The 26th Episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was titled the Fifth Turtle. In this episode, a fourteen year old boy named Zach, who is the biggest Ninja Turtle fan boy out there, tries to help the Turtles but he becomes a problem. Meanwhile Shredder and Krang use a planetary alignment to raise the Technodrome for their conquest of Earth. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episode 26 the Fifth Turtle first aired in syndication on October 30th 1989.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episode 26 the Fifth Turtle Review
As always there shall be spoilers, for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 3 Episode 8.
As Donatello is looking at a rare planetary alignment, there is an emergency regarding the lack of pizza, which Donatello and Raphael go out and get. They are followed by a mysterious figure wearing a turtle costume. The two Turtles are accosted by some punks but as they prepare to lay the smackdown, the kid gets involved, but all he does is allow the thugs to run away.
Shredder and Krang prepare to use some crystals to amplify the power of the planetary alignment between the Earth, the Moon, and Mars, to raise the Technodrome out of the Center of the Earth. Shredder, Bebop, and Rocksteady go to steel the crystals but the Turtles show up, as does the kid. Shredder uses the kid as bait which the Turtles saved. The kid says his name is Zach and he wants to be a Ninja Turtle but he is quickly discouraged of that notion.
Zach manages to find the lair of the Turtles so Splinter gives him a guided tour but after the fact, makes him promise not to get involved. Shredder sees that he can use Zach as bait. After a failed bumbling attempt on the part of Bebop and Rocksteady to kidnap the kid, he manages to find his way there, as bait. The Turtles get captured, but manage to get free,
The Technodrome falls back down to earth, the day is saved, and Zach is made an honorary Ninja Turtle, getting his own Turtle Com.
Oh, boy, Zach, Zach, Zach, talk about one of the many banes of my existence for this show. Although to be fair, this episode wasn't entirely bad, but it was not one of my favorites.
The plan to raise the Technodrome was practical enough, within the context of this show and sometimes, that is just really half of the battle.
Splinter really did kind of lecture the Turtles and make them feel bad about that little twit finding the lair. Then again, they can get kind of careless. It does amuse me a lot of the time when Splinter rather verbally makes them realize they are ninjas.
Also, at the end, the Turtles sent the transport module back down with the Foot Soldiers, causing Shredder, Bebop, and Rocksteady to slide down the hole right to the center of the Earth. That looked rather painful.
Also the Foot Soldiers are rather inconsistent with how tough they are. Some episodes, they can be deadly foes, and others they just blast to bits with just blowing on them. Then again, I guess that could be Shredder and Krang using cheap material.
Final Summary and Rating.
Give this one a 5.5/10, it was not really rocking my world. You can watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episode 26 the Fifth Turtle on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 3 DVD