Looks like we’re getting a new cartoon earlier than I thought. Nickelodeon is gonna launch “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (working title) in autumn 2018. 2D animation, mystical elements, probably will blend the humor of the 2003 series and the 2012 series.
So this means all new fanfiction and all new headcanon. We get to start over.
So, I started in the fandom when I was nine years old in 1988. I’ll most likely stay in the fandom when I’m postmenopausal. I’ll read forum posts by teenagers and adolescents who will still complain about other fans complaining, and I will totally resist the urge to giggle and say shit like “When I was your age we only had mailing lists and there was no social media! But we still yelled at each other over shipping.”
Like, will they even know what Mirage is? Will they remember the great Capritello fan fights? The Shiniangelo Saga according to Greg Cipes and Gwendoline Yeo? The Battle Nexus championship? The battles over why Leonardo always kills the Shredder? The debate over the cartoons being “for kids” even as the original comics were for adults? Which version of Michelangelo was the least stupid? Whether or not Donatello had a personalized stress relief outlet nobody ever saw? Whether or not there will always be a Klunk?
Damn, it B-Team TMNT headcanons, just drown me why don’t you.
Empath Mikey sneaks up on Donnie watching the Percy Jackson movie and then surprises him by saying he has the entire series and he sensed Don would like them weeks ago so he made April get the books. Mikey still hasn’t convinced Raph to read them, he’s been hoping to sway Donnie first. Donnie wonders about Leo, Mikey says that Leo is too stressed about his whole “new sensei” job so Mikey has just been using telempathy to make him sleep during meditations so he comes out thinking he meditated but really he napped, and Donnie points out how manipulative that is, that Leo wouldn’t like being psychically tricked; Mikey argues that it’s good for everyone’s health if Leo relaxes, now is Don gonna read the Percy Jackson books or what because Mikey isn’t here to be lectured on using his own abilities on his brothers since Donnie does it all the time. And and Donnie wonders what the hell that’s supposed to mean, and Mikey just screams out that he’s fucking tired he is just trying to help but no one listens, no one pays him attention, he’s always underestimated, he’s glad these abilities cracked open now so he finally had something of value to contribute and he’s too fucking tired to deal with Donnie’s superiority complex and lording his science smarts over him and Donnie yells back that if Mikey would just quit goofing off and spilling his experiments and being clumsy maybe they could actually get shit done… and suddenly they’re really really yelling and screaming at each other, and Raph runs in and is actually shocked and amazed because the b-team never fights each other and he’s so weirded out that this started out over a fantasy book series, so he runs to Mikey’s room and grabs all the books and starts throwing them at his brothers, and like the first two books are hardcover so then they’re upset, and Mikey yells at Raph to quit being such an Ares, and Raph defends Ares so well that Mikey realizes Raph already read the books. But he’s still upset, so he subconsciously begins projecting emotional energies like weapons, which Raphael actually recognizes and starts fighting against, and Donnie is just staring in total confusion, and then he picks up the first book and then he’s too busy reading it to notice anything else happening, so when Mikey accidentally hits him with a wave of frustration emotion, all he does is mutter “Cut that out, Mikey, I’m cheering for gay satyrs” …and he doesn’t even know that Leo has arrived and thanked Mikey for forcing him to sleep. But finally Donnie looks up and sees Leo, and starts up again the original argument about Mikey being responsible with his ability to manipulate people, and Leo defends Mikey by saying he needs to practice control, and Leo can handle it. And Donnie loses his shit, and finally Mikey sits him down and very gently asks his consent and permission to go into his mind and soothe him and get to the actual core of the problem, so they do this spiritual journey into Donnie’s psyche, and it’s so tangled and intense and defended and dense. Mikey helps untangle the painful parts, puts a calming agent force field around the unnecessary panic reaction part, lets out the better coping mechanisms so they can stretch, and basically turns Donatello’s stress brain into something manageable. Donnie is so happy he he almost faints. When they come out of the meditation it’s been four hours and Raph fell asleep on the couch. And Mikey decides to become the family counselor and medical assistant, and student of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and biology, so Donatello can get back to just focusing on engineering and hard sciences so he can be a little less fucking stressed all the time because their dad died without giving any love to them except Leo and even then it was mostly military commands, no wonder Mikey was spending so much time counseling Leo, who was almost killed, was comatose for three months, damaged his voice, had a broken knee, and was then expected to just lead his little brothers into suicide missions because he was supposed to, and apparently Mikey was spending time in Leo’s mind slowly unraveling the guilt complex, the martyr complex, the wonder boy complex, the golden child complex, the “shit my dying dad told me to literally parent my siblings what do i do” complex, no wonder Mikey was exhaustedly adamant about getting in their heads. And then Donnie realizes that Mikey himself was probably affected by Splinter’s death in a completely separate and complex way but Mikey completely clams up and refuses to discuss it, which really worries Don since Mikey was so skilled at helping him and Leo untangle their PTSD symptoms but Mikey refuses to help himself, so Donnie decides to go to Raphael later about all this stress trauma shit, and he realizes that he has been the only one to successfully vent his grief when he went after Don Vizioso, so Don reminds himself to call a Mandatory Family Meeting later. After he finishes the first two Percy Jackson books.
PS, Ghost Splinter still needs a good yelling at by someone other than Leo. I was never a fan of Leo, but this poor kid basically was manipulated and abused and is in turn manipulating and abusing. I fucking adore Ratdad beyond reason, but let’s face it, he was so out of character it was heart-shattering. Canon will never talk about the Hamato kids’ C-PTSD so I will, damn it.
Tiny cute innocent person who’s best friends with a huge hulking terrifying battle-worn person, but the tiny person talks to them and jokes with them as if there is no size difference and HUGS THEM ALL THE TIME, AND EVERY TIME THEY HUG THE TINY PERSON IS ALMOST ENVELOPED AND CAN BARELY EVEN WRAP THEIR ARMS AROUND THE OTHER’S SHOULDERS BUT THEY BOTH LOOK SO HAPPY AND CONTENTED AS THE BIG PERSON HOLDS THE OTHER LIKE A SMALL CHILD CAUSE’ YOU KNOW THAT HE’D GLADLY LAY DOWN HIS LIFE TO DEFEND THE OTHER JUST LIKE HOW THE OTHER WOULD GLADLY RISK EVERYTHING TO PROTECT HIM.
Now at first I was like, “More than your own brothers? Really dude?”
But then I started thinking… maybe Raph didn’t mean more than his brothers. Maybe he just meant he trusted Mona more than anyone else he’d met in space. So it was more like he was saying, “Out of all the people I’ve met since I’ve been in space, you were the one I trusted most!”
Raph’s always been a fairly independent, yet sensitive spirit. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are times when he feels like, “There’s everyone else, and then me, on the outside.”
I wonder if he’s felt sort of alone on this journey through space because it probably looks to him like his brothers are enjoying certain aspects more. They don’t get air sick as much as he does without gravity, and there are other times he’s said, “I hate space.”
Because of this “I’m on the outside,” feeling, I wonder if in this moment he wasn’t thinking of his brothers as people “in the galaxy.” To him, they’re the people he’s grown up with on Earth. His brothers are equated with Earth, and Earth is separate to him. It’s a good place. It’s home. But space is so different, and he’s the only one that hates almost everything about it. It’s an isolating feeling.
So of course he would trust Mona more than anyone else he’d met in space… even more than Fugitoid. We know now that Raph and Mona send love messages to each other, so it’s not like they’ve only met three times. They have like, inter-galactic Skype. So Raph probably opens up and tells Mona a lot of things that he wouldn’t admit to the professor.
That being said, I don’t think it was weird for Raph to say this anymore. Especially since he was in such a heightened emotional state.