Episode 268: Graduation Day!

Greetings Turtletarians!

Welcome to our most monumentous 268th episode of Turtle Soup Podcast! This episode marks the end of our coverage concerning the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series as herein we review the 8th and final episode of season 10 as well as the series as a whole, entitled “divide and conquer!”

Not gonna lie… This hit us hard.

This cartoon was fundamental to not only our individual lives, but pop culture in general. More specifically, this show was one of the main impetuses behind us starting this podcast! I believe prior to the starting the podcast, I (Eazy) had attempted to watch all of the episodes but could only make it into about season 3 before I gave up. So, crossing this herculean task off our bucket lists is a huge deal.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles end their inaugural animated series with a solid banger! The TMNT find themselves in the midst of a battle with an unknown alien threat. The struggle ends with this alien who we named “Roach Daddy,” teleports away right before the turtles can pressure them for any answers. Before beaming away, Roach Daddy swipes Leo’s belt and peace’s out, leaving the TMNT perplexed and needing answers.

We find out that Roach Daddy essentially was a contestant in a little bar game that is being put on by none other than Lord Dregg. He’s attempting to find anyone who can go toe to toe with the TMNT for at least 90 seconds and make it back with a souvenir. Fast forward a bit and Dregg has his 5 best fighters that consist of C3PNO, Devils Lettuce, Roach Daddy, Gora, and Sweet Potatoes (all names given by Turtle Soup respectfully). Dregg stops by Mung’s micro(bot)brewery that is breeding the microbots for the invasion force or something like that. Dregg demands that he be given some microbots to make a suit of armor to battle the TMNT. Mung says no because they need all the microbots to continue preparation for the invasion. Dregg just starts blasting and hits one of the containers filled with microbots. He scoops them up and heads out to the tune of Mung yelling that he’s gone mad, thus, presumably, ending Dregg and Mungs relationship.

We then see Dregg revealing his newly created suit of armor “The Morphogenesis Exoskeleton” to his new friends. Upon donning his new apparel, Dregg reveals that the 5 “xbox logos” on his chest actually open up to reveal Doctor Octopus arms that grip the 5 warriors and then Dregg proceeds to steal their “abilities.”

After acquiring the new abilities, Dregg makes his way to Earth and summons the TMNT to test out his new abilities. Basically, the Morphogenesis Exoskeleton gives him Ant-Man powers. He can also grow another set of arms, morph into a ball of clay and roll around, has X-ray vision sorta, and can also do some robot android things. He displays all of this against the turtles and gets them to run into the sewers. This eventually leads to Dregg punching down through the street and the TMNT flooding the sewers to cause enough pressure to send him flying away. The TMNT decide they need to get Krang’s Android Body from Dimension X and more specifically The Technodrome! Donatello brings out the ole portable portal generator and while setting it up, Lord Dregg appears on its tiny monitor and informs us that he’s captured April O’Neil in her apartment and to come get her.

Raph and Leo go get April.

Don and Mikey go get Krang’s Android Body.

The fight with Dregg in April’s apartment is pretty funny, as the TMNT true to form, rope-a-dope Dregg into freezing the floor with liquid nitrogen and falling through. The turtles and April make their escape in the Turtle Van with Dregg in motorcycle form in hot pursuit. They end up at a junkyard and Dregg starts to use the compactor on them.

Meanwhile, in Dimension X, Don and Mike find the Technodrome in utter disrepair and currently occupied by some weird android men and a phony Krang’s Android Body. They deal with them, find the real Krang’s Android Body and use the Technodrome’s portal generator to make it to the junkyard. They fight with Dregg and are able to eventually use a move that Splinter taught them earlier to get Krang’s Android Body behind Dregg, grab him and then yeet him into the portal to Dimension X where he presumably met his end.

The TMNT make their way back to the lair where Splinter informs them that he is no longer their “sensei” as that would mean that they have more to learn but they have now proven that there is nothing they cannot handle.

  • Were you happy with how the show ended?
  • Did you have better names for the 5 unnamed warriors?
  • Did you watch this when it aired originally?
  • Did you get hit in the feels like we did?

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