"Dude, I so want plasma-chucks! Donny, can you hook a turtle up?!"
Casey Jones returns in an episode that's not only tons of fun, but also full of emotion. Karai still has blinders on and she wants revenge against the Heroes in a Half Shell. Since she thinks Splinter took her mother from her, she wants to take something away from the Turtles: April. Naturally, this forces an uneasy reunion between characters and throws Casey into all of the chaos. Spoiler alert: he loves every second of it.
The narrative between all of the characters (well, on the good side, that is) is fantastic in this episode. The show makes us fall in love with Casey, smoothly addresses the relationship April has with the team (most notably Donny), manages to give each character a proper amount of dialogue, and still throws in an impressive amount of exciting battles. It's seriously commendable how well everyone is juggled in this one.
The real treat here is the dynamic between April and Donatello. This plot point takes a major step forward and is handled in a great way. It's not cheesy, it's not forced, it's not creepy. Instead, it's fun and even heartwarming in the end. Once again, they use the cartoon to help illustrate what'll happen and, as always, it gives a good laugh. Oh, nostalgia.
The previous episode with Casey only gave us a sample of the guy, but this one goes all out. This time around, the Nick show allows him to shine by throwing him in a hockey arena with a bunch of footbots. Yup, it's as much of a blast as you'd want it to be. While his action scenes rock, that's not even scratching the surface of all the frenetic fights that go down. April gets some respect and thankfully Karai doesn't have to be downplayed when the two clash. The Turtles also get a chance to fight more footbots which means we can see them truly unleash. That's always a treat, but there's a particularly creative moment with Mikey that I really appreciated. Furthermore, Donatello has a standout moment and his serious upgrade in epicness is understandable given the weight of the situation. Oh, and did I mention Chrome Dome is in this? It's not as crazy as the Leatherhead fight, but it's still all kinds of awesome.
The handling of the overall narrative is solid and the laughs are every bit as strong. There's a downright hysterical scene involving some Kraang and Mikey has some of his best remarks yet. If the ending doesn't put a smile on your face, I just don't know what will.
I only have a few really minor gripes with this one. Firstly, I don't understand why the Footbots need upgrading if the Turtles were barely able to elude them last time. They were even able to adapt to their unpredictability in the last encounter. But really, it's no biggie because I'd much rather see them serve as cannon fodder than always having the Turtles struggling against their basic enemies. We're here to see the Turtles be rad, not the Foot soldiers, right? Secondly, Shredder once again drops an idle threat and he does it so often that it makes him feel less formidable. Hopefully we'll get a reminder of his power sometime in the future. That said, we're talking about a single line in the entire episode, so like I said above, it's a really minor gripe.
This may not be my favorite episode yet, but it's still quite amazing and is without question the strongest episode we've yet to see this season. Huge on humor, even bigger on action, and sprinkled with emotion, "Target April O’Neil" is simply awesome and I'll definitely watch it again sometime soon.
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