It honestly seems like its weeks in between each episode of TMNT. Its very frustrating as a fan to have to endure these big breaks. Lucky for us TMNT was back last week (apologies for the late review) and we're back to dealing with the Krang.
After the previous episodes freak of the week format, it was refreshing to have a return to the over arching story. Especially something that doesn't seem to get brought up very often. April's kidnapped father.
When there's an April-centric episode you know Donni wont be far behind, and this week was no exception. I honestly like how they portray Donni in this series but this infatuation with April is kinda creepy. I mean imagine these were REAL giant mutant turtles. Shes a high school girl. Its Creepy. At least Raph touched on it a few times this week. Hopefully Donni will be able to put it behind him when Casey Jones joins the picture next season.
The episode gets going when April gets a secret message from her dad. When Donni decodes it he learns that Mr. Oneal is being held in a secret Krang facility. Which in retrospect is very convenient. How was he able to send the message if he was locked up. (more on that later) Donni, in an attempt to impress April, goes off to rescue Mr. Oneal on his own. The rest of the turtles quickly find out and follow. But not before Donni gets himself into more trouble by releasing all the prisoners in the Krang facility, Including the very cool Newtralizer (or however you spell it)
The turtles end up saving Mr. Oneal and defeating the Newtralizer after some very well executed fight scenes. (I'm getting tires of saying it. I might only mention the fight scenes if they are EVER bad) But we quickly discover that there was more to this episode then we thought. Turns out that having the turtles rescue Mr. Oneal was apart of Shredder's and the Krang's plan and that Mr, Oneal himself isn't all that he appears to be either. Poor April, that girl cant seem to catch a break.
As a whole I really enjoyed this weeks episode. It was funny, action packed and more complex than any one-off episode. Lets hope we can continue with these story threads as we finish up this first season.
A Few Side Notes:
- How awesome was the Newtralizer? Its the only Krang experiment that uses weapons (hand cannons no less!) and I'd love to see the origin of this character.
- Mikey: "You named something without me!" . The running jokes are great.
- Any episode with Splinter makes it that much better.
- If the turtles have to abandon their sweet underground home because of Mr. Oneal I'm going to be pissed.