Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ninja Turtles: A Fan Speculation

Every turtle has a shell, and the shell of a Ninja Turtle is hard

I think it's quite interesting that Michael Bay is making the Ninja Turtles aliens in the next movie. So, in light of the recent "Mutant Alien Turtle Outburst" that has plagued the web like venom, here is my take on the classic TMNT story and what I think Bay's perspective of the turtles will be like. Remember, this is just a fan speculation and has nothing to do with the actual film.
I just thought it would be a blast to make my own tale on my all time favorite green teens.


There was a far away planet called Eastmonlaird, a planet where turtle humanoid beings live in peace and quiet. Every few years, the turtle humanoids give birth to offspring which they cover in a slimy concoction called mutagen, invented by the acclaimed scientist Der'Vosk. The mutagen turns the offspring into anthropomorphic turtles, which they educate and teach knowledge. Some become scholars, some inventors, and some even join Eastmonlaird's supreme line of defense, the Jump Turtles, who defend the planet from any harm. Eastonmonlaird is ruled by a council of 7, the wisest, most experienced turtles in all the planet who rule the world with firm, yet steady hands. One evening, the council, who's members dwell in the prominent mountain castles, is visited by a fortune teller, a gypsy turtle named Zerix. She informs the council that a war is coming, for a group of alien rebels from Dimension X are on their way, and they plan on invading and destroying Eastmonlaird so they can retrieve vital minerals. The council and everyone on the planet work enviously to prepare for the battle, but the Dimension X aliens arrive unexpectedly and consume the planet with chaos. As everyone works to fight off the extra terrestrial invaders, Zerix tells the council that she predicts that Eastmonlaird will not survive the battle, and that there is not enough time to evacuate the turtles off the planet. With little time left, the council takes four infant turtles and places them in a small shuttle craft, loaded with a small containment of mutagen. As the council launches the shuttle into space, a large one eyed vessel emerges from Eastmonlaird's surface, delivering several shots of deadly torpedoes. The torpedoes desecrate everything in it's way and within seconds, Eastmonlaird explodes into a massive cloud of purple smoke. After retrieving what they needed from the planet's remains, the Dimension X invaders flee the turtle graveyard, searching for a new area in the universe to spread warfare and destruction.

Meanwhile, the small shuttle soars lightyears away into space, carrying the four baby turtles and the mutagen along with it. The shuttle crashes lands onto the streets of Manhattan as several civilians walk up to the crash site to observe it. After seeing the four turtles covered in the ooze, they suspect it's just a trick of some sort and they walk away from the scene as if nothing happened. Little do they know that the ooze has mixed into the turtles' DNA, mutating them into four bipedal turtle toddlers, who wonder the streets curiously.

As the turtles walk about the streets of Manhattan, citizens run away in fear as the turtles are taken away by a scientist, who wishes to observe them and find out where they came from. For 3 months, the four toddler turtles are subjected to several experiments, making them more human and more agile. As the scientist, Dr. Lao, declares that they are a failed experiment, he prepares to kill them, just as the four youngsters escape the doctor's facility. Unfortunately, Lao sends some of his henchmen after the turtles, and as the turtles try and fight them off, they are vastly outnumbered. Just then, a hooded entity emerges from the shadows and takes out the henchmen with a long stick. He then has the infant turtles follow him into his sewer lair where he reveals himself to be a giant rat. The giant rat, who calls himself Splinter, teaches the turtles how to read, write and how to fight like a ninja. As the turtles' training progresses, he gives each of them a signature weapon and colored bandanas so he will be able to identify them easier. He names them Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo and as the years go by, the grown up turtles learn to harnass different powers and abilites for the good of society and for the sake of the city's safety. Splinter tells them that a threat is emerging in New York, a terrorist organization calling themselves the Foot Clan. The Foot Clan is lead by a nefarious samurai like overlord simply known as Shredder.

For the first time, Splinter reveals his backstory to the turtles, that he was once an average ordinary sewer rat exploring the underground world. As he made his way to the surface, he was abducted by a mad scientist named Baxter Stockman, who took him to his lab and ran several ghastly experiments on him. Overtime, Splinter, like the turtles, transformed into a humanoid rat creature, and as Stockman vowed to terminate him, Splinter ran away, running into a famous ninja master, Hamato Yoshi. As the years progressed, Yoshi taught Splinter the ways of ninjutsu and gave him his famous staff weapon. He also took the young Splinter to a museum where he observed several works of art by renaissance painters. But the worst was yet to come, as the two found out that Stockman was holding Yoshi's brother, Oroku, hostage. As Hamato and Splinter fled to Stockman's lair, they found out it was all a trick to lure Hamato and Splinter into their grasp so they could kill them. Oroku was secretly working for Stockman, and he vowed to kill his brother and his student. As a battle ensured, Hamato took on Oroku and Splinter took on Stockman. During the battle, Splinter knocked a chemical into Stockman's face, transforming him into a half human half fly hybrid with wings. As Stockman flies away swearing revenge, Oroku kills Hamato by stabbing him in the heart, going to kill Splinter next. Just then, Splinter takes Hamato's flying sword and slashes Oroku several times in the face, driving him away. In Hamato's dying breaths, Splinter stays by his master's side until the very end.

Splinter goes on to tell the turtles that Oroku went onto to become Shredder and Stockman went to work with him as his second in command. The turtles are inspired by the story and vow to stop Shredder and his forces, no matter what the cost. Meanwhile, the Foot Clan, at their secret hideout, plans to attack the Channel 6 News station for revealing their existence to the citizens of New York. Shredder sends his dim witted assistants, Bebop and Rocksteady to do the job, not knowing that the turtles will find out about the attack and come to stop them. As the members of the Foot Clan invade the television station, Rocksteady vows to kill the television reporter, April O'Neil, just as the turtles show up to send the rhino flying through the roof. After an intense battle, the turtles overpower the Foot Clan members and Bebop and Rocksteady are sent to prison. The television reporters are truly grateful for the turtles' rescue, especially April, who invites the turtles over to her place for pizza.

Splinter is pleased with the turtles' performance, and since he proved most gallant in the battle, Splinter declares Leonardo the leader of the team, deeply infuriating Raphael. Meanwhile, Shredder and his forces break Bebop and Rocksteady out of prison, Shredder punishing them and vowing to never let them lead a mission again. Shredder sends Stockman to lead the next mission, which is invading the Statue of Liberty and all those there to observe it. April comes to the turtles' aid and with Donatello's genius computer technology, they are able to pin down Shredder's next attack, heading there as soon as possible before they strike. Stockman and the Foot Clan soldiers set up several bombs throughout Liberty Island and as they go off, the turtles arrive to get everyone to safety and to fight off the evil responsible for the treachery. As the turtles engage in yet another fight with the Foot Clan, Leonardo fights Stockman, hand to hand, flying around with him as he tries to knock him unconscious. As it looks like Leonardo is going to win the brawl, Raphael, who is jealous that Leonardo gets all the good moments, interfers with the fight and Stockman gets away. Leo and Raph gets in quite a fight as Mikey and Donny try enviously to break up, but all fails as Raph goes off on his own, telling Leo and the others not to follow him.

Back in the sewers, the turtles and April think about going out to find Raph, but Splinter tells them not to, for he believes that in time, Raph will find out what is right and return to his brothers. As Raph wonders the streets in disguise, he runs into another crimefighter named Casey Jones, who is excited to have a "giant turtle" join him at his side. As the two work together to foil a bank robbery, they get their picture on the front page of the newspaper, deeply angering Leonardo and the other turtles, who vow to stop the Foot Clan and gain much more attention than Raph and Casey. Meanwhile, at the Foot Clan base, Shredder and his men vow to track down and invade the turtles' secret hideout, which Stockman immediately identifies as the sewers, for in his book, it's the only place where cold blooded reptiles and giant rats can live together, away from all the commotion of the city above them. Shredder and his forces prepare to invade the sewer as Shredder decides to come alone so he can "punish Splinter".

In an alleyway, Raph talks with Casey and how he was treated by his brothers and his master. Casey tells Raph that even though he was on ends with his siblings, deep down he loves them and wishes that he was right back with them, fighting by their side. There is nothing more important than family.

The turtles, April, and Splinter are caught off guard when the evil Foot Clan members invade their sewer fortress, and they immediately take on their adversaries and Shredder takes on Splinter. During the fight, Leonardo engages in battle once again with Baxter Stockman, who this time, is fit with a laser cannon like weapon, which he uses to swiftly knock Leonardo to his feet. As Baxter goes to kill Leonardo, Raphael rams both his blades into Baxter's back. killing him instantly. It turns out that Raphael did come back to his senses, returning to his home and bringing Casey with him to help in the fight. The two of them work with Mikey and Donny to stop Bebop and Rocksteady as Leonardo goes to help Splinter fight Shredder. As the fight rages on, Shredder hits Splinter and knocks him unconscious, leaving Leonardo to fight Shredder all on his own. As the two fight face to face, Leonardo cuts away part of Shredder's mask, revealing his scarred face, as he severs Shredder's right arm. Somehow or another, Shredder, who Mikey likes to call "Shred Head", continues to fight even with one hand, but he proves to be ultimately outnumbered as the other turtles, as well as April and Casey join in and beat Shredder to his defeat. Sending him flying into the sewer waters to drown, they turn Bebop, Rocksteady and the other Foot Clan members into the police as Raph apologizes to Leo for all he has done.

The recovering Splinter says that he is very proud of all his turtles for their apprehension of Shredder and says that even though Shredder is defeated, there is still evil and disarray present in the city. The turtles, putting their hands together, promise to be there when evil strikes again.

At the very end, Shredder, who is alive and fit with a robotic arm, arranges a deal with a brain like creature to work together and take over the city with retched robots and a device the brain likes to call the Technodrome.

Well, I certainly hope you enjoyed my little Ninja Turtle speculation and I hope that whatever Michael Bay has in store for the next TMNT motion picture, it's good to the last drop. And even if the turtles are extra terrestrials like ET and Spock, they can still carry that "zing" and "zang" that made the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles household names in the first place. The Ninja Turtles are a huge part of my fandom and I believe that the tradition of TMNT wholesomeness will thrive on, from generation to generation to generation......because who doesn't love tall turtles eating all the pizza?

Heroes in a half shell. Turtle Power.

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