Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

Season 3 Episode 14

The Darkness Within

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Jan 29, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

An ancient entity crashed onto Earth centuries ago, and it thrived from the greed and pride from Europeans who colonized North America. C.F Ovfelhart, a modern-day business tycoon, has had Angel's brother trapped inside his mansion, where this entity reigns. The Turtles must save him, but this creature has the power to create deadly phantasms that can trap them.moreless

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  • Definitely the scariest TMNT episode I've ever watched so far!Just when I thought I've seen most from Western cartoons,here comes this.I'm in my 20s but I felt my hair rose watching four giant turtles battling the undead and some creepy tentacled-monster.moreless

    The "Leo awakening from a bad dream thrice" scene could sound cliche but it shocked me everytime. I just wished that instead of Angel "dying", Mikey "being murdered" is more devasting. Mikey is the "baby" of the group. Seeing him bloody dead, should make Donnie go berserk 100% angrier than a normal Raph. But, heck, this is a kid's show. Too brutal. Other than that, very well-written. I specially like Angel hugging Mikey at the start. And let's not forget Raph's soft sife. Bravo for Ben Townsend! I do hope this really is not his last work for the Turtles.moreless
  • In this exciting installment, the turtles help Angel find her lost brother in a mansion, haunted by a monster who feeds off of people’s fear.

    Even though this aired in January, I still consider this TMNT un-official Halloween episode. You have everything from a haunted mansion filled with living skeletons to a basement with a big, pink monster! I got the same thrill out of this episode as I did on the Haunted mansion ride. In Mikey own words: “Creepy!” Even with the completed plot the writers made sure that the viewers were able to follow it. This was also one of the greatest episodes that help us understand why Leonardo is the leader. Out of the four, Leo is the wisest. He was the first to figure out that what was happing wasn’t real. It was also Leo’s own strong mind control that helped him defeat the monster. It was awesome to discover the turtles fears. We learned more about their character. Leo- His fear was that one way or another he was going to lose his beloved master. This fear became even more apparent at the end of the season. Donny- he couldn’t save Angel. I think Angel represented all his family and friends. Because he was the first turtle to lose The Battle for the Nexus tournament, Donny is probably starting to doubt his own Ninja skills. Raph-although he does lose his temper often, deep inside he worries that his own anger could destroy him. Mikey – He was scared that Leo would go over to “the dark side” so to speak. Ironically, that could have had happened in season four. Although I would have loved to see Leo rescued all of his bros, at least we saw him rescue Mikey. It kind of reminded me of other episodes (such as “Grudge Match”) when Leo pays special attention to little brother Mikey when he gets into trouble. This episode shows how greed and fear can really affect people. So in short, it was totally awesome!moreless
Dan Green

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Pete Zarustica

Pete Zarustica

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Jason Griffith

Jason Griffith

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Leo: Fear. We face it everyday of our lives. Sometimes fear can be a friend that fights by your side. Making your reflex faster, your senses sharper. Other times fear is a lier, confusing you until you can't believe your own eyes. But the very worst fear, that's the fear that destroys all hope. And I'm afraid that my worst fear has come true.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Prologue Narrator: Leonardo

    • Villains: evil Master Splinter, evil Leo, Raph's anger diguised as Shredder, the skeletons, the phantasmic beast

    • Turtles' biggets fears,
      Leo: Losing Master Splinter
      Don: Losing his friends
      Mikey: Leo becoming a monster and joining the evil side.
      Raph: His anger.

    • Donatello is not just bi-lingual, but he is MULTI-lingual. He can speak and read English, Japanese, Egyptian, and Italian.

    • Klunk, the orange cat Mikey got in "The Christmas Aliens", makes a short appearance in the beginning of this episode.

    • Raphael's greatest fear is to give into his anger and become his very enemy: The Shredder, this is a reference to a popular story arc used in the now discontinued "Third Volume" of the Ninja Turtles comics which were published under IMAGE, Peter Laird has since confirmed this volume is the only one of the four TMNT titles set in the original universe to have no place in continunity.


    • C.F Ovfelhart's turning to dust.
      C F turns to dust after living for over three hundred years. This may be a reference to the Twilight Zone episode "Long Live Walter Jameson," in which a man dies and turns to dust after over two thousand years of immortality.

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      The old man's name was C F Opvelhart, or something similar, basically, an anagram(a rearrangement of the letters) of HP Lovecraft.

    • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

      Raphael knocks off the Shredder's helmet, and it's his face underneath. Similarly, Luke Skywalker fights an illusion of Darth Vader in a cave on Yoda's planet. When Luke knocks Vader's helmet off, it's Luke underneath the mask.

    • Dante's Inferno

      Donatello: Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

      That's an exact quote from the book Dante'sInferno. This Italian inscription is placed aboce the Gate of Hell (not the opening) and is not included in the nine circles. Similarly, the entrance into the basement wasn't the entrance into the Turtles' nightmare (a hell of itself) but the cocoons they were entrapped in.

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      There are, intentional or not being the question, apparent references to the works of H.P. Lovecraft in this episode. The creature at the end bears a slight resemblence to Cthulu. The old man who disintegrates at the end of the story can also be equated to one of his short stories, "The Colour Out Of Space," made into the movie "Die, Monster, Die!" with Boris Karloff.