Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series, season 7)

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TMNT: Back to the Sewer
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes14
Release
Original networkThe CW4Kids
Original releaseSeptember 13, 2008 –
March 7, 2009
Season chronology
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List of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series) episodes

The seventh season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, titled Back to the Sewer, aired on Saturday mornings on the CW4Kids on CW Network in 2008-2009. With this season, the show moved from Fox's 4Kids TV lineup to the CW. The season began with the episode "Tempus Fugit" which aired on September 13, 2008. It is followed by the TV special Turtles Forever.

Story[edit]

Cody Jones is able to finally repair the Time Window, but parts with the Turtles and Splinter can return to 2006. However, Viral, who had survived her defeat in the previous season, hacks into the time window, taking control of it and sending the Turtles, Splinter and Serling (who fell in by accident) to various eras in attempts to kill them. Just as the group is able to return home, Viral attacks Splinter, shattering him into countless bytes of data scattered across the Internet. The Turtles and Serling resolve to recover Splinter's bytes and return him to his whole self by digitizing themselves and entering cyberspace to find them.

The Turtles make their make to the twenty-second century day known to Cody, as well as Baxter Stockman. Viral is forcibly assimilated into a digital copy of Ch'rell, who had done so prior to his attempted departure from Earth in the third-season finale. This forms a new incarnation of the Shredder known as the "Cyber Shredder", who employs a new Foot Clan with Khan as his second lieutenant. Shredder makes several attempts to escape from cyber space and enter the real world, often harassing the Turtles during their attempts to locate Splinter's data.

In the season's finale, Splinter is recompiled and returned to his sons, who decide to celebrate April and Casey's wedding. Dozens of the Turtles' allies and friends attend the ceremony, which is violently attacked by the Foot Clan, led by the Shredder, who has finally entered the physical world. In the midst of a massive battle between the Turtles' allies and the Foot, Donatello is able to destroy the Shredder. The wedding finally ends, in front of the Turtles, Splinter, and many other allies (including some who watch from afar; such as Agent Bishop, Cody etc.).

Development[edit]

A new art style of Back to the Sewer; on the example of Karai

Following their intentions to return the characters to the present day and adapt a tone similar to the recent TMNT movie, 4Kids pitched a revamp of the series to Peter Laird codenamed "Superworld". The initial proposal was given the 'thumbs down' by Laird.[1] Following this was a second proposal called TMNT Overload, which was approved by Mirage, but rejected by Playmates Toys, who then proposed their own idea, only to have that be rejected by 4Kids and Mirage.[2]

On October 24, 2007, Steve Murphy confirmed on his blog that Playmates, Mirage, and 4Kids had firmly agreed on the new direction, which will take place in the continuity of the 2003 series and use the "more realistic aspects" of the aborted "Overload" pitch, with character designs similar to that of the 2007 TMNT movie.[3][4]

Its description was as follows:

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in New York, ready to race across the rooftops and take on all challengers!

Not only are Casey and April back and ready to bust some bad guy butt, but a brand new, super advanced Turtle Lair is under construction (thanks to some hi-tech know-how Donatello garnered from the future), and of course there are all sorts of new heavy duty Turtle vehicles gearing up to roar down the streets of NYC and give the Foot a taste of some serious Turtle.

The stakes have never been higher, their enemies have never been stronger... and if the Turtles are going to be triumphant they’ll need to work together in ways they never have before.[5]

Further info was revealed in December 2007:

When the Turtles return from the future to their present time, Viral interferes causing Master Splinter to get trapped in cyberspace, bits of his data code scattered all throughout the digital domain. The Turtles must find a way to access the virtual realm so they can gather Splinter’s code and save their beloved father before he is lost to them forever...And what good is a digital realm without a super bad guy! That's right; the Shredder is back in new form. In order to save their master, the Turtles must now face... The Cyber Shredder! Now the Turtles must fight on two fronts - cyberspace and the real world. And twice the locations, means twice the bad guys. That's right; the TMNT will be facing off against Hun, the Foot, Baxter Stockman, and some dangerous digital monsters! Get ready, because the Turtles are back from the future, back in action, and back to the sewers! [6]

Three samples of a new opening theme song were announced by 4Kids to be under consideration on February 22, with the option for fans to vote on each of the samples and determine an official opening theme song.[7] Six pitches for the theme song were released on February 29 most confirming that the Shredder will return in some form. Much of the theme lyrics identify him as "Cyber-Shredder".[8] A trailer was released on August 8.

On September 6, a sneak peek of the season's opening episode was featured on 4Kids official website. The footage revealed that the Turtles return from the future after Michelangelo coaxes Viral into assisting them.[citation needed] However, the Turtles discover they have been sent back a year or so later from when they had left, and also bear witness to a near-future where a war has broken out between the Utrom Shredder (Ch'rell), the original Tengu Shredder (Oroku Saki) and the yet-unencountered Cyber-Shredder.[citation needed] Viral, desperate for energy after being depleted in battle, taps into the present day's network systems, but is overtaken by a Foot Ninja computer code, transforming her body and mind into the Cyber-Shredder.[citation needed]

It is later revealed that the Cyber-Shredder is actually a digital backup of Ch'rell's memories from his attempted departure from Earth, and later banishment to the frigid asteroid in the third season's two-part finale, Exodus.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written By Original air date TV
Broadcast
1421"Tempus Fugit"Roy BurdineEric BasartSeptember 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)S07E01
1432"Karate Schooled"Roy BurdineMichael RyanSeptember 20, 2008 (2008-09-20)S07E02
1443"Something Wicked"Roy BurdineMichael RyanSeptember 27, 2008 (2008-09-27)S07E03
1454"The Engagement Ring"Roy BurdineRobert DavidOctober 4, 2008 (2008-10-04)S07E04
1465"Hacking Stockman"Roy BurdineJoe KellyOctober 18, 2008 (2008-10-18)S07E05
1476"Incredible Shrinking Serling"Roy BurdineRobert DavidOctober 25, 2008 (2008-10-25)S07E06
1487"Identity Crisis"Roy BurdineMichael RyanNovember 1, 2008 (2008-11-01)S07E07
1498"Web Wranglers"Roy BurdineRobert DavidNovember 8, 2008 (2008-11-08)S07E08
1509"SuperQuest"Roy BurdineRobert DavidNovember 15, 2008 (2008-11-15)S07E09
15110"Virtual Reality Check"Roy BurdineMichael RyanNovember 22, 2008 (2008-11-22)S07E10
15211"City Under Siege"Roy BurdineSteve MelchingNovember 29, 2008 (2008-11-29)S07E11
15312"Super Power Struggle"Roy BurdineRobert DavidFebruary 21, 2009 (2009-02-21)S07E12
15413"Wedding Bells and Bytes"Roy BurdineMatthew Drek & Robert DavidFebruary 28, 2009 (2009-02-28)S07E13
15514"Mayhem from Mutant Island"Roy BurdineMatthew Drek & John DrekMarch 7, 2009 (2009-03-07)S07E14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TMNT 2008 cartoon season: now what?". the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  2. ^ "TMNT: Overload...not?". the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
  3. ^ "2K8 sneak peek.1". the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2008-02-19.[dead link]
  4. ^ "2K8 sneak peek.2". the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  5. ^ "2008 TMNT series update". the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  6. ^ "Back to the sewer!". the-5th-turtle.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  7. ^ "You Decide the "TMNT" Theme Song". 4kids.tv.com. February 22, 2008. Archived from the original on January 11, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "TMNT Pick a theme song". 4kids.tv. Archived from the original on 2018-01-10. Retrieved 2008-02-19.

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