Bow-wow-abunga! The third installment of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a decided case of diminishing returns. On a story and craft level it borders on the unforgivably bad.
The new episode is a time travel yarn in which the four amphibian heroes and their pal, reporter April O’Neill (Paige Turco), switch places with five 17th century samurai warriors. This is all effected with questionable scientific aplomb and a device that resembles a vintage street lamp.
In feudal Japan, they become embroiled in a struggle between two dynasties: Lord Norinaga (Sab Shimono) seeks to quash the rebel faction led by Mitsu (Vivian Wu) by enlisting the aid of the English mercenary and gunrunner Walker (Stuart Wilson).
Writer-director Stuart Gillard inappropriately paces the action at tortoise speed. Virtually every department fires wide. Performances range from competent to just plain embarrassing.