The plot in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles takes a huge step forward while keeping up the consistent stream of high quality laughs and action. 'TCRI' sheds more light on the Kraang and what their true objective is -- for the most part, that is. After a hilarious epiphany, Donny realize the Kraang are held up in the massive TCRI building. The Turtles gear up and head to the facility in an attempt to blow up the alien's portal to Dimension X. Chaos, hilarity and fun ensues.
Leatherhead fans will be happy to know he plays a key role in this episode and eventually steals the spotlight, too. The massive creature has yet another freak out session and Donny again falls victim to the infamous face grab... not once, but twice! This segment almost had me in tears.
As always, the humor's sharp and frequent. I know this is tough to believe, but Leo actually has a hysterical line! The blue-masked leader gave a stellar Kraang impression and totally nailed it. His teammates, however, were not amused. Poor Leo... he doesn't even get respect when he drops a legitimately good line. Mikey, on the other hand, is still pure comedic gold -- OLYMPICS! Even Splinter gets a laugh-inducing line thrown in there ("I like a good maze!").
Any TMNT fan out there is going to fall in love with the elevator sequence. Seeing them flip around was good fun and all, but when they go full ninja mode it's amazing. This time around the final encounter is with a new character name Traag, an enormous, lava-spitting rock creature from Dimension X. As usual, the "boss battle" sequence is a blast, especially when a certain Leathery ally shows up to the party and shows off some major strength.
While I love the latest Kraang development because it definitely hints at the Technodrome, it strongly contradicts what we've already seen. Every time the Turtles take down a Kraang, the alien jumps from the robotic body and runs away screaming. If our air is poisonous to them, shouldn't that mean they'd at least try to hold their breath as they flee? And doesn't that technically mean this show has killed tons of them, despite clearly trying to avoid killing? I know it's a small point, but it was something bouncing around in my head once we found out the Kraang can't breathe our air.
The conclusion has my curiosity and I have absolutely no idea what makes April so special to them. Could she be Neutrino royalty and they want to take her hostage? I have total confidence in the team behind this show and I'm pumped to see this plot dive deeper into Dimension X and how Shredder will tie into it. It truly is a great time to be a TMNT fan.
Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.