TMNT. Greater depth, greater emotional heft, better action (especially since it was done with actors in suits), good script, and the actors did a pretty good job. Oh, and the animatronic suits were astounding.
Presumably he doesn't, since there's no indication that Leonardo called him or anything. But once he hears the full story when they get home, who knows?
Sorry, that is what I meant, that their eyes are basically identical except for the color (which is only different because Jennika retained her eye color from her human form).
Isn't the main difference between Jennika and the boys' eyes just the color (the boys have brown, she has blue)?
Ah, my mistake. I guess maybe she can smell the difference between male and female turtles.
Something occured to me when I was rereading #103: How did Jennika even know that Lita is a girl?
Wingnut II wrote: Lita. Short, but sweet. Not bad!
Yes, according to a released snippet of TMNT #104, the albino turtle didn't know her own name, so Jennika named her Lita. Short and sweet, without theme naming or legacy naming, much like Jenny herself. From what I've gleaned, "Lita" can be Latin for "gladly," but can also be a clipped form of any number of possible names that end with "-lita,"
I wonder... If Lita didn't have a name, then where did she come from? I have some clear memories from when I was as young as one or two years old, but I know not everyone remembers anything from that far back. I do know that unaccompanied children who don't know their own backgrounds have been a feature of literature before, such as Fantine from Les Miserables who was first found in her own youth as an unaccompanied street child. Lita could have been homeless even before she mutated, or her family abandoned her when she mutated or died during the EPF-Triceraton war, or she lost her parents for other reasons altogether. Or, possibly, she may not be a human-born mutant at all, but was an albino turtle who just happened to be at a certain place in the city at a certain time.
It might seem implausible for an animal-born mutant to develop speech or a sense of self in only six months, but the same thing happened to the Turtles (IDW). Granted, they already inherited from (at least fragmentary) memories from their past life as the Hamato Sons, but that wouldn't have taught them how to speak English, etc., which is relevant given that only Splinter and Michelangelo could remember from their past life how to speak Japanese. Splinter was already sentient with full past life recall even before mutation because of StockGen's psychotropic compound, but Mikey like his brothers never had that, so what he remembers (and what they can't remember) almost seems to be a matter of chance.
Another possibility is that Lita herself could be an animal-born mutant who is also a reincarnation. From Shredder and the Shredder in Hell miniseries, we already know that afterlives in-story do not strictly exist in linear time, and that the immortal spirits of people can be communed with on the other side even when theoretically a living incarnation of them is "still" alive, which was how Splinter's spirit could keep Saki company in the afterlife as soon as immediately after Saki's most recent death in Vengeance, part 6 even while Splinter himself was still alive. So I can't help but find myself wondering... Could Lita also be a reincarnation? And if so, of whom? It's not out of the realm of possibility that she could be a reincarnation of Tang Shen, or even of Splinter himself. ...Or she could just be a new character with no revealed previously cosmically connected history.
It would be interesting if she was an animal born mutant rather than a human as assumed; even though we saw the fallout of the mutagen bomb as affecting humans, it presumably affected animals in its range too.
Slash would be kind of an odd name to give a little girl, though.
I'm still waiting for a TMNT TV series—let alone a good one—that is primarily for adult-minded adults, and not for kids or for adults chasing childhood nostalgia.
I'm sorry, but it's really very rude to refer to adults who like the 1987 show as not being "adult-minded."
So... exactly like most franchise materials aimed at children, even today? (See also: the reason Young Justice was originally cancelled...)
2003 characters could blush, but not the mutant ones. We don't see any of them blush, despite showing a range of emotions...
Well, Splinter-starting-as-a-basic-brown-rat kind of requires a lot of suspension of disbelief, when you consider things like the rat's intellectual capacity (which is bright, but not bright enough to learn Japanese culture, ninjutsu, the ability to read, etc) and its lifespan (he should have been dead several times over by the time he was mutated).
I think we should just assume Splinter DIDN'T do that to his sons just to find out what they were.
But is ok to have different opinions.
I don't think the Turtles ever blush in that series, do they? I know they do in the 87 series, but I can't think of an instance where the 2003 Turtles blush...
They're not very ambiguous, at least the second one isn't. We'll have to agree to disagree.
I actually found a couple more. In "Sons of the Silent Age," he looks visibly disturbed when April talks about how cool Casey looks. And after he rescues April during the Triceraton invasion, she hugs him and says, "Donnie, I could just kiss you!" to which he eagerly responds, "Really?"
To me, the TMNT being four and only four was... kind of part of who they are, but then again this is coming from someone who tends to favor Mirage and Image more. IDW kind of had that at first, but then they started re-intergrating characters from the Fred Wolf, 4Kids and the Nick series... which I was okay with at first but... I dunno now.
Just... there's too many Turtles, and I think that kind of makes the TMNT less unique. Gotta agree with Sugilita here with that.
Well, to be fair, IDW never pretended they weren't going to add more mutants to the mix. The very first scene of the very first issue introduced a brand-new mutant character who is still an active party today, and the inclusion of Null mutants happened quite some time ago.
Re: the original question, his sense of smell? Rats do have incredibly acute noses.
I hope this new Mona Lisa will not be a love interest for Raphael. Because in her two past appearances she was only a love interest. Very cliche.
It's entirely possible she won't be. After all, IDW Kala is just buddies with Mikey, and nothing more (and given the age upgrade she's given, it would be squicky otherwise).
Regarding the 2003 Leatherhead, he did not always wear a lab coat, just some of the time, mostly when he was hardcore-sciencing on something that he didn't see as time-sensitive. He also was trying to built a transmat to reunite with the Utroms, but the whole idea was kind of dropped after his first episode when Baxter Stockman caused the ceiling to collapse on his lair.
He was also partially defined by trauma, since between his first and second appearances he was captured by Bishop and tortured with various inhumane experiments for several months. This caused him to become unstable and even more prone to fly into violent rages. The Turtles let him live with them for a few weeks after freeing them, but after he nearly killed Michelangelo after a nightmare he refused to stay with them anymore, so Donatello found a new nearby lair for him to live in by himself. He got a better handle on his trauma and PTSD over time, to the point where he was able to be in Bishop's presence without trying to kill him, but was still clearly very traumatized.