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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Back to the Sewers (Season 7) - 4 out of 5
After a slightly disappointing season 6 (only slightly) where the turtles are blasted 100 years into the future, the four ninja brothers are back in their time ready to face another incarnation of the Shredder. Sadly, this season isn't actually available on DVD but, with some persistence, I was able to locate them all to watch on Al Gore's wonderful invention; the internet.
This season kept many of the lighthearted changes that occurred in season 6 and didn't see much of a return to the darker, maturer themes that seasons 1-5 had (and I cherished). The character designs of the turtles, Casey Jones, April and Splinter were altered slightly to better fit the character designs of the animated film, TMNT (if you've never seen it, I HIGHLY recommend it). Besides these minor changes, the rest of the formula stays the same and remain at their high quality.
The story for this finale season of the 2003 animated series deals with the turtles return to their time. However, while traveling, Master Splinter is attacked by the villain Viral (from the Fast Forward season) and the turtles' father is broken down into information bytes and scattered all over the internet. The four ninjas are forced to invade cyberspace and then track down and reassemble their sensei. However, after Viral evaded the turtles, she accidentally awakens a digital version of the Utrom Shredder who becomes the newest incarnation of the turtles' arch-nemesis, the Cyber Shredder.
While on the surface, a Cyber Shredder may seem like a silly idea but his design was very cool and he was a legitimate badass. Some great action sequences took place because of this and, like during the final episode of season 5, all hell broke loose as Cyber Shredder escapes his prison of the internet and he unleashes war on the turtles and their allies as they gathered for the wedding of Casey and April. Did I mention Casey and April's relationship takes the next step? I think I just did.
There was a lot going on in this season and, sadly, not enough episodes to cram it all into. The season was only 13 episodes long (along with an episode called Mayhem on Mutant Island that was broken up into one minute long mini-episodes that wasn't that good and rather pointless) and with the amount of story going on--both the rebuilding of Splinter and Casey and April's relationship--this season should have gone longer because it felt rushed.
While this wasn't the best season to end on, it was still great. It was a return to their roots (hence the title Back to the Sewers) and gone was the cheesy futuristic setting. This season also provided something that the animated programs haven't offered since the original 1987 series: a kick ass theme song!