Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S4E10 – “Trans-Dimensional Turtles”

By March 29, 2016

On this week’s episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the Turtles get pulled into another dimension to help some all too familiar faces defeat a common foe. There was a whole lot of awesomeness in this episode that had my inner 6-year old jumping for joy…let’s face it, my adult self was jumping as well! Let’s take a look back at this totally tubular episode, “Trans-Dimensional Turtles!”

The episode begins like most others this season with the Turtles, April, Casey and Professor Honeycutt searching for the pieces of the blackhole generator. There’s only one piece remaining that need to locate so that they can destroy all 3 pieces to keep them out of the hands of the Triceraton so they can’t use them or reverse engineer them. But all of a sudden some foreign trans-dimensional energy has locked on to the Turtles and pulls them through a portal which transports them to another dimension. A two-dimensional dimension.

This is where the episode starts being absolutely awesome and doesn’t stop until the end credits finish rolling. Our present Turtles have been transported to another dimension that are inhabited by the 1980s Ninja Turtles. My childhood incarnate. Not only does the world look like and have the same music as the 80s and 90s animated television series, but the Turtles look exactly the same right down to their initials on their belts. The fun doesn’t stop there. All the original voices of the Turtles returned as well: Cam Clark as Leonard, Townsend Coleman as Michelangelo, Barry Gordon as Donatello and Rob Paulsen as Raphael (who also voices the current Donatello). Heck, even the original voice of Krang (Pat Fraley) is back. It was glorious! I bet you anything if the late James Avery were still alive he would have made an appearance as Shredder.

Our current Turtles have been brought to the 2D dimension to help those Turtles as their Krang has put in place a plan to destroy both realities. Speaking of 2D, the current Turtles are animated in 2D fashion. From the moment that what i consider the classic Turtles arrive on screen, I had nothing but a huge smile on my face. Everything was spot on, from the cheesy dialogue (Turtle Power!), the nonsensical plot devices and even the fact that Turtles really didn’t use their weapons in combat all of which reflected the original show perfectly. Not only did we see and hear the 80s cheesiness in all of its glory, but the present Turtles even commented on it as it happened. The only thing that would have made it better is if for one scene the was a classic Turtle wearing the wrong colored mask before being normal in the next cut. If you’re familiar with the old cartoon, you know exactly what I’m talking about. That would have been funny to have one the Turtles comment on that while the classic Turtles carry on as if nothing had happened. It was also great to see Raph and Donnie tease each other about their voices. So, so good!

This episode takes all eight turtles back and forth between the two dimensions which means that we got our classic, 2D Turtles in 3D. It looked so weird and goofy but that is part of the fun of this episode. Speaking of looking weird, I loved how Mikey referred to Krang’s 2D robot body as the “gross man-baby body”. That was great!’

All the Turtles were able to stop Krang in the 3D dimension but they had to make a little side trip to the Donnie’s lab in order to defuse the bomb Krang had left behind. I wasn’t prepared from what happened next. The Turtles run into a very much alive and well Splinter. Oh, my heart. It was a nice moment for Turtles to see their Sensei once more and even more crushing when they had to leave before they could fully explain what was going on. Splinter really is the best.

Before the Turtles can complete the jump back to the 2D dimension, Krang Sub-Prime intercepts their transmission and brings them to the technodrome. Gilbert Gottfried returns as Krang Sub-Prime complete with a Megan Fox reference.  There also a great moment where both 2D Krang and Krang Sub-Prime were talking in the foreground and in the background you could see the newer Turtles taking out all the Krang-bots while the 80s Turtles just stood there because why wouldn’t you. It’s such a look into how cheesy the old Turtles cartoon was. They would totally just stand there and not do anything even though the villains were distracted.

After a quick battle with the Krang-bots, the Turtles are able to slip through a portal to reach the bomb placed in the 2D dimension and deactivate it. Both Krang and Krang Sub-Prime follow them through. It is also revealed that there is one more bomb in a third reality so it’s up to both Donnie’s to find it and deactivate while the rest of the Turtles keep the Krang’s distracted. The third reality is the primary Turtle reality; it’s the black-and-white comic book turtles.

This primary turtle reality is not only shown in black-and-white but we see it in comic book panel form. The Donnie’s race from panel to panel to get to third bomb all the while they are being chased by the prime turtles. It’s a great and beautifully animated sequence. The Donnie’s don’t interact with the other Turtles at all as the sequence is rather short (but still very cool) as they have to get back to their brothers to help finish off the Krang.  The episode wraps up as the Turtles defeat both Krang’s, sending 2D Krang back to his dimension before booting Krang Sub-Prime to the Turtles Prime dimension.

This episode was an absolute blast to watch! I was grinning from ear to ear, laughing at every joke all the while enjoying a good story. It was such a great nod to the fans of the 80s series and played into what is happening on the current show. Hearing all the original voice actors brought me back to an age where I lived and breathed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Cowabunga!

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Christopher Skalicky
Chris, a film and television junkie, grew up on Star Wars, all things Disney, Stargate SG-1 and a healthy dose of John Wayne. When not thinking about movies he is busy being an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He will also argue that Surf Ninjas is the greatest movie about surfing ninjas ever made. Tweet him at @Schlick51