April discovers an ancient sceptre from an antique shop that apparently belonged to a Royal Family back at that time, and apparently because April and the rebelling son of the evil Empire, Kenshin, each have the same weight, the sceptre activates it's time travel abilities and the two switch timelines and clothes. The turtles of course follow after April, and shortly after arriving, they lose the sceptre along with one of their gang. While back at home, the Japanese warriors that replaced the turtles during time travel learn about our world, the turtles must search for the sceptre while helping the Japanese village learn more about fun and take down a man pitching an idea for guns, to take over.
Elias Koteas returns as Casey Jones. When the Japanese warriors arrive in New York, they learn about hockey, T.V., snack food, etc., and it's enjoyable seeing grown man acting lost. The action scenes are the same as the first two, and in these films, they're all the best part. But in the end, this is my personal favourite of the series. Why? The heart. The Secret of the Ooze lacked heart and reason, this one showing off care even from a six year old, showing feelings about having to go to war, and it's the turtles this time. In this story, we finally have a full society where the turtles are worshipped. However, when it's time to go home with no chance of ever returning, they look at the advantages of here and home under the sewer, and for Raph and Mikey, they are under pressure with the last few hours counting down, and the universe of the Ninja Turtles has already been established, so I understood the collision and felt a drama the Ninja Turtles never made before. If only the 1600 Casey was tough for April as well.