EPISODE FIFTY THREE
“Space Invaders” Part One
Written by Dean Stephan
Original Air Date: October 9, 2004
Supervising Producer: Lloyd Goldfine
Producers: Gary Richardson, Frederick U. Fierst, Al Kahn, Norman Grossfeld, Thomas Kenney
Supervising Director: Roy Burdine
Story Editor: Lloyd Goldfine
Donatello (Sam Regal)
Leonardo (Michael Sinterniklaas)
Michelangelo (Wayne Grayson)
Raphael (Frank Frankson)
Prime Leader Zanramon
MAIN LOCATIONS, VEHICLES AND ACCESSORIES:
New York Streets
Intro: Triceraton Prime Leader Zanramon narrates as we see the Triceraton Homeworld at war with the Federation in deep space. Cut to the Council Chamber where Zanramon shows the bloodthirsty Triceraton council a vid screen of the Fugitoid, a design of the Teleportal Device, and then of Earth. The Prime Leader declares that their victory must be won and that the Fugitoid must be found… even if it means destroying Earth.
Act 1: Mike and Leo are playing video games (while hanging upside down) when the power in the lair goes out (destroying Mikey’s high score).
We shift to the Triceraton Homeworld, a truly monolithic mobile spacecraft, coming into the Earth’s stratosphere accompanied by numerous other Triceraton motherships. The vessels create a giant energy shield that surrounds the Earth. Commander Mozar assures Prime Leader Zanramon that nothing can get in or out except Triceraton ships. The villains then fire up enormous laser cannons that send beams of energy into the surface of the planet, destroying all military bases across the globe in a matter of seconds.
In New York City, we see Triceraton soldiers invading the airways and streets on small sled ships as others march down the streets.
April is working out in her antique shop when the emergency news interrupts her TV program to announce the alien invasion. Casey is in his apartment watching the same report. Jones walks to his window and sees the armada of Triceraton soldiers flying past.
Act 2: As the Earth is in chaos with Triceratons everywhere, the Turtles are in the lair watching the news. As Splinter begins to tell them not to leave, he turns around only to find they are already gone.
The TMNT are on the rooftops, watching the passing Triceraton warships, wondering what they can do to help. The guys jump down into an alley and into the shadows. The ninjas see a group of Triceratons scanning buildings with handheld devices. The Triceratons locate a signal and blast a hole in a nearby building – the aliens zoom in and grab an old woman from her apartment. Leo decides that while they may not be able to prevent an alien invasion, they can save the old lady. Don distracts the Triceratons with a feint attack, giving Leonardo the opportunity to jump onto the hovercar and leap off with the woman in tow. Mikey and Raph then launch their assault and remove the two Triceraton pilots. Mike and Raph then play chicken with another hovercar, leaping off just before the two ships collide. The Turtles check on the condition of the lady, who awakens and mistakes the Turtles for aliens and promptly passes out once again. Don is able to locate one of the Triceraton tracking devices and he’s able to determine that the Triceratons are only rounding up people who have strong traces of transionic particles. Donatello informs his brothers that they’re covered in them…
Back at April’s shop, Jones is trying to convince O’Neil to accompany him – but April insists that she can take care of herself. Suddenly they’re attacked by a group of Triceratons and April quickly decides that she can use Casey’s help. The dynamic duo jump onto Casey’s motorcycle and zoom off, with the Triceratons in hot pursuit. Casey dodges laser blasts, but the bike is headed straight for a jackknifed tanker truck!
Act 3: Using a fallen signboard as a ramp, Casey and April launch over the tanker and escape – only to be hit by blast from another group of Triceratons. Our heroes fly off the bike and are knocked unconscious. The Triceratons close in to take O’Neil and Jones prisoner.
Zanramon interrupts a United Nations meeting via their video screen and demands that the Earthlings hand over Professor Honeycutt, aka the Fugitoid. With this the TMNT realize that the handheld devices are tracking the transionic residue of the Utroms’ Transmat Beam, which had previously transported the Fugitoid and Turtles back to Earth. Don surmises that the Triceratons must be thinking that they used Fugitoid’s Teleportal to get home, even though the Fugitoid isn’t on Earth and his machine doesn’t even work! Suddenly, April calls in on her Shell Cel, telling Leo that she and Casey and being held prisoner in Central Park.
Act 4: The Turtles arrive in Central Park,and stay hidden behind a large boulder. The teens spot a laser barred cage they realize that Casey and April must be trapped within it. Don states that they can disable the shield by destroying one of the hovering platforms used to create it directly above it – but they’ll need a distraction. Mike and Raph go off to make said distraction.
Cut to the Triceraton Homeworld as Prime Leader Zanramon talks to Commander Mozar. Zanramon is growing impatient, and Mozar explains that the Earthlings are claiming no knowledge of Honeycutt’s whereabouts. The Commander then goes on to explain that the Triceratons are getting ready to use a brain-scanning device that will scan (as well as fry) people’s brains who might know where the Fugitoid is.
Back at the park, the Triceratons are pushing the prisoners towards a ship that will take them to the Homeworld to be scanned. April is carried off – Casey tries to prevent it, but he’s knocked unconscious by a Triceraton warrior.
Mikey and Raph infiltrate a Triceraton camp, where Mike is able to grab a laser rifle and set it up to self destruct. Mikey tosses the rifle into a pile of weapons as he and Raph retreat – just as a huge explosion rips into the night sky. With the distraction in place, Leo and Don rush the ships that are creating the force field cage and take out one of the platforms – causing the shield to collapse. The prisoners make their escape, but April and a few others are already on board one of the ships. Don rushes to save April and the prisoners and manages to grab some laser rifles and allow them to flee – but before the brainy terrapin can take his own leave, he’s shot in the back! Donatello is knocked out, the Triceratons load him onboard their vessel and take off!