ⓘ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series, season 4)

                                     

ⓘ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series, season 4)

The fourth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began airing on Nickelodeon on October 25, 2015. On June 17, 2014, Nickelodeon ordered a fourth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The four final episodes originally aired in South Korea during mid- and late-December 2016. This is the only season of the series that has aired over traditional two standard TV seasons, as well as the only season of the series where the 2-part finale aired in separate weeks.

                                     

1. Plot

After the Turtles, April, and Casey are saved from the destruction of Earth, the Fugitoid uses his spacecraft the Ulixes to turn back time to six months earlier in order for him and the Turtles to prevent the Triceraton Empire led by Emperor Zanmoran from assembling the three components of the Heart of Darkness that are scattered throughout the universe before everything on Earth is lost. Besides fighting the Triceratons, the Turtles also face new enemies in outer space like Lord Vringath Dregg of the planet Sectoid and the bounty hunter Armaggon, and even have an adventure with their interdimensional 1987 series counterparts and their enemy Krang who is an exiled relative of Kraang Subprime. Despite the efforts of the Turtles, the Triceratons are still able to collect all three pieces of the Black Hole Generator, only for the Turtles to return to Earth and join forces with their past selves to warn Splinter before he is killed by Shredder, stop the detonator of the Heart of Darkness, and defeat the Triceratons. The Fugitoid destroys the Black Hole Generator near the Triceraton space fleet, causing to explode, presumably killing the Triceratons. In the aftermath of the fight against the Triceratons, the past versions of the Turtles, April, and Casey leave Earth with the past Fugitoid in the Ulixes while the present Fugitoids head reactivates in Earth orbit.

At one point, during their adventures throughout the cosmos, April is given a fragment of the ancient Aeons mystical Sol Star containing the very essence of power and life itself, and which helps her in further developing her psychic abilities as well as drastically increasing them to incalculable levels; also due to the several training sessions she had with the Fugitoid.

Weeks later following the Triceraton Invasion being thwarted and the Foot Clans disappearance, April is promoted to kunoichi at the time when the witch Shinigami arrives and is revealed that she is Karais friend as they plot to rebuild the Foot Clan and dispose of Shredder who is still recuperating from his last fight with Splinter. While Karai and Shinigami have some ninjas on their side, the Foot Clan strengthens the Footbot army by creating the Elite Footbots. Furthermore, some other crime organizations have been plotting to take over the Foot Clans territory, and a crystal fragment of immeasurable mystical power which April had received from an ancient benevolent race of aliens known as the Aeons is beginning to exert quite a baneful influence on her. However, she eventually succeeds in overcoming its vast mystical power and shatters it. She then apologizes for her not disregarding the universal influence the Sol Star fragment had on her, but assures everyone that she now has a better understand of how to control her increasingly powerful psionic abilities on her own.

Using a special mutagen formula, Oroku Saki recuperates and becomes the Super Shredder in order to take back control of the Foot Clan from Karai, finish off Splinter and the Turtles, and even goes far enough to inject more unstable mutagen into himself. He ends up killing Splinter by stabbing him after so long, and is thrown into a garbage truck to be left for dead by Casey and April. However, he survives and begins to hunt the Turtles once again. Having had enough, the Turtles decide to end the long feud once and for all. After many obstacles the Turtles face against Shredder, and Leonardo ends it by killing him.

With Splinter avenged and Shredder dead, the Turtles and their friends wonder about what lies ahead. Knowing the foot isnt over yet and there are still enemies out there, the heroes prepare for the road ahead, knowing that Splinter is still with them, in spirit.

                                     

2. Production

After appearing in the two-part season 2 episode, The Manhattan Project, the 1987 series counterparts of the turtles also had a crossover episode with the turtles from the 2012 series in the "Trans-Dimensional Turtles" episode. In addition with Cam Clarke, Rob Paulsen, Townsend Coleman and Barry Gordon reprising their roles as the 1987 series Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello, respectively, from the episodes, Pat Fraley also reprises his role as Krang from the 1987 series.