Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episode 27 was titled Enter the Rat King. When given an editorial on the city's rat problems, April O'Neil is kidnapped by a mysterious figure known as the Rat King, who has the power to control all rats, including one Master Splinter. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episode 27 Enter the Rat King first aired in syndication on October 31st 1989.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episode 27 Enter the Rat King Review
As always, there will be spoilers for this episode, so be warned.
Rats are a problem in any major city, and Burne Thompson gets into a caraccident, with one of the demented little rodents starts chewing on his hand. Rats also compromise the Turtles pizza stash and eat all of the tires of the Channel Six News Van. Plus Master Splinter appears rather strange due to a strange and mysterious tune.
April does an editorial on rats, but the lights go out and she is kidnapped. The Turtles investigate the disappearance with help from Master Splinter, running right into the Rat King, who can control rats with his flute. Including Master Splinter, who is ensnared right in the spell of the Rat King. Splinter fights the Turtles but manages to break the mind control.
April escapes and finds the Turtles, as Irma finds the Rat King after searching the sewers. As a result, we got a final showdown, with the Turtles and the Rat King where an explosive device goes off, and the Rat King appears to be gone.
Yet we might not have seen the last of this crazed character and the Rat King will show up again all too soon.
Shredder was not in this episode for the first time ever but the Rat Kingis obviously a good secondary villain. Really as disgusting and disease ridden as they might be, rats are rather doing what they can to survive in the harsh world. One could argue that humans are only slightly less disgusting and disease ridden as well.
Regardless this was a pretty good first appearance for his Royal Rodent Highness. He had a number of them, but he wouldn't be quite this good until until Season 8 when they gave him a revamp along with the Red Sky seasons.
Rat King might not have the Dimension X technology that Shredder and Krang had but he's resourceful, building a mind control flute and explosive devices in the sewers. He may or may not have some sort of combat training in the past, as he can really hang with the Turtles, although he doesn't really need to.
Irma was actually usual in this episode and not actually moaning about her latest failed date or misadventures with men. Who really knew.
Turtles did not really technically beat the Rat King and given that he lives in the sewers, he'll be seen many more times.
9/10, one of the better episodes of Season Three so far. You can watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episode 27 Enter the Rat King on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 3 DVD.