Review: Nick TMNT #33 "Slash and Destroy"

There are a lot of characters for the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon coming back for Nickelodeon’s TMNT series.  Each one bringing on a new look, a new history, and even new personalities.  With all these new introductions to characters we already know, fears can come up if they change someone to away we will not enjoy.  One of those fears came to me, when I found out last year that Spike, Raphael’s pet was going to turn into Slash.  This episode was not riding well with me, all the way up to the day it aired.  How could they turn Spike into a bad guy?  Nickelodeon took me by surprise and did not let me down.  Here is my review of “Slash and Destroy”.

This episode starts off with Raphael’s temper.  Mike messed up some magazines, then Donatello almost blows up Spike and Splinter wants them to help Don clean.  Raphael takes Donatello’s mutagen to his room, to punish Donatello.  Though when he’s called out to come help clean, the mutagen falls open and Spike eyes it.  While Raph is out of the room, Spike gets into the Mutagen.  Once he returns, he meets Spike as a Mutant.

The other Turtles go off on a hunt for the mutagen, Raphael decides to team up with Spike, and find the mutagen without the others.  Spike renames himself Slash, as Raphael gears him up with weapons.  The two of them go top side, to work as a team.  Though Slash wants Raphael to himself, and plans to take out the other three Turtles.

While Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael deal with Slash.  Leonardo has the side story of trying to get his hands on the canister of ooze they were chasing down.  Having to follow it through the hands of different people, including a man and his daughter.  This side mission is the comic relief in an otherwise sad episode.

I can’t express how much I love this episode.  I can see pets loving only one in a family and being at the point of taking out the others to keep their one to themselves.  I have a cat that would go on a killing spree if she’s mutated.  So the full Slash turning against the other three Turtles works for me.  The only problem here is that learning to fight does not come from just watching someone else fight, it comes from years of working out and toning your body for battle.  The fact that Slash could just fight right after being mutated is the only part that was truly hard for me to follow.

The character growth in this episode is huge.  You see strong signs of character through the entire episode, not just with Raphael and Slash.  Though the guilt on Donatello’s face when Raphael comes out of his room to yell about cleaning.  He feels really bad.  To when Raphael realizes what Slash is doing to his family.  This is a serious issue where Raphael has to realize what damage has come from his own temper and anger.  Something we’ve seen a lot of in this and other series.  A Shame he hasn’t fully learned from this and we’ll see more of his temper in episodes to come.

One thing is foresure, Raphael does not realize that what has happened to his magazine was at least an accident.  Unlike what Raphael does to Michelangelo’s comics in “Invasion of the Squirrelanoids”.  He cares about his own stuff, but treats his brothers stuff like crap.  So he kind of was asking for his collection to get some damage.  I didn’t feel bad for him at all, until Spike was in danger.

My favorite episodes in this scene is seeing Michelangelo and Donatello doing everything in their power, no matter how beaten and sore they are, to help Raphael in battle.  I also love Leonardo’s tea party.  His lie about being the only Turtle was done great with some very classic humor there. 

I can’t wait to see Slash’s return to the series as he’s one of my favorite characters now.  They did a wonderful job at making him stand out as strongly as he has.  The writer in this episode is Gavin Hignight, the first writer on the Nickelodeon series to have come over from a previous version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Gavin wrote two episodes for the 4Kids TMNT series.

This is my favorite episode that has aired of Season 2.  I can watch it over and over without getting bored, and finding more things that stand out.  As well as finding myself super excited with the idea of seeing this character again.  While I thought I was not going to like Spike being mutated, they did prove me wrong.  Which is why I fully respect Nickelodeon’s TMNT they keep doing things that make the show better.

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Leatherhead's picture

Great episode! I'm looking forward to what the future holds for Slash. :)