TMNT – “The Legend of the Kuro Kabuto” Review
“It’s the greatest collection of all time, yeah? But it’s missing one thing: Shredder’s helmet, the legendary Kuro Kabuto” – Steranko
After apparently not being blown up during his last arms deal with Shredder, the collector of legendary antiquities Steranko has returned, and he is after the ultimate prize for his collection: Shredder’s helmet, the Kuro Kabuto. So in exchange for forgiveness of a debt, he sends a thief with an invisibility suit to steal the artifact. Meanwhile, Leonardo rallies the turtles to go scout Shredder’s lair, and Karai is attempting to free herself while Shredder tries to explain why what he did to her was right.
The thief infiltrates Shredder’s lair and manages to get his hands on the Kabuto. However, he does not go undetected, and Rahzar tries to stop him. Unfortunately, the thief escapes with his prize and the evil master calls in his entire army to find the culprit Anton Zeck. During his escape, though, Zeck loses the helmet and it’s picked up by the turtles. Shredder’s forces scour in the city, and soon locate the boys and the helmet, leading to a four-on-four mutant free-for-all.
With the others trapped, Leonardo runs with the helmet, leading the mutant gang away. He momentarily evades them, but runs into Zeck. Tricking everyone, Leo gives Zeck a decoy, and the mutants give chase. Fortunately Steranko saves Zeck at the last minute, and the two make their escape with the fake helmet. Meanwhile, Leonardo returns to Shredder’s lair to exchange the helmet for Karai. Of course, Shredder attacks the turtle, but the others soon arrive to help their brother. The four boys distract the villain long enough to get Karai and leave the helmet. However, the whole thing was a double-cross from the beginning, and Karai was just a fake with a bomb attached. The turtles lost the helmet, and failed to save their sister.
Episodes like this one are fun in a lot of different ways. One great thing about this incarnation of the turtles is that episodes that seem like they’re meaningless or just filler actually advance the plot in subtle, yet meaningful ways. That isn’t found in every TV show, and this story was another great example. Some history about the Foot Clan is fine, but an episode all about Shredder’s helmet hardly seems like it would be worth watching. However, it also gave the audience the next chapter in Karai’s story, gave important insight into Shredder’s way of thinking, and introduced two new characters (Anton Zeck & Steranko).
Those two characters were perhaps the most important, too, because Turtle fans, the wait is almost over. Judging from the concept art that was found not too long ago, this episode introduced everyone to the pre-mutated forms of longtime fan favorites Bebop and Rocksteady. When and how they will mutate is still up for discussion, and whether or not it’ll happen this season is a big question mark (after all, we’re down to the final six episodes, and it seems like a lot has to happen). But if the concept art is to be believed, then we have now been introduced formally to the two that will become Shredder’s mutant sidekicks. Does that mean the other four are out? Probably not; Shredder’s current mutant henchmen all seem to be pretty popular with fans too, and they’re great characters, as well. But some new comrades may soon be joining their ranks.
This episode was maybe a little misplaced at this point in the season, but it was very interesting and insightful into some of the future pieces in the show. When those will come to fruition is anyone’s guess, but they will come soon. Now that the tension is building even greater for the endgame this season, the payoff will likely be outstanding. Here’s hoping even more action comes our way soon, because the show can only get better moving forward.