|“The Kraang Conspiracy”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) episode|
|Original airdate||February 9, 2014|
"The Kraang Conspiracy" is the thirty-fifth episode of the series. It aired on on February 9th, 2014.
The episode opens with the Turtles on one of their typical training exercises, jumping from rooftop to rooftop throughout the city - However, this time they are being accompanied by April, who is finding it quite difficult to keep up with them.... They all begin ating whether or not they should bring April on more missions, as she could learn more than a thing or two from them. Unbeknownst to them all, however, someone is taking pictures of them from afar. After a little while, April senses the photographer's presence, and the four Turtles then spot him as well.
The man is able to escape into his own apartment (which is located nearby), but the Turtles manage to spot him doing so, and they easily follow him into the apartment. Upon entering, tons of pictures (most of which are of the Kraang and the Turtles themselves!!) catch their attention. They begin to wonder how the man could know of their existence...Then, Raph hears the man from behind a wall, and quickly grabs him. The man informs him that he is not an enemy, which eventually prompts Raph to let him go. The man reveals that his name is Jack Kurtzman, an investigative journalist who was making his own investigation into the case of the missing scientists the prior year, until he recently discovered The Kraang...He informs them that The Kraang have been been plotting to use their Mutagen to terraform the earth for over a millenium. However, their wicked plan couldn't be put into motion without a 'specific chain of Human DNA'. He then shows them a picture of April as a baby, which greatly surprises her. He then remarks that, before April was born, her mother was one of the people that the Kraang were experimenting on. April is appalled by this - but before she can display her true emotions, coincidentally, a squad of Kraang Droids show up on the spot (as they have somehow realized that Kurtzman is onto them), intending to capture April...
The Kraang begin firing their weapons at the Turtles, April, and Kurtzman. April is nearly abducted twice - but both Leo and Donnie are able to save her; miraculously, though, afterwards, she debatably claims that she could've easily saved herself. In a quite short amount of time, all of the robots are defeated. Kurtzman nearly falls to his death due to one of The Kraang's blasts, but Mikey narrowly saves him with his nunchuck. Outside, a Kraang's van is parked - and a Kraang steps out of it and opens fire on them once again. They all quickly jump into The Shellraiser, and escape. Inside, Kurtzman tells them that they must infiltrate the TCRI building (once again) to erase everything on The Kraang's computers pertaining to April (for her sake, primarily)....
April thinks that the Turtles had recently destroyed the TCRI building, only to find out that the building was fully repaired and rebuilt somehow. Kurtzman then tells the Turtles that they must find the code for April’s DNA, and erase it at all costs. He then hands them a TCRI key card, which he managed to steal from one of their vans earlier. Leo then tells April to stay behind with Kurtzman, but she refuses to play a role as nothing but a sidekick, and chooses to come along with them....
When they enter the building, they come face to face with an android staring at them - but they then soon deduce that all of the androids there in the area are charging. The five begin making their way through the inactive robots, when, suddenly, they finish charging and stand up. The Turtles and April narrowly avoid being seen as they silently make their way to the nearest elevator through the walkways. The elevator opens at the last possible second, and they enter. When the elevator reaches the very top floor and they all exit, it is revealed that Kraang Prime (who is seen through a screen) and a ton of other Kraang are "meditating" there. April is actually able to telepathically read their thoughts - but The Kraang soon hear both her and the Turtles. They all then begin fighting, and our heroes are able to give The Kraang a good run for their money. Unfortunately, April is captured amidst the ruckus and is seemingly dragged out of a nearby doorway by a lone Kraang droid.
The Turtles give chase to rescue April, and run through the door that The Kraang dragged her through. They then find themselves in a hallway, but to their surprise, April suddenly is seen running towards them after seemingly escaping from the Kraang's grasp. She then leads the four into a detention cell to escape an oncoming Kraang horde; However, the cell doors close shut and toxic gas begins to fill the room, with April laughing maniacally...The Turtles quickly realize that the "April" with them is some kind of duplicate. It is able to put up a very good fight, though the Turtles are eventually able to defeat the clone by knocking it off-balance and slamming it's face into a nearby control panel, electrocuting it. The fake April explodes into black slime, and the elevator doors then open.
The Turtles soon enter a large room (which Leo has to use the card on the doorway in order to gain entrance to), full of many April clones settling in stasis tubes. In a different room, the Kraang are preparing to extract the real April's DNA to further perfect their clones. To deal with the Turtles, a Kraang opens the "reject bin" and a grotesque, malformed April clone (a genetic mishap) emerges...Whilst Leo and Mikey fight the rejected April clone (which Mikey nicknames "April-Derp", due to it's limited vocabulary, which is comprised of the sole word "Derp"), Raph goes off to rescue the real April by hearing one of her screams, and Donnie has busied himself with hacking into the computers to erase all of April's data.
The struggle becomes more and more desperate, as Leo and Mikey are beginning to be outmatched by "April-Derp" and Raph is seized by numerous Kraang droids before he is able to rescue the real April. Under the pressure, April yells out really loudly and somehow emits a telepathic signal, incapacitating the nearby Kraang, along with "April-Derp". With their enemies severely weakened, Raph is then able to rescue April, "April-Derp" is destroyed, and Donnie successfully ersases all of the data...However, as they decide to escape due to some alarms that are set off, all of the April clones are subsequently released and confront the Turtles, with the real April slipping into the crowd amongst the confusion. As the Turtles wonder which clone is the real April, the truth is suddenly revealed when April pulls out her Tessen fan and starts destroying a few of the clones. The Turtles and the real April then destroy the entire army of clones and Kurtzman then helps them escape in one of the Kraang's vans parked right outside. Upon dropping them off, he gives the Turtles his card in case they need his help or expertise ever again.
In the sewer lair, Donnie inspects April's DNA closely under a microscope and makes a shocking discovery: There are traces of Kraang alien DNA inside April's DNA, and he makes a conclusion that, because April has these strange psychic powers, she is a half-human, half-alien mutant, which obviously appalls both the other Turtles and April herself....
April: -panting heavily- I… I never understood… how… how turtles… could be so… so fast!
Michelangelo: C'mon, April! This is just the warmup!
April: The WARMUP? For TWO HOURS?
Leonardo: That's what ninjas do! Training sometimes lasts four, five hours at a time! Awesome, right? Ha ha ha! Yeah!
April: Ugh, are you kidding me? I'm gonna puke! How 'bout a REAL mission?
Raphael: It took fifteen years of training before Master Splinter allowed us to go on a 'real mission'. You got a long way to go, sister.
Donatello: Not that long! A decade or two'll fly by like that!
April: For a turtle!
Donatello: April! Use my rope!
Raphael: -mocking falsetto- April, use my rope!
Disguised Kraang-droid: Kraang, the human known as 'Kirtzman' has allied himself with the ones called 'the turtles' who are the turtles.
Disguised Kraang-droid: Observed, Kraang. Disintegrate first, capture for interrogation later.
Raphael: April? What are YOU doing here?
April: I told you, I'm sick of sitting on the sidelines!
Leonardo: Fine. Just be quiet, stay close, and DO NOT… let Mikey touch anything.
-disguised Kraang-droid finishes powering up-
Michelangelo: It wasn't me!
Raphael: What's going on, Donnie?
Donatello: -falsetto- It's a Kraang sweet sixteen birthday party! -normal voice- How'm I supposed to know?!
Donatello: It was *cough cough* some kind of replica! *cough* A fake April!
Michelangelo: But she looked so real! *cough cough* Like tofu bacon!
Raphael: You guys take care of the derp. I'll rescue April.
Donatello: Aw, man! I wanted to do that!
Donatello: You're not… entirely human, April. That's why you have… psychic powers. In fact, you are a half human, half alien… mutant.
April, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo: A MUTANT?!!
Michelangelo: Aw, YEAH! Welcome to the family!
- When the Kraang enter Kurtzman's apartment, he recites a line from the film Back To The Future "They found me! I don't know how, but they found me!"
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