Have I mentioned how annoying it is when Nickelodeon fails to properly explain their plans for this franchise? Thanks to revelations from Playmates Toys, we discovered that Nick was going to re-brand the fifth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. At that time, they revealed four different toy lines based on individual story archs from the fifth season of the series. The way they talked about these action figures, we were lead to believe these would be the only stories in Tales of the TMNT. Thanks to a new ad from Nickelodeon, we now know that there will be a total of seven adventures spread across the final season of this much beloved cartoon.
Although I’m sure many fans would prefer to see longer tales, it looks like we can expect an average of 3 episodes per story arch. To be fair, it would appear that they will indeed be touching on at least a few of our favorite adventures from throughout the history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One of these archs will feature the turtles as babies, which may finally explain one of Brandon Auman’s sometimes cryptic social media messages from over a year ago. It would appear that they’ve been working on this final season for quite some time, and that’s probably a good sign.
You can also expect the four tales we’ve already mentioned alongside two additional stories that haven’t been fully revealed. It’s always a good idea to have at least a few surprises in store, but it would have been nice if they had explained their plans for Tales of the TMNT a bit earlier. Given that the re-branding of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is scheduled to take place in less than a week, that doesn’t give the fans a lot of time to prepare for such a big change in format.
All Nick had to do was tell us that they’re changing the name of the show and it will feature seven different stories. We didn’t need to know about the characters involved or what the turtles would be doing – but it would have been nice if we knew that the series itself was undergoing a significant overhaul. This is the problem with Nickelodeon and Viacom: A lack of communication with their audience. Thanks to their problems with communicating, shellheads everywhere will only have a few days to prepare for an entirely different approach to their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
Tales of the TMNT looks like a lot of fun, but something tells me that the fans are going to be left with a slightly bitter taste in their mouth once the final season begins on March 19th. At least we’ve been appropriately prepared for the new 2D cartoon coming in 2018! Let’s hope that their communication about Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proves to be much better than what we experienced here at the end of the 2k12 series.
So we have Karvaxas arc, Arc about past turtles, Monsters arc, Newtrolizor arc, Usagi, arc, and possibly a Beebop and Rocksteady arc so far.
*Kavaxas, Newtralizer, Bebop…
Eeee! Baby turtles! Dying for that arc
The arcs look cool, but did Raph have to become a turtle vampire? I know he’ll turn back since that’s like episode 7
I was surprised that Season 5 wasn’t going to be exactly a continuity of S4 and I had totally been expecting to see how the turtles moved on without Splinter. And though it looks like we will get a glimpse, it also appears that there will be a lot of jumping around continuity-wise. I am excited for Mark Hamill and Dracula, turtle tots, and Usagi. It seems like it could be a fun season, but I will definitely be left wanting some more of that post-Splinter character development I think.
I wish they would spell “story arcs” correctly. I don’t know wtf a story “arch” is supposed to be.
AWESOME!!!!! This is actually really great news for me. Season 5 looks like it will be incredible.
So then the question becomes “is this the order for the 7 arcs?” Kavaxas, babies, monsters, USAGI, Renet/gangsters, Rocksteady/Bebop? or Salamandrians?, and ??????????? Seems like the first 3 are set based on what we’ve seen and know, but what of the rest?
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