This second volume of the 2003 TMNT animated series introduces us to the character of Casey Jones. In the comic books, keeping with the satire of sheltered and inexperieced youth raised on tv and rock n roll, he is angst ridden and vengeful not b/c a loved one was murdered by criminals, just b/c he watches too many cops and robbers type movies. Hilarious irony. Here, we get a character, not entirely unlike that, but with an important difference: his father was killed by Purple Dragons. It may take away from the play on hollywood action films, but it is a different angle to explore his character (albeit an overused angle; which was the joke behind why he had no motivation in the comics) and continues the trend of weaving all the characters of this show together into a mosaic universe as opposed to the kaleidoscopic one of the comics. Again the adaption of the books (this time Raphael #1) is superb. After loosing his cool during a sparring session Raphael storms off (yes, again) and...
Casey Jones is a hockey mask-wearing vigilante, who has lots of heart and very little self-control. The episode "Meet Casey Jones" starts with Raphael losing his temper, and almost seriously injuring one of his brothers during a practice session. Raph gets out of the lair and goes topside to clear his head. He comes upon a mugging being done by members of the Purple Dragon gang that is interrupted by a hockey mask wearing (of course) Casey Jones. Raphael winds up saving the Purple Dragon gang members from Casey's wrath. Eventually, Casey and Raph recognize each other as ill-tempered kindred souls. The start of a beautiful friendship.
The next episode "Nano" is where April meets Casey Jones. April displays a more than passing interest in Casey, until Casey makes one his stream of consciousness statements, and an argument between the two of them ensues. There doesn't seem to be an etiquette filter between Casey's brain and his mouth. After being introduced to Casey...
This is the second volume of the new TMNT series. A lot of plot points are introduced in these three episodes, including the Turtles' first encounter with vigilante Casey Jones, their discovery of some interesting secrets concerning their new lair, the construction of their Battle Shell assault vehicle, and the introduction of the mystical Sword of Tengu. The Turtles also encounter a microscopic robot known as the Nano, which leads to an above-average filler adventure. If you're a Turtles' fan, these episodes are essential viewing. However, see if you can either rent this DVD or catch the re-runs on TV. 3 episodes a disc is a blatant rip-off. WB puts at least 4 episodes on its Batman/Justice League DVDs. Those are bad enough, but 3 is inexcusable. As much as I love the Turtles, I'm not wasting my money on these DVDs. TMNT is a quality cartoon series. This DVD is not.
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