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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #202 - Invasion of the Squirrelanoids Review

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It's just an adorable squirrel the Turtles are bringing back to their lair... OR IS IT? Mutagen containers did rain across the city, after all!

In the sewer lair everyone can hear Michelangelo scream.

Nick's latest episode of TMNT, "Invasion of the Squirrelanoids" is basically a love letter to Ridley Scott's Alien. As you may remember, Season 2's premiere scattered mutagen canisters across the city and now it's time to get just a glimpse of the chaos that's creating. We've seen a wealthy variety of scary mutants, but nothing compares to... THE SQUIRRELANOIDS!

After their... dramatic... tease in the last episode, this follow-up shows just how closely these new enemies are linked to xenomorphs. To say any more would spoil the enjoyment that ensues, but it's clear the creative team has a lot of love for the Alien franchise. There's plenty of amusing parallels throughout the episode -- the most obvious being their final form -- and it's adorably frightening. Nothing can top the fear of being hunted by something that makes beyond cute squirrel noises right before it attempts to destroy you.

Splinter's involvement in this episode is a real treat. The outcome while he's attempting to meditate is predictable yet it's still totally fun. That's topped when he gets yet another chance to show off just how skilled he is. Then his speech about what the turtles must do was motivating and the reaction from the team is beyond priceless. Let's just say this is one lesson they didn't want to immediately take to heart.

The final action sequence has a lot of build up but truthfully, it's not as nearly exciting as many of the other great battles the series has thrown our way. It's a tad disappointing, but that's okay since Splinter's segment rocked and the rest of the episode was legitimately enthralling.

"Invasion of the Squirrelanoids" is yet another solid episode. There's a tight script, offering consistent laughs and steady pacing. The constant nods to the Alien franchise is quite entertaining as well and kept a smile plastered on my face. Just please don't ever show us Mikey in dirty tighty whities again. That's debatably more frightening than the Squirrelanoids.

Oh, and I'm not the only one who wanted to tell Mikey the comic with rips on the cover isn't near mint condition, right?

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Edited by Smart_Dork_Dude

Posted by Lvenger

@k4tzm4n Why didn't you tell me the season was back Gregg?!!! Now I must watch the first one to catch up on the series. Jokes it's fine but in all seriousness, how come you didn't do a review for the first episode? I think I'd remember it showing up on here.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

Was Batman a new episode today?

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

Was Batman a new episode today?

no. it was a replay of Anarky's debut i believe

Posted by Emequious_Swerve

Still waiting for Casey Jones..... -,,,-

Posted by ThorBoy

Casey was in the opening sequence towards the end! He's leaning against the wall behind leonardo

Posted by NightFang

This was TMNT vs. Aliens crossover I always wanted.

Posted by The Stegman

Those squirrels went nuts.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@lvenger said:

@k4tzm4n Why didn't you tell me the season was back Gregg?!!! Now I must watch the first one to catch up on the series. Jokes it's fine but in all seriousness, how come you didn't do a review for the first episode? I think I'd remember it showing up on here.

It premiered during the time I was away. My ability to work that week was unfortunately very limited.

Posted by Lvenger

@k4tzm4n: Oh during NYCC? Then my apologies for questioning you then, I wasn't aware it premiered at the time you were obviously very tied up.

Posted by Dark_Guyver
Posted by k4tzm4n

@lvenger: it was that week, yes, but I was elsewhere for something family related. Anyway, catch up! :P

Edited by GeekyEverAfter

Season 2 is going GREAT, so far. I was a bit ambivalent to give the show a try in the beginning but I'm so happy I did.

Posted by MrMazz

@ptigrusmagus: Beware Batman is new next week "Attraction" is the episode title

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@selinawayne said:

Season 2 is going GREAT, so far. I was a bit ambivalent to give the show a try in the beginning but I'm so happy I did.

Same here.

Posted by chad4208

I loved the episode but I have to wonder how or if they justify what the mutigan did to the squirrels. Kids show or not, they have been consistent with that kind of thing until now