Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 S 5 E 1 Lap Of The Gods

The Turtles and their new allies find themselves in Japan, where the Ninja Tribunal reveals to them that a great evil is coming. They must all train hard to be ready for the coming threat.

This episode provides examples of

  • All Just a Dream: The Ninja Tribunal's destruction, and the acolytes' beatdown, is all an illusion to teach the acolytes a lesson about perception
  • Badass Family: When Splinter is surrounded by wooden warriors, the Turtles immediately jump in and form a defensive line.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Akuma Toori's battle with the acolytes and the Ninja Tribunal.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Leo asks for help translating a passage in a book, Donny says it's about physically manifesting focus and energy. This will be a recurring item for the Turtles throughout the season and is immediately demonstrated by Don himself as he reads.
    • When revealing their defeat was All Just a Dream, the Ninja Tribunal explains how they were challenging their acolytes' perception of the world and reality—setting up later events.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: Played for laughs when Donatello sees what the first part of their training is: studying inside a big library.
  • Magical Land: This may be Japan, but as Faraji puts it:
    Faraji: I don't think this place is in any tourist guides.
  • Series Continuity Error: Chikara-Shisho refers to the Ancient One as "Young One", revealing that the Ninja Tribunal are much older than him. However, in the Season 4 episode "Tale of Master Yoshi" she refers to him as "Ancient One".
  • Youkai: The Akuma Toori (fire demon)