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Old 06-12-2022, 08:54 PM   #12
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I need to rewatch this show sometime, because the only part of the show I feel compelled to revisit ever is Season 1. The whole writing team changed after that and iirc it showed...
I still wonder why. Anyone know?

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I agree with neatoman that the show was attempting a cohesive whole but post-S1 it consistently show itself in the foot while doing so. The "all is lost" moment of S4's finale is supposed to be Shredder killing Splinter, which would've felt climactic if they didn't fake out a Splinter death twice across the previous two season finales.
Yep. Stuff like that tires out viewers, and the impact of a huge loss like Splinter's death gets considerably weakened.

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The Kraang were an important secondary threat alongside Shredder in Season 1, but kinda f*cked off randomly after Season 3 despite subsequent appearances by Kraang Sub-Prime. They got no send-off or ultimate defeat, there was no reason to believe S3's finale would've put them out of commission, certainly not any more than their other grand defeats. They're one of the more egregious elements the show just forgot about, but there were others like Mutagen Man and Xever that felt like they saw their last major appearances before their stories were really over.
Well put, and agreed wholeheartedly.

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There's also a massive time paradox in Earth's Last Stand that would make the show's entire universe fold in onto itself that's hand-waved away by the show (very similar to one that even the 1987 series acknowledged and made a plot point in its 10th season).
Yes, agreed. I realized this after re-watching the Red Sky episodes last year, and it's embarrassing that the 2012 series was more careless about this plot point than the FW series. Eesh.

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All that said, I really like a lot about the show. Its visual design is stellar with some nice Turtle designs and its fight scenes started good and only got better. And I trash on post-S1 but there were plenty of gems that kept me watching when it was airing, like the Slash ep and the Mad Max 3-parter. Voice cast was absolute genius for the most part, KMR as Shredder is just one of those things you hear and you go "yeah, it shouldn't be anybody else."
Yeah, this is more or less my same thoughts except add in a pure hatred of the intended 'series finale' of Mutant Apocalypse, and I guess I hated their crossovers with the 1987 TMNT too. I feel like the show got lost in itself at times, though I still enjoyed much of it. It just could've been way more solid than it ended up being.
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