Doctor Who Season 2 (1964)

Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

The second season of Doctor Who is an improvement over the previous season with better crafted, more interesting serials.

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I shall miss them. Silly old fusspots

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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I actually liked Planet of Giants despite its quite mediocre reception. As the critics have pinpointed, visually it is very good, especially for its time and budget. I liked the setting and how well it was utilized. ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man’ looked better but that was a Hollywood film and this is a British series. Barbara was surprisingly weak here, but I really liked those two shady murderers and their subplot was quite interesting and well juxtapositioned with the TARDIS crew.

The Dalek Invasion of Earth is actually a bit overrated, quite the opposite from the previous underrated serial. I continue to not care for these robotic villains as they seem foolish to me. Here they should be villainous and creepy but they just aren’t. The serial, per usual, started intriguingly with the first episode, but then it quickly was relegated to your typical post-apocalyptic fare.

The last episode is famous for giving us the departure of Susan, the very first departure in the show and it was actually quite well executed in that it made me sad for a second even when I have never cared for the character. A really well done, memorable departure, but not the best of the season for sure.

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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The Rescue should have been better given the premise, but the first episode was awesome and intriguing and the entire serial benefits from an interesting storyline and characters. Especially the atmosphere is striking here and it carries it to the next level. This serial is famous for replacing Susan with Vicki who serves a similar purpose to Susan but is infinitely better as a more likable, more admirable and stronger female character who’s quite spunky, energetic and fun.

The Romans is a different than usual historical period serial because it is much more fun and casual in its approach and execution which I actually really liked. It still has all of the pitfalls of these serials such as a slower pace and some episodes are much more interesting than others, but the humor carries it through and Ian and Barbara in particular are so wonderful here in their great, fun dynamic and with some hilarious lines of dialogue. The ending is quite striking too.

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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The Web Planet featured a terrific, intriguing and visually arresting and creepy first episode, but everything afterwards went downhill and it just never recovered. This is easily the worst serial of this second season because I just could not take those Menoptra creatures seriously as they were obviously humans in costumes and here the budget definitely held the story back hugely. The action was particularly silly and stupid. The most dated Doctor Who serial for sure.

The Crusade has a couple of interesting scenes and especially good dialogue and some good characters. It is solid as historical serials go, but it is not a particularly strong and memorable serial. I, however, cannot judge it properly as two of its four episodes are missing. Thankfully, this is the only incomplete serial this time around.

The Space Museum is a particularly original and authentic in premise serial. Really interesting and memorable. But the execution wasn’t the best. I loved it at first, but then it ventured into more boring stuff and the Daleks were present here and they did not need to be in this serial in my opinion.

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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The Chase is not the greatest serial because it is overly rushed and frenetic in pacing with too much action in it. Some episodes are cheesy and others are boring. And as I said, some are too frenetic. But still the story is solid and actually very important for the show.

Yes, Barbara and Ian departed in the last episode of this serial and I was just amazed by their departure. It would be hard to top this departure, but let’s see. I loved seeing them having a fun time back in London in 1965. It was just so incredibly sad to see them go as I loved their characters and dynamic, but it was all the more sad seeing the Doctor and just how brutally he was hit by their departure. He will miss them and he did change during these two seasons. A great character arc and I loved that final scene, the best thing the series did so far.

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Doctor Who Season 2 Review

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The Time Meddler is one of the best serials here for sure. Steven is introduced as the new male addition to the team and he is just not Ian. He is solid and will do, but he is far from great or memorable. This story is set in 1066 but is not concerned with history all too much. Instead it gives us the first ever Time Lord apart from the Doctor and The Monk truly is such a fascinating character, extremely memorable and the scenes between the two were just a lot of fun with great dialogue. An excellent twist and a very important serial for the entire show with the best cinematography so far.

Overall, this is a solid season which has some very important episodes in terms of story developments and departures. Some serials are weak, but others are actually very good. Overall, it most certainly is better than the first season.

Worst Serials: The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Web Planet.

Best Serials: The Romans and The Time Meddler.

Worst Episodes: Escape to Danger, Crater of Needles and Invasion.

Best Episodes: Flashpoint, The Powerful Enemy, The Planet of Decision, The Watcher and Checkmate.

My Rating – 4

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Sadie Thompson (1928)

Sadie Thompson Movie Review

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Sadie Thompson Movie Review

Sadie Thompson is a 1928 silent drama film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Gloria Swanson. It was a great vehicle for Swanson.

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Make the best of things today, it’s bound to be worst tomorrow!

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Sadie Thompson Movie Review

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Yes, she absolutely shines in this movie which surely features one of her very best performances. She is likable, eclectic and simply beautiful. I loved her hairstyle, her overall look and dresses, but her performance is strong as it isn’t overly theatrical and she employed great, emphatic facial expressions which were essential tools for silent movie performances and here she excelled at them. Whenever she was on screen, she stole the show.

The overall plot of a “fallen” woman whom “moralists” try to “fix” and cure from her prostitution, drinking and smoking is certainly very much of its time. It is still strong, but not as strong as it could have been with a different, more tragic ending. This happy ending was a problem to me in this particular case.

But the film still flows well and is engaging despite the first act which is somewhat less memorable and less interesting than the second and third one. As for the other characters, they are all quite memorable and Lionel Barrymore of course did a very good job in the role of Davidson.

Sadie Thompson is great for its serious, dramatic scenes which were so well filmed with mostly excellent dialogue, great acting which was very important here and of course emotionally investing approach. Those scenes in the prison were easily the best of the bunch here, so well done and quite powerful. I wish the whole movie was as powerful as those magnificent scenes were.

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Sadie Thompson Movie Review

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It looks great. The score is solid, but it is its cinematography that really takes it to the next level as its scenery is very well incorporated into the picture and its mood in particular. I loved the setting and the editing was also mostly good. It is a shame that the last reel is missing in parts. The film earned two Oscar nominations – for lead actress and cinematography – and both were very much deserved.

Sadie Thompson is less memorable in the third and first act, but the second one was phenomenal with superb dialogue, many great dramatic moments and some quite emotional scenes. But the Oscar nominated cinematography and Gloria Swanson are the highlights as the film looks great and she gave such a fantastic performance that is probably her career best one.

My Rating – 4

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Pigs Is Pigs (1937)

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Pigs Is Pigs is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is one of the best entries so far.

This is the last cartoon to feature and star Piggy in the lead role and he is great here, very well developed and very amusing and likable. This reminded me so pleasantly of those Silly Symphonies which have a message, this one is about the dangers of gluttony as the pig is obsessed with eating but eventually the mad scientist offers him food, tricks him and make him eat so much food that he becomes enormous.

That was a phenomenal concept, but it was somewhat undone by its very typical ending. It was definitely funny that in the end, after everything that he suffered, he forgot that and still wanted to eat. Certainly that was great. However, how many times can the series get away with the twist ending where it turns out it was all just a dream? Here it didn’t quite work as a different ending would have been stronger in my opinion.

Pigs Is Pigs is so well animated with an excellent story and humor with only the ending being somewhat problematic.

My Rating – 4.3

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Predator 2 (1990)

Predator 2 Movie Review

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Predator 2 Movie Review

Predator 2 is a 1990 science fiction action film starring Danny Glover. It is the second entry in the Predator franchise.

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It’s all right! I’m a cop!

I don’t think he gives a shit!

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Predator 2 Movie Review

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I actually liked this sequel. It isn’t a great film and certainly the original is so much better, but it is a pretty solid film nonetheless that surprised me how fun it ended up being. It surely deserves its cult status as the critics were overly harsh to it in the first place. Again it is nothing great, but as sequels go, it is above average.

The movie at first annoyed me as the first act was very frustrating as it started abruptly and Jamaicans and Colombians were pitted against each other in the streets of Los Angeles in the near future. That felt entirely unrealistic, stupid and not to mention racist. Also, I wasn’t the biggest fan of taking the action to the streets in the first place.

But I eventually warmed up to the idea as it felt different from the original and I guess having a jungle again would have been repetitive and rehashed. But because the city was so well utilized for its action, the end result was quite solid and worthy. The movie was a bit too violent, but I liked how this Predator was again very competent and such a great villain.

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Predator 2 Movie Review

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The characters and actors are forgettable besides Danny Glover of course who is very good in the lead role and honestly a surprisingly solid substitution for Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was a bit too heroic and competent, but again that is necessary if you want to take on this creature and he did fight him really well and the final third was honestly very entertaining and I loved it. It certainly made the movie much better than it would have been without it.

Predator 2 has some great action scenes. Not as inventive or as fun as in the first movie, but still pretty solid and again his gadgets are very well utilized in the fights. But let’s talk about that very interesting, thought-provoking even ending.

So he found his way into the creatures’ spaceship and after killing the Predator in a great fight, others arrive to take his body and they give him a pistol as a trophy. That reminded me a bit too much of how Arnie was deemed worthy and thus spared in the original, but it still worked here and it was a great scene as it showed us that the Predators have been hunting humans on earth for at least three centuries as the pistol is from 1715. That was interesting as well as the Xenomorph skull Easter egg which showed us that they have been killing them as well. A lot of interesting hints were given here.

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Predator 2 Movie Review

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Predator 2 is weakly paced and again the film is so uneven as some parts work stupendously but others felt either racist or annoying or even dated. The police was forgettable as were those gangs and those humans who wanted to use the Predator for his weapons were overly typically in their goal. But the film is quite entertaining and even intriguing at times that it does succeed as a pretty solid sequel in the end.

Predator 2 is very annoying in its first act. The war on the streets felt stupid, unrealistic and even racist. And the setting of Los Angeles was unappealing to me at first. Eventually, I warmed up to this idea as the city got utilized in the action scenes so well. Danny Glover is very good as the hero here and the final act was excellent and very intriguing in its imagery and Easter eggs. So it is in the end a flawed, but definitely quite a solid, fun sequel.

My Rating – 3.5

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Mickey’s Choo-Choo (1929)

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Mickey’s Choo-Choo is a 1929 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a flawed one.

Mickey boards a train, uses animals as instruments and takes Minnie for the road with him. The problem with this movie is that it is very derivative. Most of these things we had already seen before in ‘Steamboat Willie’ and the movie just never escaped the feeling that it is rehashed and overly familiar.

The animation is solid, but the character design continues to be a problem and it doesn’t progress at all. The score is good and a lot of fun. Some action scenes are fun here and they can be really charming, but the entire short is just okay and nothing more than that as it doesn’t introduce anything new in it.

Mickey’s Choo-Choo is a fine short that is fun and likable, but overly derivative and rehashed.

My Rating – 3.3

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a 2017 animated superhero comedy film from DreamWorks Animation. It is a solid, but still inherently flawed movie.

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Wow! That is an expensive door.

I had to cancel the arts and music program.

I think I made the right choice

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

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The plot follows two imaginary friends who are pranksters in school and they hypnotize their mean principal into thinking he is their imaginary superhero and of course mayhem and hilarity ensues. This plot obviously caters to a younger audience and although not many adults can really enjoy this movie, I enjoyed it to a degree and I think it surely must be great for children and especially young boys. It is interesting that both DreamWorks releases of 2017 – Captain Underpants and ‘The Boss Baby’ cater to young boys. I find that interesting and a positive development as we haven’t really had animated films just for boys in a while now.

The problem in this film is sorely its second act which is so troublesome that it hurt the movie tremendously. Suddenly the movie ventured into full superhero action mode with extensive action after action and that honestly bored me a lot. It was overly frenetic and just dull and too bombastic.

But the ending is quite sweet and the first act is easily the standout one as it has a lot of the comedy and not too much action plus the characters are at their best there and the pacing is slower and the movie is much more enjoyable to watch and even a lot of fun.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

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So Captain Underpants has in my opinion pretty solid characters. Their development is not the greatest, but they are fun and likable. So George and Harold truly share a wonderful friendship. This is where that catering to young boys kicks into full gear – they are real boys, pranksters, always looking to have fun and to laugh and that was very realistic to witness. Sure, I would have loved to have seen some distinction between the two, but as a couple, they are superb and the highlight of this movie. Even their more cheesy moments are not pathetic as they are presented in a comedic manner.

They are so well done that unfortunately others could not compete. I surely really liked Principal Krupp and he was a wonderful cartoon villain for these two, but I honestly found Captain Underpants himself very annoying and overly childish to the point that I as an adult could not find him amusing. Melvin is typical and Professor Poopypants is a ridiculous villain, but he works in the context of this movie.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

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However, all of these characters are ruined by their voice actors. Along with the second act, the voice acting just ruined this movie for me. The casting in particular. The adults are fine, but the kids are voiced by Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch and they are just not a good fit for these two boys at all. They are grown men in their late thirties and why do they continue to cast older men in children’s roles in animation I do not understand. It would have been fine if they knew how to improvise a kids’ voice, but these two are so bad at that.

What Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie nails entirely right has to be its animation. This is such a wonderful example that I hoped others in the animation industry will follow. Its budget was just 38 million and still it looks splendid, especially awesome given that small budget so you see that enormous budgets are not really necessary all the time.

The film has such a wonderful style to it that I really loved watching every second of it. It is based on a children’s novel series and the animation is fittingly very much like a book and a comic strip with very interesting, old-fashioned and unique for CGI character designs and excellent backgrounds and a great use of color. Some scenes even employed a very interesting book style and a great narration choice. Polished and simplistic, it felt like a pleasant, old-fashioned cartoon for kids which is exactly what it is. A great choice.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

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It is badly paced as I said above, but David Soren actually directed the movie quite well, certainly better than what he did with ‘Madagascar’ or ‘Turbo’. The movie has an immature toilet humor, but it actually works well for this type of film that is catered for a very young audience. It is a cartoon in every sense of that word and sometimes having a cartoon movie is just what you need.

Tremendously hurt by its overly bombastic and frenetic second act and terrible voice casting as the kids are voiced by older men and they sound like adults, Captain Underpants is still a pretty solid film which caters to young boys and should prove amazing for them as the central duo is excellent, the film is mostly a lot of fun and its animation is so good, particularly strong for its very small budget, with a wonderfully simplistic and unique style to it.

My Rating – 3.5

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Porky the Wrestler (1937)

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Porky the Wrestler is a 1937 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a weak short.

This is another weak short and this time a Looney Tunes cartoon opens 1937 in a weak manner. So basically here we have Porky in a boxing ring wrestling. And not only is that setting overplayed and mostly boring, but the execution itself is also pretty weak. The third act had some moments and the film is well scored and with solid animation, but it is never funny or particularly entertaining.

I also found its first half very dated with all those car situations and dialogue. This is not a cartoon that can be understood by today’s audiences fully which is evident from the first scene of the film. Porky has been in a slum lately and I hope he gets better shorts soon.

Porky the Wrestler is not bad, but it isn’t exciting or funny as its plot is dated and the humor is nonexistent.

My Rating – 3.2

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Top Ten TMNT Characters

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Top Ten TMNT Characters List

The 1987 TMNT cartoon benefits from a bunch of memorable characters and actually its characters are the series’ strongest suit. They are fun, highly memorable and most have a great banter between each other. Both groups – the heroes and allies as well as the villains – will get their spots on this list so here we go.

10. Casey Jones

I just never understood the choice to not feature this character more as the show put him in basically just a couple of episodes. Casey Jones is an unforgettable addition to the allied team of the turtles with his interesting look, a great voice and many fun lines. He channeled Clint Eastwood so amusingly.

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9. Bebop & Rocksteady

These two stupid goons are typical stupid and foolish henchmen of the major villain and their shenanigans was mostly repetitive, but you cannot deny their importance as the show wouldn’t be the same without them. I loved Shredder’s devotion to them even if they never, ever managed to do something right and how he insulted them was always funny.

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8. April O’Neil

Certainly a frustrating damsel in distress for the most part, April was just waiting to be rescued by the turtles for the majority of the series’ run. However, she still proved competent more than a couple of times and even helped the green guys a couple of times too. Her journalism job was well utilized and she was always a wonderful friend to the turtles.

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7. Leonardo

Easily the weakest part of the reptile foursome, Leonardo is just too boring for me. Certainly his closeness to Splinter was heartwarming and he provided a lot of the great action scenes, but he was too much of a brave, noble leader and when you take that from him, he was incredibly dull, but at least the other turtles regularly acknowledged that.

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6. Donatello

Everything I said above about Leonardo applies to Donatello as well. He is also very boring and he only excelled at being smart and a tech wiz. However, that is why he is better than Leonardo as he helped the turtles probably the most with his various smart inventions and clever solutions to their problems.

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5. Michelangelo

This surfer dude can definitely get annoying at times with his jargon and obsession with pizza, but you cannot deny that he has a big heart and a great energy. I did not like how he was the butt of the jokes too much. Mickey may not be smart or a leader as the above two turtles, but he is a lot funnier and more entertaining than either of those two.

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4. Raphael

I cannot explain it, but somehow I have always liked Raphael the most of the four turtles and he still remains my favorite one. That is because he is an underdog who is not as popular as the other three, but is actually funnier than Michelangelo with his insightful lines of dialogue and his breaking of the fourth wall consistently provided the funniest bits of comedy in the show.

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3. Shredder

I thoroughly disliked how he was just competent and powerful in the first season really whereas he was overly comedic later on in the show’s run, but still Shredder is easily one of the best TMNT characters with a great design, excellent personality and a great relationship with Krang. He could be competent, but he could also be really funny at times and I loved his interactions with the rest of the villains.

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2. Master Splinter

Unfortunately, this rat sensei never got his due as he was used sparingly rather than often and he mostly just got to say some smart lines at the end of each episode. He is a phenomenal master/sensei character and his various words of wisdom were great but also highly amusing. He truly cares for his pupils and I loved his relationship with them. And he was awesome at kicking butt, though we too rarely saw that happen.

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1. Krang

And the number one goes to Krang! He just had to be on the top of this list as he is easily the most unforgettable and funniest part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This intergalactic brain is very smart and actually quite capable as a villain at times, I loved his backstory and his interactions with other one-off villains, but of course what takes the cake is his awesome relationship with Shredder. The two share great banter, but they genuinely care for each other which was evident in their last role in the tenth season. They are in a way the heart and soul of the entire series which is odd for villains, but that is how it is. Krang’s a deserved winner here.

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Honorable Mentions:

Lord Dregg – He only appeared in those “Red Sky” seasons and was at first typical, but as he became more powerful and crazier, he became a lot more fun and was a genuinely competent villain when all is settled and done.

Channel 6 Crew – Of these, Burne is forgettable, but Irma and Vernon are important. She can be annoying, but also rather likable and a great friend to April and the turtles. He is awful with his whining and is just a bad human being, but still his cowardice definitely gave us some funny moments.

Rat King – This one is most certainly a typically silly comic book villain, but he has an interesting look, a great voice and he mostly got some of the better episodes here.

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Top Ten TMNT Episodes

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Top Ten TMNT Episodes List

The 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon isn’t exactly known for the greatness of its episodes as most episodes are standard fare. Some, however, are excellent and they represent everything that the show could accomplish when it tried harder. So here are the ten best TMNT episodes from the 1987 show.

 

10. The Old Switcheroo

Splinter and Shredder get their bodies switched with each other in The Old Switcheroo, an episode with a familiar cartoon premise, but executed in such a fine, entertaining manner with many fun scenes. It’s a very amusing episode that actually features a pretty good plan from Shredder for once.

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9. Pizza by the Shred

This is by far the finest use of the turtles’ obsession with pizza. Usually, that joke got repetitive, but here it was actually used in storytelling as Michelangelo gets a job as a pizza delivery boy with the twist that his boss is Shredder. The episode features a pretty good situational humor and a solidly crafted, fun plot.

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8. Donatello Makes Time

As deranged scientists go, the one in this episode is as good as they go, certainly better than most as he actually posed some serious threat to our turtle protagonists. But the entire storyline with Donatello’s invention of freezing time is a lot of fun and it definitely is one of the character’s best episodes.

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7. Shredder’s Mom

Of course I had to include this hilarious episode which gave us Shredder’s mother who is such a hilarious character who shares many personality traits with her son so that was great to witness. The episode is one of the funniest of this bunch as the banter between the two was so amusing.

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6. Divide and Conquer

This is such a phenomenal ending to the entire series as it gave us such a fantastic final fight with Lord Dregg who was a pretty competent villain in the end. Not only does the action seem smart for once, but also very well thought out as the turtles used their brains fully to kill Dregg. And of course that final scene where Splinter tells them they are now his equals was wonderful.

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5. Corporate Raiders from Dimension X

Corporate crime is actually a rare subject for this show and here they did it stupendously. It has a phenomenal second appearance from Casey Jones in it and he really stole the show once again, but the entire storyline was very effectively built up with a message for once and with Shredder’s very good planning.

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4. Casey Jones: Outlaw Hero

An excellent first episode for Casey Jones this is. How the turtles met him and their eventual alliance was so well executed and the entire episode is phenomenally well crafted and hugely entertaining with some great lines as well. It truly is a shame that they did not use this great character more often.

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3. Shredder & Splintered

This is a phenomenal finale to the best season which was of course the first one. It featured excellent action scenes and great fights and was all around a terrific finale and the best one in the entire show’s run. It gets this third spot for the fight between Shredder and Splinter alone as we rarely got to see them fight and here it was fantastic.

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2. Enter the Shredder

This was the introduction of Bebop and Rocksteady and it was very interesting seeing their backstories. But the entire episode was great for featuring turtles going to the Technodrome and some great fights there. Surely this first season was superb in its action and villains and it only went downhill from here on unfortunately.

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1. Splinter No More

This is in my opinion the very best that this show has to offer in large part thanks to Splinter’s great role. He is an amazing, wonderful character who unfortunately was mostly relegated to supporting, even cameo roles and he here gets the leading role and it was awesome. Seeing him become human and witness everything bad the humans represent was a great story and also a very emotional one.

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Honorable Mentions:

Sword of Yurikawa – This is another great showcase for Splinter who is a mysterious ninja here and the highlight was seeing him fight his pupils.

Shreeka’s Revenge – This was a terrific showcase of Krang’s backstory as Shreeka is one of his former allies. The banter between the two was great and she was a pretty solid one-off villain.

Invasion of the Krangazoids – Not the greatest episode, but worthy for giving us many Krangs serving Krang alone. Their banter was expectedly hilarious.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 (1994-1996)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-9 Review

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

Here is my review of seasons 8, 9 and 10 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as I am putting them all in one review for obvious reasons.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

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These are known as “Red Sky” episodes. From season 8 to the end of the series’ run, suddenly you did not have Krang and Shredder, well mostly, and Dregg took over. He was at first overly typical, but he grew on me as he became more powerful and obsessed with killing the turtles. He was a worthy villain. But these seasons are much more serious and less funny in tone and although that gave it its edge, I was still disappointed by that choice as I found the humor the best aspect of this series as a whole so the decision to get rid of it for the most part was ridiculous to me.

Get Shredder! is actually a pretty good, action oriented episode that finds the two villains for once pretty capable and tough and that was refreshing to witness. They are both superb here and I am at once both glad and sad that they got rid of Channel 6 crew eventually. Wrath of the Rat King has Burne turning against the TMNT and I thought that storyline was interesting, but not fully explored. And also we see the end of the Rat King in this episode as he finally gets arrested.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

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State of Shock is a typical premise executed solidly, but still it was overly familiar and I was mostly bored by it. Cry H.A.V.O.C.! actually has a pretty solid, respectable conflict in its plot and I thought it was mostly a very engaging, interesting episode that got a weak conclusion in its subsequent sequels.

Yes, H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets is quite boring as an episode that really did not do anything for me. As I said above, it was a good idea, but maybe for just one episode and the rest resorted to too much action. Enter: Krakus is more of the same, but at least it has more fun, memorable action in it.

Cyber-Turtles is overly ridiculous in its storyline and with such silly, ludicrous sci-fi elements to it. Turtle Trek is a weak episode as it isn’t really a memorable conclusion to the eight season although it does dispose of Krang and Shredder for a while.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

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The Unknown Ninja opens the ninth season in such a mediocre manner as it introduces us to Carter who is a young African American ally of the TMNT. I was bored by this character as I found him forgettable, shallow and although an improvement over insufferable Zach, he was still thoroughly unnecessary. Also we are introduced to Lord Dregg here. Dregg of the Earth continues this story in a forgettable manner, but I guess it was an improvement that finally we see some serious continuity in these three last seasons.

The Wrath of Medusa features a pretty solid villain and I guess Carter’s role here is the best in his run. The New Mutation sees the Turtles becoming to mutate into monstrous creatures and I never really liked that development and I found it not fitting in style to this show at all.

The Showdown is the weakest episode of this bunch with a very annoying, typical and dull story and action whereas Split-Second introduces a new foe who is very forgettable and boring. Carter, the Enforcer is another mediocre episode, but at least April is becoming pretty proactive and helpful by now. Doomquest is a pretty solid finale for having April finally expose Dregg to the world as a villain.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Seasons 8-10 Review

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The Return of Dregg opens the final season in a weak manner as I have always found his various henchmen to be very forgettable and uninspired and this episode relies on them way too much. The Beginning of the End is another forgettable episode with an overly typical plot and villain goal.

In The Power of Three, Carter leaves the Turtles and Dregg enlists the help of Krang and Shredder so it is a pretty important episode plotwise. A Turtle in Time is actually a very good, pretty memorable action oriented episode that finds Dregg at one of his most powerful and I liked its various plot points and what they led into.

Turtles to the Second Power has the final appearance of Shredder and Krang and I have to say that I absolutely loved what they did with them here. They helped the Turtles unknowingly by fighting Lord Dregg himself which was an excellent choice, but their dynamic and how friendly they have become to one another was a lot of fun and this villain versus villain angle was great here. Mobster from Dimension X, on the other hand, is anything but interesting as its villain is a typical silly gangster and the plot is stupid.

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The Day the Earth Disappeared is a pretty entertaining build up to the finale with Dregg becoming more and more unstable in such a fun fashion. Divide and Conquer is honestly a fabulous end to the season and the entire show as it has Dregg super powered and Turtles for once using both their brains and brawn to fight him and beat him in the end in a very thoroughly, surprisingly smartly executed manner. It was a great final fight and the ending itself where Splinter said they are now his equals was just a perfect way to end the entire series.

So all in all, the ninth season was quite weak and the worst of the entire run, but the eighth one was solid and the tenth is actually one of the series’ best. I liked the villain, I loved what they did with Krang and Shredder and they gave us a great finale. These Red Sky seasons were too serious, but admirably different. Overall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a very flawed, silly show, but fun and funny and I am sad that I ended it.

 

Worst Episodes: H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets!, The Unknown Ninja and The Showdown.

Best Episodes: Get Shredder!, The Wrath of Medusa, A Turtle in Time and Divide and Conquer.

My Rating – 3.4

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