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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 3 E 24 Dinosaur Seen In Sewers

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When Raphael befriends Zog, an alien Triceraton, he may have bitten off more than he can chew.


  • Absentee Actor: Leatherhead, Pete, and Kurtzman are mentioned, but never seen, making this the first episode to not feature the entire Mighty Mutanimal team (excluding episodes before they became a team).
    • Splinter is also absent.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Zigzagged with Zog. The Mirage comics and 2003 cartoon incarnations of him died in battle against the Foot, never realizing how the Turtles were tricking and using him. This Zog becomes lucid after getting his breathing equipment back and is rather rightfully outraged at the Turtles, and promptly turns on them.
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  • The Bus Came Back: The Kraang return in this episode.
  • Continuity Nod: Raph wears his Vision Quest costume.
    • The newspaper Dr. Rockwell reads has a picture of Bernie with the headline "Man who hasn't slept in 40 years!", referencing the Dream Beavers episode.
    • Same newspaper also notes, in the section below, that "Bigfoot and I are expecting!" - referencing the episode "A Foot Too Big".
  • Disney Villain Death: Zog falls off the Statue of Liberty, refusing Raph's attempt to Save the Villain.
    Zog: Long live the Triceraton empire.
  • The Dreaded: The sight of Zog is enough to send a Kraangdroid running.
    Kraang: It is the one called "the turtles". And the one called tri-tri-tri-triceraton! *drops laser and runs*
  • Enemy Mine: Averted. Though the Triceratons and Kraang are enemies, and despite Raph trying to convince Zog to fight the Kraang together as their common enemy, Zog refuses, saying Earthlings cannot be trusted.
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  • Evil vs. Evil: Zog against the Kraang.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: In-universe, after being incredibly disappointed at Crognard's series finale, Mikey re-watches it, but this time he stops right before Crognard gets eaten.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The five-headed nigh-invincible dragon in the last episode of Crognard is called Wigglepuss.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The in-universe cartoons often relate to what will happen in the episode, and the finale of Crognard is no exception. In the cartoon - after surviving a whole show's worth of dangerous adventures - Crognard is abruptly killed at the end. Likewise, Zog and the turtles go on several missions together against the remaining Kraang - only for Zog to fall to his (presumable) death at the end of the episode. It also foreshadows the ending of the next episode, and Mikey's solution to "fixing" the ending (rewinding the tape) is pretty similar to what the turtles actually intend to do to fix the results of said next episode.
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    • This episode builds up to the season finale, showing that the Triceratons did in fact receive the message from Zog and are getting ready to invade Earth.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Oh god, the Crognard cartoon. Unlike most other examples of this trope, we actually get to see Crognard get chomped whole by a five-headed dragon...and then it cuts away to show the faces of his horrified friends, while wet, crunchy noises are heard for several moments after. It's hilariously disturbing.
  • Interactive Narrator: Mikey mistakes Rockwell for this when he contacts them telepathically.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: Mikey doesn't care for Zog's accusations.
    Zog: You Earth-Dwellers are full of lies and deceit!
  • Made of Iron: Zog is extremely tough and nothing hurts him at all.
  • Malaproper: Mikey complains that the ending of Crognard the Barbarian was "anti-climate."
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Averted, the Triceratons breathe nitrogen and for most of the episode Zog coughs, wheezes and speaks in broken sentences until he reclaims his old equipment.
  • Not His Sled: Zog comes to his senses and turns on the Turtles, in stark contrast to his fate in the Mirage comics and 2003 cartoon.
  • Not So Above It All/Skewed Priorities: While trying to contact Raph, Leo asks if Mikey has any information. Mikey says the Crognard finale was indeed the last episode. Leo says he was asking about Raph, then suddenly asks if there's a Crognard movie.
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  • Sudden Downer Ending: The final episode of Crognard the Barbarian. The turtles are none too pleased.
    Mikey: That's it? After all those adventures he just bites it?? What kind of anti-climate ending is that?!
    Donnie: ...Anti-climactic.
  • A Villain Named "Z__rg": Zog.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Zog and the Triceratons hope to wipe out the Kraang by destroying any planet infested by them.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After getting his equipment back and being able to think clearly again, Zog is outraged at the Turtles for deceiving him.
  • The Worf Effect: Zog effortlessly pummels Slash (who once nearly defeated all the turtles by himself) into unconsciousness and none of the characters can even hurt Zog.
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