Understanding History is Key in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 77

By Taylor Anderson

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 77

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

The past is a powerful thing that both enchants and horrifies. It’s amazing that a simple picture of a familiar place can bring on nostalgia. On the other hand, the past can be misremembered as being better than it was, leading people down a dangerous path to recreate a time and place that never existed. The Triceratons, who haven’t had a home planet for ages, know their history, and unfortunately for Earth, that means they long for a time, the Creatacious period, that they feel is rightfully theirs.

The Triceratons have suffered a setback. Attacked by both Agent Bishop and the Foot Clan, they have no choice but retreat to the subways to regroup and prepare for a final assault on Earth so they may claim it as their own. The turtles have shown up, though, and knowing that the Triceratons are honorable people, go to talk to their leader, Commander Zom. She gives the turtles a warm greeting and explains why she and her troops are on Earth.

Zom asserts that she and the Triceratons have a right to claim Earth as theirs because it was awarded to them and because was their home long ago. Relevant as those points may be, like the turtles try to tell him, things have changed. Namely, the Earth is now ruled by humans. That Zom doesn’t think this matters show that she is unable to let go of the past and accept that the Earth the Triceratons once knew is now gone forever. While they might long for a home, returning to Earth really isn’t a viable option because it’s not the place they once knew and would disregard the millions of years of changes the planet has undergone since they were last here.

The folly of the Triceratons in recognizing the present and longing for the past has put both them and everyone who lives on Earth in danger. I can only hope that cool heads will prevail and the turtles will be able to bridge the gap between the Triceratons and Splinter and Angent Bishop. If they don’t, the Earth as the turtles know it, may be history.

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