Warning – *Spoilers Ahead*
It’s been an interesting 4 months following our motley crew of heroes on their adventures. After the destruction of their kingdom at the hands of Grune and his lizard foot soldiers, the ThunderCats set on a journey to exact revenge on their oppressors. The rebooted show of the 1985 cult classic captures the familiarities that made the original show a hit. It also excels at etching its own carvings into the mythos adding a new spin to the old tale. There were a couple of dips during its run but the first season was a suitable start for new fans and for old fans to jump back into.
Beginning with the two part episode “Omens”, this re-imagined origin of the ThunderCats set a great template for what was to come. Lion-O, newly bestowed teen king coming to terms with leading an entire nation while Tygra, half-brother to Lion-O, lets his jealousy for the crown be known. The pair leaves on a quest along with Cheetara, Wily Kit and Wily Kat to find answers on how to restore their kingdom and defeat the great evil known as Mumm-Ra.
While none of the episodes were ever outright bad, the show could’ve stayed more on track with their main objectives (finding the Book of Omens, finding the Spirit stone) than deal with the side stories (“Ramlak Rising”, “Berbils”, “The Duelist & the Drifter”) because they slowed the momentum of the show down. Of course having the side quests fleshes out the characters more but the main arc really drove the show and overall it was just more interesting. As was stated before the eps were never really bad, they did vary from decent to very good.
The episodes that had to do with the history of the ThunderCats, however, were amazing. The events in “Old Friends” & especially the game changing “Legacy”, which dealt with the true origin of the Eye of Thundera, turned the lore of the 26-year-old TV property on its head and was better off for it. The updated mythology brought new colors into the spectrum so not everything was as simple as black & white / good & evil anymore. The other stand-out episodes were “Song of The Petalars”, “The Forest of Magi Oar”, and the season finale “Between Brothers” for ending the season’s story arc(s) on a very satisfying note. The first Spirit stone was acquired; Cheetara picked her suitor, and the rivalry between Panthro & Grune came to an end but at the expense of Panthro losing his arms! To quote Panthro from the episode, the victory (and the season for that matter) was well “worth it”.
New episodes of ThunderCats will air later this year on Cartoon Network on Channel 32 on Cablevision and Channel 257 on FiOS. Check your local listings for other providers.