“Scum sucking mutated freaks of the world. Prepare to meet, Casey Jones.”
In the world of mutated turtles, there have always been a few staple characters. In the villain’s corner, you need your Oroku Saki, aka The Shredder, to serve as your heroic motivator. On the turtle side, you have Master Splinter, who is sometimes Hamato Yoshi’s pet rat and sometimes it’s Master Yoshi himself.
Then, there are the supporting characters who round out the turtles’ perception of humanity. The turtles have their BFF April O’Neil, while The Shredder has his personal scientist Baxter Stockman.
Although April and Baxter are cool to see, you never really care about them. It’s only in the new 2012 CG TMNT series that April is starting to develop into a more, well-rounded character. She’s using her intuition and is getting involved in the action.
However, April aside, there is one character who has always felt like he deserves just as much time in the spotlight as Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo.
And that’s Casey Jones.
In TMNT Episode 2.09, “The Good, the Bad and Casey Jones,” we got to see Casey put on the mask for the first time in this new series. He’s a teenager, who is scared of mice, packs a mean punch and can take a serious beating. That’s probably why he’s missing all of his front teeth. But, that’s another story.
Casey’s introduction into the TMNT world always takes place in a similar fashion. Raphael has a fall out with his brothers. In a fit of rage, and jokes from Michelangelo, Raphael walks out only to end up in a battle with someone whose rage matches his own – Casey Jones. This was also how Casey was introduced in the original live-action movie (the 1990 movie is worth checking out, but skip the sequels).
I loved the replicated Casey opening. He’s a teenager, but still has all the sporting equipment you’d find at your local sporting goods store. He also has a knack for science and has added in a little electric shock weapon into his suit. His mechanical roller skates can be automatically triggered like Iron Man and his skates also come with Iron Sheik spikes on the front for the WWE fans.
Weapons aside, this new Casey Jones is an artist with something of an inner poet inside of him. He can kick butt, but freaks out when he sees mice. The joke is nicely echoed with a parallel joke against Raphael who is equally scared of cockroaches.
The episode is a great jumping on point to the series for long-time turtle fans. You’ll see the words “East.MAN” on Casey’s hockey stick, a nod to the original creator. Also, Casey has a healthy repertoire of action-packed, one liners like: “I’m the last guy you see before you wakeup in the hospital” and “Casey Jones shoots, he scores.”
There were a few other cool throwback references in this episode of TMNT. The cartoon Michelangelo and Donatello were watching was called Super Robo Meca Force. It was something of a spoof on G-Force: Guardians of Space and Voltron (I had to laugh at the Pidge character).
They also had a few PSA’s tossed into the episode like the “users are losers” ad in the subway station.
It was pretty cool when Raphael and Casey Jones decided to tag team up at the end. But the hottest part was when Raphael tossed Casey up the stares and Casey let loose his electro shock weapon on the Foot Soldier.
The Foot Soldiers are robots. They invaded the turtles layer. When one robot decided to make a dash from the turtles’ hideout, Casey and Raphael went after it so that it couldn’t broadcast the turtles’ location. This kind of makes sense. But you’d think that if somebody designed robots that were so advanced that they can act intelligently and perform ninja moves, then they’d also build in a system that allowed said robots to communicate even while underground. Just a thought… especially since communication is easier to program than ninja moves and AI.