10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2012
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started its animated run in 1987. This is the series that made every little boy, and some little girls, go outside to play Ninja Turtles instead of Cowboys and Indians and Cops and Robbers.
This series also made us little fans constantly bug our parents to buy us the action figures, the Turtle pies, the cereal, the "Crunchabungas", go to the 3 movies during this run, buy the video games, waste 20 bucks on the arcade game, and yes, the Halloween costumes every year. And I'm sure most of us tried to ask our parents to order a peanut butter and anchovy pizza.
Now that the nostalgia is over, let's get to the review, or preview in this case:
This series sadly ended in 1996, but not without a final season for the ages. There was a new voice actor for Raphael, although it wasn't too noticeable, Shredder and Krang make their return for an epic multi-part episode, and Dregg wants revenge after being exposed in the Season 9 finale. The final showdown against Dregg in the series finale, Divide and Conquer, is as epic as ever. But I don't want to spoil too much.
If you are TMNT fan, this DVD is a must have. Even if all you want is to complete your collection, this is a must have. The "Divide and Conquer" series finale will leave you in tears. It certainly did it to me in 1996, until seven years later when the series returned based on the comics.
I will certainly pre-order this item. If you are a fan, I suggest you do too. Cowabunga, fans!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2014
Well, here we are -- the series finale of the 10 year long-running T.M.N.T. cartoon show! The writers did everything they could to pull out all the punches. Sadly, Lord Dregg is still the boss of each episode, but Shredder and Krang WILL return, as promised! :) And even more madness will happen this time around!
Episode #187 -- Lord Dregg employs a brand new army of Batmen (the Technogang are no longer around) and summons Mung as his second in command, therefore giving his other robot -- Hi Tech -- the ultimate boot. Hey, I tried to warn you in the previous review people, Dregg is MUCH meaner than Shredder and Krang put together!! :( Mung gives Dregg a canister of Microbots, which he intends to use to build a Vortex Transporter.
Meanwhile, Carter and the T.M.N.T. find a way to get rid of their ugly mutations. Carter had managed to pick up some Vortex Crystal particles when he stole it back from Doomquest in Episode #186. Unfortunately, one of the Turtles -- Leonardo -- will NOT get restored back to normal (thanks to one of Mung's Microbots). In fact, he'll mutate into an even MORE grotesque mutant -- oh no!! :( So it's up to the rest of the T.M.N.T. to stop him from destroying the city! April also finds out Dregg's evil plan and gets captured in the process.
Episode #188: The T.M.N.T. still can't restore Leonardo's mutation back to normal. And Dregg knows it too -- so he takes advantage of the situation by kidnapping him! Donatello quickly follows suit to an old abandoned warehouse. Dregg intends to zap Leonardo with a plutonium ray, which will cause him to go nuclear and take NYC with him!! :( Thankfully, Carter and the T.M.N.T. not only save the day, they steal Dregg's chemicals which they will later use to permanently restore Leonardo back to normal -- yay!! :)
Episode #189: The first of a 3 part episode. Shredder and Krang finally return, but only thanks to Dregg's influence. He transports both of them to the nuclear power plant and offers to have them join him to destroy the Turtles and take over NYC. The two archvillains adamantly refuse and quickly go rogue. When the T.M.N.T. find out that Shredder came back from Dimension X, they follow him using an NYC cab. A very awesome car chase (not to mention the great music soundtrack) takes place with the Turtles battling Shredder on top of April's car.
However, Dregg pinpoints their location and transports ALL of them back to the nuclear power plant! Shredder and Krang ultimately decide they've had enough and decide to team up with Dregg -- temporarily, of course! However, after April and the T.M.N.T. are captured, the 2 archvillains turn the tables on Dregg once again, but HE gets the upper hand! :( He uses his Microbots to capture them and drain their life/mental energy. Sadly, the Turtles meet the same fate, which leaves a cliffhanger for the next episode...
Episode #190: Shredder manages to escape Dregg's brain-draining and hides under the operating table. Dregg manages to absorb ALL of the Turtles' memories and ninja powers, including Krang's. He then re-captures the T.M.N.T. April tries to call for backup -- which is Carter. He hears her call and goes straight to the nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, Shredder comes back out of hiding and gets Krang free from his prison. After an intense run-in with Dregg and Mung, the 2 archvillains teleport back to the nuclear power plant and run to safety.
Dregg's next plan is to teleport pieces of the sun to Earth, scorching it in the process. But his plan fails because Shredder stole his subspace amplification chip! He orders Mung to track Shredder down while he concedes to a contingency plan -- by using his Microbots to build a huge robotic invasion army! And because the T.M.N.T. are still imprisoned on the Dreggnaught, Carter has no choice but to call on Landor and Merrick. The 2 of them hunt down the past Turtles so that they can give the present T.M.N.T. a life energy transfusion.
Episode #191: Shredder and Krang hypnotize a Batman so that they hope to overthrow Dregg once and for all. Unfortunately, their plan does not work because Dregg sees right through them. After the T.M.N.T., April, and Carter get free from the Dreggnaught''s grasp, they go back to the Lair to restore the present Turtles back to their energetic selves. But they still have trouble ahead -- Dregg's robotic army starts attacking NYC! The only way to get rid of them is to return to the nuclear power plant and stop Dregg at his source!
Once the huge robots are transported to the moon, Dregg's OTHER plan to transport the pieces of the sun blows up in his face -- literally -- when the two Donatello's destroy his Dreggnaught and transport him to Dimension X. Even Shredder and Krang are forced back to their homeland, never to be seen again in the final 3 episodes. :( But at least Dregg's brain is zapped of its energy! Sadly, this is also Carter's last appearance, as he makes a decision to go to the future with Landor and Merrick in hopes of restoring himself back to normal.
Episode #192: The Globfather is sent to Earth by Dregg to retrieve a protein computer. After several attempts, he manages to steal it from Professor Huxley and his son Ronnie. Later, Dregg transports back to Earth and commences his next plan -- to use Professor Huxley's telepathic helmet to control every computer and phone in NYC!
Episode #193: Dregg's ultimate plan to take over the Earth is by sucking it into Dimension X. This is his grandest, most diabolical scheme yet, and this is also where he turns against his own minion, Mung. Lots of crazy disasters happen in this episode, such as the Turtles and even Master Splinter being thrown into the Black Hole Dimension. Not to worry, though -- Dregg WILL receive his comeuppance if you stay tuned into the final episode...
Episode #194: After being thrown into the Black Hole Dimension, Dregg employs a bunch of aliens to do battle with the T.M.N.T. After he makes his alien selection, he orders Mung to give him a container of Microbots. He reluctantly agrees and realizes that Dregg has not only gone MAD, but completely power hungry and obsessed with destroying the Turtles! His final evil plan is to have the Microbots build him a robotic exoskeleton, which he soon uses to absorb the aliens right into his body!
Next, he seeks out the T.M.N.T. and a huge battle ensues. Unfortunately, they lose and are forced to retreat back to the Lair. Master Splinter informs them of the only viable solution -- get a "shell" that's bigger than Dregg's! So they go to Dimension X and return to the Destroyed Technodrome (previously having been overtaken by a huge plant in Episode #178), where they find some wayward aliens. Thankfully, they do manage to attain Krang's robotic android body (mysteriously enough, Krang himself hasn't donned it since Episode #170) and use it to stop Dregg once and for all. Not only that, they manage to teleport him back to the Black Hole Dimension, destroying him FOREVER in the process -- sweet revenge for the T.M.N.T.!! :)
So alas, that is the end of the 1980's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle saga -- until 2003, that is. The show/writers took on a completely different tone and the episodes lasted until 2009. In September 2012, the show rose once again with another new storyline. And, bonus -- Rob Paulsen, who previously voiced Raphael, is now the voice of Donatello! It's a real treat for T.M.N.T. fans, but there's always these older episodes to fall back on. Enjoy!! :)
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
Not much to say here. You'll be getting the final 8 episodes of this hit series from the 90's. I can't wait to see this since I missed it when it originally ran on CBS back in the day. And yes, we also get the missing episodes we've been begging for for years: Once Upon a Time Machine and Planet of the Turtleoids pts 1 and 2. Of course they'll be under the bonus features on this dvd, but who cares? I'm just thrilled to complete my collection. I repeat, the 3 missing episodes are included. Just go to tvshowsondvd.com and search for Ninja Turtles. There has been a news article up for a few months now and this site is very reliable.
I suppose I could have watched these on youtube years ago, but I've been waiting to own this for some time. Never saw seasons 9 or 10 sans the s9 premier because I got a wee bit sidetracked by X-men, Spider-Man, and Power Rangers back then. Plus, they'd taken Shredder and Krang off the show, so I'd decided to quit watching after the season 9 premier. I should have watched these 2 seasons since I had no idea they made a comeback in a 3 parter in this final season, and Dreg seems like he holds his own quite nicely. Looking forward to seeing these 3 episodes, not to mention all the rest. So if you have the cash, complete your collection. You pretty much have to if you want those missing episodes! Thank goodness someone at Lionsgate finally included them. I was getting pretty worried there for a few months.