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TMNT – “Vengeance is Mine” Review

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“I am not your daughter!” – Karai

 

Karai is finally ready to make her escape from Shredder’s dungeon, but Tiger Claw has other plans for her.  Easily foiling her escape, Karai finds herself right back in her cell.  Meanwhile, Leonardo decides it’s time to save his adopted sister, even against Master Splinter’s wishes.  Michelangelo acts as a distraction, while he and Raphael infiltrate Shredder’s lair and save Karai.  Unfortunately, Tiger Claw is ready and waiting, and the boys are forced to outmaneuver him in the Shellraiser to escape and make it back home.

           

Once home, Karai becomes a part of the family, welcomed with open arms by her father.  After training with the boys, Splinter tells her the checkered story that led to her mother’s death and her abduction, fueling her desire for revenge even further.  While the others sleep, Karai sneaks out of the lair to go after Shredder alone.  Leonardo tries to help her, but she wants to take him down herself.  She knocks out her brother, and when he finally comes to, the whole family heads out after her.

           

Karai arrives at Shredder’s lair and quietly begins her strike.  Unfortunately, Shredder was ready for her, and recaptures her with ease.  He then begins his newest plan, and takes Karai to Baxter Stockman as bait for the turtles.  His plan is to drop the boys into a vat of mutagen that will turn them into snakes driven by instinct, and they will turn on Splinter without hesitation.

           

The turtles arrive to save their sister, and Shredder almost manages to capture all four.  However, during a last-second rescue, Shredder causes Karai’s cell to fall into the mutagen, turning her into a snake creature that tries to eat Splinter.  Shredder’s plan fails, and Karai disappears into the night, so the turtles and their master head for home.  Things are not as they seem, though, for Baxter Stockman made a mistake in his preparation of the mutagen, and Karai mutates back to her human form with simply traces of snake in her body.

           

If ever there was a story that was all about payoff, this episode was it.  It made sure that something incredible happened, and added the next big step in the story that has been developing.  Karai’s lust for vengeance led to her own mutation, showing everyone just how important it is to remain calm and act for less personal reasons, especially when it comes to the Shredder.  The story also may have shown the audience the way all the seasons are going to go from now on.  Last time, it was Timothy who was mutated at this point in the season.  Whether a growing trend or mere coincidence, this episode type may become that one every season that just has the major world-shattering event to drive home any remaining action for the season.

           

Karai’s mutation was amazing to see, but it was perhaps a little underdone.  Instead of getting any background on it, as is usually the case with new mutants, she just attacked and disappeared.  The audience was left with more questions than anything else (although those will probably be revealed in time, though maybe not soon enough, because there’s no guarantee she will be back this season).  What did the mutation do to her?  If she did come back to her senses there at the end, then hopefully she will immediately go to her father.  After all, who better to understand the pains of mutating from human than her own rat father?

           

This episode was great, and while it may be a little while before the final four air, it was enough to get every fan hyped for what’s to come.  Karai really is part of the family now, and with any luck that’ll turn out to be a good thing for everyone.  If only she can control her serpent side and come back to the family that has welcomed her with open arms.

 

Rating: 10/10

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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