There have been scattered attempts to capitalize on the nostalgia elicited by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A new animated series featuring he voices of actors as notable as the Lord of the Rings’ Sean Astin is set to start airing on Nickelodeon this fall. One can recall the movie TMNT that came out in 2007, a mere five years ago, and yet Michael Bay is plotting his own reboot that would reshape the famous mutants as aliens from another planet, causing many cries of foul play from the Turtles faithful. Twenty-something fans would do better to seek out the original animated series that caught their interest when it aired between 1987 and 1996.
The tenth and final season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now available on DVD, and is a worthwhile and entertaining way to revisit the beloved series, as well as introduce the Turtles to a new generation. The twisty-turny plot of the final story arc bounces back and forth in time and space more than your average episode of Doctor Who, and pits the Turtles against the evil Lord Dregg and his villainous cohorts. Dregg wants control of planet Earth, which naturally requires eliminating the Turtles. His plan also entails launching pieces of the sun into the earth in an effort to force the planet’s biggest cities to bend to his will, or he’ll turn Earth into a second sun. The word “dude” is thrown around just as many times as you remember, though the jokes might have a few more layers than they did when you were a kid. Either way, the episodes are entertaining enough to fly by as you watch them and will make you long for other, similarly nostalgic bits of pop culture from that era.
DVD Bonus Features
The single disc contains the eight episodes from the final season as well as two more bonus episodes and some artist interviews that might appeal to a real TMNT aficionado.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 10: The Complete Final Season" is on sale August 14, 2012 and is not rated. Animation. Written by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird. Starring Barry Gordon, Cam Clarke, Rob Paulsen, Townsend Coleman.