I’m a big fan of Nickelodeon’s take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I’m so glad that a fourth season is already in the works. While season three is going on, we’re presented with the first seven episodes on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Retreat DVD. Featuring plenty of shell-kicking ninja action and humor that fans know and love, this release is the start of yet another awesome season of the series.
The first episode “Within the Woods” takes place a few months after the events of last season’s finale with Leo being badly hurt, Splinter gone missing and the gang without a home. Lucky for them that April just happens to have a family farm in northern New York where they can recover and plan on what to do next. Everything that follows afterwards is the usual but awesome turtles stuff, such a female bigfoot stalking Donatello and falling for him in “A Foot Too Big”, or the gang finding April’s mom in a Kraang ship buried underground in “Buried Secrets”. I got a kick out of the episode “The Croaking” that has Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame reprising the role in a way as Napoleon Bonafrog, a mutant frog that becomes friends with Michelangelo but is not what he seems.
The rest of the episodes just keep the awesomeness and laughs coming, like dealing with a mutant car (yes you read that right) chasing them down, which ties directly to the episode after that where some of the mutant car’s mutagen creates a hybrid Chimera mutant that becomes tied to April. Whatever the case may be, you know the turtles will kick butt and bring the laughs while saving the day. As you can tell, I had fun watching this DVD and as always it left me wanting more. For a DVD, everything looks and sounds great here with nothing out of place.
There’s also some nice extras to check out when you’re done eating pizza with the turtles. For those who have been collecting this series on DVD, you’ll be glad to know there’s seven more “Mutation of a Scene” extras here that take a particular scene from each of the episodes featured here and goes into how it was made, from storyboard to final product. While these are pretty cool, it would be nice to see some interviews with the cast and crew one day.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Retreat DVD serves up more of the fun antics and amazing ninja action that fans have come to expect of them, along with some nifty behind the scene extras. Judging by these episodes, I can already tell that it’s going to be another great season for the series, and this DVD will leave any who watch to wait for the next release that can’t come soon enough.