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TMNT – “Earth’s Last Stand” Review

by Dan Spitaliere
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Source: TMNT - "Earth's Last Stand"

Source: TMNT – “Earth’s Last Stand”

“Earth’s Last Stand” might not be the season finale, but it sure felt like it, with an absolutely huge episode that brought the space arc of Season 4 to an end. This episode is big on action, big on heart, big on intrigue, and big on questions for the future of the series. It’s everything you wish a season finale could be.

We knew this episode was going to center around the Turtles last chance to save the Earth, but there were certain points to look forward to and question. Would the current Turtles and friends meet their past selves? Would they be able to save Splinter? Did Mozar really know what’s going on with the time traveling Turtles? Would it change the way they approach the Earth invasion? Would there be some crazy time travel consequences for all the changes the Turtles made? What would happen to the current crew when the reason their past selves traveled to the past is changed? The answers to these questions are: Yes, Yes, No, No, Who knows, Nothing yet. Interesting stuff, but let’s break it down!

Source: TMNT - "Earth's Last Stand"

Source: TMNT – “Earth’s Last Stand”

Our space faring crew made it into the Milky Way at the same time as the Triceratons, but it started to look like the Triceratons weren’t their only problem. Of all people, Fugitoid started to act really strange, not only confessing to building the black hole generator, but kicking the Turtles, Casey, and April off the ship when they started to question his motivations. April, in all her telepathic glory, could tell the professor was lying, but Honeycutt wouldn’t give them the whole truth. All while the Turtles witnessed their past selves get captured on Mozar’s ship. We even got a great space battle where Leo tried to take on the whole Triceraton army!

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Source: TMNT “Earth’s Last Stand”

The past Turtles made it back to Earth just before the current team got dumped by Fugitoid. This led to the current team saving their past selves from the Triceraton scout team, followed immediately by them witnessing Splinter block Shredder’s killing blow. What we got next were two simultaneous fight scenes; one between Splinter and Shredder, and another between both groups of Turtles and the Triceraton’s and Mozar. This series continues to have some of the best fight choreography in animation and it was really exciting to see Splinter defeat Shredder, and the Turtles finally overcome Mozar and force him to retreat.

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Source: TMNT – “Earth’s Last Stand”

The Triceratons returned to their mothership and we finally get to see why Fugitoid was acting so weird. This whole season we’ve all wondered why the black hole generator had to be put together in order for it to be destroyed. Even Leo asks this question when he is fed up with Fugitoid. It turns out that Honeycutt made it so only a combination of dark matter and fusion. The only way Fugitoid could get both of these things at the same time would be to use his ship’s dark matter engine, and his own robot body’s fusion core. Fugitoid was planning to sacrifice himself to save the Earth, and knew the Turtles would try to stop him if they knew his plan. Honeycutt went through with his plan, taking out the black hole generator and the Triceraton mothership with it!

Source: TMNT - "Earth's Last Stand"

Source: TMNT – “Earth’s Last Stand”

This show has a real heart to it and this episode really highlighted how well the writers know these characters, and how to put them in situations that really get the audience involved. Seeing the current Turtles reunite with Splinter (at least the past Splinter) was great, but the real star was Fugitoid. The scene with him offering himself up to save Earth was really touching.

Now we get to the status quo moving forward. I really want to question how there isn’t a giant time paradox, now that the past Turtles and crew left with past Honeycutt to go adventure in space. Sure, it’s convenient for the present Turtles to have a timeline to return to and not have to explain why there are two of everyone. But it does play a little loose with the implications of time travel. But we’ll save that for a Random Thoughts column one of these days.

Source: TMNT - "Earth's Last Stand"

Source: TMNT – “Earth’s Last Stand”

Instead, let’s ask some questions about where the rest of the season will go. Will the remaining Triceratons come to Earth to get revenge for the deaths of Mozar and his crew? How will the Foot move to challenge Splinter and the Turtles? After all, these Turtles have fought the likes of Mozar and Lord Dregg. They have fancy space weapons, and experience against some of the Great Cosmic Monsters. Are Shredder and his minions ready for that? How will NYC be different after two alien invasions? What are the Kraang up to?

Source: TMNT - "Earth's Last Stand"

Source: TMNT – “Earth’s Last Stand”

These are some exciting questions and they came from an exciting episode; a fitting end to the space arc of the season. There was a lot of ground to cover, but the episode never lost it’s pacing. I’m looking forward to having the Turtles back in the city and dealing with Shredder and the Foot, but it’s interesting to think of the possibilities moving forward. And what will happen to Fugitoid’s head floating all alone up there in space?

Do you have ideas for the questions we posed? What did you think of “Earth’s Last Stand?” How will the series move forward? Will the fact that there are two sets of heroes in this universe now impact future episodes? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Source: TMNT - "Earth's Last Stand"

Source: TMNT – “Earth’s Last Stand”

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Pascal Fernandes April 25, 2016 - 5:13 am

i thing its nore that Fugitoyed saw himeself destroying the Black hole generatour and knew he neded the turtels help so that this will happen knewing that MAYBY everything cg´hanged now but otehr than that the turtels will have an lighter advanture knewib´ng ther defet the triceratons in the end is the only change i see coming

Tmntfan2 April 25, 2016 - 2:54 pm

I think the past turtles going into the past is for a reason,it plays along with a grander plot to be revealed towards the end of the season. The episode where April Oneil is given the

Totaldrama Icequeen May 15, 2016 - 9:28 am

10 bucks that the ones now in space will merge with the ones on earth by either past Fugitoid or Renet

Pyrenees Gal (TMNT2012Obsessio April 25, 2016 - 6:27 pm


Rosemarie April 26, 2016 - 4:41 pm

okay, you say that, i can talk to you about anything. So i was trying to ask you earlier what WattPad is ? But, when i tried, i got cut off from the internet.

Pyrenees Gal (TMNT2012Obsessio April 26, 2016 - 6:10 pm

WattPad is a website where you can read and write stories. These can be fanfics or your own creations. However, u need to have an account in order to read or write stories.

Pyrenees Gal (TMNT2012Obsessio April 25, 2016 - 6:31 pm

Fugitoid’s head is up in space, floating around. How are the Turtles going to learn he’s still alive? If they do find out, how will they get up to space, grab his head, and rebuild him? After seeing Donnie rebuild Fugitoid, I hope they find out and rebuild Fugitoid again. I WANT HIM TO BE WITH THE SHELLHEADS AGAIN!

NUMBER ONE TMNT FAN April 26, 2016 - 4:22 pm

OH MY GOSH!!!! WOW!!!! THIS EPISODE WAS SO GOOD!!! Man, it’s good to be reminded why I love the turtles so much. It’s times like this when I take much pride in my turtle fanness. COWABUNGA 4EVER!!!

Rosemarie April 26, 2016 - 4:39 pm

number 1, join me in my fan fic too.

marvelfan321 April 27, 2016 - 2:49 pm

Good article you wrote here, my thoughts are these turtles-who saw earth being destroyed and Splinter killed are not in their timeline. Because in their timeline earth doesn’t exist, and if they went back into the past to save the world from being destroyed their existence would be meaningless because they came from a time where the things they love are gone. With April Oneil was given the crystal their was a hint at her becoming evil.So the turtles who didnt witness Earth being destroyed will have to come back to save it one more time from THEMSELVES!

Blake V April 27, 2016 - 6:48 pm

Shouldn’t have the future turtles have been erased from time or something cause since the triceratons didn’t destroy earth and they never went to space to stop it I don’t get it. It’s all just too timey-wimey for me.

Totaldrama Icequeen April 28, 2016 - 3:48 pm

Time paradox is really the one type of plot I can never understand

Totaldrama Icequeen May 15, 2016 - 8:51 am

I think the Kraang are the Utrom once again because Kraang Prime was seemingly destroyed by the Triceratons in Annihilation Earth part 1

Kylorre Whitfield May 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm

I believe the upcoming TMNT episode “City at War” will air on June 5, 2016, according to a consistent pattern of the episodes being showed on Nickelodeon; however, I could be wrong.

Pyrenees Gal (TMNT2012Obsessio May 30, 2016 - 10:27 am

Check the Nick website. They always post a sneak peek of the episode. Also, check the TV guide.

Rosemarie May 31, 2016 - 9:11 pm

so are you a member of WattPad? If so, can i see your fan fics?

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