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TMNT – “Enemy of My Enemy” Review

by Justin Bozung

“I want to help you fight the Kraang.”


The turtles scope out T.C.R.I., waiting for a Kraang scout ship to come through the portal.  Trouble arrives in a different form, however, when Karai interferes in their evening.  Before the turtles have a chance to send her back to Shredder, a Kraang ship comes out of the building and attacks.  Everyone runs for cover, escaping when the police show up.


Enemy of my Enemy TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesWhile Karai reports the imminent invasion to Shredder, the turtles try to figure out how to locate and bring down the Kraang’s newest weapon.  Donatello develops a radar system that they install around the city.  As Leonardo places one of the beacons, Karai finds him again, but offers her help and an alliance against the aliens, admitting Shredder’s plans are shortsighted.  Leonardo refuses, but his instincts tell him to give her a shot.  Master Splinter warns him about trusting his actual instincts, rather than emotions.


The turtles take the Shellraiser back into the city, and find the ship.  The Kraang chase down the vehicle, slicing into it until Karai shows up to help.  She draws the aliens away, and Leonardo follows to return the favor.  Bringing her back to the others, Karai proposes the alliance again, to which they agree.  Karai guarantees she can get a weapon to bring down the Kraang, and Raphael talks the others into setting a trap for Shredder.


With his attention on the weapons, the turtles fire an electro-conductor at Shredder.  Karai intervenes, and the Kraang show up again.  Shredder faces off against the turtles and Karai leads Leonardo away.  Upset that he would betray her, Karai guarantees that she will be his enemy from now on.  Leo manages to get a missile launcher, taking the Kraang out the sky.  Shredder falls in the water during the explosion, and Karai dives in after him.  The battle over, Leonardo is disappointed with himself for betraying Karai’s trust, and knows that any hope they ever had of being comrades – or more – is gone.


The best way to guarantee that an episode is strong is to have a focused plot that progresses linearly, but works in a fair amount of humor and action.  That was all here; the story didn’t bounce around between unnecessary characters and everyone had a part in getting from Point A to Point B.  It was exceptionally well written, and clearly showed that everything is coming to a head soon.


The amount of character development in this episode was unexpected but amazing.  It was all about the couples, and they were worked into the story in ways that made sense (including Donatello and April’s little moment at just the right time).  There’s always been a sense that Karai isn’t evil, and being mature enough to understand how shortsighted Shredder’s plans are solidified that.  She’s now guaranteed conflict with loyalties during the climax.  Also, her relationship with Leonardo had grown stale, but giving it this kind of shot was unexpected.  Betrayal is something for bad guys, so seeing it come from Leonardo showed that even the turtles are fallible.  Both are torn between their loyalties and emotions.  This was not the last for them, but there’s not likely to be any way to have a true friendship.

Enemy of my Enemy Karai TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

As romantic relationships are being foreshadowed (and pushed hard in this particular episode), it’s worth mentioning that neither of these two couples will ever work out.  The nature of the show and network guarantee two human girls will never date giant animals.  It’s fun to see these interactions because they allow the story to go in new, untapped directions.  But at the end of the day, no one will be dating.  Getting away from that started here with the wedge between Leo and Karai, and the same will happen for Donnie and April


This episode was strong both in plot and character focus.  It drew everyone together, gave a lot of attention to the relationships between characters, and helped to ready the main story for some sort of climax in the coming episodes.  Whether Karai and Leonardo will ever truly be allies remains to be seen.


Rating: 9/10

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Ghenesa April 16, 2013 - 8:16 am

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! I still didn’t watch TMNT! The schedule is wrong.. I thought this will air on this friday.. curse you TMNT!! this episode is just soooo good.

admin April 18, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Sorry you missed it Ghanesa 🙁 We hope you’ve watch it by now. If not, please tell me and we will get you a solution.

DXAlovers13 April 17, 2013 - 2:55 am

Ok! First of all! Can we stop saying Leo & Karai and Donnie & April will not work it out PLEASE! Stop jump to conclusion! (I’m not yelling if it sound like yell I am apologized)

This episode is really COOL! Raph you are ROCK! Turtle used a missile! Now this we don’t see in tmnt that much.

This is BIG FRESH NEW OF TMNT! Some fan waited for over 20 years for ONE SMALL CHANGE A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP, April as a teenager and be one of turtle’s love interest!

Ghenesa April 17, 2013 - 7:07 am

No offense DXALovers13 (if that is ur real name) but, I seem don’t understand you.. At first, u want us stop talking about the turtle’s relationship with their love interests and then, you just so excited for a romantic relationship.. But you’re still right.. It’s a BIG FRESH NEW OF TMNT!!! 😀

DXAlovers13 April 17, 2013 - 9:16 am

Oh!Sorry for confucing you Ghenesa:P what I meant is I am very excited about Leo & Karai and Donnie & April love interest but I don’t like people keep saying these two will never date or work it out what so ever! It hurts and killing! Just one version one of turtles be April’s love interest

Ghenesa April 17, 2013 - 9:26 pm

HHHHHHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! Forbidden love of Leo & Karai, trying to have relationship of Donnie and April.. It’s too romantic to handle!!!!
By the way, did you watch this/most of the episodes of tmnt in Nickelodeon? If you did, please tell me what is the schedule of tmnt.. I tried to wait and wait for it and now, I missed so many episodes starting from “I, Monster”.
Somebody… Anybody… Pls. help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :'(

Ghenesa April 17, 2013 - 9:43 pm

And by the way, it’s better in the tmntpedia cause the whole story of the episode is there.. They even had all the pictures.. Go at the tmntpedia NOW!

DXAlovers13 April 18, 2013 - 10:23 am

Oh I did! But beware, not all of informations are correct!

Ghenesa April 18, 2013 - 10:06 pm

Can tell me what will the tmnt show up? I mean like, the 2012 animated series

Grace April 20, 2013 - 7:48 am

poor Leo 🙁 He is so torn by love and loyaty. But I think that Karai could be good I mean she picked to be evil but she grow up with it because who’s her dad oh ya right the Shredder and what do know about the Shredder ya he’s evil so she grow up with evil all around her. Know Donnie and April are just a cute couple so no problem there 😉 Ya Master Splinter is right… I wounder how it was for him when he lost his love and his baby daughter ? Im guessing not good 🙁 Well at least he has the turtles and April.

Ghenesa April 22, 2013 - 12:09 am

Speaking of Splinter’s/Hamato Yoshi’s daughter, I think I already know who is his daughter and how did she disappear during their house was n fire. since I was watching only a half of an episode of “New Girl in Town”. And.. I guess some of you already know who, right? 😀

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