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TMNT – “Revenge of the Triceratons” Review

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Source: TMNT Episode 11

“Revenge of the Triceratons” brought back this seasons main villains, as Mozar and his crew ambushed the Turtles, intent on stealing their two pieces of the black hole generator. Based on the title, and the stakes at hand, you’d think this episode would feel full of tension and danger, but despite the arsenal of weapons the Triceraton’s launched at the Ulixes, and the ultimate failure of our heroes, none of it really landed.

It’s not because the episode lacked focus. The action was split between the space battle that Leo was leading, and the Skeevix Virus that April, Casey, and Mikey fought off. Meanwhile, the story was split between the Triceraton attack, and Donnie’s loss of faith in himself. Overall it was a solid episode and the character focus on Donnie is one we haven’t seen in a while, but a couple of weird decisions in the episode hold it back.

Source: TMNT Episode 11
Source: TMNT Episode 11

The biggest problem is Mozar. The Triceraton’s are a fearsome foe, and one the Turtles still don’t really have an answer for. This is exemplified by the boarding party that came aboard the Ulixes. No one on the team could stop them. The physical attacks of the whole group were useless, and April’s gun had no effect. It’s not until a souped up Fugitoid (fixed by Donatello) hits the scene that they are able to even defeat one. As cool as it is to watch Honeycutt vaporize a Triceraton (again!), they’re simply no match for the brute force and strength of the Triceraton army. They should be scary. Up to this point, Mozar was a force to be reckoned with, quick to anger, and eager to not just defeat his enemies, but straight up torture them. The Mozar in this episode however, demoted for his previous failure to stop the Turtles, comes off as comic relief. He is still quick to anger, but it’s played for laughs, as his subordinates correct him on obvious matters and he lashes out in embarrassment. Even though he ultimately succeeds, there’s no reason for the audience to fear him. If anything, his success feels like a temporary setback for the Turtles, and the loss of stakes is a huge problem for the rest of this season.

Source: TMNT Episode 11
Source: TMNT Episode 11

Next, Donatello’s inferiority complex was a nice story, and the writers definitely know how to write heart for their characters. But while the overcoming of this complex was uplifting, aided once again by his friends and family, the actual emotion itself didn’t feel earned. Up to this point, we’ve never seen Donatello struggle with space technology. Pretty much no one had trouble adapting, save for Raph’s motion sickness. So why all of a sudden is Donnie having a hard time picking up on this technology? Logically, it would make sense that all of the Turtles, Casey, and April, would have a hard time figuring this all out. Fugitoid says that Earth is 3,000 years behind on transdimensional physics! Yet Leo can pilot a space ship, they can all wield highly advanced technological weaponry and space suits, and just last episode two Donatello’s were using transdimensional portal guns and dismantling reality destroying bombs. It just feels weird that it would take 12 episodes for this problem to surface.

One more thing, when and why did Fugitoid develop that verbal tick? Has he always done that and I just noticed?

Source: TMNT Episode 11
Source: TMNT Episode 11

You had to know that the Triceratons would get the pieces of the black hole generator. It’s hard to pass up recreating the conflict from last seasons’ finale and having the Turtles save Splinter and the Earth at the last minute, rewriting the past. That would be ok, if the path to get there was filled with danger and intrigue, and the stakes kept building higher and higher. The show was doing a great job of this, with a string of great episodes that showed the Turtles struggle, earn new friends, overcome crazy odds, and keep moving forward on their quest for the black hole generator. By comparison, this episode doesn’t stack up.

Source: TMNT Episode 11
Source: TMNT Episode 11

“Revenge of the Triceratons” delivered on it’s title, but weird motivations and a back to square one reset hold this episode back from the greatness previous episodes achieved. It’s still a good episode, and really only a half step back, but it undermines the main villain Mozar and lowers the stakes of the season. The Turtles have experienced defeat before, but somehow, this defeat is the first that makes their eventual victory seem like it’s only a matter of time.

What did you think of “Revenge of the Triceratons?” Were you bothered by the things I pointed out? Did you see it in a different light? Did you enjoy the Gremlin’s reference and the surprisingly brutal ways the team dealt with them? Do you see the season headed a different direction? Head to the comments and let us know what you think!

Source: TMNT Episode 11
Source: TMNT Episode 11

Editor's Rating

7.0
"Revenge of the Triceratons" delivered on it's title, but weird motivations and a back to square one reset hold this episode back from the greatness previous episodes achieved. It's still a good episode, and really only a half step back, but it undermines the main villain Mozar and lowers the stakes of the season.
7.0

The Author

Dan Spitaliere

Dan Spitaliere

Dan Spitaliere is a sound designer and engineer, voice over artist, and a lifelong shellhead. He grew up on a healthy diet of Turtles movies, comics, cartoons, and toys, and can recite the first movie in its entirety from memory. He is excited to be a part of such a great team in the middle of this current Turtle Renaissance!

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