Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Season 2 Episode 13

Wormquake!

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Aired Sunday 11:00 AM Mar 14, 2014 on Nickelodeon
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The turtles must stop the Kraang from unleashing a giant mutated worm on the city. Meanwhile, Shredder hires a new solider, an assassin who goes by the name of Tiger Claw, to take out the turtles.
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  • Worm Rider

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    This was a great one for the show, it wasn't just fun but there was also some emotion involved. The subplot with the Krang was cool as we see these giant Worm whom are obviously an homage to the sandworms from David Lynch's "Dune", and just like those worms they turned out to be the source to make the mutagen possible, which is their milk yeah I know disgusting. One really bizzare feature of the worms was on their tails they have some baby like face which is kinda creepy, there's always something about attaching a figurehead of innocence to something menicing that gives that vibe.



    There are some great moments in that subplot, from a blackly comical moment as we see Casey in pretty much a Jonah and the Whale dilemma as he's in the inside of the worm, this of course gets both April and Donny to take action, the result of the rescue I'll just say is disgusting. As well as seeing April tame and ride one of the worms which could make Paul Attradies eat his heart out, even liked during that action sequence we see another inventive gadget of Casey's which are dynamite hockey pucks.



    However my favorate moment of all was seeing all of the chracters go into the portal and look into each doorway. I really liked the surreal atmosphere and what each of them contained which all looked like something out of Savador Dail painting or a Jodorowsky film. The best moment which I thought was comic gold was when they looked into the alternate dimention of themselves which was the original 80's cartoon of the turtles. The comments the turtles made cracked me up, my favorate one was Donny's as he spots the other version of April and comments how great she looks in the yellow jumpsuit, indeed she does. And the ending with the 80's cartoon verise was just as great as we see not just those versions of the turtles take action but we actually get to hear the actual voice actors from the show (Rob Paulsen of course does his Raphel voice again) and even a little of the old theme which was just awesome because it had a throwback feel to it, since I watched this cartoon in the 80's so you can understand the wave of nostalgia I got from this. But also seeing this segment it really made me feel that there could be another crossover film with our current version of the Turtles, that would be awesome.



    However what really powered the episode was the main plot with Shreader, as he wants to take out Splinter once and for all, not just to stop him thuarting his plans but to erase the truth from Karie. The action was as usual cool, I liked the new opponent the Turtles and Splinter had to deal whom is Tiger Claw, he's sort of like Bobba Fett from "Star Wars" as he has a vast arsenal and that rocket pack, though the guy probably never saw "Return of the Jedi" due to what happens to him in the end. As well as seeing the Turtles deal with Shreders other baddies, my favorate was Razar whom is an evolved mutant version of Dog Pound. Truth be told I think the new design of his is much better, it's much more menicing and pays slight homage to the design of the villian from the second live action movie. Let alone the name Razar fits him perfectly, lets face it the name Dog Pound was kinda a joke.



    But what I liked was the certain amount of emotion in the episode which I felt painted both Splinter and Karie in a sympathetic light. Splinter as well as Leo are constantly telling Karie the truth, but unfortunately Karie is still a little brainwashed from Shreder's influence as she is refusing to accept it. However you do see little moments where Karie no doubt is beginning to waver from Shreder's influence, after all the Turtles and Splinter would have no reason to lie to her. And there was that moment when Karie has a small twinge of emotion when Splinter talks a little about her mother, I kinda get the feeling Shreader never really talked much or at all to Karie about her mom even when she asked about her at some point.



    I admit the fact she is having trouble accepting the truth just make me all the more sad for her, just showing how much time Shreader stole from both Splinter and Karie. But also that most of Karie's family life has been loveless let alone childhood has been stolen from her as Shreader just raised her to be just a tool for his purposes and to make her inavertantly kill her true father a sort of sick twisted version of revenge toward Splinter; sort of like with River Song in "Doctor Who".



    I also liked seeing how despite being raised by Shreader her humanity hasn't been driven away fully. There is a distinct difference between both of them, Karie has a sense of honor but Shreader I personally feel is dishonorable. Karie was able to arrange a duel between both Shreader and Splinter so they would both fight fairly and stop Shreader from killing him imdeidately, even though that's what he wanted to do. They have their battle but personally I didn't think it was a fair battle because Shreader didn't give Splinter enough recovery time so he could be 100 percent, it just shows that Shreader is a cheater, cheating isn't honorable because it's not though skill you win but really just dirty tricks. It also shows why Splinter is Karie's true father and is the honorable one because despite his weakened state he was still able to win though his own skill and engenuity when he then breaks the glass surface Shreader is standing on which of course makes Shreader fall and gives Splinter some time to escape.



    However I really liked it in the end when we see Karie stick around, from staying hidden and seeing how Spliner is helping out Leo, I can tell from the look in her eyes Shreader's never done that for her. And even hearing some of the last conversation they all have at the end, I felt that moment was hopeful because it shows that the truth is starting to come through to her, hopefully she'll have good sense to let it set her free.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the first half, Stockman has the mutagen collar around his neck, but in the second half when Splinter is brought to the Shredder, the mutagen collar on Stockman's neck is gone.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Leonardo: Master Splinter, I tried to tell Karai that... you're her father. I thought if she knew, she might come over to my side.
      Splinter: There is a saying: He who runs his mouth gets a faceful of nunchaku.
      Leonardo: They say that in Japan?
      Splinter: They would if you were there.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Even though promotional material for this episode labeled it as "Wormquake," the title within the episode was "The Manhattan Project."

    • The Ninja Turtles from the 1980's TV series make a cameo appearance in this episode with their orginal voice actors, Cam Clarke (Leonardo), Townsend Coleman (Michelangelo), Barry Gordon (Donatello), and Rob Paulson (Raphael) reprising their roles.

    • This episode premiered as an hour long special.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

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