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The Krakken is the third episode of the first season of Ben 10, and the third episode overall.

Plot

Four Arms' encounter with the Krakken

The episode begins with Ben taking a swim in a lake at night. Gwen isn't as eager to get dirty water all over her. Ben teases her, but is suddenly pulled under when she turns away. As Gwen checks back, a giant monster emerges from the lake and scares her. Her flashlight falls down and shines on the creature, showing it's actually just Ben, pranking her as Four Arms. As Gwen storms off, a tentacle of an actual monster pulls Four Arms under the lake. Four Arms manages to escape and makes it back to the Rust Bucket in a sweat, though Gwen and Grandpa Max obviously don't believe him and tell him to cut the act.

The next morning, the three head out to the pier for a fishing trip. Gwen, grossed out by buckets of worms, decides to stay on land and not join Ben and Max. Max meets the captain of the boat he's chartered for the day: one Shaw, a gruff-looking man with an impatience about him. As they ride into the lake, Ben keeps an eye out for the lake monster. Shaw overhears him talking about it and pipes up. Not only did he see the creature, but he explains that it's called the Krakken and that he's been trying to hunt it for years; people think he's crazy, but he's sure it exists. He even offers to take Ben and Max to the spot of a sighting. While Max is suspicious of whether or not Shaw's crazy, he sees Ben's excitement and agrees. Just as Shaw starts showing off his sonar system and hunting equipment, he stops his boat: the area in front of them has been cordoned off. A fellow boat pulls up next to them, a man onboard introduces himself as Jonah Melville, part of the marine biology group that closed off the area for study. Shaw starts getting angry, but Max smugly orders him to turn back, as he's the one who technically calls the shots. Just as they do, though, Shaw's sonar starts picking up something. They spot the fin of a large animal heading toward the docks -- where Gwen is.

XLR8 vs. Krakken

The Krakken reveals its towering figure, smashing the docks and sending all the people on it (Gwen included) into the water. Ben tries to save them by turning into Ripjaws, but instead turns into XLR8. With no choice but to use what he has, XLR8 tries swimming to them, gradually figuring out that he's fast enough to run right on the water. He snatches all the people and Gwen out of the Krakken's path and safely puts them on a beach. Jonah orders his crew to get his boat moving; the Krakken spots it and gives chase. It grabs the boat and violently rocks it, but XLR8 arrives and scares it off. The Krakken comes back around again, this time grabbing a specific crate on the boat marked "CANNERY". Jonah and his crew try to hold it back, and XLR8 kicks the Krakken's grip loose. With time to breathe, he asks them what was so valuable that they risked their lives for; Jonah lies and says his lunch. There's no time to dissect that, as the Krakken comes back one more time and manages to steal the crate away. XLR8 times out before he can finish running back to Shaw's boat; Max sees Ben and yells at Shaw to turn the boat around. Shaw, busy aiming a harpoon at the escaping Krakken, decides to let it go, grumbling about getting it next time.

Later that night, Ben reaffirms that he was right, and wants to help Shaw catch the Krakken, but Max insists that he should leave it be. Shaw then passes by, insulted by Jonah's organization shutting down the lake, and insisting it won’t stop him from catching the beast. As Gwen and Max get ready for bed, Ben manages to slip out and stow away on Shaw's boat, which Shaw only realizes once they've gone far into the lake. They finally reach the spot of the sighting and Shaw dives down to look for the Krakken, his harpoon gun as the weapon and himself as the bait. He denies Ben coming down with him, but Ben finds a spare diving suit and follows him down anyway, almost getting himself harpooned. At the bottom, the two discover a nest of giant eggs and swim back up. As Shaw surfaces, he finds an armed speedboat parked right next to his. Men in diving gear and masks pull him up and interrogate him (Ben hides from them in the water). The leader asks what Shaw saw down there, to which Shaw lies that he saw nothing. The leader knocks him out and reveals himself to be Jonah Melville. Jonah gets his men to take Shaw's body with them, throws a tracker into this spot in the lake (knowing Shaw saw the eggs and making sure to come back to the spot to collect them), and blows up Shaw's boat to make it look like an accident.

The Omnitrix recharges, and Ben goes after Jonah as Stinkfly. He manages to dodge Jonah shooting at him and disables his weapons with slime, but a well-placed depth charge crashes Stinkfly in the water, rendering his wings useless. Luckily, a log allows Stinkfly to stand up and dry his wings before Jonah runs him down. The Krakken shows up, forcing Jonah to dump Shaw's body overboard to escape. Stinkfly rescues Shaw from drowning and has a near miss flying him back to the Rust Bucket. Inside, Ben explains the reasoning behind the Krakken attacks: Jonah has been stealing her eggs. Gwen finds out on her laptop that the environmental group was a lie, and Jonah is actually a poacher of rare animals that crates them up (like the crate the Krakken managed to nab) and sells them to the highest bidder. Ben wants to get the eggs back, but Shaw is only focused on capturing the Krakken. He offers a ride in his spare boat, but the Tennysons hijack it from him, taking it to Jonah's cannery hideout.

Ripjaws' Debut

At the cannery, Jonah has already retrieved the eggs using a miniature sub and is loading them into a large container. The trio arrives; Ben sends Gwen and Max inside, while he stays to deal with the poachers. Ben transforms into Ripjaws and confronts Jonah in his sub. The two receive an unexpected visit from the Krakken, who showed up to get the eggs back. The three begin to fight over the eggs: Jonah manages to fend off the Krakken but Ripjaws interferes and gets the eggs from him. Meanwhile, Max and Gwen sneak around and take out some guarding henchmen.

Ripjaws against the Krakken and Jonah

Jonah's minisub proves to be formidable, but Ripjaws gains the upper hand by wielding an anchor and removing one of its limbs. He then takes the eggs back to the Krakken's nest, appeasing it. Jonah attempts to steal the eggs again, but his sub is torn in half by the Krakken. Jonah takes one last stab at the Krakken, but the knife shatters on its skin. The Krakken almost eats him, but Ripjaws comes between them, saving Jonah and letting the calmed Krakken go back to her eggs. Ripjaws knocks Jonah out and leaves him hanging from some wreckage for the police (which were called before) to find.

As Jonah is arrested, an overjoyed Shaw comes riding up to Max in his rowboat, claiming to have caught something. On closer inspection, it is Ripjaws in a fishing net; Shaw thinks it's one of the Krakken’s offspring. Ripjaws reverts back to Ben while Shaw's head is turned. Max points Ben out, bewildering Shaw. The episode ends on the Krakken, happily cradling her eggs.

Noteworthy Events

Major Events

Omnitrix Alien Debut

Character Debuts

Characters

Villains

Aliens Used

Quotes

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Gwen: Very funny, Ben. I'm not falling for it. (shines a flashlight on the water) Ben? (Four Arms comes out of the water; covered in seaweed) Aaaah! (falls over; flashlight shines on Four Arms) Ben?!
Four Arms: You should have seen the look on your face! Ah, priceless.
Gwen: (angrily) You are so busted when I tell Grandpa.


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Ben: Ripjaws to the rescue! (uses Omnitrix, jumps into the water, and turns into XLR8)
XLR8: Hey! I said Ripjaws, not XLR8! Stupid watch!


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Stinkfly: (flying Captain Shaw to shore) Almost there! (Omnitrix beeps) Oh! Not again!


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Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Croatian Kraken The Krakken
Dutch De Krakken The Krakken
French Le Monstre du Lac The Monster of the Lake
German Das Untier The Monster
Greek Το Κράκεν The Krakken
Hungarian A Krakken The Krakken
Italian Il Mostro del Lago The Monster of the Lake
Polish Krakken Krakken
Portuguese (Br) O Krakken The Krakken
Romanian Krakken Krakken
Russian Чудовище Кракен Monster Kraken
Spanish (HA) El Krakken The Krakken
Spanish (Spain) El Krakken The Krakken
Turkish Göl Canavarı Lake Monster

Cast

Voice Actor Role(s)
Tara Strong Ben Tennyson
Policewoman
Meagan Smith Gwen Tennyson
Paul Eiding Max Tennyson
Dee Bradley Baker Stinkfly
Jim Ward XLR8
Jack
Captain Shaw
Richard McGonagle Four Arms
Fred Tatasciore Ripjaws
Krakken
Duane
Robin Atkin Downes Jonah Melville


Allusions

  • This episode's title and Ben himself refer to a poem called The Kraken by Alfred Tennyson.
  • When Stinkfly flies in to attack Jonah's speedboat, the crew and Jonah exchange "Is that a bird?", "Looks like a plane", "It's a bug!" This is a reference to the iconic line from the opening of the Adventures of Superman TV show in the 1950s:It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman!
  • Captain Shaw is likely a reference to Quint from the 1975 movie Jaws played by Robert Shaw, with the episode's plot also taking cues from the film.
    • Likewise, Shaw's bloody-mindedness and obsession over the Krakken fills the Ahab archetype originated by Moby-Dick.
  • The "monster" Ben uses to scare Gwen is a reference to Marvel's Man-Thing, with three distinctive appendages over his face, as opposed to DC's Swamp Thing (Man of Action having written for both companies).

Errors

  • When Gwen gets splashed with water by Ben, she gets wet, but when she turns back, she is no longer wet.
  • When the gang walks to the dock, Ben says that he saw a lake monster with red glowing eyes, but the Krakken has blue eyes.
  • After Ben scares Gwen with the bait worms and puts them back in front of him, the bucket is shown behind Ben in the next shot.
  • While Gwen walks away from Max and Ben, she vanishes before reaching her destination.
  • In one scene, the back of Ben's hair is missing.
  • In one scene, Ben has a stripe on the back of his shirt.
  • When Ben is at the campsite, the Omnitrix is green. It is still green when he boarded Captain Shaw's boat, but when he comes out of the water and tries to turn into an alien to help Captain Shaw, the Omnitrix is red.
  • When Stinkfly is knocked into the water, the bottom of his tail becomes white for a second.
  • When Ripjaws has the eggs in his mouth, the fins at the end of his tail are white instead of green.

Trivia

  • Dave Johnson designed the Krakken and wetsuits[DJ 1] for this episode, but noted that the Krakken was animated very poorly and that its tentacles were supposed to retract. He found the episode overall to be disappointing, believing that nobody after him in the process was likely feeling the love on this episode to really bring the designs to life, but enjoyed the scene where Ripjaws put two giant veiny eggs in his mouth as it made him laugh for all the wrong reasons.[DJ 2]

References

Kersti Myrberg

Dave Johnson

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