Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 10

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5.0 Overall Score
Story: 4/10
Acting: 5/10
Visuals: 6/10

Say goodbye to the TMNT animated series

A rather sad end to a fun series

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Bow your head and say a little prayer for the Turtles…

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back for one final series of adventures!  Dregg is defeated but not finished.  Trapped in Dimension X, Dregg is out to conquer Earth.  The Turtles and Carter work to solve their mutation problem, and Dregg turns to Splinter and Krang for help in defeating the TMNTs…but can they trust each other?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 10 represents the end of the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series which began in 1987.  The season ran for eight episodes from September 14, 1996 to November 2, 1996 on Saturdays on CBS.  It has been collected on a single DVD with two bonus episodes “Once Upon a Time Machine” from Season 5 and the double-sized “Planet of the Turtloids” also from Season 5 (both were previously omitted from Season 5 sets).

It is almost painful to have the two older episodes on this DVD in that you can see where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were before here.  I don’t claim that the series was ever stellar, but it fun…something that was lost here.  Season 10 of the series attempts to get some of that fun back, but doesn’t succeed.

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Oh Dregg…you’re so wacky!

I don’t like Dregg and his agents who were introduced in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–Season 9, and it was good see Shredder and Krang back.  I wish the two had just returned as the primary villains for the series, but instead we have Dregg still taking center stage…fortunately, the series did get rid of Carter and the irritating secondary mutations.

I do like that the series made a bit of an effort to make a continuing plot…it just wasn’t good.  Despite being only eight episodes long, there were a few continued episodes.  I just can’t imagine waiting a whole week for rather lame cliffhangers.

I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when it aired daily.  The cartoon was much richer and more entertaining as a daily show.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 10 represented the last sputters of a fun series.  Fans of the show will want to watch it for completion, but probably should stick to earlier episodes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Season 10 Episode Guide:

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“The Return of Dregg”

10.1     The Return of Dregg (Episode #186) Airdate:  09/14/96

The Turtles try to stabilize their mutations with the help of the Vortex Crystal, but an agent from Dregg causes Leonardo to mutate even further.  Dregg secretly returns to Earth as the Turtles try to capture and restore Leonardo.

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“The Beginning of the End”

10.2     The Beginning of the End (Episode #187) Airdate:  09/21/96

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles find Leonardo’s mutation still is out of control as he rampages in the city again.  When April uncovers another plot by Dregg, Dregg plans for Leonardo could doom the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

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“The Power of Three”

10.3     The Power of Three (Episode #188) Airdate:  09/28/96

Carter is cured of his mutation just as Shredder and Krang are brought back from Dimension X by Dregg.  With the city suffering a blackout, the Turtles find themselves flushed out of their home and fighting to rescue April from Shredder and Krang.

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“A Turtle in Time”

10.4     A Turtle in Time (Episode #189) Airdate:  10/05/96

Dregg drains the life energy and skills of Krang and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but finds that Shredder has escaped.  With Dregg’s plans to conquer Earth, Shredder must save Krang while Carter tries to find a way to save the Turtles and April without his powers.  Summoning Landor and Merrick to go into the Turtle’s past for their mutant energy, Carter risks a paradox.

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“Turtles to the Second Power”

10.5     Turtles to the Second Power (Episode #190) Airdate:  10/12/96

The Turtles of the past try to help restore the Turtles of the present day as Dregg works to steal the sun.  As Krang and Shredder try to overtake Dregg’s plans, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles find that their contact to Landor and Merrick cut off, and a massive time paradox could occur.  Plus, Carter faces his future and what can be done to cure him.

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“Mobsters from Dimension X”

10.6     Mobster from Dimension X (Episode #191) Airdate:  10/19/96

Mobsters try to steal a protein computer from a scientist named Huxley, and the Turtles that an alien called the Globfather is behind it.  Globfather reveals to be working with Dregg and that Dregg intends to use the protein computer to control the computer connections all over the world.

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“The Day the Earth Disappeared”

10.7     The Day the Earth Disappeared (Episode #192) Airdate:  10/26/96

Tired of being defeated by the Turtles on Earth, Dregg attempts to pull Earth into Dimension X with a black hole.  Leonardo, Donatello, Splinter, Michelangelo, and Raphael are pulled into the dimensional portal and fight Dregg and his agents to free the Earth.

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“Divide and Conquer”

10.8     Divide and Conquer (Episode #193) Airdate:  11/02/96

Dregg sends aliens after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and works on building a morphogenesis exoskeleton suit using microbots.  Deciding to fight fire with fire, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to the Technodrome to use Krang’s old exosuit to defeat Dregg.

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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 8 Review and Complete Episode Guide

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:  Turtles Forever (2009)

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