to kill him and take the Turtles?  If Shredder has been watching them, why can he never find their lair now?

For Krang though this is a great introduction to a character everyone will learn to love hating.  Krang is a fun and dangerous character.  He wants to take over Earth, he’s already done damage to his own dimension.  So he can do damage here if not stopped.  Krang has weapons that Earth is not ready to go against.  All he needs is a body, which makes it so he needs the Shredder as much as the Shredder needs him.  The two of them make a team.  Where they fight for leadership against each other.  They hate each other as much as they need the others help.  And that is best shown right in this scene.

Back to the Turtles as they inform Splinter of what is going on.  Splinter fears that this is the Shredder and decides he should join his students in trying to find the Technodrome.  April heads off to Channel 6 to see if there is any reports at work that could help them in locating the Technodrome.

The teams split up as things as things are starting to fall into place.  A short scene just long enough for us to get to know what their plan is, and see a few jokes.

At Central Park Zoo two robots come up from the ground and steal a rhino and a warthog from their cages.  An old man and his dog are watching as they’re taken back into the hole in the ground.  The robot is nice enough to come back and say sorry, wishing the old man a nice day.

More parts of the show is coming together.  Kept short, but given a little action as the animals are trying to get away.  We see where Shredder gets his animals and what he uses.  I did find it amusing that the robots were nice to the people, when they’re suppose to be evil.

The Turtles are with Splinter going through the sewers looking for the Technodrome.  But when they come to a cave in blocking their path, they split up from Splinter.  Looking for a way around top side, while Splinter tries to find a way through the cave in.  At this time Shredder is going to the gang that attacked April to look for recruits to become the new Mutants he needs.  Once he convinces them to volunteer he takes two and chains them down having the rhino and the warthog pulled into the room to do their mutations.

These scenes tie together nicely as they’re showing why the Turtles are having a hard time finding the Technodrome.  And just what the Shredder is doing with this time.  I do like a nod that the Nickelodeon series is doing with this series.  Shredders two lead henchman was one black and one white, Bebop and Rocksteady.  Now in the Nickelodeon series we’re going through this again with Xever and Chris Bradford.  The biggest differences is that Xever and Chris are both smart and very talented fighters.  I still think this is a nice nod for us TMNT fans who really do like Bebop and Rocksteady.

The Turtles are coming out of the sewer to look for their way around the cave in.  They find themselves in the middle of the street.  After avoiding cars they get to an alley and realize they’re right near where April works, Channel 6.  Inside April gets in trouble for being gone, but she is given the zoo robbery story, and we’re given a time frame here that the robbery happened two hours ago.  She comes out upset at the Turtles.  Only to find the dressed in really bad disguises.  She tells them about the Zoo robbery by robots.   The Turtles decide to check this out with her.  While Splinter has made his way through the cave through and finds the Technodrome.  Before he can do anything he is caught by the same type of robot that took the Rhino and the Warthog from the zoo.

There is another mistake where you have the wrong turtle talking.  Leonardo’s mouth is moving as Raphael’s voice is saying “I got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore Uncle Toto”.  This mistake happens as the Turtles come out of the sewer.  Other than that this is a great piece them up scene.  Once again getting us to where we need to be.  We see each of the characters moving to their locations to bring us the show down between the Ninja Turtles and Shredder.  And they’re not skipping out on the comedy, the stuff the turtles dress in to get near April’s job is awesomely bad.

The Turtles get to the zoo and find the hole in the ground.  They go down, leaving April behind.  Once they find the Technodrome, they get an invite in by the Shredder’s voice.  Leonardo realizes this could be a trap, but with Splinter’s walking staff as a sign that he’s in danger the Turtles go in.   April is trying to get a camera crew, but Channel 6 is not working too well with her.  The Turtles find themselves going through a handful of tests that the Shredder has to see how good they really are.  After fighting their ways through the tests taking out these robots, the Turtles find Splinter.

I like the maze of traps that Shredder had for the Turtles.  He wanted to see if Splinter trained them all the way and if they were worth his time.  Once he saw they were he knew just what way he was going to approach them to see if he can get what he wants.  This is one of my favorite meetings between the Turtles and Shredder, just because of how much they have to go through before seeing him.

The Turtles go to help Splinter when Shredder and the Foot come into the room.  Shredder gives his full speech on why they should join him.  How he created them.  Though the Turtles take no time in making their choice to cut Splinter down.  At this point Shredder calls in Bebop and Rocksteady as the fight begins.  The fight does not take long as Bebop and Rocksteady knock themselves out by head butting.  The Turtles take out the Foot Soldiers and cut Splinter down, escaping the Technodrome.

I’ve always loved it that Shredder tries to get them to join him here.  How he tries to use the fact that he mutated them.  How he takes credit for chasing Hamato Yoshi to New York.  And in the flashback it shows him flowing Yoshi on his monitors again.  While I know he’s got camera things as pointed out later on, if he was doing this well with following Yoshi back then, why hasn’t he found the lair now?  It just seems like a plot hole still to me.  Shredder had better tech in the first five episodes of this series than he has in the rest of the seasons.  I did like how the fight was short, and not an overdrawn battle.

The Turtles get Splinter top side as Leonardo remarks that the fight was too easy.  Bebop and Rocksteady then come smashing up through the street with guns threatening the Turtles.  At first Bebop and Rocksteady are a threat, though Michaelangelo comes up with the line about them belonging in a zoo, which Donatello fastly agrees to.   The Turtles lead Bebop and Rocksteady into the zoo, where they are able to trap them into a cage, a great show of who Bebop and Rocksteady are for the series as Mikey says “Dumb, dumb, dumb, those dudes are so dumb”.  As they walk out of the Zoo April shows up with her news van, where the Turtles can show her the two caged Mutants.  April gives the Turtles a ride home, as Bebop and Rocksteady are freed from the cage by the robot to go see Shredder.

A nicely wrapped up end of the fight for Turtles to close off the episode.  Bebop and Rocksteady is free, Shredder is still out there, and has his Technodrome.  The Turtles now know what they’re up against.  And have chosen their side in this battle.  They got their reasons to fight the Shredder, as he is an arch enemy of their Master.  And one that will not forget about them, even if they tried to disappear now.

I love that by the end of the second episode we got a feel for all the main characters.  While build up is nice on some things, like who is Krang, what is in Dimension X.  It’s great to know who we’re dealing with as the main cast.  The Nickelodeon series did not give me this feeling after the end of their second episode.  We knew they were going against the Kraang to help save April’s father.  With no clue as to why they took her father.  It’s taken 17 episodes just to learn that they were really after April herself.  The Turtles swore to help her.  And then we get a glimps of the Shredder realizing Hamato is in New York, where he decides to travel to New York City to get him.

Nickelodeon has a great in depth story.  Though sometimes it just feels like it’s being drawn out so long that by time we’re getting some of the answers to what’s going on, instead of being excited it’s got that feeling “It’s about time”.  With the original cartoon series, we were given so many other things to chew on that by time they would get to their story building plots there was this excitement in the air.  Even the 4Kids series played this off better for me, as we saw a bit of Shredder at the end of way more episodes, watching his plot build before he met the Turtles in “The Shredder Strikes”.   Do not get me wrong, I am loving the Nickelodeon series and where they’re going with things.  "The Gauntlet" is a great episode, and is the 9th episode where the Turtles meet the Shredder... it just seems like it’s taking forever for the Turtles to get round two against him.

The original cartoon series second episode is fun.  Jam packed with their mission and just how they go about doing what needs to be done.  Learning about the villains and how they’re doing what they are doing.  This is a great episode and for me has one of the best introduction to the Shredder for the Turtles.  Not because of how dangerous he was, though because of how much he realized the value of these Turtles wanted it for his own.  Not just one of the Turtles, but all four.  And he was going to try and get this without pretending to be good, showing from the beginning that he is evil.   For this, I give “Enter the Shredder” two thumbs up for it’s awesome pace, comedy, action and character growth!

Have you seen “Enter the Shredder”?  What is your thoughts on this episode?  How do you compare what happened in this episode, to what we’ve seen in other medias of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?  Please share reviews, comparisons, comments and questions below?

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