Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2 (1988)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2 Review

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2 Review

The second season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is weaker than the first, but it still has its memorable episodes.

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You have a brilliant brain, Krang!

Of course. It’s all I really am

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2 Review

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The first of thirteen episodes is Return of the Shredder which is not bad but is one of the weakest parts of this season with a derivative plot and a particularly unimpressive, very weak storytelling and action.

The Incredible Shrinking Turtles is campy for sure, but still a lot of fun as it contains very entertaining action sequences and a good enough storyline that served as a solid parody with a pretty good third act.

It Came from Beneath the Sewers also has a lot of fun scenes and it is probably the first episode where the turtles had to save April from a grave danger and although I like her in a more heroic role, she was still good here and I love the relationship between her and the turtles.

The Mean Machines is perfectly passable, but still such a forgettable, uninspired episode in its plot and whenever a Turtles episode centers around machines, I am not particularly engaged or thrilled.

Curse of the Evil Eye is a much better episode with more dangerous consequences and better action. I liked this episode, but I want Shredder to become much more menacing than he has been by now.

The Case of the Killer Pizzas does benefit from centering on the turtles’ hilarious obsession with this meal and I always like me some dose of Bebop and Rocksteady. But it is still a silly premise that, no matter how well executed, remains silly.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2 Review

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Enter: The Fly is certainly overly campy, but a good rendition of this titular movie and a very good use of Baxter who turns out to be a really interesting character. This episode is one of the best of this season as it has particularly good storytelling and character utilizations.

Invasion of the Punk Frogs is so forgettable and far from great that I almost totally forgot about it after seeing it so it is not worth discussing more.

Splinter No More is a classic! It is the only truly great episode of this weaker season and a proof of how great Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can be when getting a disciplined script and direction. The overall story is great, but it is Splinter’s subplot that is the best and most meaningful as watching him become human for a little while was emotionally rewarding and the message of the episode is very good. The relationship between the turtles and their sensei is so sweet to witness in this episode.

New York’s Shiniest is fine and good for this show in terms of plot and quite interesting, but not as well executed in action and those robot cops ultimately were boring and not particularly memorable.

Teenagers from Dimension X is a good enough episode where those crazy alien teenagers return in good fashion. Again they seem to be coming out of nowhere, but they are fun enough and I liked their interactions with the turtles.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2 Review

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The Catwoman from Channel Six has some good moments that save it from being horrible, but it is still such a silly, ridiculously campy outing that ranks as one of the worst of the Turtles episodes so far and a very weak use of usually stellar April.

Return from the Technodrome is a much better episode that isn’t particularly well plotted and executed in action, but it benefits from having an important story with consequences and thus serving as a good finale for the second season.

All in all, the second season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has its stellar episodes and is overall pretty solid, but some episodes are too silly and not enough are great leading to a weaker outing for the show.

Worst Episodes: The Mean Machines and The Catwoman from Channel Six.

Best Episodes: Enter: The Fly and Splinter No More.

My Rating – 3.7

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