The end is here for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That is, the end is here for the original series. The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which ran from 1987 until 1996, sees the release of its final season today. Running nearly a decade is virtually unheard of for a cartoon series. One of the few series that made such a run was Nickelodeon’s Rugrats. That series ran for 172 episodes from 1990 until 2004. Sadly, no studio has a deal in place as of yet to release it on DVD in stores. It’s only available online right now. But thankfully, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are available in stores. Everything is wrapped up once and for all in this season, with Lord Dregg finally done for. Even Krang and Shredder make an appearance courtesy of Lord Dregg’s transporter ray. That and more is all in Season Ten, including two previously unreleased episodes. So this morning, we’ll take a look at just a few of the episodes that made this final season a fitting sendoff.
The first episode in Season Ten sees the return of Lord Dregg. Dregg comes back to Earth while the turtles are still trying to get their mutations under control. Meanwhile, Lord Dregg sends a tiny robot down to the turtles’ lair to steal a piece of the vortex crystals. The crystals are being used to try and get the turtles’ mutations under control. That results in Leonoardo’s mutation not being stabilized. So the guys have to chase him down throughout New York City after he mutates. Since the turtles are occupied chasing down Leo, Lord Dregg has sent an even bigger horde of bots to Earth to build his lab so that he can get his transporter operational. When April discovers Dregg’s plan, she’s captured by Dregg, who threatens to transport her to the farthest reaches of the universe. Thankfully, Leo’s out of control mutation helps to save April, along with the others. This leads up into the next episode on the disc, “The Beginning of The End.”
After having saved April and the guys, Leo is still being held in case he mutates again. Which unluckily, he does, despite everyone thinking he’s finally cured after Carter thinks he has everything figured out. When Leo mutates again, it’s off to the races again for the rest of the turtles, as they have to chase Leo down yet again. In the process, Dregg’s soldiers kidnap Leo and put a radioactive isotope in him that could go critical at any minute. This leads to even more action for the team.
Later in Season Ten, Carter seems to think he is finally cured of his mutation, too. But the timing of this couldn’t be worse, as Lord Dregg has transported Shredder and Krang back from Dimension X in order to help him defeat the turtles once and for all. But things don’t go exactly as planned for Dregg, as Shredder and Krang continue to backstab Dregg and try to take over. This episode is actually a two part episode, as the turtles are caught by Dregg and sent to his ship. Dregg holds the turtles, as well as Shredder and Krang in an attempt to steal the turtles’ mutagen, and the life force from Krang and Shredder. Audiences are left with a cliff hanger here. What will happen to everyone’s favorite mean green machine? Fans will have to find out for themselves. The DVD is out in stores today. it’s available both in stores and online. It can be ordered online at http://www.lionsgateshop.com/.
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