This season of turtles has been great. There has been a lot of great episodes, ones that definitely point to the writers realizing that adults watch this show and they are adjusting the series to reflect. Every thing from great character development to doing a number of shout outs to great movies. The first homage was done to Napolean Dynamite a movie from the early 2000’s that became a cult classic. The episode was about a series of frogs who had been mutated, this was also a homage to the 90’s series, the main frog was named Napoleon Bonafrog. He talked just like the character Napolean Dynamite, in fact it was the same actor (Jon Heder). He makes references to the movie too and quotes some lines out of it. As a teenager in the early 2000’s I can definitely appreciate this.
One of the other episodes of the 2014 Ninja Turtles, Season 3 episode 6 “Race with the Demon” and it was based on the movie “Death Proof. The reason I realized this is because I am a fan of Quentin Tarantino movies. Its maybe not as timeless as Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction but it does have all the hallmarks of Tarantinos greatness; great dialogue, some violence, great music and awesome characters. But it was pretty cool that they would base an episode on this obscure Tarantino movie. It leads me to an obvious conclusion that the new Turtles series is definitely written with parents in mind.
The new season also has a couple of other changes, one of the big ones being that Leonardos voice actor Jason Biggs is gone. Which is fine with me, however he has been replaced with Seth Green who has been in almost every movie you have ever heard off and produced Robot Chicken a great comedy series. This has led me to believe that the episodes are being influenced by him and that is why the series is being targeted more towards adults. Some of the episodes have gotten a bit darker such as the episode of the dream beavers and the race with the demon. My kids were a little bit scared because of it.
I hope the series continues the course it has been going and keeping up social and pop culture references. To me it is what separates some series from others and it is what has really made me like the new Turtles. Although I would like to see the series continue picking up with the Shredder and Kra’ang again. Speaking of which, the whole thing with having Kra’ang be a race has been great, but that is a discussion for another time. The Leo and Karai love story has been great too and I would like to see that continue. But time will tell where things are headed.
References: Napolean Dynamite