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"Back in Creature Time" is the 25th episode of Season 3 of the PBS Kids show Wild Kratts. It is the 91st episode of the series overall. It premiered on July 8, 2014. It is a two-parter episode, originally aired as an hour-long special composed of the episodes, "Back in Creature Time: Day of the Dodo" and "Back in Creature Time: Tasmanian Tiger," and serves as the season finale.

In the episode, Aviva unveils the Time Trampoline, a trampoline-shaped machine that permits time travel. The Kratt brothers and Koki use it to travel to Mauritius Island in the 1600s to see dodos. There, they learn a little about dodos and even save several dodos from becoming the next meal of an ancestor of Chef Gourmand. Meanwhile, inventor Zach Varmitech spies on the Wild Kratts. After realizing that Aviva invented a time-travel machine, he heads to the Tortuga to take a closer look at it. Soon, the Kratt brothers and Aviva use the Time Trampoline to travel to Tasmania in the 1880s to see Tasmanian tigers. There, they learn about Tasmanian tigers and even protect a family of them from the ancestors of fashion designer Donita Donata and her henchman, Dabio, who are trying to start a sheep farm in Tasmania. However, inventor Zach Varmitech decides to complicate things by attempting to trap Aviva and the Kratt brothers back in time.

Plot

The episode begins with a live-action segment. The Kratt brothers head to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City, where they find skeletal remains of extinct mammals on display in the Hall of Primitive Mammals. After explaining several of the mammals, they ask their "What if?" question and the show transitions into the animated segment.

The Kratt brothers are in their Tarsier Creature Power Suits in a Philippine rainforest, doing a checkup on Philippine monkey-eating eagle eggs. They finish the checkup just before the father of the eggs arrives. The father shrieks thinking that Chris and Martin are trying to steal his eggs. They Leap away and land on Aviva, who takes them back to the Tortuga. After deactivating, the Kratt brothers and Aviva head upstairs into the main room, where a female Philippine eagle is recovering from a broken wing. Aviva and Koki tell their teammates that they need to protect the eagles from going extinct. Aviva explains that if the number gets down to zero, there will be no more Philippine eagles in the world forever. Koki tells Aviva not to say that word. Aviva says extinct, which is what she was not supposed to say. The Kratt brothers hear what they are saying and begin lamenting about never being able to see extinct creatures, and subsequently, they fall into a coma-like trance. However, Aviva sees this as the perfect moment to unveil the Time Trampoline, a trampoline-shaped machine that permits time travel up to 500 years back in time. The Kratt brothers, now out of their trance, want to use the Time Trampoline to head back in time to see extinct creatures. Martin, excited to use the time trampoline, is about to jump on it, but Aviva stops him before he can do so by grabbing him with her Extendo-Arm and explains that she has never tested it before. She also states that they have to do everything right or he will get lost in the past. Chris also says that they have to figure out what creature they can find. They use Koki's database to find out, but due to many choices, they're unable to decide. To help them decide with one to see first, they spin a spinner with pictures of extinct creatures on it.

The episode shifts to Zach Varmitech's building, where he enters his building and shows his Zachbots his current inventions and explains that he would have had many more varmint robots, if the Wild Kratts didn't bother him by rescuing their precious "living free and in the wild" animals. He wonders what the Wild Kratts are doing. Unbeknownst to the Wild Kratts, he sends one of his Zachbots to spy on the Wild Kratts. All he finds out is that they're playing a little game with a spinner and a trampoline, which is useless. He tells his Zachbot to wake him up when they do anything interesting, which the Zachbot literally does. Subsequently, Zach decides to create another invention.

Meeting Rocko

The spinner lands on the dodo. Aviva sets the Time Trampoline to take them to early seventeenth-century Mauritius Island, where the dodo was once endemic. She hands the Kratt brothers the Time Trampoline's Remote Trampoline, which is to be used in the past to bring them back to the present. The Kratt brothers, along with Koki, jump, and jump, enter the time warp, and successfully land on Mauritius Island after Martin throws down the Remote Trampoline. Not long after, a dodo pecks Martin's face. Martin gives a rock to the dodo, which he names Rocko. Aviva tells Martin, Chris, and Koki that they can't see through the time connection, but they can hear them. Aviva asks them if they found a dodo bird. They indeed found a dodo bird. Aviva is happy that the Time Trampoline was successfully made.

Meanwhile, Zach is working on his invention, when his Zachbot rings an alarm clock on him causing Zach to scream and fall on his Zachbot and he tells his Zachbots to stop doing that to him and Zach asks whether something is happening. The Zachbot shows Zach that Aviva successfully invented her Time Trampoline. Zach is upset because he claims that the time machine was his idea and that he should have made it first. While lamenting about his failure, he accidentally kicks a can onto his mannequin, which gives him a great idea to compare Aviva's latest invention with his. He also tells Zachbot that it's not just a cape, but an Invisibility Cloak. He then tells his Zachbots to come with him to the Tortuga.

On Mauritius Island, the team hears a man call out "Land ho! Drop anchor!" The man, who reminds Martin of Chef Gourmand, who is Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand (great 15 times), rows to shore from his sailing ship. He finds dodos and, hoping to make them part of his next meal, stuffs several in a bag. Afterward, he jumps into his ship's boat and rows back to his ship. To save the dodos, the Kratt brothers activate their Dragonfly Power Suits and fly off to the man's ship. Using a berry, they lure all the dodos out of the ship and into the ship's boat. However, the Kratt brothers realize that they need to get Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand away from Mauritius Island forever in order to truly keep the dodos safe. Chris tells Martin to bring the dodos back to the island while the former goes back to the boat to deal with Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand. Later, after Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand marks Mauritius Island on a map, Chris erases the mark and instead marks Antarctica, without Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand knowing, so that the latter ends up there.

Chris flies away to help Martin pull the ship's boat to shore. They make it just in time to go back because the time jump connection is starting to disintegrate. Martin tells everyone to come with him. Koki sees a dodo chick in his hands and stops him, telling him that he can't take the dodo chick with him. He back-answers her, saying that if they bring a dodo chick back, they can save the dodo species. He thinks that they won't be extinct anymore. Koki says that they shouldn't mess with anything in the past, because it might affect the future in some way they can't predict. Martin back-answers her again saying it could save the dodos. Chris reminds him that the dodo chick saw how mean and dangerous bad guys can be and says that he may be needed in this time in order for the species to have a chance to survive and perhaps he would know how to stay away and hide from them. Martin eventually agrees, putting him back down. Before leaving, Martin and Chris tell the dodos to stay safe and make sure to keep away from humans. The Kratt brothers and Koki jump on the Remote Trampoline and return to the present, while "Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand" ends up in Antarctica.

Zach, who found out about the Time Trampoline after the Kratt brothers and Koki successfully traveled back in time, arrives in the Philippine rainforest and puts on the Invisibility Cloak. Chris compliments Aviva of her Time Trampoline. Martin says that dodo birds are awesome and Chris think that they might have saved them from extinction. Martin, hearing what Chris said, then remembers to find out whether they are extinct or they survived. Koki checks their current status. Unfortunately, they are still extinct. Chris says that they should've taught them how to run and hide from them. He asks Aviva if they can go back. Aviva says that it's too risky to do that, because going back to the same time and place right away will cause the Time Trampoline to stop working, which means that they could get trapped back there. Zach overhears what Aviva said and decides to trap them in the past, so that they'll be extinct forever. However, the Kratt brothers are itching to go on another trip to the past. Aviva tells them that they can still make one more trip to the past and she also decides to come with the guys, and she spins the spinner of extinct creatures to find out which creature to see next.

The spinner with pictures of extinct creatures lands on the Tasmanian tiger. Thrilled, the Kratt brothers and Aviva climb up to the bed of the Time Trampoline. Aviva sets the destination to Tasmania in the 1880s. After jumping up and down, Aviva and the Kratt brothers enter the time warp. Aviva throws down the Remote Trampoline before she and the Kratt brothers flop onto Tasmania. The Kratt brothers head off to find Tasmanian tigers, while Aviva stays with the Time Trampoline to make sure there are no problems. Meanwhile, Zach Varmitech continues spying on the Wild Kratts with his invisibility cloak.

The Kratt brothers find a family of Tasmanian tigers after hearing an unusual sound. They call Aviva, who leaves the vicinity of the trampoline to see the tigers. When she arrives, the three see a Tasmanian tiger joey coming out of its den. Martin names the father Tasdad and the mother Tasmom. While Martin thinks of a name for the joey, back at the Tortuga, Zach Varmitech uncloaks himself in front of Koki. Zachbots then trap her and Jimmy in an energy field.

Meeting Little X and his family

Martin names the joey Little X, because of an "X" on its back. Kangaroos then appear in the distance, and the entire Tasmanian tiger family runs after them, with the Kratt brothers following from behind. However, they notice an old-fashioned truck coming up a nearby road. The Kratt brothers stop the Tasmanian tigers before they come into view of the people in truck. Once the truck stops, a woman named Shonita, who is similar in appearance to fashion designer Donita Donata, gets out and tells her assistant, Shabio, who is similar in appearance to Donita's henchman, Dabio, her plan to start a sheep farm in the area, and orders him to eliminate any sheep predators. The Kratt brothers believe that, in order to protect the Tasmanian tigers from Shonita and Shabio, they need to teach them survival tactics. Aviva hands them a pair of Tasmanian Tiger Discs, and they activate their Creature Power Suits.

Zach and two Zachbots travel back in time to steal the Time Trampoline, but before doing so, Zach decides to tell the Kratt brothers and Aviva his plan to trap them back in time forever because he "can't wait to see their faces." After the Kratt brothers perform a few acts to get the Tasmanian tigers to stay away from traps and sheep, Chris points out that Koki usually checks on him and they haven't heard from her in a while and Aviva calls Koki. On the other side on the line, Koki tries to warn Martin, Chris, and Aviva that Zach is also back in time with them, but she is unable to warn them because her side of the time warp is muted. Aviva finds out that Koki didn't answer them and the former decides to check if there is anything wrong with the time trampoline. Zach then approaches them and says "hi" to them. The Kratt brothers discover his presence and wonder how he got back in time. Zach says that he wanted to say "hi" to his favorite "Wild Kratts" and he is also being nice to them because he wanted to see their shocked faces when he tells them that he's trapping them back in time forever. The Kratt brothers tell him that he is not going to do that. Zach says that he is going to do that. He immediately gets on his Zachbot, and the Kratt brothers run after him. However, later, his Zachbot eventually runs out of power and crashes. Martin tells Zach that they haven't run out of breath yet. Zach then tells the Kratt brothers he is not done. He still has another Zachbot hiding at the trampoline, which he is instructing to capture Aviva. The Kratt brothers call Aviva and warn her that a Zachbot is hiding at the time machine. Aviva turns around and indeed there is a Zachbot. In response, the Kratt brothers run to the Time Trampoline, with Zach following from behind. Aviva yells at the Kratt brothers to help her. The Zachbot is about to destroy the Time Trampoline, in which the Zachbot is commanded to do by Zach, after he is through, leaving the crew members in the past forever. Martin tells Chris to grab Zach and bounce him back into the future while he rescues Aviva. Chris jumps up and down the Time Trampoline to bring Zach back to the present. Once Zach returns, he falls onto the Zachbot guarding Jimmy and Koki, freeing them. The Zachbot is about to disintegrate the Time Trampoline when Martin says that if Zach wants to disintegrate something, why not his own invention, in which Martin eventually attacks and destroys it by pointing the Zachbot's disintegrating arm at its chest and saves Aviva.

Aviva tells the Kratt brothers that the time jump connection is destabilizing and they need to get on the trampoline and start jumping before it is too late. Martin is upset because he is unable to say goodbye to Little X and his family. Before going, Chris tells Little X and his family to keep away from humans. Martin says that he doesn't have to say goodbye to them and decides to take the whole family with them. Chris tells Martin that if they're going to survive on their own, they can't take the whole family away. He also explains that every Tasmanian tiger is precious in the time they're in. Martin decides to go but he again says that he's going to miss them. The Tasmanian tigers are sad because they're missing their baby. Chris notices that Martin is trying to smuggle a Tasmanian tiger into the future. Martin says that they've been spending a lot of time helping and reuniting baby animals with their moms and admits that he shouldn't take any away. He wishes them a nice, long life and takes a picture of them before going. Koki warns them that the time jump connection is falling apart and they have to hurry up. The Kratt brothers and Aviva count down from five and jump to return to the present and reach there just before the Time Trampoline explodes. Zach makes his getaway after seeing Martin, Chris, and Aviva.

Aviva is disappointed that the Time Trampoline is destroyed. Koki points out to them that they won't be time-traveling anytime soon. Martin and Chris check to see if Little X and his family survived. Koki checks the status and they are still extinct. However, she also finds out that in remote areas, they are probably still surviving. Martin points out that Little X isn't extinct because he took a tuft piece of fur and a tooth from the Tasmanian tiger, so that they can activate Tasmanian tiger powers anytime. The Wild Kratts notice that the wing of the captive Philippine eagle has healed, and they release it back into the wild.

The episode transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers are in the AMNH's Hall of Biodiversity. They find a dodo skeleton and replica and explained the extinction of this species. The Kratt brothers mention several endangered animals. Afterwards, they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"

Characters

Animals

Animation

Note: Featured animals are in bold.

Present

Past

Live Action Videos

Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.

Live Action

Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.

Fossils

Mounted and Preserved Specimens and Models (incomplete)

Trivia

  • This is the first one-hour special of the series.
  • The episode's first part was originally titled "Go Dodo Go". However, it was later changed to "Day of the Dodo". Despite this, the episode is sometimes referred to as the initial title.
  • Besides the dodo and the Tasmanian tiger, the other extinct animals on the spinner of extinct creatures are the Rocky Mountain locust, the golden toad, the baiji, the great auk (which was called an auk penguin in this episode even though it is not related to penguins), Megaladapis, and the passenger pigeon.
    • The Megaladapis, the great auk, the Tasmanian tiger, and the golden toad were also shown on the screen when Chris and Martin were figuring out which one they would see first.
  • The macaque shown on Chris' Creature Pod while he explained the extinction of the dodos is the Japanese macaque. However, the crab-eating macaque was the species that was introduced to Mauritius.
  • In addition to the rhino-dozers from "Let the Rhinos Roll!", the T. Devil security bots from "Tazzy Chris", and the Mosquito-bots from "Mosquito Dragon"; the other inventions displayed that Zach made include the Runnerbot from "The Amazing Creature Race", the drums carrying the cleaning waste from "Aquafrog", and the Bubble Bot from "Skunked!".
    • The events of "Mosquito Dragon" appear to take place before this episode, despite it airing afterward.
  • The Kratt brothers do not like to hear the word "extinct", and will go into a trance when they do.
  • Tasmanian Tiger Power is the first Creature Power Suit involving an extinct animal.
  • According to the episode's production code, "Back in Creature Time" serves as the Season 3 finale, despite not being the last to air.
  • The Dragonfly Power Suit gets a redesign in this episode.

Key Facts and Creature Moments

  • The dodo is a three-foot-tall member of the pigeon family.
  • The dodo can not fly because there were no predators on the island of Mauritius before the arrival of humans, so dodos evolved to be flightless ground birds without anything to be afraid of. They were also too big, plump, and heavy to fly away.
  • Dodos eat rocks to help them digest. The rocks sit in the dodo's stomach and help grind up the fruit they eat.
  • When people first came to the island of Mauritius, dodos were an easy meal for hungry sailors, and people brought other animals to, such as pigs, dogs, and macaque monkeys, which ate dodo eggs and chicks, destroyed dodo habitats, and not long after that, there were no dodos left.
  • The extinction of the Tasmanian tiger is often blamed on mass killings of them in order to protect livestock, which resulted in their extinction in the 1930s.
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