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TMNT | Never Say Xever Review

Last week on TMNT, fans saw the return of Chris Bradford and a street thug named Xever. The Turtles defeated them last time. Shredder decided to let Xever run things.

It turns out that Xever was more intense then Bradford. Xever planned ahead and asked gang members if they saw giant turtles to contact him. Fans were introduced to a new gang called the Purple Dragons. The Purple Dragons beat up a blind chief named Murakami.

Never Say Xever review, TMNT

April O’Neal took the Turtles to go eat at his restaurant, but they found the Purple Dragon inside. A fight broke out, and the Turtles won. Leonardo made a decision to let the Purple Dragon leave. Raphael was not happy with Leonardo’s decision.

Donatello’s effort to impress O’Neal was still represented. The episode was not about him, but the writers were consistent on his love interest in O’Neal.

Michelangelo’s interest in food continued to develop. While the Turtles were in battle, he saw a bowl of noodles and wanted to eat it. So he fought and attempted to eat at the same time. In the end they all got a reward from Murakami, a pizza flavored dish.

When the Turtles returned home, Raphael had a conflict with Leonardo’s leadership. He did not understand compassion, and with good reason. The past Turtles enemies did not show compassion to them. Raphael believed that the only thing their enemy understood in violence.

Splinter tried to explain that compassion is not a bad thing to have. This would be the moral of the episode.

The Turtles were able to track down where the Purple Gang’s hideout was because of O’Neal. That is when the Turtles discover Bradford and Xever. A fight scene occurred. The Foot  were called in, and the Turtles were outnumbered. Leonardo decided that the best course of action was to retreat.

Raphael’s bad boy image was well shown. He hated running away. Raphael never ran away from a fight, and likes to attack head on. His fighting skills are arguably the best out of the Turtles, but Leonardo calls the shots.

Leonardo pointed out that last time they fought them they almost lost.

Xever seemed to have more confidence than before. His fighting skills improved. Rather than capture the Turtles to get to Splinter, he just wanted to kill them. He found out from the Purple Dragons that the Turtles protected Murakami. He would use their friendship with Murakami to his advantage.

Xever captured him and told the Turtles to meet him. Leonardo knew it was a trap, and Raphael did not care. He was ready to fight, but Leonardo had a plan. They were going to fight dirty. They captured Bradford, and offered an exchange.

Xever would let his teammate die rather then admit defeat, luckily for Bradford the Turtles are not a cruel. They bluffed about killing Bradford. An epic fight occurred and the action was well shown. Leonardo and Raphael’s teamwork was in full gear, fighting Xever. Donatello and Michelangelo tried to take on Bradford, but failed.

Xever was about to cut up the Turtles when a Purple Dragon member threw a sword to Leonardo. He sliced a water tower open and washed away Xever and Bradford.

Compassion saved the Turtles.

The episode was action packed, and the decline of Bradford is showing. This may lead up to his mutation. The Turtles toys have hinted this. According to collctr.com, The toy Dogpound will be Bradford. He even looks like a mutation of Bradford and a Dog. Will this be punishment, or just his decision to become more powerful? Only time will tell.

Shredder will even be in the picture more. He was tired of his team’s failure. He has decided to take matters into his own hands. Overall an 8.5/10.

The Author

Zach Gasior

Zach Gasior

Zach Gasior is an author and English professor at Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana. His short stories have been published around the world, and he has two non-fiction books in print. He has contributed articles to several different sites, and has been a fan of the turtles since he was two years old, and his favorite ninja turtle is Raphael.

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