Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Invasion of the Squirrelanoids” Review


It’s easy to see what this episode is a parody of.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles takes a break this episode from the main plot, and side tracked with some “mutant of the week” type of story.  We see a dramatic squirrel by the end of last episode and sure enough, he’s the problem the Turtles have to face this week.

The episode is a straight-up parody of Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise.  The squirrel entering human’s body to multiply and eventually metamorphosis into a whole different creature are all pages from the hit franchise.  The parody is even better when Mikey has the awareness that the whole situation is awfully similar to another media.  In this case, it’s the comic Mikey is reading.  This is great because it gives Mikey some solid story where he’s the center of the attention he deserved.  Also, there’s something fun about yelling at Mikey to turn to the last page of the comic already, so we can figure out how to defeat the these alien monsters.

This episode is similar to last season’s “Parasitica,” as it takes place in entirely in the layer.  However, unlike that episode, Splinter is in with the fun as well.  It’s fun seeing Splinter having problems with the monsters as well, and how he’s as clueless as the Turtles.  This really is the best incarnation of Splinter ever, and I really wish to see the more of him.

There are some great jokes this episode too such as Mikey’s messy room and him delivering the classic “Game over, man!  Game over!” line.  I really like the episode, but this is still a filler episode regardless.  After last week’s shocking event, I pretty sure we all want to see what happened to April.  Hopefully we can jump back to the main plot next week, and address the issue that actually matters.



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