Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episode 1.08 'Never Say Xever' Review

Posted by k4tzm4n (45338 posts) - - Show Bio
Spoilers! 
 
"Badass" is honestly the best way to describe the latest episode.  It's no secret I've been enjoying the show so far, but this episode legitimately blew me away.  The action was fast paced and enthralling, the jokes were consistently sharp and, to top it off, the story with Shredder moves forward!
 
First and foremost, I'm a 27 year-old dude and I have no reservation whatsoever saying that I loved every second of this episode.  I'm serious, the 22 minutes made me feel like a kid all over again.  That's hardly an easy feat for animated shows.  As usual, the laughs were frequent and fantastic.  Michelangelo yet again snags the spotlight as the lovable idiot and this episode has some of the best banter to date (example provided at the bottom because I simply had to share it).  The nod to the '87 cartoon (trust me, you won't miss it) lit up my eyes and filled me with nostalgia.  Mikey's absurd comments only made the scene even better.   Also, did anyone else find it surprisingly heartwarming when Mikey hugged Mr. Murakami?   

While Donatello and Mikey have their moments, the true core of the story revolves Raphael and Leonardo.  As usual, Leo is struggling to do the right thing, but Raph thinks he's soft after showing mercy to a clearly defeated member of the Purple Dragons.  An extra focus on Leo was a little overdue, but hey, better late than never, right?  The chemistry (or lack of) between the two was great, especially when Raph blatantly calls him out on a cheesy line.       
Where do I even begin with the fight scenes?  They were downright stellar.  The melees were frenetic and even brutal at times (Chris Bradford's a powerhouse).  My jaw was dropped as Donny spun his bo staff at astounding speeds and as Raph flawlessly blocked Xever's projectiles with his sais.  I honestly can't praise the action scenes in this episode enough.  It's just something you've gotta see to fully appreciate.    
 
'Never Say Xever' was pure eye candy.  Some odd proportions for humans aside (that Purple Dragon goon is the lankiest man I've ever seen), there were countless wallpaper worthy moments.  The team breaking through the glass in slow motion, the turtles looking insanely cool as the lurk on a rooftop... this episode felt tailor-made for your visual pleasure.
 
I can't recommend this show enough.  I know a lot of fans still go on about the '03 show or think this one looks too kid friendly, but trust me, give this episode a shot and you'll surely be hooked.  'Never Say Xever' is my favorite episode so far and easily impresses on just about every level.  I can't wait to see how they'll handle Shredder now that he's taking matters into his own hands. 
  
Here's a taste of how solid the humor really is:
Raph (talking to Leo): You showed weakness.  Those guys only understand one language.  
Mikey: Chinese? 
Raph: Fists! 
Mikey: What about feet? 
Raph: *sigh* They understand feet.
Donny: That would make them bilingual!
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#1 Posted by DM (15 posts) - - Show Bio

This show just keeps getting better and better.

#2 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33609 posts) - - Show Bio

MOAR Turtle Power, MOAR I say!!

#3 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33609 posts) - - Show Bio

IUO what tv show do you thinks is better the original, 2003 or the current?

#4 Posted by ccraft (5302 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked it, just have a tiny problem with shredder and his voice..

#5 Edited by Mezmero (937 posts) - - Show Bio

This show is still awesome! A lot of the other episodes have been about highlighting each turtle but this one struck a good balance at showing the whole team. The action is mind-blowing, and the jokes put a smile on my face. Even though I cringe when I hear Mikey say "booyakashaw," I think its a perfect modern equivalent to the phrase "cowabunga" from the 80's. Such nonsense only makes sense in the context of coming out of his mouth. Kevin Michael Richardson is on a rampage as Oroku Saki. I really wanna see a showdown between Splinter and Shredder but only time will tell.

#6 Posted by ccraft (5302 posts) - - Show Bio

I never liked how that tmnt cant use there weapons, but the episodes I watched have been good..

#7 Posted by ShrimpDino (841 posts) - - Show Bio

The new episode was awesome :D

#8 Posted by k4tzm4n (45338 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jonny_Anonymous said:

MOAR Turtle Power, MOAR I say!!

@DM said:

This show just keeps getting better and better.

Agreed x2! 
 
@ccraft said:

I liked it, just have a tiny problem with shredder and his voice..

I think it's fitting, but to each their own. 
 
@Mezmero: *high five* And yeah, using "cowabunga" nowadays would just feel too odd. 
 
@ccraft: Well, it is a kids show ;)  At least they can unleash a bit on the Kraang, though. 
 
@ShrimpDino
Indeed it was! 
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#9 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33609 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: The part with Michelangelo wanting to get a tattoo of his face was the best thing ever

#10 Posted by k4tzm4n (45338 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jonny_Anonymous: Seeing the classic '87 animation on the current body was hysterical.
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#11 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33609 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: LOL yea I cracked up at that

#12 Posted by The Stegman (24630 posts) - - Show Bio

The Fights in this episode were fantastic.

#13 Posted by k4tzm4n (45338 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Stegman: Yeah man, the fights were very impressive.
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#14 Posted by jaydee98 (18 posts) - - Show Bio

This show is tubular! I had my wife watch this episode with me and I caught her smiling throughout the entire episode. It keeps getting better every week. And you're not alone about the part where Mikey hugged the restaurant guy. It was such a sweet moment that totally seemed to be in character for Mikey.

#15 Posted by jaydee98 (18 posts) - - Show Bio

This show is tubular! I had my wife watch this episode with me and I caught her smiling throughout the entire episode. It keeps getting better every week. And you're not alone about the part where Mikey hugged the restaurant guy. It was such a sweet moment that totally seemed to be in character for Mikey.

#16 Posted by BoyWander (318 posts) - - Show Bio

The 2003 series got a bit out of hand at some point for me. Like they went to the future and… there was ancient evil demon shredder and some other stuff. This episode was good, but Xever's accent confuses me. Where is that from? and his weapon of choice are switch blades. Those things are expensive. and he whips around like 30 at a time. I don't understand why you'd ever need so many or where he'd even keep them. He's more baffling than talking man sized turtles.

#17 Posted by BoyWander (318 posts) - - Show Bio

I volunteer at a preschool and the other day I saw a kid jumping around the monkey bars screaming "Booyahkashaw!", so I told him of the '80s series and taught him the right way to do it. Now he says "Cowabunga!". He laughed at the sound of "Cowabunga" at first, but it got through. I am pleased with myself.

#18 Posted by modunhanul (407 posts) - - Show Bio

I want to see Shredder!

#19 Edited by nakobass (49 posts) - - Show Bio

Honestly, I grew up in the 80s on Ninja Turtles, watched a lot fo the 03 Turtles, but this new show is by far my favorite. Just wish Bepop and Rocksteady make it into the show.

#20 Posted by KRYPTON (1891 posts) - - Show Bio

The best episode yet, need more episodes were it focuses on the individual turtles. Much like what they did with Chris Bradford and the Mikey episode and the two episodes were Donatello was the main focus (metalhead and Monkey Brains). Glad that the story is progressing and that the Shredder will finally have some face/fight time.

#21 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Hehe the bilingual joke was awesome. Such a great show, really it is.

#22 Posted by RoTheKid (253 posts) - - Show Bio

Great review, Gregg! I thoroughly enjoyed this episode as well! :)

#23 Posted by pingclang (282 posts) - - Show Bio

Great review! This show never ceases to impress me. I think I fall in love with it a little more with every episode.

#24 Posted by Mezmero (937 posts) - - Show Bio

I also love how Michelangelo's nunchaku double as kusari-gama. So badass!

#25 Posted by k4tzm4n (45338 posts) - - Show Bio
@pingclang said:

Great review! This show never ceases to impress me. I think I fall in love with it a little more with every episode.

@RoTheKid said:

Great review, Gregg! I thoroughly enjoyed this episode as well! :)

Thanks!  Hopefully the traffic remains solid enough to keep them up!
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#26 Posted by pingclang (282 posts) - - Show Bio

I see the number of folks responding and reacting to the show increasing. It's a great show that once it's given a chance grips your heart and keeps you interested.

#27 Posted by soccersss (537 posts) - - Show Bio

Is the show worth watching? I loved the 80s and 2003 tv shows and I enjoyed the TMNT movie but for some reason I had my doubts about checking out the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show. Is the show worth checking out?

#28 Posted by k4tzm4n (45338 posts) - - Show Bio
@pingclang said:

I see the number of folks responding and reacting to the show increasing. It's a great show that once it's given a chance grips your heart and keeps you interested.

Indeedy! 
 
@soccersss said:

Is the show worth watching? I loved the 80s and 2003 tv shows and I enjoyed the TMNT movie but for some reason I had my doubts about checking out the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show. Is the show worth checking out?

Yes, it absolutely is.  I was skeptical at first but the show quickly won me over.  I'd highly recommend checking out this latest episode.  In the meantime, here's a clip from the episode: 
http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/tmnt-108-battle-royale-clip.html?navid=aLevel1
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#29 Posted by Agent_Prince (138 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a great show. Thoroughly enjoy it each and every week

#30 Posted by Lvenger (20220 posts) - - Show Bio

My enjoyment of this episode was hampered by my computer taking over an hour to load a 23 minute episode. But it was a solid episode. This series has gotten better now.

#31 Posted by k4tzm4n (45338 posts) - - Show Bio
@Lvenger said:

My enjoyment of this episode was hampered by my computer taking over an hour to load a 23 minute episode. But it was a solid episode. This series has gotten better now.

Using a 56k modem, eh? 
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#32 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

Wasn't my favourite episode but the fight scenes were definitely top notch and the banter fantastic as always. It's always a pleasure to see this series constantly dishing out exceptional episodes, meshing the action and style from the '07 film with the classic 80's TMNT comics.

Amazing review as always Gregg.

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#33 Posted by k4tzm4n (45338 posts) - - Show Bio
@Deranged Midget: What's your favorite episode so far? 
 
And thanks.  
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#34 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: I really, really liked Metalhead and the focus this series has been having on Donnie.

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#35 Posted by k4tzm4n (45338 posts) - - Show Bio

Respectable choice and reasoning.  I forgive you for not agreeing that the latest episode is "OMG DA BEST EVAR,"

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#36 Posted by Lvenger (20220 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: No Windows 7. But I guess I was watching at a time when everyone in my village was on the internet.

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