Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 8

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5.5 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 5/10
Visuals: 6/10

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Change in format feels like a big downgrade in the program

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The all “new” Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

The Technodrome is lost in Dimension X, and Krang and Shredder are on the run!  As the Turtles seek to stop their old enemies, a new enemy arises in a group called H.A.V.O.C. (Highly Advanced Varieties of Creatures) and their leader Titanus that could bring a new mutant generation to Earth!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 8 aired from September 17, 1994 to November 5, 1994.  It aired on CBS as part of their Saturday Morning cartoons.

This is the season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles where a lot of things changed.  The last three seasons of the 1987 series are sometimes referred to as “The Red Sky” seasons due to the weird coloring of the sky during these episodes.  With a new, slower theme song and a new intro, it doesn’t feel like the old TMNTs…and that isn’t a good thing.

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Wait, where’s Shredder and Krang and why the hell is this guy all over my TMNTs?

The series radical change means a ton of goodbyes.  The long running show lost a ton of the supporting cast through the season and Shredder and Krang take a back seat with few appearances by Splinter.  None of the final appearances are with any fanfare.  The Rat King makes his last stand in “Wrath of the Rat King”, Irma disappears in “State of Shock”, Channel 6 is blown up and Burne and Vernon aren’t seen after “H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets!”, Casey Jones swings his last hockey stick in “Cyber-Turtles”, and Bebop and Rocksteady are no longer seen after “Turtle Trek”…it is rather sad.

The short season just pales in comparison to the super-length syndicated seasons of the early ’90s and from this point on, the Turtles just don’t have that fun that they used to.  It is sad to watch the death of a long running series and the last few seasons of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feel like a long slow death that needed to be cut off around this point.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 8 Complete Episode Guide:

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“Get Shredder”

8.1       Get Shredder (Episode #170) Airdate:  09/17/94

The Technodrome has been banished to Dimension X, and the Turtles are hunting Krang, Shredder, Rocksteady, and Beebop.  When Krang decides to hide at the New York’s World Fair Hall of Science, he is captured by an old enemy in Beserko…who was the Technodrome’s creator Drakus!  When Shredder suspects the Turtles have kidnapped Krang, he takes Channel 6 hostage.

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“Wrath of the Rat King”

8.2       Wrath of the Rat King (Episode #171) Airdate:  09/24/94

After the destruction of the Channel 6 studios, Channel 6 has branded the Turtles enemies.  As the Turtles try to capture Krang and Shredder to prove themselves innocent, Shredder seeks help from the Rat King.  Krang reestablishes contact with Dimension X and orders his shockwave weapon sent to Earth.

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“State of Shock”

8.3       State of Shock (Episode #172) Airdate:  10/01/94

When the Turtles learn ninjas are attacking all over the city, the Turtles must go undercover to join Megavolt’s organization to determine what Megavolt is planning.  When April sees the Turtles working with the ninjas, she suspects the Turtles have gone bad, and that an organization named Dark Water might be right about them.

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“Cry H.A.V.O.C.!”

8.4       Cry H.A.V.O.C.! (Episode #173) Airdate:  10/08/94

Highly Advanced Varieties of Creatures or H.A.V.O.C. is on the street and trying to recruit the Turtles to their cause.  The Turtles debate joining H.A.V.O.C. with the any mutant sentiment growing and it causes a rift between the Turtles pitting Michelangelo and Leonardo against Rafael and Donatello.

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“H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets!”

8.5       H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets! (Episode #174) Airdate:  10/15/94

The Turtles try to hunt down H.A.V.O.C. but are critical of Michelangelo’s distraction during battles.  When H.A.V.O.C. creates a creature called Synapse, Michelangelo could be their only hope.

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“Enter: Krakus”

8.6       Enter:  Krakus (Episode #175) Airdate:  10/22/94

The Turtles realize Titanus is after the flux transformer to warp time and space.  The Turtles find themselves in battle with a temporal police officer named Krakus who thinks they are in league with Titanus.

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“Cyber-Turtles”

8.7       Cyber-Turtles (Episode #176) Airdate:  10/29/94

Krang, Shredder, Bebop, and Rocksteady set out to steal the Firestar to open the portal to Dimension X.  Commander Korak of the Glaxxon Federation seek the Firestar and the Turtles are forced to battle them using their Cybersuits while Casey Jones and April go after the Firestar.

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“Turtle Trek”

8.8       Turtle Trek (Episode #177) Airdate:  11/05/94

The portal to Dimension X is opened and the Turtles must pursue them through the rift.  When the Turtles save a captive named Gargon, Gargon promises to help the Turtles find Shredder and Krang…but can Gargon be trusted?

Related Links:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 1 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 2 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 6 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 9 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 10 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:  Turtles Forever (2009)

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