Sunday, May 13, 2012

Blast from the Past #536: February 1, 2007: Re: Here we go again! ;)

Subj: Re: Here we go again!  ;)
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2007 12:01:41 PM
From: Peter Laird
To:   Lloyd Goldfine

In a message dated 1/31/07 5:55:50 PM, Lloyd writes:

Hey Pete –

 First, it was great seeing you yesterday – it’s always a blast, and a nice creative break from the crazy treadmill here at 4Kids.  I had a lot of fun brainstorming with you, and I’m really excited about these next 10 shows!

 Next – Tomorrow (noon-ish) I am going to send you a one or two page rough season 7 outline that boils down what we talked about yesterday and tries to put them in a brief episode by episode format.  If there’s anyway you can take a look at it asap and get back to me, I can get writers started tomorrow (or at the latest Friday).  The document won’t be long, and most of the ideas should still be fresh in your mind from our conversation, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to turn it around pretty quickly and easily.

 Again, thanks for having me up!  Feel good!



Thanks again for coming up to Northampton. It was fun seeing you again, talking about those crazy Turtles, and freezing our asses off on our walk.

I look forward to seeing what you send me. I do have my usual Thursday afternoon meeting today, so I probably won't be able to read anything until after supper today. But I will give it my best shot, and try to get a response off to you asap.

Waiting with bated breath...

-- Pete


Subj: Re: FW: Take a quick look
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2007 10:28:48 PM
From: Peter Laird
To:   Lloyd Goldfine


Here are a few of my comments on the Season 7 springboards.

-- Pete

<<Master Fighter 2105
Viral brings the character of “Master Fighter,” the ultimate martial master from the Turtle’s favorite hi-chop-socky martial arts films, to “life.”  This virtual Master Fighter plays out the storyline of the film he was created from, believing the Turtles, Cody and Serling to be his mortal enemies!  Master Fighter makes short work of them… but that’s when Master Splinter shows up, Master vs. Master!>>

I have nothing terribly negative to say about this idea -- it seems like it could work well as is -- but as I read it, I started to think it might be even more fun (and tie in with past seasons, which of course I like) if we did something like have Leo and/or Don and/or Cody use the "Transcendental Lathe" to whip up a game-based version of the Ancient One to take on this "Master Fighter".

<<Something Wicked
A Triceraton deep space freighter detects life signs coming from a lone asteroid.  As per United Federation of Planets regulations, they investigate… only to find… the Utrom Shredder!  The Utrom Shredder takes over the Triceraton ship, enslaves the Triceraton crew, and creates for himself a new organic/cyborg Triceraton body (a Tre-Shred-aton, if you will).  This new Shredder then plots a course for the Milky Way galaxy, and New Manhattan in particular, to exact revenge on the Turtles.  However, our heroes receive word of the Shredder’s resurrection from some old Utrom allies, including Captain Mortu, and their long lost comrade Leatherhead!>>

This could be both creepy and a lot of fun if handled properly. One suggestion -- maybe instead of acting "per United Federation of Planets regulations", the Triceratons could be mining that planetoid for ice, to melt into water for use in their ship... and they then discover the evil Utrom. It could be fun to have them actually not know that one of the huge chunks of ice they've taken on board contains the frozen Ch'rell, until the evil little bastard pops out of a melting piece of ice and starts wreaking havoc.
I'm a little unclear about HOW the TUrtles hear from the Utroms about the Shredder's resurrection... is this because the Utroms regularly check on the frozen Shredder's prison? Do they maintain some automated observation post near that prison planetoid?
And while I like the idea of having Leatherhead appear, should his AGE be a concern? This would be 100 years from the last time we saw him, so he would probably be showing his years, at least to some degree... yes?

<<Bounty Hunting
When Boss Zucko collects the bounty on Torbin Zixx by handing him over to an unscrupulous criminal kingpin the Turtles get suckered into mounting a rescue mission.  But Zucko keeps capturing Zixx again and again, turning Zixx over to different gangs of thugs, aliens, and crime syndicates and the Turtles keep having to spring Zixx.  Eventually our heroes discover they’ve been had - Zixx and Zucko have been working together since the very beginning, collecting and splitting millions of credits from all of the bounties on Zixx’s head!  Now they’ve got to teach Zixx and Zucko a (hopefully painful) lesson >>

This could be fun.

<<Turtles, Turtles, Everywhere
Tired of the constant failures of the Dark Turtles he created, Darius Dunn decides it’s time to build a better mousetrap - - or gang of henchmen, if you will.  Turning his technological know how to the task, Dunn creates the TechTurtles…and what better way to give them a test run than sending them after the now obsolete Dark Turtles?  Reeling from the high tech onslaught of the TechTurtles and desperate to survive, the Dark Turtles have no choice but to turn to their enemies, the Turtles, for help.  In the heat of battle, the Ninja Turtles teach the Dark Turtles what honor and sacrifice is truly about.  After this battle, things will never be the same. >>

This one could be fun, and give us yet another group of cool action figures! I think we just need to try to get something into this story to explain why Darius wouldn't have gone this route to begin with (as android minions would likely be easier to control than those crazy mutants). Has some new way to create robots suddenly become available to Darius?

<<Law and Disorder
When Jammerhead reprograms Constable Biggles to take down the Turtles, our heroes find themselves under attack by the entire police force!  And the Turtles thought Biggles couldn’t get any more annoying!!  Now the green team supreme must battle both cops (Biggles police force) and robbers (Jammerhead’s Street Phantoms), get to Jammerhead, and get Biggles back to his normal obnoxious self! >>

One thing that might be fun with this one is to take this opportunity to make Biggles into a character who is actually COOL... but only when he is BAD!
One thing that just occurred to me: These robot cops (like Biggles) must have their software and hardware pretty heavily shielded and protected to prevent just this kind of tampering... so maybe the way that Jammerhead gets around this is to somehow infiltrate the police force and get to Biggles during one of Biggle's occasional software "updates", when he gets new and improved programming from the police authorities.

<<Stockman’s Story 
Recently installed into a new body (courtesy of his “good friend” and head of the UFP, President Bishop), a chipper Stockman finds himself anxious to begin his new life as a one of the “good guys.”  Stockman invites himself along to an intergalactic Science Expo with his new best friends forever – the Turtles.  But when the Shredder attacks their ship and they all find themselves stranded on a hostile planet, with the Shredder hunting them, will Stockman be tempted by the Shredder to go back to his evil ways or will he stay the good guy course and help the Turtles survive? >>

Yow! Tons of action! This could be good. One possible tweak -- maybe Stockman's new body is a joint effort by not only Bishop, but Cody and Don as well.

<<The Incredible Shrinking Serling
Realizing that getting back to their own time has become imperative, the Turtles and Cody begin a series of Time Window experiments, using Serling as a guinea pig!  The first test causes Serling to explode!  The next test shrinks him to action figure size (“Er… I think we’ve accidentally altered space instead of time…”)!  Next, tiny Serling gets sent into the past!  But targeting the precise point in time is more difficult than you’d think, and for a moment Serling winds up in some prehistoric age!  Just as he’s about to be eaten by a T-Rex, he is pulled again through time, and materializes in the Turtles Lair!  But, to Serling’s chagrin, he learns that a) his systems are not functioning very well (he’s temporarily lost motor functions), and b) he’s at a point in time where the Turtles are still kids (the Turtle Tots)!   It’s Serling’s worst nightmare as the Turtle tots tap him as their favorite new toy and he must clandestinely work to save the mischievous foursome as they get into all sorts of trouble.     >>

This could be a lot of fun. I think a possible fun running gag could be l'il gearhead Donatello repeatedly trying to take tiny Serling apart to see what makes him tick.

<<A Question of Honor
This will be a Turtles/Space Usagi team up TBD>>

Another potentially fun episode. A key thing to figure out is whether Space Usagi exists in our universe or in the "UsagiVerse" (which would require our guys to use the "Battle Nexus" ritual to travel across dimensions to the UsagiVerse, or Space Usagi to travel to our universe).

<<Con Space
As Triple Threat is being deported from earth via a prisoner transport shuttle he hijacks the ship and rallies all of the convicted alien thugs onboard to join him on a crime spree the likes of which New New York has never seen!  President Bishop is desperate to keep order in the city, but is he desperate enough to team up with the Turtle Titan for help?>>

Setting this in NYC would be fine, but I wonder if it could be as fun or more so to set it off-planet -- perhaps on Mars (I don't think we've been there yet in this FF series, have we?) where there must be colonies in the FF future. Maybe Mars is where Triple Threat is supposed to be deported to -- there could be a penal colony on Mars. And to make things simpler than the Turtles' trip to the Moon, Mars in this future could be terraformed, with a breathable atmosphere and livable temperature.

<<Homeward Bound
When Cody mysteriously fluxes out of existence, the Turtles double their efforts on the Time Window, if only so they can rescue him. But with the Utrom Shredder, Mech Turtles, and Darius all closing in fast it will take a little help from some friends.  Thankfully, Usagi, Leatherhead, and the Utroms arrive to aid our heroes.  But despite Don’s best efforts he can’t seem to break through to the point in time he and his brothers came from.  Meanwhile, it becomes clear that  the bad guys are targeting the Time Window too!  The good and the bad guys are closing in - - but that’s when the Dark Turtles enter the fray and buy Don some much needed thinking time.  Don fires up the Time Window with search parameters to find Cody – and it finally does locate him!  Don see Cody in some subterranean location, tinkering with some kind of high tech machine, watching various images of the (future) Turtles. With the help of their allies, the villains are defeated, and the Turtles, Splinter, and Serling jump through the Time window to rescue Cody – only to find that they have materialized safe and sound, back in their lair, in the year 2007!   Cody has built a crude Time Beacon here in the Turtles’ home time, enabling the Time Window in Cody’s time to finally bridge the gap accurately and safely.  Where they all live happily after….until Season 8!>>

Is this the special hour-long season finale? That's a lot of stuff to have happen! Maybe we could fit it all into one half-hour.
One thing that confuses me -- WHY is Cody "fluxing out" and why do we later find him in the past? How does that happen? I think when you were up here, Lloyd, we talked about someone (someone EVIL!) messing around in the past to try to keep April and Casey from getting married and having kids, thus preventing Cody from ever being born. Is that still an element here?

-- Pete

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