Welcome back to another Halloween cartoon recap which also happens to be another episode of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because this show has absolutely bamboozled me and now has me on Part 3 of an epic Halloween saga!
I definitely wasn’t planning on writing about three episodes of this show, but I was hooked from the jump and – when the story continued into the next episode – had no choice but to keep going.
So here we are on Day 3 of TMNT and I’m pretty excited about it. When we left off, the Turtles had failed in their attempt to stop Savanti Romero from adding Dracula to his growing army of monsters and also lost one of their brothers as Raphael was bitten by the vampire and has turned heel. Savanti moves further into the future to locate his next recruit and when the Turtles and their time-traveling friend Renet catch up, they find themselves in Germany outside Dr. Frankenstein’s castle.
What a dramatic turn of events! Savanti already can claim a Mummy (the Egyptian Pharaoh), Dracula and a werewolf (the traveler from yesterday’s installment) so maybe after Frankenstein we can get a run-in by the Creature from the Black Lagoon and really make this a Monster Mash!
We’re all caught up so it’s time to sign into Hulu and hit play!
S05E16: The Frankenstein Experiment
Original Air Date: October 4, 2017
Igor, Dr. Frankenstein’s trusty assistant, is digging up a body in a graveyard when approached by Savanti’s whole crew. Igor is obviously terrified and asks what these beasts want with him. Duh…they want Frankenstein’s experiment.
Over with the Turtles, Renata’s time scepter has finally run out of power. They’re all completely fucked if they need to make another time jump after this chicanery. Raphael is now fully on the side of the villains here and – once the Turtles’ presence becomes known – offers to be the one to put a stop to them…and hopefully get to taste some real blood to complete his transformation into a vampire.
We cut to Frankenstein’s lab where the good doctor – who looks a lot like Raul Julia’s portrayal of Gomez Addams – is doing some troubleshooting on his rejuvenation formula as Igor brings to him the freshly dug up cadaver. Frankenstein gets a couple of visitors in the form of Dracula and Savanti who suggest some adjustments to the formula and suddenly everything makes sense.
The Turtles make their way to Doc Frank’s castle and Donatello sweet talks him into allowing them to assist as a way to learn about the doc’s synthetic blood which may be able to cure Raphael of that disease known as vampiritis.
They go through the process and reanimate the being that is now Frankenstein’s monster. Of course, Savanti and friends show up out of nowhere and place Dr. Frankenstein under mind control so he can order the monster to destroy the Turtles. Donatello is able to shock the doctor back to his senses and he’s able to get the Monster to change his target to the bad guys. A pier-six brawl ensues that takes our cast to the roof of the castle. In the skirmish, Renet’s time scepter gets lodged in Frankenstein’s lightning rods and is immediately restored to full power.
Raphael gets captured by the Turtles, but is unable to be cured as the doctor’s supply of synthetic blood is destroyed in the fight. Frankenstein’s Monster becomes lost in the surrounding area and, as he ponders loneliness, is met by Savanti’s Squadron (their registered team name) and recruited to the alliance.
The baddies head through a portal to make their next house call in monster registration and I give Savanti a lot of credit as he seems to be visiting more families than Nick Saban leading up to National Signing Day.
It hasn’t been a complete loss for the Turtles, but they definitely didn’t get the job done either. That will have to come…in tomorrow’s episode!
We’re going to have a fourth episode! Why the hell not? Why ever stop?
Today’s installment wasn’t as much fun as the past two, but it was a solid transitional story to get us to what I assume will be the finale tomorrow. Not a lot of standout moments, but a ton of pieces to start connecting dots so we’re able to come to a conclusion. I’m still with this show and maybe it’s just because of this fun little escape from normal TMNT-storytelling, but I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything this show has given me in the short time I’ve been watching.
One of my favorite things as a kid was when your favorite shows would give you a multi-episode story. That doesn’t seem to be as big of a novelty nowadays as most shows run some kind of serialized storytelling filling the length of their season, but this has been a very nice surprise to stumble upon. I had zero idea what I was getting into when I turned on that first episode a couple of days ago, but it’s reminded me of what it was like to be an excited 9 year-old who would be aghast that the show would be coming to an end and couldn’t wait to see how things would play out in the next.
Honestly, what more could you ask for? I love having a good time and TMNT is giving me just that.
Until next time.