Daily Cartoon! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S.2,E.13: “Return of the Technodrome”

Welcome to the TMNT Season 2 Finale! This is Episode 18 overall and things have been going swimmingly for the most part. We’ve had good times, we’ve had bad times, but all of them have been our times.

The Turtles continue to thwart Shredder’s efforts to take over NYC and then possibly the world by being the continuous thorn in his side that he’s completely unable to rid himself of. He’s had a couple of hope spots in the process, but has yet to really have the Turtles on the ropes. Maybe today that changes. Let’s not waste anymore time and get into it.

S.2,E.13: “Return of the Technodrome”. Original Air Date: 12/26/1988

The Story:

We check in quickly on all our regulars. April’s looking for a story. The Turtles are sending Splinter off on his yearly pilgrimage of fasting and meditation. Shredder is FaceTiming Krang.

Shredder’s begging for one more chance to get the Turtles and Krang decides that he needs to do it himself. He plans to bring the Technodrome back to Earth, but to do so, he’ll need an enormous amount of power to open a portal big enough for the Technodrome. He sends Shredder a device he wants attached at the hydro power plant at Niagara Falls. It should redirect the power needed to allow Krang enough juice to open his portal. Shredder is hyped to think he’ll have his Foot Soldier army at his command again. Shredder takes Bebop and Rocksteady to Niagara Falls and they seem to get there and take over the power plant in about 6 minutes.

The takeover causes a huge power outage and even NYC is feeling the effects. The Turtles obviously assume Shredder is behind it and grab the blimp to head to Niagara after picking up pieces of conversation between Shredder and Krang on a communicator. Even Splinter picks up some bad feelings during his meditation and makes his own way to Niagara Falls as if it’s as simple as hopping on the R train.

The Turtles begin picking off Shredder’s goons little by little until they’re able to infiltrate the power station and shut it down. Krang diverts the Technodrome’s auxiliary power to help force the portal open and is able to return to Earth. For some reason, he never thought to do that ever before. Shredder, now armed with a huge army orders them to attack, but Krang forces them to stop as he wants to destroy the Turtles himself. He arms his laser cannon, but the Technodrome has zero power left after burning it all to open the portal.

The Turtles take the opportunity and run. They’re able to call the Blimp back with their remote control and escape to regroup and figure out a way to take down Shredder and Krang.

The Technodrome recharges and starts drilling into the ground in an attempt to cause an earthquake of cataclysmic proportions. Krang takes over the TV airwaves and instructs anybody watching to bow to him because the jig is up. Splinter acknowledges that the final battle has now begun.

The Turtles hunt down the Technodrome and bust in looking for the circuit room to deactivate the earthquake causing mechanism. Splinter and Shredder both use the power of the force and break off to meet one on one. So it is written and so it shall come to pass.

Bebop, Rocksteady and a group of Foot and Rock soldiers find the Turtles in the computer room, but get overtaken with ease. Donatello is able to reverse the earthquake drill and the good guys escape and the Technodrome seeps into the molten core of the Earth.

It seems the bad guys have been vanquished for good this time so the Turtles, Splinter and April return to the sewers to have pizza.

Final Thoughts:

So Krang coming back to Earth and bringing the Technodrome with him is a big deal, but this episode feels completely rushed. Almost something they could have stretched out for a few. It felt really short although it did run the normal 22 minutes.

This was basically a good old-fashioned squash match as Shredder and Krang were stopped and stopped easily at every turn. Sure, the Technodrome is back from Dimension X, but they never had the Turtles reeling even for a bit. Once the Turtles were on to their devious plan, they were able to keep shutting it down.

Kind of disappointing for a season finale as now the Technodrome and everybody stuck inside (Krang, Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady and the army of Foot and Rock soldiers) have sunken into the molten lava at the center of the Earth. I don’t really know what kind of exterior coats the T’drome, but I’ll just have to assume they’re all dead. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their peaceful master, Splinter once again show zero regard for human life. Villain lives matter too.

So that will wrap it up for Season 2. I have absolutely no fucking clue where the hell Season 3 can possibly start-up now that all the bad guys have been killed off. I mean, I assume they get out of the lava somehow, but it sure didn’t look like they had a plan on how to do so as they were going that way. Part of me wishes I could have heard their screams as they were enveloped by the boiling lava.

Tomorrow, we begin a new chapter. Completely new since I have zero idea where or how this can possibly start, but Season 3 is when the show went to a syndication viewing schedule which means that in lieu of the weekly episodes on Saturday morning, it would now be airing daily in the big after-school hours for kids as they returned home. It’ll be interesting to see how the writing adjusts to accommodate such a schedule. I guess we’ll find out.

❤ Joe


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