Krang summons General Tragg from the Dimension X to keep the Turtles busy (with a Rockolizer - a device that "vitalizes" anything made of mineral - i.e. turns inanimate rocks into animate rocks) while Shredder places a remote control transmitter upon a rocket ship preparing to launch a satellite with a new Super Laser. It is Krang's intention to steal the Super Laser and uses it to free the Technodrome from its arctic prison.
While rushing across town to cover a report of "rocks going wacko", April gets trapped in her van, almost falling into an enourmous crater left by a boulder which exploded out of the earth. The Turtles rescue her. Fortunately, April had contacted the Turtles before heading off to the Central City Park - site of the "wacko rocks."
Meanwhile, Shredder arrives at the launch site and prepares to attach Krang's remote control device onto the Super Laser. Back across town, the Turtles and April come across General Tragg and realize that Krang and Shredder must be up to no good again. While the Turtles attempt to do battle with General Tragg, April borrows the Turtle Van and heads back to Channel Six for more video tape to capture the "story of the year." But General Tragg tires quickly of the Turtles' feeble attempts to capture him and, using his Rockolizer, creates a Giant Rock Monster and sends it chasing after the Turtle Van - thinking they are still inside.
The Turtles arrive at the Channel Six building and lure the Giant Rock Monster away to a nearby construction site before it can destroy the building with April inside. Meanwhile, Krang is getting anxious as liftoff time is fast approaching and Bebop and Rocksteady have still not attached the remote control device to the Super Laser.
Back at the construction site, the Turtles defeat the Giant Rock Monster, only to have General Tragg create six more new ones from the remains of the original Giant Rock Monster. However, with typical Turtle ingenuity, these Rock Monsters are destroyed, as well as General Tragg's Rockolizer.
Before the Turtles can capture him, Krang returns General Tragg back to Dimension X. As the Turtles start to celebrate their victory, April comes rushing into the scene to tell them that there is more trouble with the Super Laser that just was launched. Somehow, she got wind of Shredder and Krang's scheme.
The Turtles race to the launch site but are too late. Krang has control of the Super Laser and is able to free the Technodrome from its icy prison. Unfortunately for the bad guys, Bebop and Rocksteady, while arguing over a Captail Cow comic book, disrupt the Super Laser remote control equipment, causing the Super Laser to cut a hole in the ice, causing the Technodrome to fall through and pluge to icy cold depths of the Arctic Ocean.moreless
I really liked Rock Around the Block. It was a good episode and i liked that Tragg featured a bigger role in this one. Also the technodrome finnally moves to another location, the ocean! I thought it was a visual treat to see the turtles sparring in the begining you don't see that to often and you got to see more of their training hall/dojo in this episode. And it was intersting to see Raphael and Michelangelo sparr and to see Michaelangelo, not just holding his own but winning the sparring match by throwing him into the wall, a contrast to how in a season three episode where Raphael beats Michaelangelo in sparring rather easily and tosses him. Also I liked the little bit of Leonardo and Donatello sparring because it showed Leonardo being cocky and besting Donatello rather effertlesly. It was to see something not come so easily to Donatello in this episode since he was having trouble mastering woo wei and couldn't quite get the concept of defeating your oppenent with their own force. It was amusing seeing him trying it out on Raphael and he throws the couch at him LOL And I loved the turtles going up against Tragg. He has got to be the most under used villan in the OT. He posed a legitimate threat to the turtles with his gravel monsters and gave the turtles a run for their money. It was nice seeing the turtles not being able to defeat the baddie of the day so easily, and seeing the bad guy cause some actual mayhem by having anything mineral attack people and causing destruction. It even had some good suspence with April almost going over a giant hole in the van trying not to make a move and a pencil rolls off the dash board to nock her over the edge. This episode gave Leonardo a chance to shine by being the one to come up with the idea how to defeat the gravel monsters and directing theaction instead of Donatello all the time. For once Donatello seemed pretty at lost on how to handle things and it was an intersting dynamic to see him like that. But Donatello proves himself by finnally figuring the art of woo wei and lets the bad guys destroy them selves. Although I was confused as to wghat the turtles where actually doing when they where sitting in a circle. A few close up shots of their faces made it seem like they where straining. So what does that mean? Where they actually trying to maipulate the technodrome with their minds or something and actually caused it to sink through the ice? The whole scene looked less like they where doing nothing and more like they where useing some shared mind control to stop the technodrome. In which case it sort of defeats the priniple of woo wei.moreless
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