I absolutely loved the first season of Nickelodeon’s revamped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, as I was pleasantly surprised at how good the mix of action and comedy was while also having a great overall story to tell. That it was also able to honestly continue the adventures of one of my favorite 80s-era animated series didn’t hurt, either. So, naturally, I was more than a little excited when I learned that more seasons were in the works, which brings us to Nickelodeon’s release of the first six episodes of the second season in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem DVD.
Picking up not long after the events in the first season, the brothers are enjoying some peace after driving back the Shredder and the Kraang. But of course the peace doesn’t last for long as the Kraang resurface along with more mutagen to unleash on the world. When our heroes accidentally scatter mutagen containers all over the city while fighting off the Kraang, it falls to them to fight and contain the new mutated villains and threats they’ve set into motion.
The six episodes here don’t miss a beat, as they build upon everything that made the first season so great, along with more ninja goodness. This season sees the introduction of the infamous Casey Jones in the episode “Mutagen Man Unleashed”, who brings his own brand of action and comedy to the table, along with other some old and new villains to keep things interesting. “Invasion of the Squirrelanoids” has the turtles caught up in an adventure that pokes fun at the Aliens franchise, while “Target: April O’Neil” has the return of Karai seeking revenge on our heroes and April after events of the previous season. I really enjoyed the episode “Follow the Leader” that throws some potentially shocking and painful revelations into the picture as more of the Shredder and Splinter’s past comes to light, making it one of the best episodes in the series so far.
As with the previous installments, Nickelodeon has done a great job with the DVD transfer, as the visuals and audio are spot on for a DVD (still waiting on a Blu-ray release though). There’s also plenty of special features packed on the disc that’s sure to keep viewers busy long after the ninja butt-kicking ends. The “Mutation of a Scene” featurettes continue here, with each of the episodes here getting a short breakdown of how they were made with storyboards and early CG animatics being compared to the actual finished episode. There’s also a fun “Channel 6 News Report” short that reports on the rise of mutants in the city.
Nickelodeon continues its ninja magic in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem DVD. With more of the same awesome action and humor of the first season combined with new villains and threats for the turtles to face, this will easily have fans or anyone looking for something fun to watch yelling “booyakasha” in no time.