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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze

More action than you can shake a shell at, more cheese in the plot than on the pizzas...and VANILLA ICE! Yes, RiffDuck takes you on a journey with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to find out just what exactly was the big secret behind that darn ooze! Maybe the secret lies in the fact that four mutant turtles raised in New York somehow speak West Coast slang. Who knows? Certainly not the Shredder since he's too busy doing a crossword to actually be bothered with fighting in this movie. But no worries! He's got his grunting henchman Tatsu on the job as well his secret weapons: Bebop and Rockstead-uh...Laurel and Hard-wait, um...Milo and Oti-Tokka and Rahzar! That's the ticket! It will take all of the Turtles' deadly but kid-friendly ninjitsu skills to make it out of this one. But they're not alone as a brand-new smokin' hot April O'Neil joins their cause along with Sark from "Tron" and Prince Tarn from "Red Sonja" (but whatever, you only know him from "Surf Ninjas" anyways)! The stakes are high and the Ice is cool in the Ninja Turtles 2nd installment! You know, the one right before the REALLY bad movie about time-travelling to Feudal Japan? THAT one!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Shredder plots his revenge by kidnapping a TGRI scientist (David Warner), stealing a canister of the mysterious ooze, and uses it to create mutants of his own: Tokka and Rahzar, a monstrous snapping turtle and wolf duo of very little brain.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is a 1991 film in which the Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last cannister of the ooze that created the Turtles, which Shredder wants to use to create an army of new mutants.

There was nothing we were more excited about in the spring of '91 than the release of the next live-action Turtles movie. As kids, the consensus seemed to be that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze was the best entry in the series - something that Carlos and Donna can definitely attest to. Chris always preferred the first one, but still had a great time with the sequel.After rewatching it, the gang realized that the movie is pretty much exactly how they remembered it. No surprises there. What did change - and predictably so - was how they responded to it. Carlos still found it to be superior to the original, Donna thought it was a mixed bag, and Chris was a little disappointed to discover that this one just doesn't hold up for him at all.Topics include: the goofier tone and how the reactionary approach to violence actually sends a more disturbing message in some ways, the confusion over how much time has passed since the end of the first movie, how little Keno ultimately adds to the story and other ways they could have utilized him, a debate about how interchangeable the Turtles are this time, why Bebop & Rocksteady were sidelined in favor of Tokka & Rahzar, what exactly the secret of the ooze is, the wasted potential of anti-mutagen, and much much more!

The plot is even less complicated this time around - Shredder, the bad guy, has got hold of a jug of the same slime that originally turned the Turtles into mutant teenage ninjas, uses it this time to osmose a dog and a bird into monstrous killing machines, and then - disaster! - captures a Turtle. As before, there's plenty of fighting, surfer-type jargon and cool fooling about, but this time around no attempt is made to appease a secondary school age audience, with the first film's overall darkness now kicked into touch (nearly all the action takes place in daylight), along with any grown-up jokes (set pieces and one-liners are silly rather than subtle) and the only real innovation -and the only real clunker - being Vanilla Ice's big screen debut. A guaranteed summer holiday distraction for all the under-tens the house.

When the Shredder found out that the substance that mutated the Turtles had been created by TGRI (Techno-Global Research Industries), he sent his Foot Soldiers to steal the ooze and kidnap head TGRI scientist, Professor Jordan Perry. The Shredder instructs Perry to use the ooze to mutate an Alligator Snapping Turtle and a Gray Wolf (kidnapped from the Bronx Zoo) which resulted in the creation of Tokka and Rahzar. However, Jordan had secretly altered the mutagen, and as a result, the two mutants had the intelligence of human infants. Saki ordered the monsters to face him in battle, to teach them who their master was, the infantile mutants misinterpreted the word "master", thinking it meant "mama," and hugged him instead. Angered, Shredder ordered them to be destroyed, but Perry had sympathy for them and showed Saki their total obedience to him and that, as they were "playing" in the junkyard, partially lifting a skid steer, they had great strength. This prompted Shredder to keep them alive.

As the final showdown commenced at the club; Leo and Raph were fending off Rahzar and Tokka's snapping attacks. Dr. Perry informed them that their repeated burping was slowing the anti-mutagen and that carbon dioxide was needed to speed up the demutation. The Turtles knocked their foes off their feet and flat on their backs with a couple of barrels they found somewhere in the concert, and then the turtles shoved fire extinguishers into the creatures' mouths, which administered the needed carbon dioxide to reverse the mutation. Finally, the antidote took effect and the two mutants returned to their normal animal forms. What happened to them after this is unknown, though they were most likely sent back to the Bronx Zoo. 350c69d7ab


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