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TNTS Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 8

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Devall is back with an all-new review, this time he takes a look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 8 Collection!


The green foursome known to the world as Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael are celebrating their 25th anniversary, and Lionsgate continues the celebration with the Complete Season 8 on DVD!

Lionsgate has been releasing the animated Turtles series, which ran for 10 seasons, since Season 3 was released in 2005. The newest volume to be released begins to wrap up the series as we near the final two seasons.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 8 collects all eight episodes of the season! Continuing from the end of Season 7 where the Turtles sent the Technodrome into another dimension leaving Shredder and Krang stuck on Earth in New York, Season 8 sees the boys in green trying to send the villains away once and for all while coping with being blamed for the destruction of the Channel Six news building and suddenly being labeled Public Enemy Number 1 in the city!

The opening to the episodes changed for Season 8, giving us a new hard-rock sounding opening that wraps animation from the current season with live action footage from the first feature film. It is actually a little strange to hear a rock version of the classic theme song.

The animation also changed a bit here, becoming a little less cartoony and a bit darker in design. A lot of the early series episodes took place during all times of the day, many times during the daylight hours. These episodes all take place seemingly right at dusk when the moon is out but the sky is red. And let me tell you, the sky is RED in EVERY episode.

Season 8, much like the last couple of seasons, keeps up with an ongoing coherent storyline as the Turtles near the end of their battles with Shredder and April continues to try and clear the Turtles name. Which is a bit of fresh air even though the stories in these later seasons suffered as they weren’t as fun and exciting as the earlier seasons tended to be. There was less humor and more action, but it becomes action for action’s sake and doesn’t feel like it is helping the storyline along.


The season also introduced us to an episode giving us a little bit of toy line crossover with the appearance of the Cyber-Turtles. In one of the last episodes of the season the Turtles obtain suits of Cybernetic Armor, which also appeared late in the toy line.

The Season 8 episodes consist of Get Shredder, Wrath of the Rat King, State of Shock, Cry H.A.V.O.C.!, H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets, Enter: Krakus, Cyber-Turtles and Turtle Trek. These episodes ran from September 10th, 1994, to October 29th and would return the following fall with Season 9.

These collections from Lionsgate are well worth picking up, and seeing as we only have two more seasons to go before we completely wrap up the original Turtles animated series.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 8 is currently available in stores everywhere, as well as over at www.LionsgateShop.com! So pick Season 8 up today and complete your Shell-lection

Review Written by Devall

Review Sample supplied by Lionsgate