Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series, season 2)
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original network||4Kids TV|
|Original release||November 8, 2003 –|
October 2, 2004
The second season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originally aired between November 8, 2003 and October 2, 2004, beginning with the "Turtles in Space, Part 1: The Fugitoid" episode. The episodes were first released on DVD in eight volumes, TMNT Volume nine through Volume fourteen. The volumes were released From May 18, 2004 through January 18, 2005. The episodes were later released in 2 part season sets; part 1 was released on February 19, 2008, containing the first 12 episodes of the season, and part 2 was released on October 28, 2008 with the final 14 episodes.
Picking up from the first season's cliffhanger, the Turtles find themselves teleported to the alien world of D'Hoonibb, where they immediately are caught up in a war between the Triceraton Republic and the Galactic Federation. The two races are fighting over Professor Honeycutt, who has the plans for a teleportation device that both sides seek for their war efforts against each other. The Turtles end up on the Triceraton home world, and after saving Honeycutt, are teleported back to Earth by the Utroms. The aliens reveal themselves to be benevolent and reunite the Turtles with Splinter, who they had healed after their last confrontation with the Shredder, who survived the battle as well. His attack is foiled when the Utroms are able to teleport to their home planet with Honeycutt, and his true nature as an Utrom criminal named Ch'rell is revealed before he is defeated once again.
In the wake of the Shredder's defeat, a gang war erupts over control of his lost territory by the remainder of the Foot Clan, the Purple Dragons (led by Hun), and the New York mafia (aided by Baxter Stockman). Leonardo and Raphael argue over their place in fighting in the war, but the Turtles end up aiding Karai, the Shredder's adopted daughter, in claiming control of the New York Foot Clan and restoring order to the city. Though they part with a friendly ceasefire, the Shredder is revealed to have survived yet again, and Karai's loyalty to her father conflicting with her honor becomes a critical dilemma for her for the remainder of the series.
In the season finale, the Turtles follow Splinter to the Battle Nexus, a kingdom where a tournament is held between the multiverse's greatest warriors by the Ultimate Daimyo. The Turtles meet new allies in the form of Miyamoto Usagi and Murakami Gennosuke, and end up working to defeat an attempted coup on the Daimyo's life by his own son and Drako, Splinter's old foe.
- Michael Sinterniklaas as Leo: the leader of the Turtles who seeks an alliance with Karai. (26 episodes)
- Frank Frankson as Raph: Leo's second-in-command who often argues with him. (26 episodes)
- Wayne Grayson as Mikey: the Turtles' youngest member and a large source of comic relief. (26 episodes)
- Sam Riegel as Donnie: the Turtles' genius inventor. (26 episodes)
- Darren Dunstan as Splinter: the Turtles' sensei and adopted father, the former pet of Hamato Yoshi. (18 episodes; (has no lines in episode 13))
- Scottie Ray as Ch'rell/Oroku Saki/The Shredder: the main antagonist of the series and leader of the Foot Clan, whose true nature is revealed early into the season. (7 episodes)
- Veronica Taylor as April: a woman who develops feelings for Casey Jones. (9 episodes; (has no lines in episode 1))
- Marc Thompson as Casey: an ally of the Turtles who develops mutual feelings for April O'Neil. (11 episodes; (has no lines in episode 1))
- Scott Williams as Baxter Stockman: a brilliant, maniacal scientist who abandons the Foot for a majority of the season. (9 episodes)
- Greg Carey as Hun: the Shredder's second-in-command, a hulking gangster and the leader of the Purple Dragons. Briefly broke away from the Foot to run the Purple Dragons full-time following the Shredder's disappearance, but later re-joined after the Shredder's return, though he lost his position as the Shredder's lieutenant to Karai.
- Karen Neil as Karai: the adopted daughter of the Shredder whose devoted service and loyalty to him conflicts with her sense of honor. After the Shredder returns, she becomes his new second-in-command.
- Marc Thompson as
- The Ultimate Daimyo: a warrior king who hosts a tournament of the multiverse's greatest warriors every 3 years.
- Drako: a draconian warrior who carries a grudge towards Splinter for besting him in the Battle Nexus tournament years ago.
- Michael Alston Bailey as
- Zanramon: the despotic Prime Leader of the Triceraton Republic.
- Big Boss: the leader of the Mob.
- Dan Green as
- Mortu: the leader of the benevolent Utroms.
- Commander Mozar: the second in command of the Triceraton Republic.
- Jason Griffith as Miyamoto Usagi: an anthropomorphic rabbit samurai who the Turtles meet in the Battle Nexus tournament.
- Frederick B. Owens as
- Traximus: an honorable Triceraton gladiator the Turtles befriend.
- Leatherhead: a mutant crocodile tricked into helping Baxter Stockman.
- Ted Lewis as
- Ue-Sama: a warrior prince who goes by the title "Ultimate Ninja", who seeks a battle with Leonardo.
- Kluh: a hulking Levram warrior who becomes an enemy of Michelangelo.
- Oliver Wyman as
- Professor Honeycutt/Fugitoid: a Federation scientist whose mind was accidentally uploaded into an android's body, who possesses the plans for a teleportation device warred over by the Triceratons and Federation.
- General Blanque: the leader of the Federation.
- Gyoji: the referee of the Battle Nexus.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was produced by Mirage Studios, 4 Kids Entertainment, 4Kids Productions, and Dong Woo Animation and distributed by 4 Kids Entertainment and was aired on Fox's Saturday morning kids' block in the US. The producers were Gary Richardson, Frederick U. Fierst, and Joellyn Marlow for the American team; Tae Ho Han was the producer for the Korean team.
The second season also received positive acclaim like its predecessor. Episodes such as the Turtles in Space arc and the City at War arc were critically acclaimed. As of October 2004 it had 3.06 million views on the 4kids website. Its rank was 90%.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|27||1||"Turtles in Space, Part 1 - The Fugitoid"||Chuck Patton||Michael Ryan||November 8, 2003||S02E01|
The Turtles find themselves beamed halfway across the universe to the planet D'Hoonnib and right into the middle of a police action!
|28||2||"Turtles in Space, Part 2 - The Trouble with Triceratons"||Chuck Patton||Michael Ryan||November 15, 2003||S02E02|
On the planet D'Hoonnib, the Turtles team up with the Fugitoid, a.k.a. Professor Honeycutt, a scientist trapped in a robot's body, who is being pursued by the rogue military forces of General Blanque.
|29||3||"Turtles in Space, Part 3 - The Big House"||Chuck Patton||Michael Ryan||November 22, 2003||S02E03|
The Turtles are taken prisoners by the Triceratons and thrown into a Tri prison, their lives to be used as a bargaining chip to convince the Fugitoid to build his Teleportal device.
|30||4||"Turtles in Space, Part 4 - The Arena"||Chuck Patton||Michael Ryan||November 29, 2003||S02E04|
The Turtles are taken to the Tri-sports Arena, where gladiators go in but never come out.
|31||5||"Turtles in Space, Part 5 - Triceraton Wars"||Chuck Patton||Michael Ryan||December 6, 2003||S02E05|
The turtles are faced with their biggest challenge yet, getting home!
|32||6||"Secret Origins, Part 1"||Chuck Patton||Eric Luke||January 17, 2004||S02E06|
The Turtles are teleported back to Earth with Professor Honeycutt by the Utroms and they're reunited with Master Splinter. The Utroms take the Turtles and Splinter to the oracle pod chamber, a virtual reality simulation that chronicles historical events. Inside the chamber, the Turtles are transported to feudal era Japan where they learn of the Utroms crash-landing on Earth. It is here, they encounter an early incarnation of the Foot Clan led by a look-alike of The Shredder.
|33||7||"Secret Origins, Part 2"||Chuck Patton||Michael Ryan||January 24, 2004||S02E07|
After Baxter Stockman infiltrates the TCRI building and sabotages the oracle pod chamber, the Turtles and Splinter become trapped in virtual reality as it turns into a physical reality. No longer holographic projections, the Turtles must battle the feudal era Shredder and his Foot Ninja while pursuing the Guardians so they can find a way out the simulation.
|34||8||"Secret Origins, Part 3"||Chuck Patton||Marty Isenberg||January 31, 2004||S02E08|
The Turtles and Splinter activate the internal fail safe of the oracle pod chamber only to find the TCRI building besieged by multiple enemies. The National Guard stands outside the building trying to get in while the Shredder leads an attack with the Foot at the heart of the Utrom's base. The Turtles and Splinter help the Utroms evacuate and escape the Shredder's wrath, and they soon learn of the Shredder's true form.
|35||9||"Reflections"||Chuck Patton||Roland Gonzalez||February 14, 2004||S02E09|
The gang return to the farmhouse in Northampton to rest and recuperate. Taking a retrospective look at the recent events, they discuss their encounters with the Shredder as well as the discovery of his true form – a centuries-old criminal Utrom. However, despite his maliciousness, the Turtles and their sensei come to the realization that the Shredder also played an instrumental role in their own origins.
|36||10||"The Ultimate Ninja"||Chuck Patton||Michael Ryan||February 7, 2004||S02E10|
The Turtles, Splinter, Casey and April relax in the lair for a movie night. However, during an ice cream run, Leonardo is challenged to a gyoji-refereed duel by a headstrong young ninja from another dimension. The challenge comes in a tradition unfamiliar to Leonardo, but worrisome familiar to Master Splinter.
|37||11||"The Return of Nano"||Chuck Patton||Eric Luke||February 21, 2004||S02E11|
Nano, the nanorobot who met his supposed demise in the junkyard, reawakens and reassembles. With a newfound motivation to create a family, Nano breaks his "father", Harry Parker, out of Rikers Island prison and kidnaps his "mother", Dr. Richards, from her laboratory. When his "family" doesn't turn out as he hoped, Nano goes berserk and begins to wreak havoc on Coney Island, where April and Casey happen to be on a "not-a-date".
|38||12||"What a Croc!"||Chuck Patton||Ben Townsend||February 28, 2004||S02E12|
Michelangelo helps Donatello by exploring the underwater access way beneath the lair. Here he encounters Leatherhead, a mutant crocodile torn between two personalities: a peaceful inventor and a vicious animal. The Turtles go with Leatherhead to his sewer home and encounter an old foe with whom Leatherhead has teamed up.
|39||13||"Return to the Underground"||Chuck Patton||Marty Isenberg||March 6, 2004||S02E13|
Determined to find a cure for his genetically mutated friends, Donatello and his brothers return to the subterranean city. Unfortunately, when the Turtles return, they find that their friends have reverted to monsters and the Crystal Moon is nowhere to be seen.Villains: The Underground Mutants
|40||14||"City at War, Part 1"||Chuck Patton||Eric Luke||March 13, 2004||S02E14|
With the Shredder gone, the Foot Clan, the Purple Dragons, and the mob struggle to control New York City, quickly turning the streets into a dangerous turf war. Feeling the onus of the chaos in the streets, Leonardo sets out to quell the situation while Raphael argues that it's not their fight.
|41||15||"City at War, Part 2"||Chuck Patton||Marty Isenberg||March 20, 2004||S02E15|
The Turtles become embroiled in the turf war as they face off against the Foot, headed by the Elite Guard, while a mob-funded attack robot created by Baxter Stockman and the Purple Dragons, led by Hun, besiege the Foot's rundown headquarters. To make matters more complicated, a ninja from Japan named Karai enters the fray, though her intentions are ambiguous. At her mercy, the Turtles have no choice but to bargain with her.
|42||16||"City at War, Part 3"||Chuck Patton||Ben Townsend||March 27, 2004||S02E16|
Karai introduces herself as the Shredder's adopted daughter and leader of the Foot operations in Japan. She promises the Turtles that the Foot Clan will leave them in peace if they help her assume the Shredder's role to stop the raging turf war. Raphael refuses to help, but his brothers and Casey go along with the plan.
|43||17||"Junklantis"||Chuck Patton||Eric Luke||April 3, 2004||S02E17|
With the underwater access way complete, Donatello and Michelangelo explore the Hudson River in the newly christened Shell Sub. They soon come across an underwater fortress, which Mikey dubs Junklantis. It is of little surprise that the inhabitants of this facility are responsible for the freighters disappearing in New York Harbor. However, it is a surprise to see this facility is run by the egomaniacal Garbageman.
|44||18||"The Golden Puck"||Chuck Patton||Michael Ryan||April 10, 2004||S02E18|
Casey takes the Turtles to see a game of his favorite sport, Super Slam Hockey. When parahawks piloted by Texan roughnecks swoop down and steal the sport's championship prize, the Golden Puck, Casey will stop at nothing to recover it. With the help of the Turtles, Casey takes on the roughnecks and their employer, Mr. Arboost.
|45||19||"Rogue in the House, Part 1"||Chuck Patton||Eric Luke||April 17, 2004||S02E19|
Somehow, the Shredder survived their last encounter and seeks revenge on the Turtles. When the Shredder learns that much of the Foot has been killed during the recent turf war, Hun introduces Saki to their new army of Foot Mechs. With their army almost complete, the Foot sends a mech to find and destroy the Turtles. When this Foot Mech attacks his family, Splinter devises a counterattack with the aid of a powerful warrior in a tricky alliance.
|46||20||"Rogue in the House, Part 2"||Chuck Patton||Ben Townsend||April 24, 2004||S02E20|
Leonardo, Raphael and Splinter are held captive on the Shredder's freighter and Karai is forced to make a choice – honour her promise to the Turtles or obey her master. Meanwhile, Donatello attempts to destroy the Shredder's new headquarters, while Michelangelo and Zog find themselves fighting against the Shredder's Foot Ninja.
|47||21||"April's Artifact"||Chuck Patton||Marty Isenberg||May 1, 2004||S02E21|
As the Turtles and Casey help April prepare her antique shop for reopening, April stumbles on a puzzle cube that used to belong to her Uncle Augie. As she cleans the artefact off, the cube begins to glow bright and transports April and the Turtles to an alternate dimension. Travelling through a tropical environment, they must evade large hornets and find their way home.
|48||22||"Return of the Justice Force"||Chuck Patton||Marty Isenberg||May 8, 2004||S02E22|
When Splinter encourages his sons to leave the lair so he can meditate, the Turtles and Casey take the opportunity to go on a road trip to Northampton. In a trip spurred on by Michelangelo's desire to find a missing issue of the Justice Force, the gang find themselves in an adventure with the real-life Justice Force.
|49||23||"The Big Brawl, Part 1"||Chuck Patton||Michael Ryan||May 15, 2004||S02E23|
As he does every three years, Master Splinter mysteriously goes off and leaves his sons for a few days. This time, however, curiosity sets in and the Turtles follow him through an interdimensional gateway, ending up in a nexus between dimensions, where the multiverse's greatest warriors meet to duel each other in tournaments. Through an old friend of Splinter's who had battled him in the qualifying round, the Turtles learn that Splinter was the past Battle Nexus champion, who defeated an evil dragon named Drako in the final round despite breaking his leg. Despite his discontent, Master Splinter hesitantly allows his sons to enter the competition.
|50||24||"The Big Brawl, Part 2"||Chuck Patton||Ben Townsend||September 18, 2004||S02E24|
In the Battle Nexus, the Turtles fight other warriors from different dimensions in an attempt to become the Battle Nexus Champion. Leonardo teams up with the anthropomorphic rabbit ronin, Miyamoto Usagi, to fight off would-be contract killing assassins before the tournament started. During round one Donatello is knocked out while the other three turtles and Splinter advance. During round two, Raphael defeats his Triceration ally Traximus, Splinter forfeits to allow Michaelangelo to advance, and Leo is hit by a poison dart shot by the Ultimate Ninja while fighting Usagi.
|51||25||"The Big Brawl, Part 3"||Chuck Patton||Marty Isenberg||September 25, 2004||S02E25|
Master Splinter is framed for attempting to kill the Ultimate Daimyo and is imprisoned while Raphael and Michelangelo find themselves pitted against each other in the Battle Nexus Tournament. Michelangelo manages to take advantage of Raphael's anger and beat him without throwing a punch. Meanwhile, Leonardo falls into a coma after being struck by a poisonous dart, and Donatello and Usagi must defend Leo and a gravely wounded Daimyo from more assassins.
|52||26||"The Big Brawl, Part 4"||Chuck Patton||Michael Ryan||October 2, 2004||S02E26|
Michelangelo reaches the finals and faces off against Kluh to become the Battle Nexus Champion. Concurrently, Donatello and Usagi continue to defend the Daimyo and Leonardo against assassins while Raphael and Traximus attempt to free the imprisoned Master Splinter. The recent swirl of events have all been orchestrated by the Daimyo's son, the Ultimate Ninja, and Drako who seek control of the Daimyo's warstaff as well as revenge on Leonardo and Splinter for their past defeats.
- Season Two Episode list with detailed synopses at the Official Ninja Turtles website Archived 2008-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
- TMNT DVD releases on Official Site Archived 2007-03-20 at the Wayback Machine ninjaturtles.com. retrieved on February 15, 2008
- "TMNT credits on Dongwoo Animation". Dongwoo Animation Co. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
- Secret Origins, Part 1 Ninja Turtles Official Website. February 19, 2008
- Secret Origins, Part 2 Ninja Turtles Official Website. February 19, 2008
- Secret Origins, Part 3 Ninja Turtles Official Website. February 19, 2008
- The Ultimate Ninja Ninja Turtles Official Website. February 19, 2008
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