I can always rely on Nick's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to put me in a good mood, and this episode went above and beyond. Sharp and hysterical writing and plenty of exhilarating action scenes makes this another must watch episode.
Donny made some modifications to a cockroach, but it turns out Raph hates -- and I mean hates -- cockroaches. He tries to kill the cute critter before Donny stops him and points out they'll use it to spy on the Kraang. It turns out the Kraang wants to drill into the center of the Earth and naturally, the team aims to stop it. Unfortunately for them, though, the little spy takes a dive into some mutagen and becomes the first organic/synthetic hybrid. From here, the 'Cockroach Terminator' continues to hunt the Turtles as they try to put an end to the Kraang's plan.
As usual, this episode is loaded with fantastic writing and slapstick comedy. Sean Astin (Raphael) appears to have plenty of fun in this chapter. While Raph's usually rough out on the outside, he's left in a vulnerable spot for the majority of this one. This allows him to him deliver some truly hilarious reactions to the mutant and show the aggressive Turtle in a whole new light. By far the best is when he tries to take out the cockroach in the opening scene. Luckily for us, we're treated to that on loop shortly after. Leo's also given a solid line as he tries to speak Kraang yet again. And fret not, Mikey fans, he still has good lines scattered throughout as well.
The hybrid gave the animators plenty of opportunities to show off. Everything from the mutant's vision to its various weapons not only look great, but were particularly creative. As the episode title implies, there are a few nods to the Terminator franchise, too. How awesome was the shot of the 'Terminator' walking out of the flames?
Why'd the Kraang want to drill into the Earth again? I guess we have to assume it's an attempt to change the environment, but this concept is never really expanded upon. In fact, the Turtles seem to imply it'll make lava destroy the city, and that's pretty counterproductive for all of the Kraang located there, no?
Raphael fans, I know you might not like seeing your favorite character serve as the punchline, but I promise you the conclusion makes it all worth it. The final action sequence has one seriously cool sequence after another. It's ridiculously fun and the perfect way to conclude yet another hugely entertaining issue.
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.