|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 TV series) episode|
|Original airdate||December 4, 1993|
|Written by||David Wise|
Atlantis Awakes is a season 7 episode of the 1987-1996 series.
The Turtles are floating through an underground sewer river on various watercraft, and Michelangelo goes further ahead on his surfboard. He's rescued from going over a waterfall by a strange fish-man, who introduces himself as Alim Coelacanth (or "Merdude" as Michelangelo deems him). The other Turtles are skeptical of what he says until Alim reveals himself, and reveals that he's from the city of Atlantis, although he's the only fish-person from there and has been away for two hundred years. The Turtles dive into the water to help Alim find Atlantis once again.
Meanwhile, in the Technodrome, Krang picks up unusually strong energy readings from a nearby mountain range. Shredder, Rocksteady and Bebop head off to find it, and stumble across Atlantis. The Atlanteans are unexpectedly delighted to see the villains - or more specifically, Bebop, whom they mistake for their king. According to them, it was prophesied that a "strange creature" would come from the sea and reclaim his throne, and they assume it must be the mutant. Only one person, Hepax Lagamina, speaks against Bebop, and is imprisoned for her words.
Alim and the Turtles arrive at Atlantis and make their way in via the sewers, only to be shocked when they see Bebop on the throne. They escape before the Atlanteans can arrest them.
Shredder finds that Atlantis is powered by a vast gem, the Star of Atlantis, which Krang can use as a focusing crystal for the Technodrome's main cannon. However, he is thwarted by Bebop's increasingly egotistical attitude.
The Turtles and Alim hear Hepax shouting for help, and she identifies Alim as the true king of Atlantis, since he is a "strange creature" that breathes water. They try to free her, but are forced to flee from the city before they can get the cell open. Alim summons sharks, eels and an octopus to save them from the Atlantean soldiers.
Alim publicly declares that Bebop is not the true king of Atlantis, and challenges him to combat in the Atlantean Arena. Unfortunately, he's not very good at fighting, and Bebop has a blaster.
Leonardo and Michelangelo battle Rocksteady and the Atlantean guards in order to free Hepax, while Donatello and Raphael try unsuccessfully to stop Shredder from taking the Star of Atlantis. Hepax is brought to the arena just in time to tell Alim to seize the Trident of Power, which will only work for the king. He glows with power and forces Bebop to declare himself not to be the king.
When the Turtles and Alim try to stop Shredder from taking the Star, Shredder blasts a hole in the dome surrounding the city, causing it to flood. Alim summons a giant squid who seals the hole temporarily, and the five of them swim out to the Technodrome, just as it aims the main cannon at Atlantis. The Turtles manage to redirect the cannon at the last minute, and reclaim the crystal inside.
Alim is crowned king, and he names Hepax his royal counselor. Just then the Technodrome rolls over to destroy Atlantis, but Alim activates The Hammer of Atlantis, a vast and powerful defensive system that drives the Technodrome into retreat.
The Turtles are sent back home on the backs of four giant sea turtles, and Michelangelo creates a new pizza in Alim's honor, covered in seaweed and fish.
- Leonardo (Cam Clarke)
- Donatello (Barry Gordon)
- Michelangelo (Townsend Coleman)
- Raphael (Rob Paulsen)
- Shredder (Townsend Coleman)
- Bebop (Barry Gordon)
- Rocksteady (Cam Clarke)
- Krang (Pat Fraley)
- Alim Coelacanth/Merdude (Kevin Schon)
- Hepax Lagamina (Jeannie Elias)
- Malathor (Pat Fraley)
Home media releases
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder Triumphant!
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
- The Turtles don't believe Atlantis exists despite encountering it in The Lost Queen of Atlantis.
- When the Technodrome is first seen moving at the beginning of the episode, its main eye is colored white.
- When Rocksteady is talking to Shredder before they stumble upon the Star of Atlantis, he appears to be gliding across the floor instead of walking.
- Some shots of Merdude show him moving around as if he was walking, as opposed to hopping on his tail (he has no legs). He also appears to be hopping ridiculously fast when he and the Turtles try to stop Shredder from escaping the dome.
- Rocksteady is in two places at the same time: fighting Michelangelo and Leonardo, and with Shredder stealing the Star of Atlantis.
- The cell door that previously held Hepax Lagamina is open when Bebop finds Rocksteady in the adjacent cell, but is suddenly closed after he frees him.
- The key that Bebop uses to free Rocksteady from his cell appears to be inserted into the lock backwards.
- When Krang aims the Technodrome's eye at Atlantis, the hole in the city's dome and the octopus that was preventing the city from flooding from earlier have vanished. Those dome workers must work fast!
- The Turtles are able to breathe underwater in this episode. This is actually a frequent inconsistency throughout the entire series. The Turtles are not sea turtles, as their original real turtle forms had feet and not flippers, which means they shouldn't be able to breathe underwater (and in fact, being reptiles even sea turtles can't breathe underwater and just hold their breaths for up to an hour). Yet in the first episode they are being carried in a fishbowl full of water and clearly having no trouble breathing, and there are numerous times throughout the series when the Turtles are in danger of drowning.