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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003, Seasons 6 & 7)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003, Seasons 6 & 7)
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"It's Ninja Time." Nope not happening.
Genre: Action
Adventure
Comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: July 29, 2006 - October 27, 2007 (Season 6)
September 13, 2008 - March 27, 2010 (Season 7)
Network(s): 4Kids
The CW
Created by: Mirage Studios
4Kids Entertainment
Distributed by: 4Kids Entertainment
Starring: Michael Sinterniklaas
Sam Riegel
Greg Abbey
Wayne Grayson
Darren Dunstan
Chris Adams II
Marc Thompson
Veronica Taylor
Episodes: 26 (Season 6)
14 (Season 7)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2003 reboot of the TMNT franchise. While the series was critically acclaimed by fans, many of them agree that the last two seasons, dubbed Fast Forward and Back to the Sewer, respectively, are when the show fell into mediocrity. This page will only cover those seasons. The sixth season would run from July 29, 2006, to October 27, 2007, while the seventh and final season would run from September 13, 2008, to March 27, 2010.

Bad Qualities

  1. The problem with these seasons is 4Kids themselves, rather than end the series after Season 5, considering it was an excellent ending and was the original series finale, due to popularity, 4Kids decided to order two more seasons, making the show go from amazing to mediocre.
  2. As an attempt to keep the age rating low when the show was brought over from Fox to the CW, the show's dark tone is abandoned completely for a more lighthearted tone.
  3. Season 6 has a generic premise of the Turtles going into the future feels like a fish out of water-type series that suffers the same vein as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, the film that revolves around time traveling.
  4. The art style changes divided several fans, and Back to the Sewer has mediocre redesigns for the Turtles (Though Turtles Forever uses these and improves upon them) and April. This was done to cut costs and tie into the 2007 CGI movie.
  5. Season 6 has a forgettable opener that tries to be modern and hip.
  6. While there aren't that many episodes to be considered bad, some of the episodes are pretty forgettable, especially in Season 7
  7. Season 7 was incredibly rushed, only having 14 episodes and its story-line was hardly developed.
  8. Forgettable new characters and villains that are weak and bland, such as Cody Jones (ancestor of one of the Turtles' allies, Casey Jones) after Season 6, he was completely abandoned with the exception of appearing in the season 7 premiere and the series finale (excluding Turtles Forever).
  9. Does not acknowledge the events of season 5 and lacks continuity.
  10. The show decided to introduce the Cyber Shredder and while Scottie Ray still does a great job voicing him, he lacked the enjoyability of what made the Utrom Shredder (who is much closer to his original "Turtle Prime"/Mirage version) great. In general, it just seems lazy to bring him back again.
  11. Serling was never written off to having a proper conclusion for himself after Season 7, knowing that Turtles Forever had no appearance of Serling which is pretty unfortunate knowing he was a pretty enjoyable character.
  12. None of the supporting cast returns for Fast Forward aside from characters such as Splinter.
  13. Weak storylines that are not faithful with the comics or the original 1987 show of the same name in Season 6 and 7.
  14. The Turtles constantly shout "IT'S NINJA TIME" when they go out to fight which is really annoying and can get on your last nerve.
  15. This is one of the prime examples of Executive Meddling in TV standards much like later seasons of The Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants, Family Guy, and The Fairly OddParents.

Good Qualities

  1. Much like Winx Club, there is a perfect explanation for the show's decline, 4Kids refused to keep the show dark and demanded it to be lighthearted, so no blame can go on the creators and they still respect the fans and understood their disappointment.
  2. It was followed by the TV movie Turtles Forever was a massive improvement from these seasons and did end the series on a proper conclusion. Likewise, in the Back to the Sewer finale, "Wedding Bells and Bytes", ended the TV series on a high note.
  3. There are several good/decent and even some fantastic episodes that bring back the charm of the show.
    • "Future Shellshock" (which started these seasons on a high note)
    • "Head of State"
    • "DNA is Thicker Than Water" (arguably the best episode of season 6 and in these seasons alone)
    • "Invasion of the Bodyjacker"
    • "Graduation Day: Class of 2105"
    • "The Cosmic Completist"
    • "The Day of Awakening"
    • "Zixxth Sense" (which ended season 6 on a high note)
    • "Tempus Fugit" (which started season 7 on a high note)
    • "The Engagement Ring"
    • "Hacking Stockman"
    • "Identity Crisis"
    • "Virtual Reality Check"
    • "City Under Siege"
    • "Wedding Bells and Bytes" (an amazing end to the television series alongside "Turtles Forever" itself).
  4. The Shredder, Hun, Karai, and the Foot Clan do come back in Back To The Sewers despite how the flaws of the Cyber Shredder himself.
  5. The animation is great, despite not being as good as the animation in the first 5 Seasons.
  6. Amazing voice acting with all of the actors putting delivering good performances like always.
  7. Awesome theme song in Season 7.
    • Even though it's generic, Season 6's theme song is still pretty catchy
  8. Despite the decline in quality, the show had only one bad episode. That is good as other shows who suffer declines in quality have so many bad episodes.
  9. There are still pretty funny moments such as when see Gamer Hun interacting with Michelangelo without knowing he made amends with him in that game alone.
  10. The characters such as the Turtles and Splinter were never flanderized and are still likable characters as always which is great since most show that decline in later seasons has flanderized characters.
  11. The action scenes are still great and fun to watch, despite being toned down as they still have build-up, rather than being rushed.
  12. Starlee and Serling are likable new characters with Serling generally being a funny character and well-written comic relief.
  13. Season 6 does deserve credit for showing how Agent Bishop has changed to becoming a more respectable person to creatures and they didn't give him a half-baked redemption and also gave Baxter Stockman a good ending especially after all the bad things he received in the past few seasons.

Reception

Although the first 5 seasons of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were met with widespread acclaim for its story-telling, characters, and action. However, Season 6 and 7 were met with mixed to negative reviews from fans and critics who criticized these seasons for their lighthearted and generic stories, mediocre art designs, and forgettable villains. 4Kids received criticism for not ending the series after season 5 in which many sights, "Enter the Dragons" as the proper finale to the show itself. However, season 6 did receive some praise for giving strong conclusions to Baxter Stockman as well as the finale of season 7 being praised as a good way to end the show.

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