I’ve talked about why I find this moment heartbreaking before. Now I’m going to go into it more.
Donnie doesn’t want to waste anymore time. He failed to listen to Leo and now all of this has happened. He’s ready to leave the city, to do as his brother had wanted. He is ready to leave his home of sixteen years behind for what could be an eternity. He simply tells is brothers to get something meaningful, then once they find Splinter they have to leave the city.
This time he’s going to do things right.
Then we get each brothers scenes of them getting ready to go. This is where I applaud the writers,t he animators, Sebastian Evans (the series’ composer) and everyone who worked on this. Because this scene is one of the most emotional yet.
Raph rushes into his room, he knows exactly what he is getting. He gets a simple picture of Spike. Of Spike the way he knew him beore he became Slash. Then he hopes that wherever he is, he’s safe. The writers putting that scene is hit me so much. They went all out with hitting every emotional blow that they could and this is one of them.
Mikey (I’m doing Donnie last for reasons) chooses Ice Cream Kitty. His pet. Of course he would, eh couldn’t leave her behind. Raph would take Spike if he still had him, so no way is Mikey leaving his cat. He also takes frozen pizza, he’s bringing food that they may need. He looks so sad as he tells ICK that they have to go. heck Ice Cream Kitty looks upset to have to leave her home. I am SO glad that they didn’t forget her.
Then I come to Donnie.
This kid has destroyed me in this episode alone.
Donnie is my favorite character so I pay very close attention to him especially in these kinds of moments. He backs a few medical supplies and some science equipment. That’s it. Maybe he grabbed his laptop and it’s in his bad, but we don’t see it. But otherwise he doesn’t grab anything meaningful in the way that Raph and Mikey did. he just grabbed a few things that are going to be useful when they leave the city.
His mind, first and foremost, is on taking care of his family and friends.
Then he goes to Timothy. First of all, THEY DIDN’T FORGET HIM HALLELUJAH! Then Donnie tells him that they’ll come back… only to then say that if they DON’T make it then he’ll defrost in a few decades. Donnie si absolutely unsure if he’ll ever make it back, he’s hoping that he will but he isn’t making any promises.
IDK how long ti would take to defrost Tim, but I’m guessing a while which is why Donnie sin’t just letting him free along with him not knowing if he’ll be any better than he had been 22 episodes ago. And Donne is hoping that if he doesn’t make it back and Tim defrosts normally, the world is a better place and that he won’t have to live within the chaos.
Donnie… dang this kid! Dang all of three of them! Just… my heart…