greenygal: (Casey Jones)
For various reasons I am not having the best week, but knowing that Turtles Forever, aka the Ninja Turtle Crossover Of Awesome, is airing on Saturday makes it so much better. *anticipates with glee*
greenygal: (Casey Jones)
So I've been rewatching the TMNT cartoon all week, and it's a lot of fun, really, but I think I need to ratchet my suspension of disbelief up a little higher. I'm sitting here watching these emotional scenes where Leo's all depressed because he got beat up and lost his swords, and Raphael's going, well, hey, I bet you'd feel better if we made new ones, bro, and they do and it is all very triumphant and brotherly. Or it would be if I could turn off the part of my brain going, yeah, you're going to make a really good sword--two really good swords--out of scrap metal that has been rusting in a barn for who knows how long. With the extensive sword-smithing skills that you presumably learned living in a sewer. Where I am totally sure you had a forge to practice with! It's not the most improbable thing in TMNT by a long way, even discounting the bipedal ninja turtle thing, but for some reason I really notice this one. I mean, the damn things even shine when he's done with them. Maybe it's an extra ninja power.

(Also I am kind of amused at the idea of the exchanges this would probably lead to later on.
RANDOM WARRIOR: My family has carried this sword for generations on generations, since it was first forged by the hand of the most famous of swordmakers, and in all that time it has never known dishonor or defeat. Face my steel, turtle!
LEONARDO: Well, I made my sword myself a couple of months ago. Out of farming equipment. So you might be a little embarrassed when I beat you with it. Fair warning.)

And of course this just raises the question of where the weapons came from in the first place. Which might have been handled somewhere in canon, but I can't think of it offhand, and okay, bo staffs and nunchuks are presumably homemakable if you can lay hands on the raw materials and some tools, but sai? Katanas? (Okay, I hear they're not actually katanas, but that's what Leo always calls them and whatever they actually are is probably not any easier to make.) Do they actually have a forge down there? Does Splinter have some sort of discreet understanding with a weapons shop? Or just an Ebay account? "My son, I present you with these swords. Bear them proudly and care for them well--I had to win a most vicious bidding war to get them."

...okay, yeah, that's probably not it. Probably.
greenygal: (Casey Jones)
Okay, so I've been moderately into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since the CGI movie came out a couple of years ago and I discovered the second cartoon and got sucked in. (Yes, there's another cartoon, and it's excellent, at least for the first four seasons.) So recently I was poking around Ebay in that area, looking at the action figures, and, well. You know how action figure lines go; you can't expect the customers to keep buying the same figures over and over again, and if you don't have a huge cast or they don't change costumes often enough, you're liable to come up with some pretty weird variations just to keep selling the things. And the original TMNT cartoon ran for ten years and most of the main cast didn't even wear clothes, plus it was already pretty silly, so the action figure line? Is totally insane. Apparently "ninja" was not a satisfying enough career choice, because the turtles are out there getting themselves all kinds of jobs. Cavalry soldier, rapper, stage magician, Green Beret, hockey player, caveturtle, dwarf, triceratops, Dracula, anything. I admit to boggling a little at Beachcomber Michaelangelo, who apparently spits for justice. If you say so, Mikey. Or Jim Lee's Raphael, which is the '90s in purest distilled form. And at the other end of the spectrum, the turtles as troll dolls. That's really kind of adorable.

The best, though, is definitely this: Mutant turtle Star Trek! They're all hysterical (there's something particularly bizarro about Leo with Kirk's hair), but the one I really love is Science Officer Donatello. He has pointy Vulcan ears! And a Pon Farr Battle Bo! No, I swear, that's what it says. Were the people doing the writeup not totally clear what that meant? Or am I supposed to be envisioning torrid turtle mating rituals? With Don and Leo fighting to the death over Venus de Milo? I am just not sure!

More fandoms should have this kind of canon crossover crack.
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This week's Batman: Brave and the Bold was all kinds of awesome. )

Also, the season (series?) finale of TMNT made me happy. It wasn't a stellar episode, but I'm a sap and I love big fluffy wedding stories that bring back everyone ever (Usagi! With lines, even!)--and hey, after twenty years Casey and April more than deserved their Big Day. There were some cute character moments ("I'm the maid of honor!" is vintage Mikey) and now I really want backstory on how Casey gave the Ninja Turtle Talk to his mom...

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