The thing about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that they were believable. I mean, I’m not talking about the humanoid ninja turtle factor, and the idea of Beauty and the Beast style humanoid sewer mutants … my brother’s cutting me off there. We’re not slipping into any crossovers.
TMNT was awesome as a series because the characters had believable abilities, not superpowers. We could do anything they could do.
Casey was just a guy in a hockey mask beating the crap out of people with a stick. He used hockey sticks, golf clubs, and baseball bats. He had just enough understanding of electronics to fix a few things here and there. He could drive a van. He aced high school shop class. He learned all his martial arts moves from kung-fu movies.
And that’s why we loved watching TMNT. There was always the thought in the back of our heads: We could be Casey Jones.
The fact that there was no magic and no one had any discernible superpower, that’s what made TMNT a great show. All that schizz could happen IRL. And if you’ve never seen a scan of the original comic, you’d be surprised by how vicious it all was. They weren’t just tying people up to be found by the cops. They were whacking them with swords.