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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #217 - Newtralized! Review

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The Turtles are facing big threats, and Raphael is worried that Casey Jones is a little out of his league.

Slash is back! Not only does this serve as the big return of the powerful turtle (he's only had a small cameo after his debut!), but this episode also sees the reemergence of the heavily armed Newtralizer and places a nice focus on Raphael and Casey Jones' relationship.

When Raphael previously bumped into Slash at the Kraang base, I honestly had no idea where the show would go with these two. It was clear they're on "friendlier" terms, but still, their objectives are different and that's sure to create more conflict down the road. Thankfully, the creative minds behind the show decided to set Slash on a path that I can admit I never even thought about. Slash's back with a new teammate: the Newtralizer (voiced by the very awesome Danny Trejo). It's a partnership that not only looks ridiculously cool, but it's reasonable these two would join forces and a little exposition is thrown in there to explain how this alliance formed. Although, the timing of their meeting makes me wonder when it happened. I guess Slash was captured again after escaping in his previous cameo? Poor guy can't catch a break, can he?

While this episode does focus on two relationships, the strongest element here is the comedy. There's some really creative bits of humor that had me cracking up. From a brilliant use of slow motion to Michaelangelo randomly screaming and soaring across the sky in the background, there's so many clever gags to enjoy. I don't want to spoil it, but let's just say Mikey has his best thought bubble yet and Ice Cream Kitty (voiced by Kevin Eastman) makes another glorious cameo. It's the same gag as before but damn it, I can't help but be filled with joy when it happens.

Much to my surprise, this episode had a really cool mystery vibe going on in the earlier scenes. The directing and visuals in these moments set the stage for a really creepy atmosphere. We know Slash is responsible, but it's clearly implied he isn't alone and a little hint is given to help tease his teammate's identity. It was a neat tonal shift for the show as we saw these crime scenes and the turtles investigating them. It's just too bad we already know who's behind this because of the previously released clips and even the title of the episode. But hey, I can't hold that against the content within the episode!

The finale is so much fun. From Raphael attempting to take on Newtralizer by himself to Leonardo deflecting blasts (it's brief but seriously rad), there's a solid amount of action-packed goodness for us to appreciate. Nothing here is a contender for one of the top fights in the series, but there's more than a few good bits of melee madness for our eyes to enjoy. Plus, Newtralizer is a total boss and has a few moments to prove it.

At this point, having several scenes of Krang talk is a pretty risky move. The unique way they communicate is either going to be hilarious or come off as feeling too familiar and, instead of making us laugh, it'll just remind us of previous lines that were sharper. Thankfully, there's some great segments of Kraang dialogue in this one! In addition to the other brilliant bits of humor, there were a few Krang lines that gave me a very good chuckle or, at the very least, kept me smiling like a goofball. I won't spoil any of them for you -- I couldn't live with that kind of guilt -- but there's absolutely one or two in here that'll get you laughing.

I love Casey Jones and honestly, I'm all for him not being as formidable as the turtles. Sure, he's a tough dude, but we're talking about mutants that have been undergoing some intense training for quite some time now. This episode brings that difference front and center. I like what it's trying to illustrate, but the problem is it takes place after we've seen Jones do some crazy things. We've watched him hold his own (for some time) with Raph, battle Footbots and more, so to see him struggling this much and this frequently feels a little inconsistent based on what we've already seen from the guy. Don't get me wrong: going toe-to-toe with the likes of Slash or Newtralizer should be a massive uphill struggle and him being humiliated by them is perfectly fine, but there felt like many other moments where Casey seemed significantly less effective than he was in other episodes. That said, his dialogue was delightfully arrogant and stubborn.

I'm having trouble getting behind the Newtralizer. His design and premise are very cool and the fact he's voiced by Trejo is beyond excellent, but the emotional connection just isn't there for me. The potential is most definitely there, but his role hasn't felt as inspired as the other mutants we've encountered in the show. And a minor gripe: I was left wondering how their teleporting works because they press a button and can appear literally anywhere they want to. I'll just have to assume there's a mental link?

I may not be the biggest fan around of Newtralizer (which is odd because I love the design and Trejo), but that hardly prevents this from being a thoroughly entertaining and fun episode. It's consistently funny, offers some really enjoyable bits of action, and sets a whole new path for Slash. At the end of the day, this doesn't really change anything for Casey, but it was still a total blast to watch.

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Posted by micah

This shows been really good.

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Posted by Master_Thief

Just waiting for another karai ep

Posted by Txman210

Last night I had a nightmare about Micheal Bay's version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting against Nick's version. Thank you Micheal Bay for ruining my childhood

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Posted by danhimself

@txman210 said:

Last night I had a nightmare about Micheal Bay's version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting against Nick's version. Thank you Micheal Bay for ruining my childhood

dude he's not ruining your childhood....your childhood is still the same as it was before...the 80's, 2003, and 2013 show still exist along side all of the original live action movies and the Mirage, Archie, Image (ugghhh), Dreamwave, and IDW comics...even if the new movie blows it doesn't affect the other versions of the characters at all

Edited by w0nd

its funny casey and raph seemed pretty even, their first encounter which bothered me. Im glad they drew attention to him fighting mutants and ninjas with no training...

and its funny at one point people said this nick one ruined their childhood too

Posted by Wolverine08

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeettttttttttt!

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Posted by Wolverine08

@txman210 said:

Last night I had a nightmare about Micheal Bay's version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting against Nick's version. Thank you Micheal Bay for ruining my childhood

dude he's not ruining your childhood....your childhood is still the same as it was before...the 80's, 2003, and 2013 show still exist along side all of the original live action movies and the Mirage, Archie, Image (ugghhh), Dreamwave, and IDW comics...even if the new movie blows it doesn't affect the other versions of the characters at all

Michael Bay ruined all of child's. Even before he was born. You can't ignore this forever.

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Edited by AllStarSuperman

Anybody else hate this version of slash? I love him in IDW, but he is kinda annoying here. I haven't watched this episode yet though.

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Posted by Ms. Omega

Another great episode.

Edited by ravisher

post the hellblazer trailer

its out right now

Posted by johnny_blaze

I want to like this show but it's way too childish. I'll stick with the idw comics.

Posted by Lurkero

I didn't like that Casey could compete with Raph during that first fight. It felt completely out of place and a forced attempt to make Casey more relevant than he should be at this point. Casey is not a trained fighter at all and his character should reflect that.

Newtralizer was definitely my favorite of the mutants, but I am disappointed he is a jerk now. The Turtles could use some anti-heroes who aren't evil and aren't good, but are still considerate. Perhaps Karai and Slash will be those foils in the future.

By the way, it's amazing the amount of stuff the turtles can get done without alerting citizens. The emptiest version of New York I have ever witnessed. I know it's just for convenience, but sometimes it still bothers me.

Edited by Ms. Omega

Slash and Leatherhead need a team up episode.

Posted by Ostyo

Newty Trejo

Posted by tigerkaya

@lurkero said:

I didn't like that Casey could compete with Raph during that first fight. It felt completely out of place and a forced attempt to make Casey more relevant than he should be at this point. Casey is not a trained fighter at all and his character should reflect that.

Newtralizer was definitely my favorite of the mutants, but I am disappointed he is a jerk now. The Turtles could use some anti-heroes who aren't evil and aren't good, but are still considerate. Perhaps Karai and Slash will be those foils in the future.

By the way, it's amazing the amount of stuff the turtles can get done without alerting citizens. The emptiest version of New York I have ever witnessed. I know it's just for convenience, but sometimes it still bothers me.

Least its not as bad as Beware the Batman.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Yea Casey was really lowballed in this episode.

I don't know why but the part when all the Kraang linded up and waggled there fingers made me lol uncontrollably

Posted by AmazingWebHead

I'm not sure if all the voice actors just got really bad or if I just saw a sped-up version. Probably the second.

So, Newtralizer CAN talk. I expected him to be an anti-hero or work for Lord Dregg. Just a little let down.