“RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES” REVIEW – SEASON 1 EPISODE 6 – Shell in a Cell /Minotaur Maze
I’m a huge fan of pro-wrestling, so this is one of my most anticipated episodes.
While the first half didn’t really move the overall story forward, it showed the dynamics between the brothers when they don’t have to save the world. The brothers are watching a wrestling league from the jumbo-tron above. Raphael is a huge fan of the undefeated Ghostbear, who is about to hold a 200-0 record! Leo mocks wrestling as a whole, stating that he could be champion if he wanted to. Leo falls in the ring, on top of Ghost bear, ruining his undefeated streak!
Leonardo becomes champ! In new wrestling attire reminiscent of John Cena (voice of Baron Draxum) Leo is forced to defend the belt. He’s not concerned, because he still thinks it’s all fake. He’s very confident with Mikey and Donatello in his corner as his managers. That is, until a new challenger approaches. Raphael comes out to challenge Leo as Red Ray, while Donatello turns on Mikey for stealing all his victories. There’s a new twist every beat of this episode, and that’s a bit of what makes pro-wrestling great.
This half was super grounded. Although it was based around the strange world of wrestling, it was all entirely plausible. The second half, however, is filled with alternate worlds, magic, and mutated monsters.
In Minotaur Maze, we start by watching the turtles practice their new found mystical powers. Leo has more trouble than the others, and Donatello uses a crystal taken from Baron Draxum. It gives him the power to see the magic underneath something ordinary. This brings them to a more mutated area. The turtles aren’t the weird ones! They come across an area where, if they prove they are a champion, they get their picture on the wall and the World’s Greatest Pizza. How can they resist?!
They have to pass a maze similar to Maze Runner. It’s huger and dangerous. They encounter more villains, including a Shredder! No, not the Shredder. A Shredder. They have to fight pizza making supplied, including a cheese shredder. It’s ridiculous, but shows the more crazy side of the show.
I like the juxtaposition of the episodes, but unfortunately the wrestling one fell a bit flat.
I can appreciate that no magic was used, but the ring announcer was a weird way to go. If they took out the backstage segment and the announcer it might move faster and you can have more wrestling and more focus on the brothers. I really liked the rivalries between the brothers and the use of new mutants in the second half though. Overall, another fun episode where we dive deeper into the turtles dynamic.