Yeah, could have been a great show without the silly sound effects and gratuitous puns. The characters were strong though. Loved Master Splinter and his tough love. And I even liked how Don showed his often hidden dark side a little in a couple eps. Who knows, maybe someone will pick it up and do it right next time.
I liked the character of Venus too. I thought she was sweet and adorable, but stubborn at times. Butted heads with Don and Raph. Got along with Leo pretty well. (Noticed he liked to get touchy feely with her, heh). And Mikey...seemed to gross her out. LOL
I think the reason why Venus was only seen in one TMNT show incarnation was because fans saw her as a "Scrappy Doo" sort of character who had "ruined" the show, but personally I had liked Venus . I think adding a female turtle to the mix had added alot to the group chemistry/dynamic & overall show. Her character also gave April someone to have girltalk/female bonding moments with . The only thing that I would've changed about Venus was her TMNT color. I would've made her TMNT color pink rather than blue, so that people don't get her mixed up with Leonardo or think that Leonardo got a sex change.