Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

Season 6 Episode 13

The Journal

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Dec 09, 2006 on FOX
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While in Cody's trophy-room the Turtles find an old journal written by April and Casey. Feeling homesick they decide to read some of its content...big mistake.

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  • The ending ultimately makes it clear that we've just spent half an hour watching an episode with little consequence, but the myriad cameos and familiar faces are too good to pass up.moreless

    9.0
    (NOTE: This review contains spoilers)



    When the Turtles are caught sneaking a peek at Cody's journal, they're explicitly forbidden from doing so because knowledge of their future might have damaging effects on the timeline. So what do the Turtles do? Why, sneak a peek of course!



    There's a certain sense of mild frustration upon finishing the episode, because it's all fake. It's all concocted by Splinter to teach his sons a lesson, so none of the stories really matter. This episode is basically fan service to anyone missing the familiar characters and situations from the first five seasons. But if you watch this episode again knowing the outcome, it's a fun ride.



    We get to see April, Casey, Karai, the Justice Force and a few surprises, mostly because 4Kids skipped over the Ninja Tribunal season and aired this first. The stories are fluffy but fun - there's actually a pretty decent build-up with the stories starting pretty believable and moving to utterly ridiculous (as Splinter well admits).



    Bottom line, if you're looking for anything substantial you won't find it here, but otherwise it's a fun look back on the early years.moreless
  • The turtles decide to know more about their future by reading Casey’s and April's journal. Unfortunately, by doing that, they open Pandora’s Box.

    7.6
    Lesson number one boys and girls: If you are given the chance to know your future, DON’T!!! Splinter taught his sons the painful (and yet funny way) of what can happen by knowing the future. This is probably one of my most favorite episodes this season. When I saw the guys tumble into the old lair, I felt like hugging them along with Casey and April. Finally! They were out of the stupid future and back home!!! Of course, I think we all had a feeling that the journal was. Yet, I think the writers gave us a little bit of a foresight of what might be in the store for the guys when they finally come back to the present. The first story was my favorite: Mikey. Poor Mikey, trying so hard to be something he isn’t. While he did save Silver Sentry, he ended up turning the whole Justice Force into little babies!! I have to admit, I loved seeing the little guys!! They were so cute, fighting in April’s apartment, and seeing them again as toddlers at April’s wedding. It was sweet of April to raise the little buggers. I just hope she enlisted Mikey as the full time nanny!!! The Justice Force has never been a favorite of mine. Personally I think the city should have just one hero group: the turtles. However, I wonder if something drastic does eventually happen to the Justice Force. Also, did anyone notice that Nobody was now a part of the Justice Force? Leo’s story was good too. I loved seeing Karai again. Even though she was evil in season four, I always hoped that she would come back to the good side and get together with Leo. While it appeared that Karai was on the right side once again, she and Leo didn’t actually get along that great. In fact, Leo was acting the same way he did in season four: dark and miss-trusting. Leo was so convinced that Karai would betray the council, that he ended up getting himself kicked out of the Ninja Tribunal himself. Brutal. Apparently, Leo still has some trust issues with Karai. Not to mention he is probably still hurt by her portrayal. If he ever gets back to the present, I’m sure we will see that play out some more. Don’s story was the saddest, although ironically, it seems that his future was the only one not affected by reading the journal. Donny always has it rough compare to his brothers. For example, in season three, he had the worst alternate universe experience in “Same as it never was.” Then in season four he gets turn into a monster and now in season five he believes that he will end up as a disembodied brain trapped in a Serling bot! Speaking of our dear friend Serling, who here thinks that maybe Don help create the prototype for Serling? And last but not at all least, we have Raph. Good old Raph who is just trying to have fun, and ends up causing probably the most damage out of the four of them. After finally destroying Hun (hey, what happened to that scare on Hun's face?) Casey and Raph get a free one-way ticket to a deserted island. While they are stuck in paradise, April marries another, sells the company, and global warming hits the roof! At this point, it was extremely obvious that the journal was a fake. My one complaint is we didn’t get a little peek as to WHEN our heroes will return home. I figured we won’t, I was just hoping.moreless
Darren Dunstan

Darren Dunstan

Splinter

David Zen Mansley

David Zen Mansley

Darius Dun (Season 6-/Bishop Season 3-)

Frank Frankson

Frank Frankson

Raphael (as John Campell Season 3-)

Marc Thompson

Marc Thompson

Casey Jones (Season 1-5)/Serling (Season 6-)

Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas

Leonardo

Sam Riegel

Sam Riegel

Donatello

Eugene Roth

Eugene Roth

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Iain Wayland

Iain Wayland

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Shawn Curran

Shawn Curran

Additional Voices

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • How could Nano and Ananda get affected by the baby lasers? Nano is pure technology (with human feelings) and thus cannot age. As for Ananda, she was inside the giant Dome-Bot suit which should've stopped her from aging.

    • This episode more or less contains major spoilers to the Ninja Tribunal storyline that never aired on 4Kids TV. Some episodes aired on "Comcast On Demand" and at some time, the whole storyline will eventually be released on DVD.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Leonardo: (to Raphael; after pretending to sleep walk) Save it, Raph. Seems like we have the same problem sleeping. Isn't that right, Donatello?
      Donatello: All right, I'm busted.

    • Michelangelo: Surprised! I'm in disguise. I'm a box turtle, get it?
      Raphael: More like a jerk in a box.

    • (Raphael takes a Silver Sentry doll from Mikey)
      Mikey: Hey, give me back my super poseable, highly collectible action figures.

    • Raphael: Playing with dollies while we are doing chores; should have guessed.
      Mikey: They are not dollies, they are highly articulated action figures, very collectible; all of our old stuff is.

    • Leo: (opens the journal) Hmm, this first section is written by Casey.
      Raph: How can you tell?
      Leo: Root beer and burger stains; plus, every other word is misspelled.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Here's what events happened when the Ninja Turtles read April's journal about them returning to the present:

      * Michelangelo saves Silver Sentry from Dr. Malignus and later accidentally turns the Justice Force into babies during a battle with Dr. Malignus' minion Binky Boy.
      * Leonardo is forever exiled from the Ninja Tribunal's temple for almost ruining Karai's burial ritual of the Shredder, accusing Karai of being a traitor, and betraying the Ninja Tribunal's trust.
      * Donatello's ship to the Utrom homeworld is attacked by a meteor show during a tour of the galaxy and gets his brain transfered inside The Serling Unit's body.
      * Raphael and Casey fight Hun and the Purple Dragons and a Foot Mystic sends them to a deserted island for three years which during that time allowed Darius Dun to take over O'Neil Tech with junky tech that caused global warmed and this event caused the people to reside underground and later turn into Mole People.

      It turns out that the journal they read was a fake make by Cody to teach the Turtles a lesson.

    • In Mikey's story, Nobody has apparently joined the Justice Force. Another new member is Nano, who joined the team in the lost episode, "Membership Drive". The rest of the team are: Silver Sentry, Chrysalis, Tsunami, Metalhead, and Ananda.

    • Dr. Malignus, The Justice Force, Hun, The purple dragons, The Ninja Tribunal, Karai, The Utroms, April and Casey all have brief appearances in this episode.

    • The villains in this episode only appeared in the journal that the turtles were reading and they were: Dr. Malignus, Binky Boy, Hun, Purple Dragons, and a Foot Mystic,

    • First Fast Forward appearance of April and Casey.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The plot of the Justice Force being turned into infants by a supervillain may be an allusion the Disney 2005 movie Sky High, in which the villain of the movie, Royal Pain, changes the senior staff and alumni of the superhero school into babies.

    • Nobody's inclusion onto the Justice Force may be an allusion to Batman's presence on the Justice League. Nobody, a grim vigilante with no actual superpowers, is more than a little reminiscent of Batman.

    • Michelangelo: My spider-sense is tingling.

      Whenever the Marvel character Spider-Man senses danger, he feels it before it happens with the help of his spider-sense.

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