• Silverstar
    Comments: 145

    Venus casts a spell to bring the team together and instead it literally clumps the others together in a heap? That’s something I’d expect to see on a Sid & Marty Krofft show.

    But then Splinter wakes up from his nap, traps the spell itself in a tablecloth, wrestles the magic to the ground and lets it go, and then goes back to bed right after informing the guys that Venus may be in dire peril because the Rank are in the sewer, but he’s too sleepy to deal with it. That’s not even something H.R. Pufenstuf or Kaptain Kool and the Kongs would do.

    And of course after the Turtles finally decide that they should try to help Venus (after flashing back to a fight scene that they weren’t there for and therefore couldn’t possibly remember) Venus just saves herself and defeats the Rank off-screen. Whomp-whomp.

    I know I’m not breaking any new ground here, but this show was more of a Saturday morning cartoon than some actual Saturday morning cartoons I’ve watched. So much for the “bigger, badder, more serious” TMNT show. We were actually spared not getting a second season; I can only imagine what Next Mutation would have done to April and Casey.

    Thanks, Phelan. This show was a pain, but your videos have been a pleasure.

  • Goldstar
    Bat Hero
    Comments: 84

    The truly unfortunate thing is that a comedy focused TMNT series could have worked, if there had been actual jokes that were actually funny, the stories had been well written and the lead characters weren’t selfish a-holes to one another all the time. Yeah, siblings, close friends and roommates rag on each other sometimes. It’s what they do, but they do care for one another and will have each others’ backs at any moment. There should have been a closeness and camaraderie amongst them, even if it was usually not spoken. You can get this message across with decent writing. The Turtles should have been portrayed as a band of brothers, and sister. Yes, I said sister, because Venus should have been their sister and NOT a potential love interest, especially when the whole “We’re not related so there can be some potential turtle boning” thing was completely forgotten and abandoned after the first few episodes.

    My overall problem with Next Mutation isn’t that it was a comedy; it’s that it wasn’t funny. The show could have been funny and smart, even when it was being stupid, it could have been entertainingly stupid. For a TMNT series, Next Mutation served as an object lesson on what not to do and how not to do it. And since Next Mutation ended up being a one-and-done, we’ll never know how the show’s producers would have mishandled April and Casey, which is for the best.