Aside from enjoying movies and video games, there are a few tv shows that I like to watch every once in awhile, and the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series is one of them. Being a kid, and showing even the slightest bit of interest in a bunch of green talking reptiles didn’t really garner the attention of the cool kids in school, but who cares, they were fun to watch. There was just something about each of the characters personalities that most people could relate to, which is why I’m still a big of the franchise to this very day. Now that the DVD releases of the series are almost complete, let’s take a look at the one that hit store shelves a couple of days ago, Season 9.
First off, it’s nice to see that each and every episode from this season is actually available to watch from the get go. Now speaking for everyone is not my thing, but come on, the way in which all of the prior seasons have been handled, up until number 8, has just been a complete disaster in my opinion. Apparently enough complaints were filed to fix this problem, or handling a smaller amount of shows was just so easy to do that screwing things up would be a damn near impossible feat to accomplish. Either way, fans should be happy that everything is the way it should be now, even though it took so long to do in the first place.
The darker tone that the franchise took in the later years may have not been everyone’s cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. A heavier emphasis on action, and a smarter, more terrifying villain (Dregg), gave way to some better storylines that allowed the turtles to evolve as deeper, more mature characters that tended to care more about the repercussions of their actions instead of how to satisfy a pizza craving. My only gripe with this decision is that the new ally of the team, Carter, didn’t seem like a character worthy of sticking around for too long. Finally, as annoying as the unstable mutation story arc was, I actually found it to be a rather interesting idea that probably should have been a finale cliffhanger instead of being the focus of the entire season.
Those looking for bonus features should look elsewhere, because the only thing on offer here are a few trailers, and nothing else. A behind the scenes featurette would have been nice, or maybe the production company could have released a few of the missing shows from some of the earlier seasons to give a little bit of an added bonus to the dedicated followers out there, but sadly neither one of these are included in this set. On the upside, the box art is nice, and provides a little bit of nostalgia for anybody who has played the arcade game.
TMNT: The Complete Season 9 DVD does what it sets out to do, and nothing more. For ten bucks, any fan of these ninja weapon wielding reptiles should not hesitate to check it out, Turtle Power!!!
Final Score: 3.5 out of 5 Michelas!