Hey gang, Valkor here. Going in, I was a little bit skeptical about this generation's CGI series of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT); my only major gripe was with some of the voice work, but everything else seemed about right. However, since it’s arrival, the series has not only been visually appealing, but it has also told some of the best stories to hit the airwaves! And yea, I got over the voice work hurdle real quick, especially when Seth Green took over the reigns of Leo. But Nickelodeon’s CGI Turtles have reached their end with their latest DVD release – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Final Chapters. And if this is how the series will end, well I ain’t even mad!
The Final Chapters takes the remaining twelve episodes of the current show and slaps them together on a two-disc DVD set. The Turtles will do a lot of inter-dimensional as well as time travel to face off against some of the toughest foes they’ve ever faced. Highlights include:
Mutant Apocalypse (Valkor favorite) – Raph and a robot Donnie scavenge the lands of a post-apocalyptic future where it would appear that humans have been mutated. The duo has a run in with a meerkat named Mira, who holds the map of a secret place known as “the oasis”. But a group of honey badgers known as “The Ravagers” has learned of the map and now they want in on the action too! Along the way, Raph and Donnie will also learn what has truly happened to their brother – Mikey and Leo.
When Worlds Collide – I thought this was another ep where we’d see different variations of the TMNT; however, in this arc, the TMNT are joined by the Salamandrian forces of Mona and G’Throkka as they face off against the Newtralizer and Lord Dregg as the duo not only looks for payback but world domination!
Monsters vs. Mutants – Halloween is the only time the TMNT can enjoy a night out without disguises. But the festivities are put on hold, as they must travel through time in a race against Savanti Romero, who is gathering up history’s scariest horror figures to raise some serious havoc!
The Samurai Arc – The Turtles are sucked into another dimension inhabited by anthropomorphic creatures much like themselves. It’s here where they meet and join up with Usagi Yojimbo, who is the sworn protector of the golden child, Kintaro. Together they’ll defend against a band of mischievous sprites and a wicked baddy named Jei, who looks to usurp the powers of the golden child for his own sinister needs!
While the CGI series is done and done, The Turtles will live on in a new series, returning them to their 2D roots in “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. And if this episode I’ve found from the Nickelodeon YouTube page is any indication of how the series is supposed to be, I’d say I’m game. Check out the episode below!
TMNT: The Final Chapters, caps off a funtastic series with one of the most climatic endings I’ve seen to date. It’s not “Turtles Forever”, but these final episodes still contains so much action, so much adventure, and so much entertainment you’d wish it all would never end. Seriously, I think the CGI turtles can squeeze out another season or two easy! Mutant Apocalypse is my favorite because it has that obvious “Road Warrior” feel to it. It’s also one of the darkest TMNT episodes I’ve ever seen as the turtles really get down with this one. There’s no blood, but things get kind of dicey here and there. And I hope this opens doors to future, darker episodes (something along the lines of what DC/WB is doing with their current comic book flicks). Monsters vs. Mutants also pushes the envelope towards the edgier side when you see Dracula get impaled by a sword. It's so unexpected, but it really adds to the intensity the arc provides. In the end, if you’re looking for a shell of a good time, then you’ll definitely want to snag a copy of TMNT: The Final Chapters.
I really would have wanted to see a third disc in the set that takes a look back at the CGI series as a whole, such as looking at some of the series finer moments, reflections from the cast and crew, and maybe some things that never made it into the show. Really, the 2012 TMNT series was a big deal, ever since Peter Laird first revealed his CGI pilot back in 2001. And that pilot could have been an extra too as well as clips from the CGI 2007 film! So many missed opportunities... Perhaps there’s a super Blu-ray box set with all that coming to us in the future?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Final Chapters is available now. And if you’ve been following the series, you’ll definitely want to close it out with this set. It’s loaded with everything you love about TMNT and so much more! All that’s left is to wait until the new show airs. But until then out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving TMNT: The Final Chapters a perfect 5!