This 265th episode of Turtle Soup Podcast was live streamed on September 16th, 2021 and we reviewed the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series Season 10, Episode 5 entitled “Turtles to the Second Power!” We also read a few emails and give some more details about our very own (and first iirc) “Ryan’s Radically Rewatchable Rerun Raffle!”
This episode finds our heroes on the receiving end of the life transfusion that the TMNT from the past were brought to the present to provide. This takes… 15 hours apparently. After the 15 hours have passed and all 8 Turtles are back in tip top shape they head out to take care of some small disturbance in the form of a “Robot Chicken Invasion Force” that took Dregg and Mung around… 15 hours to manufacture. No big deal. So, Carter decides to split the team up and have the TMNT from the past stay and deal with the Robot Chicken Invasion Force and the TMNT of the present go with him to take care of Dregg.
During this time, Shredder and Krang are walking around the streets of New York planning their revenge on Dregg. They come up with a plan that involves Krang using his “mental brain powers” that apparently allow him to hypnotize weak-minded individuals for about 30 minutes. They decide on capturing one of Mung’s Batmen, who happen to just be in the same area as them, and so using the ancient foot clan art of “try to shoot me and miss and hit this other thing that falls on top of you,” Shredder and Krang now have their hypnotized Batman.
They get him to treat them as captives. They head to the power plant and then try to fool Dregg with a bogus chip but get ratted out by Dregg’s Krang brain. Just then the TMNT show up and fighting ensues. This ends in Dregg seemingly winning the fight and then enacts his plan to bring a little piece of the sun into all the major cities of the world. He then calls the “league of nations” to make his demands and they just laugh him off and say they don’t deal with fake threats. Turns out, while the fighting was happened, Donny T does some machines and basically rigs the computers virtual reality simulator to make Dregg think his plan had worked.
Mean while, April O’Neil is trying to get the help of the local authorities but they apparently are too busy to care. The TMNT from the past are rope-a-doping the Robot Chicken Invasion Force and manage to commandeer one of them and head back to the power plant. Splinter is just chillin in the lair when Landor and Merrick finally show up.
Oh I forgot to mention that there was a subplot of “will the future cops be able to make it back in time to take the past TMNT back to the past from the future because we can’t get the internet to bounce a signal off a star to the future to let them know that the present day TMNT have received a successful transfusion of live force from the TMNT of the past and they are pretty much no longer needed…”
At the power plant, more fighting is about to take place when the TMNT from the past burst through the wall with the Robot Chicken Invasion Force machine and then are quickly dismantled by Dregg’s microbots. Then more fighting happens and then the Donatello’s are able to reconfigure the transport machine and basically send all that remains of Dregg’s Robot Chicken Invasion Force from wrecking all the major cities around the world to a remote asteroid in space… basically sentencing them to space prison death. And then the Donatello’s turn Dregg’s plan against him by sending a piece of the sun into the Dreggnaught, thus enacting a death sentence on all of its crew and then they end up sending Dregg, Mung and the rest of the Batmen up there as well.
Shredder and Krang are presumably sent back to Dimension X but its not very clear.
The 8 TMNT and Carter all book it out of the nuclear power plant as its about to blow due to some weird connection with the Dreggnaughts transport device and the one in the plant. Only to manage an escape from the most anticlimactic explosion.
Then April shows up with Landor and Merrick. They send the past TMNT back and then take Carter to the future.
- Would you have split the TMNT teams up like Carter did or mix and match?
- How much red is on Donatello’s ledger?
- What do you think Carter is doing in the future?
- Have you ever executed/witnessed or been the victim of the ancient foot clan art of “missed me now hit you?”
- Is there a better name for that shtick?
- What did you think of this episode/trilogy?
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