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Recap / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 S 4 E 1 Beyond The Known Universe

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After Fugitoid sends the ship back in time 6 months before the events of the last episode, they set out to stop the Triceratons from assembling the black hole weapon, but first, a pit stop at a nearby planet.


  • Alien Lunch: The food stand at Varanon Spaceport serves up a large variety of these, more than one of which seems to still be alive and perhaps a little carnivorous.
  • Asteroid Thicket
  • Bait-and-Switch: The theme song starts out normally, but abruptly stops when the camera shows the manhole cover when a Triceraton stomps on it and Leo recaps what happened in the previous season finale and gives us a sneak peek of what the new season holds and then the song begins for real. The theme song remains this way for the entirety of the arc.
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  • Color-Coded Characters: The Fugitoid provides them with space suits in their signature colors, blue, red, purple, and orange for the turtles, yellow and black for April and Casey. Though Casey's helmet also glows a dark purple.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The above mentioned space suits also come with holsters for their respective Weapon of Choice and in some cases high-tech versions of those weapons. Even proton hockey pucks. He also knew to have four outfitted for the turtles and two tailor made for the humans, as if they always planned to save only those 6 from the blackhole.
  • Curse Cut Short: Raph in response to Dregg introducing himself.
    Raph: Uh, could you hang on a second? I just got a phone call here from someone named 'I don't give a flying—'
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  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: "I swear by the elder thrall I will hunt these creatures down and eradicate them slowly. Feeding them to my children, piece by piece, BY PIECE!"
  • Disproportionate Retribution: So what exactly do our protagonists do to get on Dregg's bad side. Foil an evil plan? Destroy a weapons of his? Nope, they simply bump into him by accident and he instantly picks a fight because of it (Granted Raph and Casey don't help the situation but still).
  • The Dreaded: The angry mob chasing the 6 bolt as soon as they see them literally bump into Lord Dregg.
  • Epic Fail: Leo tries to come off as a badass to an alien chick. Not only can she tell it's his first time off-planet, but she's already got a boyfriend.
  • From Bad to Worse: The heroes get themselves into various trouble, Raph and Casey messing around with weapons and killing the robot clerk get chased by security robots, Leo flirts with a female alien and incurs her boyfriend's wrath, Mikey makes an endangered food/alien creature go extinct and the commotion makes April drop an expensive crystal and then they literally bump into Lord Dregg.
    • As soon as the heroes escape Dregg, they encounter the Triceratons at the end.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Fugitoid slaps Raph early in the episode when the latter starts freaking out.
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  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Leo hits on an alien girl who's half green.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The alien girl Leo hits on is of average humanoid size, but her boyfriend is so huge, only his foot and lower leg are seen onscreen.
  • It Only Works Once: Fugitoid manages to get everyone six months into the past and undo Earth's destruction, allowing them time to stop the Triceratons from building the black hole generator. Unfortunately, due to how blackholes work, the time travel technique will only work once.
  • List Of Degenerates: When Honeycutt suggests they stop to refuel at a nearby planet, Donny points out that his computer says the planet is a refuge for "space pirates, rogues, thieves and smugglers".
  • Mythology Gag:
    • This is a season premiere of a TMNT cartoon continuing from the previous season's cliffhanger in which the Turtles are stranded in space and team up with the Fugitoid. Just like with the second season of the 2003 cartoon.
    • April's space suit resembles her jumpsuit from the 1987 show, lampshaded by her standing in the same pose from the packaging art. Doubles as a Call-Back since they saw that version of her in a dimensional portal. Donnie's reaction is pretty much the same.
      • April's weapon closely resembles the original 1987 April action figure's camera.
    • The Turtle's suits and new weapons as vaguely similar to their gear in the Fast Forward series.
    • The Fugitoid mentions the planet is not under "Federation control", which could refer to the Federation from Mirage Comics and the 2003 series.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Much like Splinter did with Shredder in some way, the Hamato Clan is able to cause enough trouble for Dregg by breaking his 5 million unit expensive equipment and insulting him to earn a vendetta from Dregg.
  • Off with His Head!: Lord Dregg attempted this via biting both Casey and later April heads off.
  • Organic Technology: Lord Dregg has this in spades.
  • Out of the Frying Pan: The heroes were celebrating how they were able to escape Lord Dregg successfully, only for the Fugitoid to point they just stop where the Triceraton armada was.
  • Reset Button: Surprisingly undoes the damage from the last season finale right at the start, restoring Earth six months before it's destroyed. However the turtles, April and Casey opt to go on a space adventure to make sure the Tricerations don't get the pieces of the Black Hole Generator so history doesn't repeat itself.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The Fugitoid was able to send the heroes back to six months before Earth was destroyed to stop the Triceratons from trying to assemble the blackhole generator, and warns them that this can only work once.
  • Shout-Out: The only way the alien planet they land on and the outlaw town they explore could be more like Tatooine and Mos Eisley is if Jabba the Hutt and Anakin Skywalker strolled by.
    • The time travel sequence at the beginning of the episode looks a great deal like the "Stargate" sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Torso with a View: One of Dregg's goons, courtesy of April's ray gun.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Everyone but Donatello (and Honeycutt) waste no time in pissing off everyone they come across in space, mostly by breaking really expensive objects, killing things, and mouthing off at a feared lord of insects, though some are accidental.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: April has this when experiencing space for the first time.
  • Wretched Hive: Varanon Spaceport. Home to Space Pirates, thieves, rogues and smugglers.
  • Your Head A-Splode: One of Dregg's goons, courtesy of a proton hockey puck.

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