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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #209 - The Kraang Conspiracy Review

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Why is April so special to the Kraang? All is finally explained!

Remember when April displayed telepathic powers in last week's episode and that left us all confused? Well, it turns out today's episode, The Kraang Conspiracy, was supposed to air before that one because it finally fleshes out the aliens' plot and why April is so special to them. This show has given plenty of love to the classic franchise and hit us with countless moments of fan service, but this episode makes it more than clear that Nick's TMNT is creating its very own unique and legitimately interesting mythos.

The first season finale was a ton of fun, but it really glossed over what was going on with April and why she was the center of attention. This episode, however, finally pulls back the curtain and does so in a deliciously sci-fi manner. The reasoning behind dropping this much exposition is perfectly fine and there's some smile-inducing moments as we learn about the Kraang's history on Earth. Kraang droid in a pilgrim hat? Awesome. Plus, it gives the team yet another ally, so it'll be interesting to see if he's incorporated as the story moves forward.

Not only do we finally get some much needed information on what makes April unique, but this episode also touches on her training. Even though she's clearly becoming very skilled, it's still great to see how well trained and impressive the turtles are in comparison. Sure, that makes it a bit odd Casey can hold his own against someone like Raph, but who cares when it's Casey Jones and it's a beyond stellar fight scene, right?

The Kraang Conspiracy is also oozing with some strong sci-fi elements, action and humor. Diving into specifics would give away some of the scenes, but let's just say it's great to see how the creative team is expanding who the Kraang are and that produces some truly fun moments in this one. Banter about tofu bacon and Kraang talk aside aside, Donatello had the opportunity to bring the biggest laugh as he hit Raphael with a snarky rebuttal. And as always, the fight scenes were a blast. Watching Leonardo slice apart Kraang droids will never get old and seeing Raph leap past laser blasts and smash a Kraang against a wall is a thrill. Even though one of the big action scenes takes place in a relatively small apartment room, commendable directing is able to avoid giving the fight a claustrophobic feeling and finds a way to give each character a proper highlight.

The only bummer was this episode's "boss battle." The character is a good gag and is sure to give you some laughs, but after so many ridiculously cool scenes, it's a bit of a letdown to have the "big fight" focus on somewhat silly humor instead of... well, the same awesomeness we saw in the rest of the story.

The Kraang Conspiracy tells us everything we've been waiting to hear about April and it makes matters way more intriguing. In addition to the solid plot progression, this episode is also sporting some consistently enjoyable comedy, heavy science fiction elements, and some hugely amusing brawls. This is definitely a can't miss episode.

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Posted by GeekyEverAfter

This episode was cool. I love what there doing with April, her newly found TP powers are awesome and I like how they explained why she has them.

Posted by Wolverine08

Another worthwhile episode for this series!

Posted by NightFang

The reject April clone was the freakish thing yet.

Posted by Ms. Omega

This episode was perfect loving a super powered April :) Plus what Mikey said "Welcome To The Family" :)

Posted by Dark_Guyver

Great episode! Love the Back to the Future reference!

Edited by sinsear912

how much do they pay you to over hype this show?

Edited by Lurkero

It's about time April's specialness was explained. I was wondering if they were going to hold on to that information for the season finale.

Another good episode, but I am curious about why Nickelodeon chose to start airing TMNT on Sunday morning as opposed to the Fridays and Saturdays it used to air. More viewers? Usually a show moving around a schedule is a bad sign.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

This show can't be over hyped because its so awesome

Edited by k4tzm4n
@sinsear912 said:

how much do they pay you to over hype this show?

SOMEONE -- actually, a lot of people -- REALLY LIKES SOMETHING THAT I DON'T? MADNESS AND IT'S ONE BIG CONSPIRACY!

You're silly. You know that, right? If you don't like it, that's fine. But thinking anyone who likes it (which is a hell of a lot of posters, too) is paid off is honestly one of the dumbest and most offensive things someone can say in a review.

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Posted by AmazingWebHead

I'm a little unsure how I feel about April's new psychic powers. But hey, better a human/Kraang mutant than a drawing brought to life with magic crystals.

This was supposed to come first? Oh, cool. Because I was a little let down that Casey wasn't in this one. We finally had the whole gang together.

Posted by Walzo

how much do they pay you to over hype this show?

How much do I have to pay you to stop posting?

Posted by Wolverine08

@k4tzm4n said:
@sinsear912 said:

how much do they pay you to over hype this show?

SOMEONE -- actually, a lot of people -- REALLY LIKES SOMETHING THAT I DON'T? MADNESS AND IT'S ONE BIG CONSPIRACY!

You're silly. You know that, right? If you don't like it, that's fine. But thinking anyone who likes it (which is a hell of a lot of posters, too) is paid off is honestly one of the dumbest and most offensive things someone can say in a review.

Well, Katz, you've got to understand that the idea of someone like something you like not being a ponzi scheme is a ludicrous idea. There's always a double motive!

Posted by GeekyEverAfter

@lurkero: Nick moved TMNT to Sunday to promote a new cartoon called Bread Winners: a cartoon about two ducks that sell bread. Sounds like perfect reason to move TMNT to Sunday :D?

Posted by joshmightbe

@geekyeverafter: Well CN cancelled Batman and kept Annoying Orange so clearly all Childrens Tv is run by idiots

Posted by DEGRAAF

i havent been watching but am interested in whats going on. can someone spill some spoilers please

Posted by k4tzm4n

@degraaf said:

i havent been watching but am interested in whats going on. can someone spill some spoilers please

Long story short: April's a hybrid -- part human, part Kraang.

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Posted by Master_Thief

When april's dad gets cured he has alot of explaining to do

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Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@joshmightbe: this. I'd take ANY Dc shoe over annoying orange...

@geekyeverafter: Son Of A Whore!!!! That's why they did it?!?

Posted by joshmightbe

@avenging_x_bolt: I'd take a prostate exam from Captain Hook over Annoying Orange.

Posted by Mutant God

She is a red head with telepathic powers who hangs around four guys and a wise old man and her powers might be sci-fi in nature...are we talking about April O'Neil or Jean Grey

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@joshmightbe: owwwie

@mutant_god: don't forget that they're mutants and that she was cloned

Posted by joshmightbe

@mutant_god: Well the X-men were one of the things being parodied when they made the original comic, hence the Teenage Mutant portion of the title since when X-men started they were teenage mutants.

Edited by Beast_in_the_Shadows

@joshmightbe: Actually that is only part right. They were mutants because of x-men, Teenaged because of Teen Titans, and Ninjas because of Dare Devil. the trutle part was because they felt it was the most ridiculous animal at the time to turn into an ass kicking martial arts wielding crime fighter.

They were frustrated with how a number of their earlier ides were rejected so they decided to make the most cliche comic with the most senseless heroes as a joke. In doing so they struck gold and found something with almost boundless appeal.

Posted by sweatboy

Quick question about Leatherhead. What's his status? He fought Tragg and dragged him into Dimension X with him, then the portal closed. Did we see LH after that? I watched all of season 1 today + Metalhead, but I can't remember what happened with LH