TMNT are back
Andres M. Vilhjalmsson | Iceland | 12/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally, the last episodes of season 3. These episodes are just as good as the ones on volume 5, if not better. The last 3 episodes of season 3, "The Big" three-part story arch, has to be the best story of the entire run, giving an excellent conclusion to the best season of TMNT. Volume 6 also has the first episode of season 4 and that episode takes place right after The Big Blow out and sets the stage for the european vacation story arch. As great as the three-part-finale is, there are also other great episodes, the most notable episode is Shredderville, which is a rather darker than usual, alternetive reality-based episode. Very enjoyable and a fan favourite. Other great episodes are The Great Boldini, The Missing Map and The Turtle Terminator, which is a very silly but hilarious episode, sort of a guilty pleasure. Many recurring characters return, like The Rat King, Baxter Stockman and General Tragg. The Shredder and Krang are also as brilliant as ever. I recommend Vol. 6 for fans of TMNT or just any fan of good entertainment."
Season 3 finally finishes
Christopher P. Cecena | Pine Valley, CA USA | 12/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It may not be the longest running cartoon or children's program, but you have to admit, the original Ninja Turtles show definitely is a rarity in the animation world: not only did it total an impressive 10 seasons, but a respectable 193 episodes as well. Vol. 6 finally wraps up the show's 3rd season (at this point, the series was still in syndication and not on Saturdays), with some fun episodes like Shredderville which features the Turtles stuck in a nightmarish alternate-reality where Shredder rules Manhattan, all mutants are outlawed, and an unstable Technodrome is stuck in the middle of town and threatening to explode at any second; Bye Bye Fly, which brings back Baxter Fly for yet another confrontation with the mutants; and the Turtle Terminator, in which the Turtles fight a killer robot duplicate of Irma(this episode also features Hal Rayle and Greg Berg performing the respective roles of Raphael and Donatello instead of the usual Rob Paulsen and Barry Gordon). Best of all, some of these episodes are actually new to me. There were a few episodes that I sadly missed when I watched it back in 1989, so I'm thankful for the DVD release so I can finally see these for the first time.
Season 3's finale marked another multi-part arc, this time a 3-parter that notably has the words "The Big" at the beginning of each title. As we remembered at the end of season 2 (aka vol. 2), Shredder and Krang's giant mechanical moving fortress, the Technodrome, escaped Dimension X, only to wind up being buried in the Earth's core and left low on power, thus keeping it from escaping its prison. The past season focused on the bad guys trying to find an energy source to restore it to its full strength. Now, the Technodrome has at last been restored to normal (thanks to Bebop and Rocksteady of all characters!), and the Turtles must now stop it with the fate of the entire planet hanging in the balance. Part 2: The Big Break-In is another episode I've never seen before, so I'm really happy to finally see all three parts in order. (I actually saw part 3 first, so I was shocked to see the Technodrome suddenly pop up out of nowhere).
The final episode, as well as the first episode of the show's 4th season, Plan 6 from Outer Space, notable for its title sendup of the infamous Ed Wood film Plan 9 from Outer Space, serves as not only an epilogue to the 3-parter but a lead in to the next arc as well. At the end of the episode Michelangelo winds up winning a vacation in Europe, which sends the Turtles vacationing throughout the country for the next 10 or so episodes. However, although these episodes were made, they didn't air until the show's 7th season. Whether these will wind up on vol 7 in production order or on a much future volume in airdate order we'll have to wait and see.
I'm happy that Lion's Gate is at least getting better at bringing the releases out (as opposed to where we had to wait a year for the second volume!), and unlike Disney's multiple Disney Afternoon-era DVD sets, the quality and menus are at least decent, although I still wish we had some sort of bonus material. Still, the low price range and the fact that it has 2-4 times the amount of episodes most single DVD sets have still make it a good pickup, especially if you've been a huge fan of this show like myself."
Good '80s action cartoon
David FERNANDEZ SABIO | Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid Spain | 01/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The last volume of Lionsgate as they plan to release the rest of eps of TMNT in season sets instead of individual volumes.This one ends the Season 3 and the last ep Plan 6 from Outer Space have diff ending credits and it's marked copyright 1990.The eps mainly focuses on the rising of the Technodrome from the center of Earth to the surface and the conquering of the world by Krang which fails due the incompetence of Bebop and Rocksteady.In the last ep the Turtles won a trip to Europe grom a Pizza brand ad thing that we won't see until season 7.I'm waiting to see the 4th season sets."