This episode of Turtle Soup Podcast was live streamed on September 30th, 2021. In this episode, we review episode 7 “The Day The Earth Disappeared,” which is the penultimate of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series’ 10th and final season.
This is a bitter sweet moment for your deep diving daddies here at Turtle Soup. We’ve spent countless hours watching, notating, and reviewing these episodes and here we are at the end of another monumental chapter in our journey, not only for the TMNT but for pop culture in general. As with the actual main plot of the episode, this one kinda sucks.
So, basically, Lord Dregg and Mung plan to bring Earth to Dimension X as they believe that they are always losing because they are playing on the enemy’s turf. The baddies create a vortex or warp or portal or something to Dimension X. However, the portal needs time to grow big enough to fully take in the entire Earth. They then create a blackhole to suck the Earth into the portal to Dimension X.
This causes minor damage to things on Earth but it is enough to trigger the TMNT’s early warning systems. Donatello discovers what’s happening and coincidentally happens to have finally fixed his portable portal generator. They turn it on and are immediately met with the sucking force of the blackhole. Leo and Don are the first to succumb to the pull of the hole through the portable portal generator as is Splinter. This leaves Michaelangelo and Raphael hanging on to Michaelangelo’s grappling hook for dear life.
At the same time across town, we have April O’Neil enjoying a cool evening with the windows open and indulging in some sweet sweet 90’s internet when all of a sudden she experiences the effects of the blackhole. She instinctively heads to the lair after making a FaceTime call with the Turtles where they basically inform her that they’re in trouble too.
We find that Leonardo and Donatello end up on some weird planet in Dimension X and have to fight some rock creature that’s appendages protrude from the ground and hold them captive.
Splinter however gets transported to the Dreggnaught after Mung initiates something in an attempt to expedite the process. Upon arriving, Splinter immediately goes into ninja rat survival dad mode and is probably one of the only redeeming parts of this episode. He makes his way through the Dreggnaught, finding the “invasion force” of suited up batmen and then continues on his way through the ship.
April O’Neil shows up to the lair where Michaelangelo and Raphael are still hanging on but almost immediately let go once they see her, and allow themselves to be sucked into the portable portal generator. This leaves April to figure this problem out.
Michaelangelo and Raphael are sent to a similar but different place in Dimension X. They fight a giant fire breathing devil dinosaur and then are able to flee to another place in Dimension X where they fight a giant snow ape like creature and then run away.
Back in the lair, April O’Neil is able to do something to the portable portal generator.
Splinter eventually gets caught by Dregg but is able to trigger the portal to bring Leonardo and Donatello to the Dreggnaught. They fight. Then April opens the portal and Michaelangelo and Raphael arrive in the Dreggnaught and Splinter rushes them with Leonardo and Donatello in tow and make it back to the lair through the portal.
This leaves Dregg, Mung and all the batmen to be sucked into the blackhole.
The episode ends with the TMNT back in the lair sometime later watching the news not give them their due recognition for stopping the global disaster. Donatello informs them that he’s fixed the portable portal generator and turns it on. Immediately a giant monstrous hand comes through and the turtles throw their weapons at the machine to destroy it.
- What did you think of this second to last episode of the entire series?
- Why does everyone get touchy with Mung?
- Why didn’t Dregg use the invasion force sooner?
- Should Splinter have his own animated series just being a badass and spitting mind bending wisdom?
- Does your mother wear gravity boots?
- What does “blackhole breath” smell like?
- How do you get “blackhole breath”?
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Join us next week for our final review of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series Season 10 Episode 8 and our thoughts on the series as a whole.
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