|“The Weird World of Wyrm”|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV series) episode|
|Original airdate||November 8, 2015|
|Written by||Randolph Heard|
|Directed by||Sebastian Montes|
|Voice Direction||Andrea Romano|
|Supervising Director||Ciro Nieli|
"The Weird World of Wyrm" is the third episode of the fourth season of the 2012 TV series, and the eighty-first episode overall in the series. It first aired on November 8th, 2015.
When Casey discovers a hypercube, he accidentally unleashes a fourth-dimensional being known as Wyrm.
- April O'Neil (Mae Whitman)
- Casey Jones (Josh Peck)
- Donatello (Rob Paulsen)
- Fugitoid (David Tennant)
- Leonardo (Seth Green)
- Michelangelo (Greg Cipes)
- Raphael (Sean Astin)
- Wyrm (Dwight Schultz) (debut)
- Astro Zombies (debut)
- Chris Bradford/Dogpound/Rahzar (Clancy Brown) (holograms)
- Chris Bradford's 2 Ruff Krew (debut)
The Turtles arrive at Bradford's Dojo where they encounter all 3 versions of Chris Bradford himself (his human self, Dogpound and Rahzar). The Turtles defeat the 3 and it was revealed to be a hologram training program that Fugitoid made.
After training, Donnie expresses his admiration for the technological feat of the holograms, To which Raphael Boasts his thoughts on it not being strong enough. When Fugitoid offers to dial up the levels of the hologram to a point where it can actually break bones, Raph dismisses the offer.
A brief moment with Michelangelo and Casey Jones introduces the technology of the think-a-food machine. a piece of technology which can produce any food that comes to mind, which of course, is abused by Mikey to create an abomination of ingredients just like he did with his cooking down on earth. This technology could perhaps be viewed as foreshadowing of the events to come because of the ability to create "any" food within the think- a food machine. and perhaps to be careful what you wish for.
Fugitoid approaches Leonardo, Asking if he was satisfied with the training. To which Leonardo vocalizes his concerns about the Triceratons. and their time restraints for finding the pieces of the black hole generator. At this point, Fugitoid reveals he may have lost the Triceratons. Immediately after which they receive a distress signal from a nearby ship. When they arrive to the ship, there appears to be no signs of life, and a strange hole blown from the inside of the ship. Raph theories that perhaps the damage was done from the inside, or that the crew did it. Fugitoid meanwhile still cannot sense any life. April becomes nervous, she says that she doesn't need to be psychic to get a bad feeling about the ship that they're on.
Casey pushes past them all and declares that the ship is totally boring and he "wishes" something non-boring could happen. In the glass on his helmet, you can see a blue glow reflecting off it, which indicates the first signs of Wyrm's presence. Casey leaves the company of the turtles, and goes to investigate the strange glowing.
The Turtles, April and Casey decide to search the wreckage for survivors, get into their space suits and go on board the ship. But the crew finds only their bodies, and Casey discovers a strangely luminous cube. But no sooner does he takes it into his hand, they are surrounded by the crew, which has been transformed into a horde of living dead; but they fight them off and shake them, and take the cube safely back on board the ship. There, Honeycutt identifies the cube that Casey has found, as a hypercube, a key to a Fifth Dimension, the home of numerous extra-dimensional entities. He decides to lock the cube up safely, but Casey, who strangely refuses to give it, has to have it ripped right out of his hands.
When the Turtles later view a recording of the old cartoon show Chris Bradford's 2 Ruff Krew, Casey sneaks secretly into the section of the vessel in which the Fugitoid has housed the cube. As if under a compulsion, he handles the cube and finally opens it; which oozes out a cloud of smoke with eyes, standing in front of Casey - and the Turtles, April and Honeycutt, who noticed Casey's disappearance too late - is a grotesque, lauthalsigen figure called Wyrm. Wyrm tells them that it is his job to spread joy in the universe and therefore offers them three wishes that he could fulfill - two, since Casey has already squandered the first of them with the revival of the Astrozombies.
After Wyrm has explained to them the rules that accompany the fulfillment of these wishes, the Turtles & Co. begin to advise what they could do with them. As Casey makes a bit too self-centered proposal Donatello bursts at the collar that he accidentally engaged with the wish that Casey is no longer to be such a Spatzenhirn; This wish is promptly fulfilled and transforms Casey into a hyper-intelligent, omniscient being. As they now have only one wish left, the Turtles decide to make the last selection extremely carefully.
But this does not seem to fit into Wyrm's intentions; he disappears, and the next moment the ship collides with an obstacle. When looking back, the friends realize that they have somehow been caught both outside and inside the hypercube. Then Honeycutt identifies the pirate as one of the three legendary creators of chaos, omnipotent cosmic entities locked up in Hypercubes long ago to protect the universe from their escapades; a fulfillment of all three wishes would mean the liberation of Wyrm and thus total chaos for the entirely of creation. When the Turtles refuse to make a wish after this news, Wyrm is able to cope with them effortlessly, without the Turtles themselves being able to get hold of him. Raphael is finally so angry in frustration that he promptly wants a super-weapon against Wyrm. He gets the demand, but the weapon is made ineffective by Wyrm's rules to his wishes and the third wish is wasted.
To celebrate his liberation, Wyrm begins arbitrarily eradicating entire planets and stars. The Turtles try to prevent him from doing so, but they still have no chances. To all this, Casey, despite his new hyper-intelligence, seems to see no other solution to this problem than to join Wyrm! Thereupon the enthusiastic Wyrm, on his advice, gives Casey the power to make another wish to finally get the Turtles out of the way. But to Wyrm's horror Casey wants everything to be as if they had not found the hypercube at all; and although Wyrm is desperately opposed to it, the wish is legitimate and must therefore be fulfilled.
And so time goes back until shortly before the moment, when Casey is in the wreck of the spaceship begins his wish for a little more excitement. Led by déjà vu, April however, stops him, and so the cube remains undiscovered. When the Turtles and their friends leave the wreck to return to Honeycutt's ship, Wyrm, caught helplessly in the cube, can only despair of his lost liberation...
- When first appearing during the fight simulation Chris Bradford explains one of the facts about him in the third person, as a reference to the internet meme facts about Chuck Norris, on who Bradford's looks is based.
- The fact said by Bradford'd hologram was "Chris Bradford fact number 48: Chris Bradford always carries around four weapons of mass destruction, his arms and his legs.".
- This episode marks the debut of the Ninja Turtles' new favorite cartoon, Chris Bradford's 2 Ruff Krew.
- The series is a pastiche of the short-lived US cartoon series Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos in which Chuck Norris (Chris Bradford's template) appears in live-action and as a cartoon character (and his own voice actor), and also references the Rambo: The Force of Freedom, G.I. Joe, Action Man, and the Mister T series'.
- The cartoon intro and logo were taken directly from the Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos cartoon.
- See the original intro right here.
- Lil' Rineo is a parody of Too Much from the Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos cartoon.
- Master C is an obvious parody of Mr. T, who played B.A. Baracus in the The A-Team series.
- While Mr. T had a Mohawk, Master C has hair on the sides but not in the middle.
- Sumo Glen is a parody of Tabe from the Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos cartoon.
- Evil Ninja is a parody of Super Ninja one of the main villains from Karate Kommandos.
- Fake Master from 2 Ruff Krew is a parody of Zartan, a figure from the G.I. Joe toy franchise, which is in turn a master of disguise, and the disguise as Felicia is based on the character Natalie Poole from the toy franchise Action Man.
- The holo-training room is a reference to Star Trek's Holodeck.
- The Think-a-Food Machine is a reference to the Star Trek's replicators.
- This version of Wyrm shares a few similarities with DC Comics' Mr. Mxyzptlk, as both are reality bending creatures inclined to spread the chaos, besides the fact that in Superman Returns: The Video Game Mr. Mxyzptlk is also voiced by Dwight Shultz, as he appears as a narrator to the minigames menu.
- This episode is near-identical to the Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! episode "Meet the Wigglenog". In which the space travelers inadvertently release a reality warping villain that can only be released by granting three wishes. The events of the episode are then undone by a character (Otto in SRMTHFG, Casey in TMNT) who is granted super intelligence, and then fakes joining with the villain, only to wish the events of the episode never happened.
- The three wishes are the same, for excitement, for a member of the team to be smarter and for an anti-them weapon which doesn't really work.
- Also, the final for both episodes mirror the defeat of the Djinn during the ending for the original Wishmaster film (1997) in that movie franchise.
- When Fugitoid describes Wyrm's past, there is even a picture of the Wigglenog on his holographic projections.
- Wyrm's statement that he is the most powerful Wyrm in ten dimensions, also references the fact that in "Newtralized!" the Newtralizer said there were ten known dimensions.
- Casey's blue-skinned super intelligent form resembles that of Doctor Manhattan from the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
- Both characters have full universal knowledge, have blue glowing skin, white glowing eyes and an apparent empathy in relation to any problems affecting others.
- Although the Hypercube is said to be a fifth dimensional prison, in the episode is represented as a Tesseract, a four-dimensional cube.
- In a reference to the Fugitoid's voice actor, David Tennant, who played Doctor Who in the homonymous TV series, the Ulixes is revealed to be much larger inside than it looks from the outside. Just like Doctor Who's time traveling police call box, Tardis.
- In a close-up of Raphael during the scene where he blasphemes Michelangelo's former passion for Bradford, paintings of the Fugitoid that vary in color from each other (see also production error) can be spotted in the background; those paintings are a reference to the artist Andy Warhol's pop art paintings of Marilyn Monroe, which is one of his most famous works.
- The orchestra music that sounds during Wyrm's cosmic rampage, is Pyotr Tchaikovsky's The Year 1812 Solemn Overture Op. 49.
- The anti-Wyrm gun that Raphael wishes for has a strong resemblance to the BFG-9000 from the Doom franchise.