Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive trailer for Nickelodeon’s reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
It’s pretty cute. I really like the turtle designs. I like Shredder with pop out claws. No April or Splinter which doesn’t mean that they won’t be there. I think April is kind of necessary as a viewpoint character to help the audience relate to the show. Overall, I think it’s going to be a fun little series.
However, the Turtles are far from teenagers. They first hit the scene in 1984, twenty-eight years ago in a time when ninjas were the shit. Ninjas these days aren’t so badass. Part of me is a little disappointed that it’s such a familiar reboot. I get it, it’s a show for kids just like the first show, but the comic book was anything but. It would be nice to see a more dark take on the Turtles in animated form or at least an older set of Turtles. Or hell, some new anthropomorphic thing because honestly, the Turtles are kinda played out.
I suppose it’s possible that this new show will indeed have a darker tone. Shredder definitely looks more lethal than any previous version. And Legend of Korra is a pretty dark show. I’m cautiously optimistic.