Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Good, The Bad, and Casey Jones DVD Review
Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Good, The Bad, And Casey Jones features six episodes from Season Two of TMNT, with over two and a half hours of ninja action and the turtles’ unique brand of humor. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo find themselves facing off against a new mutant turtle named Slash, as well as a mutated fungus, the Kraang, the Rat King, and even a mind-controlled Master Splinter. But the turtles have gained a new ally in the trash-talking, hockey-mask wearing vigilante Casey Jones, an iconic character whose debut has been highly anticipated by fans of the show.
The six episodes collected on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Good, The Bad, And Casey Jones each focus on different villains and subplots, beginning with “Slash and Destroy”. This episode sees the mutation of Raphael’s pet snapping turtle Spike into the hulking, nefarious Slash, voiced by Corey Feldman. Slash has a vendetta against Donnie, Mikey and Leonardo, as he feels that they’ve always held Raph back. It’s up to Raph to stop Slash and save his brothers, and he’ll have to put Splinter’s teachings about meditation to use in order to do so.
“The Kraang Conspiracy” sheds some light on why the Kraang have been targeting April O’Neil, and it turns out that April’s DNA is the key to their plans of terraforming Earth. It’s revealed that April herself is a mutant — the product of Kraang experimentation on her mother — and she’s made up of half-Kraang, half-human genetic code. This explains her psychic and telekinetic powers, which she puts to use infiltrating TCRI alongside the turtles.
“The Good, The Bad, and Casey Jones” sees the introduction of Casey in full-fledged vigilante mode, outfitted with nail-spiked hockey pads, a taser, melee weapons and a badass skull-painted mask. After Raph bests Leo in a heated practice battle and goes to blow off some steam, he runs into a group of Purple Dragons. Casey and Raphael engage the thugs and make short work of them, but it’s not long before they turn their attention towards each other. After an epic battle the two decide to put aside their differences to take down the Foot Clan soldiers who have infiltrated the turtle’s underground sewer lair.
“Fungus Humongous” introduces a mutant mushroom – which doesn’t sound very scary, except the mutated fungus emits toxic fumes that make the victim experience their worst nightmares through vivid hallucinations. “Metalhead Rewired” revolves around a conflict between Leo and Donnie, as Leo refused to trust Donnie’s creation Metalhead after the robot taps into Kraang technology. It’s discovered that the Kraang have been imprisoning mutants in a dimensional portal, and Metalhead ends up sacrificing himself to save the turtles and prove his loyalty once and for all.
As for special features, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Good, The Bad, And Casey Jones has six of the now-standard “Mutation of a Scene” shorts which show the construction of sequences from storyboard to final CG render. There’s also a very short clip called “Meet Casey Jones” which talks about the character’s history, his design process for the show, as well as his friendship with Raphael and April.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Good, The Bad, And Casey Jones is a solid collection of six action-packed, hilarious episodes. While the special features are a bit lacking as always (surely being held off for the inevitable Blu-ray release), there’s over two hours of excellent entertainment on this disk.