I need to follow more TMNT 2012 blogs that focus on Mikey being a badass ray of sunshine in all aspects. He is not stupid, unintelligent, a screw up, or deserving of most of those hittings and yellings and eyerolls and being told to shut up.
I respect the Tumblr fandom’s dedication to Donnie because Donnie is the Science Boy. But Mikey knows things too, and if he and Donnie teamed up they could do all the things for the whole world.
I feel weird and sad when fans gripe about introspective analytical fans happily critiquing each season, noting likes and dislikes. It might seem like complaining and whining. But for us creatives who spent over half our lives in the fandom, picking apart episodes is how we have fun and learn things and write headcanons.
“If you criticize the show so much, why are you still watching it?”
Because I adore it, every flaw and problem that makes me yell, because it teaches me about good writing and bad writing. I will rant and stomp and grrrr argh over plotlines, while smiling. I will not abandon the franchise just because I am bothered by writing. I know the characters well enough. Critique is vital to delve into Story.
So I am a Mikey fangirl who has been here since the late 1980s. Now, I am a B-Team fangirl. If I am to love Donnie, it is in context of his relationship with Mikey. Same with the other brothers. And Donnie has been Flanderized. He began as the family engineer. Then he became the family everything else. The writers piled it on him. No writing Raph or Mikey as the medic. Just “Donnie is the best, he will fix it, watch him have nervous breakdowns, no big deal.” And we have Mikey, on whom the writers piled the comedy. “Mikey is the silly one, what do you mean he has emotional depth, he’s the comedian, he’s the goofy one, we don’t need to explore his potential emotional trauma, just make him act stupid.”
But watch Mikey in the back, subtly saving the world and the writers shrugging it off. Donnie was never meant to be a damn polymath and Mikey was never meant to be a class clown. To put them together and play off their neurodivergent minds has been a fanfiction pleasure.
I will not apologize for being blunt and assertive. We watch great shows that we see problems with, and we talk about those problems in these forums to learn what not to do as writers and artists. If you are not a creative and all you can say is “stop watching the show because your complaining annoys me” then I will ignore you and keep watching this wonderful show and make headcanons. Mikey may never be the hero we want and Leo will still be the golden boy and Donnie will still be the fandom darling and Raph will be the sexy bad boy. We write fanfiction to ease the mental voices crying “But but but what if this”.
I don’t understand the Donnie fangirls who are sad that Donnie isn’t getting enough screen time when we know he always gets screen time, but I sympathize. Because Mikey is reduced to poor jokes, catch phrases, butt monkey suffering.
Maybe the family never thanks him because it’s unspoken. Maybe they are perfectly aware of Mikey’s capabilities. But we’d like to see them hug him and praise him visibly. It would be great to show it.
This isn’t the Leo And Raph show featuring Donnie with recurring Mikey with special guest star Psionic April and her telekinesis.
I have the power to voice my complaints and my love at the same time. I will watch every episode with fervor and purpose. Maybe you should stick to your method and stop poorly dragging mine through the mud.