Street Sharks: First Season Overview
As a show Street Sharks was a show that was meant to imitate the popularity that shows starring anthropomorphic animals, like in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. By shamelessly ripping off most of the material of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As detailed in Street Sharks: Nostalgia, Street Sharks, while a popular show for its time, the plot was rather nonsensical. Telling the story of four boys who were mutated into the titular Street Sharks because their father stumbled onto a plot to utilize gene-splicing experiments to take over the world. The plot was ridiculously one-dimensional compared to cartoons made today, the characters were portrayed stereotypically, the shark puns got annoying after awhile, and for some people who grew up watching this show, various plot holes began to appear at various points. For the first season of Street Sharks, all that happened was the establishment of the first group of characters to appear on this show. Consisting of the episodes Sharkbait, Sharkbite, and Sharkstorm, the first season of Street Sharks was essentially one giant pilot episode. While more characters started to appear in later seasons, the first three episodes of this season introduced the method with which almost all of the mutations in this show were introduced.
As the first episode of the Street Sharks cartoon, Sharkbait basically introduced the shadier elements of this show almost instantly. The father of the protagonists, Dr. Robert Bolton, was seen sneaking into some random laboratory filled with strange experiments. People who viewed this episodes would already know that this laboratory was operated by Dr. Luther Paradigm and that its purpose was to house machinery that could splice sea animal DNA with human DNA to create potential super soldiers. After a heated debate about the ethics of this project, Dr. Bolton got injected with a serum filled with sea animal DNA and transformed into some unseen mutant. After Dr. Bolton disappeared from this scene and the series as a whole, the viewer got to see the city where this show took place.
In the city of Fission City, the viewer was also introduced to the humans who would become the titular Street Sharks, formerly named John, Clint, Robert, and Coop. After being called to a laboratory to talk to Dr. Paradigm about the whereabouts of their missing father, the four boys were tricked by Dr. Paradigm to undergo the same procedure as their father, under more controlled circumstances. After being dropped into a storm drain and left for dead, the actual transformation began. Of course, rather than go to a Hospital or the Police, the Street Sharks began eating a hotdog cart. Which of course attracted attention and fear from Fission City's population. After a few hijinks involving the Police, the Street Sharks were eventually surrounded by the Military. End Part 1.
Like the second part of the Star Wars trilogy, the second episode of the first season of Street Sharks had the heroes in a somewhat bad situation. After getting subdued by the Military, the Street Sharks were moved into a laboratory where Dr. Paradigm was planning to perform exploratory surgery on four of them. In layman's terms, dissection. And since only he and the Street Sharks knew that he was responsible for their transformation, Dr. Paradigm was able to shift the blame onto Dr. Bolton, who disappeared from the premiere, which meant that nobody could really offer any arguments. One aspect that was somewhat questionable about this scenario was that rather than find a cure in a humane manner, most of the people in this lab supported using visceral means to find a cure via the body of one of the Street Sharks. Fortunately, the Street Sharks were saved due to a combination of pulling on a fire alarm, freeing the other three Street Sharks, and beating a hasty retreat. Immediately after finding out that their father was receiving all of the blame for their transformation and getting some modes of transportation other than literally tearing through the streets, the Street Sharks were ready to take on Dr. Paradigm for a second round. Unfortunately, that second round just resulted in him getting mutated as well, transforming him into Dr. Piranoid. And even more trouble for the Street Sharks.
As the end of the first season, Sharkstorm was basically the Street Sharks' first victory over Dr. Paradigm. The victory that would allow a show like this to continue on. A victory that would make sure that this show could help get viewers to buy the toys and other products associated with the Street Sharks brand. So naturally Sharakstorm began with the Street Sharks once again managing to escape another one of Dr. Paradigm's experiments through outside assistance. For a unique twist for this show, the Street Sharks got to fight Dr. Paradigm in his Dr. Piranoid persona. Also interesting is that the Street Sharks actually had a chance to tell their side of the story, but due to their recent mutation, and the fact that everybody who was not a named protagonist seemed to care the the Street Sharks were the victims in this scenario, Dr. Paradigm still got to keep his innocence. And this episode also fell into some other plot holes that older viewers might notice. For one thing, apparently Dr. Paradigm's minions, a mutated lobster and swordfish, could go outside and rob a bank while wearing obvious shark disguises, and people in Fission City were implied to think that they were the Street Sharks. Long story short, the Street Sharks save the day, but Dr. Paradigm would still be a major antagonist for the whole series.
The interesting thing about the show Street Sharks was that while it was a blatant rip-off of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it at least tried to make a show that was entertaining in its own right. And sell toys. And in some ways, Street Sharks was awesome. Foe one thing, having anthropomorphic sharks made for some interesting abilities to be shown on television. And while some aspects of the show might be of questionable quality, like the events that resulted in the Street Sharks becoming who they were in this show, the viewer still wanted to see the Street Sharks succeed in proving what a jerk Dr. Paradigm was.