March 12, 2014

[SOM #72]

On this episode we continue the Ninja Turtles discussion through the 2003 show, the 2007 CG movie and the 2012 Nickelodeon CG show. 

Two things become clear over the course of events. One is that despite being less popular now than at the height of early 90's Turtle Power the output itself is getting better and better, the other is that on a long enough timeline without a full reboot every so often, the TMNT framework descends into inane nonsense. 

Once again I have with me Matt Ramsey of Do Try This at Home and Neil Taylor of GameBurst. 

Next week we're staying green with a look at a DC superhero from the Justice League who's NOT Batman or Superman. This will be the first of several shows where we discuss the merits of the core characters Warner Bros has yet to fully capitalise on with their new run of interlinking Marvel Cinematic Universe style movies. So we'll be talking about the comics, the 2011 movie and the animated adventures of Green Lantern. Some of them are rubbish, but some of them are really, truly, unexpectedly excellent as we found when researching for this podcast. At some point later on we will give The Flash and Wonder Woman the same treatment.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

March 11, 2014

[SOM #71]

This is the first of two podcasts for 2013 covering the first 29 years of Turtle history, from their monochrome single issue comic book published by Mirage Studios back in 1984 all the way up to the new Nickelodeon TV show in 2012. It's hard to remember now for some of us who were there at the time but turtlemania was a thing and we shall remind you of it. For the younger listeners this will be a window into what things were like back then, with all the comics, toys and cheesy merchandise discussed.

This episode covers their creation and early years, the 80's TV show, renamed Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the UK, the first movie from 1990 which has held up surprisingly well and bears much of the focus of this podcast, followed by its two atrocious sequels and the temporary bullet in the head of the franchise, the late 90's live action Saban show "The Next Mutation". Next week we will be looking at the more serious second animated series originally released in 2003 as well as the fourth (and best) movie and the new, third animated show, which is actually rather excellent. 

With the fifth theatrical movie in production for release in 2014, not coincidentally their 30th anniversary as well as not one but two major TMNT video games being released in the Autumn of this year there has never been a better time to get re-acquainted with Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. 

With me are my two brothers, skilled in the ninja arts and masters of the spinning pizzas; Neil Taylor of GameBurst and Matt Ramsey of Do try This At Home