Episode 5.12: Enter the Dragons, pt. 1 Original Air Date: April 25, 2008 Written by Christopher Yost Episode 5.13: Enter the Dragons, pt. 2 Original Air Date: May 3, 2008 Written by Christopher Yost Previously on TMNT: A demon, The Shredder, arose in Ancient Japan. Five heroes were tasked with stopping them. They thought they had succeeded. They hadn't. The Shredder took over one of their number. They fought. They killed him, but couldn't destroy him. They waited. An alien adopted the Shredder's identity, and enslaved the Demon Shredder's heralds. He left behind a daughter, who became yet another Shredder. The Shredder's disciples plotted, winning their freedom through trickery. The Ninja Tribunal, seeing that the world was once again in danger, kidnapped eight new acolytes, including a quartet of turtles. They trained. They failed. Now the original Shredder has returned to power, and all is lost. This week on TMNT: The Shredder and his demon army stand poised to make their final strike, and the turtles have only one chance left to stop him. Fortunately, they're not alone. And now, the players: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo-Kidnapped by the Ninja Tribunal, the turtles have been tasked with preventing the Shredder from destroying the world. So far, despite rigorous training and new abilities, they have failed. Things are far from hopeless, however: the turtles have come back from worse, and nobody is unbeatable. They just have to figure out how... The Enemy: The Shredder and his Heralds-Their millennia-long machinations now coming to fruition, the Shredder and his army now stand poised to take it all; they have turned New York into their power base, and have dealt with their greatest enemy, the Ninja Tribunal. Can anything stand in their way? The Ninja Tribunal: Hisomi, Chikara, Juto, and Kon-Back in the fourth century, the four ninja masters collectively known as The Ninja Tribunal stopped the Shredder’s first reign of terror; unable to completely destroy their former comrade, and knowing that his return was imminent, they have been waiting for that occasion. Still, nothing could prepare them for the strike that would eliminate not only half their students, but themselves as well. The Ninja Tribunal prided themselves on being prepared; is this all part of a larger plot? The Acolytes: Adam McKay, Tora Yoshida, Faraji Ngala, and Joi Reynard-Kidnapped alongside the turtles, the acolytes, each hailing from different parts of the world and each proficient in a different martial art, were supposed to have received equal billing on the whole “preventing the shredder from getting resurrected bit”. And then they died. The Gurus: Splinter and The Ancient One-Two decades ago, these two ninja lost the man dearest to them, Hamato Yoshi, to a man calling himself The Shredder. Now, the two fathers see visions of their great-grand/sons, the ninja turtles, dead at the hands of the first one. They will not let that happen. But the dream also includes another person, one who’s very much dead… The Nakama: Casey Jones and April O’Neil-Throughout the years, Casey and April have been invaluable allies to the turtles, giving their lives a sense of normalcy and stability in the face of alien invasions, ninja attacks, and mass destruction. With New York now turned into hell, has the couple finally gotten in over their head? The Justice Force: Silver Sentry, Tsunami, Ananda, Metalhead, Chrysalis, Nobody, Raptarr, and Nano (latter three not pictured)-Earth’s premier super-hero team has just increased its ranks, adding three new heroes to their roster; just in time, too: with New York now swarming with demons, the world is in dire need of some super-heroes. Can they prevail? The Foot: Karai, Dr. Chaplin-Since the escape of the Shredder’s heralds, Karai and Chaplin have been preparing for the inevitable arrival of the original Shredder; however, no amount of prep time could have prepared them for his onslaught. Now, with their forces severely depleted, Karai has been forced into an alliance with her mortal enemies. Will it last? The Earth Protection Force: Agent Bishop, Baxter Stockman-Played for fools by the Shredder’s heralds, the Earth Protection Force has helped bring about the same fate they’d hope to avert. However, Bishop and Stockman are not known for staying down—both have a knack for surviving seemingly impossible odds. Will their streak persist? The Purple Dragons: Hun, Ruffington-After splitting from The Foot, Hun has set out on his own, turning his Purple Dragon gang into a formidable underworld empire, and he’s not giving it up without a fight. So what if he has to join everyone he’s ever pissed off?