Strip Talk #19: Sometimes it’s OK to reserve judgment

Lyndsey-2013-cutout-onlineBefore we even get started, let’s not even ques­tion my TMNT legit­i­macy, OK? I am what you would call a super­fan. Check my cre­den­tials: I have most of the 1987 car­toon sea­sons on DVD, have had the theme song of said show mem­o­rized since the begin­ning of 1988, had loads of mer­chan­dise and wrote a freak­ing play about Leonardo falling in love with April. Oh, and that 2011 GI issue devoted to TMNT? My idea. So, when I ren­der a ver­dict on this new con­trap­tion that Michael Bay has dared intro­duce, you can best believe I do know what I am talk­ing about. Except … that’s just it: I haven’t ren­dered a ver­dict and I’m not going to. At least, not just yet.

Yes, I’ve seen the epic orig­i­nal trailer (and I use that term loosely here), and no, I don’t have much to say about the over­all film. The trailer is just that: a trailer. You can’t just go around sup­pos­ing any­thing from a trailer. From what I saw, it’s sup­posed to be a retelling of the ori­gin story of the four tur­tles and their first meet­ing with Ms. O’Neil. Beyond that, I’m not really expect­ing much other than the rum­bling that I’ve heard over the hills that the Tur­tles are sup­posed to be aliens this time around. Not so fast there, Bay. That isn’t canon and that one change? Yep, you guessed it: The fan­base isn’t buy­ing it. At all.

There comes a time, though, when every­one needs to step back and keep a clear head about things. This is one of those mag­i­cal times. Kevin East­man, co-creator of the boys in green, even agreed with that right­eous state­ment from Bay. Keep in mind, how­ever, that East­man isn’t even directly involved with the rights to the Tur­tles any­more and has only recently got­ten back into the Tur­tle game. So take it for what it’s worth. Mean­while, other co-creator Peter Laird is telling any­one who’ll lis­ten that the con­cept is being watered down and prob­a­bly will hurt the stand­ing of the fran­chise. My reac­tion: As if the third movie, sub­se­quent 80 mil­lion series after the 1987 car­toon and ram­pant mer­chan­dis­ing didn’t already do that? I mean, let’s not for­get that at the height of the series’ pop­u­lar­ity, you could find the Green Machine on every­thing from book­marks to toi­let paper prac­ti­cally. So, what’s another movie to poten­tially push the fran­chise again to a newer gen­er­a­tion of kids that don’t know the black-and-white his­tory of the Turtles?

I’m no Bay defender or apol­o­gist but all of the knee-jerk reac­tions to the trailer need to descend right back down to the sew­ers whence the third movie came from.

Lyn­d­sey Hicks is editor-in-chief of Gam­ing Insur­rec­tion. She can be reached by email at gicomics@gaminginsurrection.com

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