"Octopus Wildkratticus" is the fifteenth episode of the first season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on February 3, 2011. The episode was written by Eva Almos and directed by Chris Kratt.
In this episode, the Kratt brothers are racing across the Arctic waters on Aviva's Manta Riders. (like surf boards) Martin, while showing off his "Manta-boarding" moves to Aviva, accidentally launches himself up into the air and snags a clothesline with the Creature Power Suits hanging on it, causing the Suits to fall into the water. Aviva, desperate to retrieve the Suits, dives down along with the Kratt brothers in her latest invention; the Octopod, an octopus-themed submersible. Meanwhile, a giant Pacific octopus (named Seven by Martin) finds the Suits, slips into them, and over the course of a few activations, he turns into a viscous sea monster.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers head to an aquarium to meet a giant Pacific octopus. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question and "transform into their animated selves".
In the Arctic Ocean, the Kratt brothers are playing with Aviva's Manta Riders by "Manta-boarding". Martin eagerly shows off his moves, but he ends up hitting an incline-shaped block of ice, launching him into the air and into the water, snagging a clothesline with the Creature Power Suits hung upon it, which causes the Suits to fall into the water. Martin then runs into a giant Pacific octopus, which he names Seven. Frantic and upset, Aviva exclaims that they have to find the sinking Suits quickly. Meanwhile, Seven, after separating from Martin, drifts down to the ocean floor and slips into the Power Suits after being startled by a group of walrus. One of his arms then reaches out and touches a nearby walrus, activating the Suits. Nearby, the Kratts and Aviva are searching in Aviva's newest transport: the Octopod, for the Suits. They witness an octopus using its chemical ink defense against a shark. Aviva then adds an "ink" defense mechanism to the Octopod. Afterwards, they encounter a whiskered and tusked octopus. An excited Chris, thinking that it is an undiscovered species of octopus, tries to take a photo of it, but ends up upsetting it, and they are forced to scare it off with the Octopod's "ink".
While searching for the Creature Power Suits with the Manta Riders, they Kratt brothers get chased back to the Octopod after encountering yet another octopus, this time a combination of a shark and a walrus. The octopus bites off one of the Octopod's arms, prompting Aviva to add an arm-regenerating feature to the Octopod. Inside of the Octopod, Martin finds a camouflaged octopus, leading Aviva to further modify the Octopod. Then, green and blue flashes appear in the distance. Aviva recognizes these flashes as the Creature Power Suits, but soon after, they encounter another octopus, this time a combination of a walrus, shark, and bowhead whale. Martin suddenly realizes that this "Octo-Whale" is Seven wearing the Creature Power Suits. Seven then eats an Atka mackerel and grows even more. The Kratts and Aviva know that they have to deactivate Seven quickly. Aggressively, Seven takes on the Octopod, but Aviva evades and camouflages it. Aviva then uses Chris to distract Seven, while she uses Martin to deactivate the Creature Power Suits. She confuses Seven by quickly using the various moves of the Octopod. Martin is sent in to press the activation button, and Seven is deactivated, returning to his normal self. In the end, Aviva finally forgives Martin for losing the Suits. While hanging out with Seven, Chris discovers an ancient octopus fossil. But while being tossed around by Aviva, Chris accidentally drops the fossil into a deep trench. He then jokingly calls out, "Rev up the Octopod, Aviva, we're going back down."
The show transitions into the ending live action segment, which shows the Kratt brothers showing off the intelligence of octopi. They place a container with a clam inside into the aquarium. The octopus easily removes the lid with its tentacles. The Kratt brothers conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
- Octopus: Seven (also Octo-Walrus, Octo-Shark, Octo-Whale)
Key facts and Creature Moments
- The ecological topic shown in the cartoon segment is cryptozoology.
- The only time the Octopus Power Suits are seen is in a flash back by Koki and Jimmy in the beginning.
- This is the second time a Creature Power Suit is not used by either of the Kratt brothers.
- This is also the first time a creature wears part of the Creature Power Suits and the first (and so far, the only) to show it activate them, showing what would happen if a creature used another creature's powers using the Creature Power Suit(s).
- "Well, I happen to be an ace Manta-rider, so there's nothing to worry about."
"Famous last words..."
~Martin and Aviva[source]