I have been around since the beginning of the TMNT craze and I have seen our four heroes in a half shell change more than half a dozen times. Most people remember the first animated series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987–1996). But what about the 1997 Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation? If not then you probably have no idea that at one point the Turtles had a fifth companion, female turtle named Venus.
Venus was the fifth turtle exposed to Ooze in the sewers of New York. Splinter accidentally left Venus behind when he gathered up the turtles. Somehow she made her way to Chinatown, met a magician called Chung I, who took her to China and raised her as a daughter. And like her four brothers she was also trained, only this time in the art of Shinobi. Sound stupid? Well you’re right and apparently the rest of the world agreed because the character only appeared on the one show. Saban's Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation only lasted one season and was far from the last TMNT incarnation that tried to make major plot changes to the story.
The next TMNT cartoon was once again titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and ran seven seasons from 2003-2010. It was a successful show and a decent adaptation. My only real problem with it was that they made shredder an alien, and made April O’Neil an assistant to Baxter Stockman. To be fair, April O'Neill's origin has changed a lot over the years. A computer programmer in the Mirage Comics story line in 1984. A warrior in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic. A television reporter for Channel 6 News in the 1987 cartoon, and all three of the live action films as well. In the 2007 CGI movie she was some kind of Indiana Jones antiques dealer. In the most recent and absurd incarnation of the character, she is the daughter and only child of scientist Dr. Kirby O'Neil.
Nickelodeon’s teenage mutant ninja turtle is the worst thing I have ever seen. Not only is April a sixteen year old Man-ish tomboy who acts more like one of the turtles the Venus did. It’s also the cast. Jason Biggs as Leonardo? Sean Astin as Raphael? Come on, Really. I’m not saying that there is anything bad about them as actors, but they do not fit the part, at all. I'm sorry but Samwise Gamgee is not my pick for the awesomely impulsive and bipolar Raphael. That’s as bad as casting Megan Fox as April!... hah… oh wait… That’s right Megan Fox Will be playing April O’Neil in the upcoming 2014 film. I hated this idea at first, and I kind of wondered how it could be true, with Michael Bay’s involvement. Wasn’t there a big falling out between them two? But then more names started to get attached to the film. Will Arnett and then William Fichtner as Shredder convinced me, I will give this film the benefit of the doubt. I will accept it as a part of the TMNT universe, like I always do, Even in 1991 when they met Archie, God that was a stupid comic.
But how can I? How can I just accept all the changes and inconsistencies? Most of the time fans have to come up with their own justifications for things of this nature. But not TMNT fans! We got our answer in the form of a film, the 2009 Turtles Forever. In this amazing and very goofy animated film we find out about the multiverse. As it turns out, every show, film and comic all happened, they just simply happened in a parallel universe. And there you have it. That’s all I want, an explanation. I’m easy, simply tell me why and I’ll go with it. This Is why I can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. I suggest you do the same. Stop taking your characters so seriously and enjoy the ride.