Well it’s now time to reflect on one of the not so fond moments from my TMNT past. There comes a moment in everyone’s lives where they turn a blind eye to something bad just because it comes from one of their favorite franchises. This is the case when it comes to the short lived live action series based on my favorite underground heroes, which goes by the name of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. As much as I wanted to like any aspect of the show I just couldn’t bring myself into doing so, and here’s why.
First things first, the corny sense of humor is a real turn off for me. I love a good joke every once in awhile, but for crying out loud, this is just downright ridiculous. At almost every turn a goofy sound effect is played, or a bad joke spews out of the turtles mouths, it’s just embarrassing. A nice blend of seriousness and subtle comedic timing is what made me love the older cartoons from back in the day, and watching something like this makes me yearn for them that much more.
The other problem comes along in the form of a fifth turtle, who goes by the name of Venus de Milo. Now before a bunch of hatred comes from our female readers in droves, please keep one thing in mind, the fact that she’s a girl has nothing to do with why I dislike her as a character. Where the problem lies here is in the fact that she just adds nothing interesting to the dynamic that the turtles already have together in the first place. If a little more effort was put into fleshing out some decent stories about her past, then maybe i would have been on board with the idea, but sadly, that never happens.
To be fair, some elements of the show actually worked. The fight scenes, although silly, showcased quite a bit of impressive martial arts action. Besides being cheesy, adding in a new villain every week did keep things fresh and exciting for the most part. Aside from those factors though, no other aspect of the program makes it worth a watch what so ever.
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation was a failed experiment unworthy of bearing the name of everyone’s favorite shell backs, and is something that should be avoided at all costs.