“RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES” REVIEW – SEASON 1 EPISODE 5 – War and Pizza / Newsworthy
Episode 5 of “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” showcases how many different tones a show can take. One half can be made of nightmares from an abandoned Chuck E Cheese, while the other shows how strange the mutants can be.
In “War and Pizza,” we learn April O’Neil isn’t a news reporter (yet). Instead, she’s a teenage working at a Chuck E Cheese imitation pizza place called “Albertos.” All she needs is to get through the birthday song and she’s in the clear. Of course, the robots break. She calls on her pal, Donatello to come fix them before her boss finds out. All 4 brothers show up, because the other 3 won’t turn down pizza. Donatello goes overboard, but it seems to work out at first. Alberto transforms in to a super rad guitar playing Thor, dazzling the birthday crowd. It’s going well, until it doesn’t. Alberto turns in to a Country Bear Terminator hybrid set to destroy birthday parties and my dreams forever. He takes over the rest of the robot band and dozens of Whack-A-Moles. The turtles fight the usual way, and the unexpected way.
Newsworthy is the sillier of the two episodes. We’re introduced to the self-proclaimed “Turtles biggest foe,” Warren Stone. Former newscaster, current mutated worm. He’s always around when the turtles fight others, but the turtles haven’t noticed him yet. The brothers are on the hunt for another villain, Hypnopotomus. Warren Stone sets up traps for the turtles. Raph is quick to jump in, while Leo is the first to point out it could be a trap. Warren Stone is attacked! Only to be chopped in half and still alive. His power is to regenerate, painfully. It seems like a completely silly episode, until we’re brought to a mutant black market that can sell extra powers! He looks like a steroid worm, but finally gets noticed by the turtles.
I’m glad we got an April centric story.
We learned a lot about her character and her dynamic with the turtles. We don’t know how they met yet, but maybe we will later. We know she’s ready for a fight and mutants don’t phase her at all. She’s a tough kid! I also liked that there was a story told from the perspective of a different character. “Newsworthy” was told from the perspective of Warren Stone, which is pretty cool. Alberto reminded me of Meatsweats. Rise of the TMNT is proving to gives us the franchises most terrifying villains to date.