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TMNT Season Two Predictions

by Zach Gasior

With the first season in the books, and the show already set for two more, it’s time to look ahead to what the next chunk of episodes will bring to the newest incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The second season is set to air later this month, and the show should be trying to outdo itself in action, adventure, and comedy.  So what can the audience expect moving forward?

Of all the information that was revealed before season one even ended was the exciting news that Casey Jones would finally make his debut.  Casey is about the same age as the turtles and April (perhaps a bit older), and dresses like a vigilante ready to dish out punishment.  He’s got more weapons and a mean new look that strikes fear in the hearts of evil.  How he’s used in the series remains to be seen, although given his hate for mutants he’s likely to be an enemy to the turtles for a while.  (If there’s one thing this series has been good at, it’s dragging out plot points, so expect any Casey/TMNT conflict to last a while.)

The only concern about Casey is his voice actor.  Anyone familiar with Nickelodeon knows Josh Peck.  He got all his big breaks working for Nick over the years, and now he’s back as Casey.  The reason that this is a concern is that he is not known for serious/dark characters like Casey.  This latest series has been excellent with the voice actors chosen for the main cast.  So will a comedian fit with a character like Casey Jones?  Preview clips haven’t revealed too much about actual dialogue, so that remains to be seen.

Another thing to expect out of season two (or, not expect really) is no resolution to the Karai/Splinter/Shredder story.  Now that Master Splinter knows that Karai is Miwa, there will likely be a few developments interspersed through the episodes, but probably nothing solid – and certainly no resolution – until at least the season finale next year.  It’s a little sad that that will be the case, too, because the show needs to avoid getting stale by rehashing the same plots for three plus years.  The 1987 and 2003 series both had that problem, and the story lines got significantly weirder as each show progressed.  Those behind the 2012 series should be thinking of ways to introduce characters, ideas, and subplots in this upcoming season that can be fully developed later.  If they happen to be only tangentially related to Shredder or the Kraang, then all the better.  (For instance, if Leatherhead stays in Dimension X, then there could be an entire season or episode arc dedicated to adventures on the other side of the portal to rescue their friend.)

New mutants and old characters have also been revealed for the upcoming season.  Mutagen Man will get his suit and become something again.  Slash, Krang’s warrior from Dimension X in the 1987 series, is also set to make an appearance in some form.  Other artwork for mutants resembling old characters from the 1987 series have shown up on the Internet.  So the number of standalone episodes may increase significantly this season, drawing attention away from major story points.

What would fans like to see added to the show in season two?  For most, it’s probably some particular character that he or she loved.  But the show can’t be built completely on nostalgia.  It has to stand on its own, too.  The general consensus from critics, fans, and the public was that the first season of the new incarnation was a huge success.  While the writers can’t just repeat the same pattern again and expect another smash, they can remember what made the show so good.  It was bold, unique, and mixed the action and comedy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles perfectly.  If that remains, and the stories are fresh, then the second season will have plenty to offer, and probably keep the show going strong for a long time to come.

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Grace September 9, 2013 - 3:09 pm

I really want Armaggon to show up again.

Martha September 9, 2013 - 5:09 pm

I know a LOT of people want to see Bebop and Rocksteady, but I for one am happy with Dogpound and fishface. I think they do it well and we don’t need to go there with a hippo and pig. That was addressed and very carefully in the first series and was enough to say that this was shredders minions. I love the characters.. love love love them, but in 87-91. Not here. this s is good enough for what we have. What? Casey is not going to be Ralphaels friend?? Hell no. He has to. They always had a good friendship. I hope that it does not disprove it. And sad about mutagen man. It’s Tim obviously. That was a good character and sad to see it well deformed, but good in a sense. I can’t wait to see what happens, either way

Falcione September 12, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Rocksteady is a rhino, not a hippo. ^_^

Bryan September 12, 2013 - 1:17 am

Josh Peck played a serious character in a really good movie called, “The Wackness”. He’s a good actor and has way more range than his nickelodeon work would lead you to believe. I think he can handle a Casey Jones.

I’d like to see the Neutrinos. I didn’t much care for them in the ’87 series, but the IDW comic used them to good effect, so who knows? I’d like to see more of Dimension X; The turtles always end up there eventually. Also, the Fugitoid is always fun.

Another thing that will probably be left in the air for a while is why April is so special. Kraang Prime needed April for the Technodrome mutation machine, but the explanation far why was kind of…not an explanation. Whatever answer the creators design on will probably be acceptable, but I’m not expecting it any time soon.

DXAlovers13 September 12, 2013 - 2:20 am

Whoa! Hang on! I heard they will definitely show casey and raph friendship for sure. Also they said casey and donnie will need each other too. Now this is getting interesting. Mainly I HOPE/DESPERATLY DON’T WANT to see casey/april in this series because seen enough with this human/human pairing over and over for over 20 years! Waited for whole life to see April become one of turtles lover, of course the rest too^^ And DON’T want to see Donatello get heartbreak too! It would ruined the whole show and fans!

Ghenesa Paulma September 13, 2013 - 7:36 am

I actually live in the Philippines so, I have no idea when is fall. Can someone tell me when EXACTLY will the new season of TMNT air?

Captain Vegeta September 15, 2013 - 3:52 am

It will start September 28, 2013. At least that is was TMNTpedia says. 🙂 That is a Saturday. As for a time I’m assuming at about 11 am USA Eastern standard time. Hope this helps!

Emma Hahn September 20, 2013 - 9:36 pm

I’ve been a big fan of the show for my whole life. I’ve been looking on the guide everyday to see if they have posted the new eposide in it. No start to season two is in there? not in september or the beginning of october? when will it come out????

Noskonia September 22, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Episode 1-2 (shredder’s revenge) is supposed to air on sept 28

Emma Hahn September 23, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Thankyou but I just checked the guide. No new episodes? :/

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