Panthro finally shows up with the Thunder-tank last episode and saves the day. In this week’s episode we learn the new back story on Panthro and how he went missing in the first place. We also get to see how Grune releases Mumm-ra and becomes his power hungry slave.
The new Panthro is gruff and knows how to take on and defeat the bad guys. He is, after all, a Thundercats general, and he is not to keen on taking orders from a young Lord of the Thundercats. The writers are doing a great job in building relationships in the new series, and we have seen some great backdrop stories, as well.
The only thing about this episode that bothered me was when Grune suddenly knew he had just released Mumm-ra, ancient enemy of the Thundercats. Oddly he was “okay” with it…. Not something you would expect from the flashbacks of Grune we see in this episode. I guess ultimate power corrupts.
The real question is, how are fans taking the reboot so far? I have spoken with many Thundercats fans from the 1980’s, and the biggest complaint is the animation style. To be more specific “Lion-o’s New Anime Hair”; while I find this somewhat unappealing, it is not any more odd then his cotton candy hair from the 1980’s cartoon. The other issue brought to light often is the “Third Earth” instead of “Thundera” planet issue. No one seemed to mind the “2nd Earth” on the popular Battlestar Galactica reboot. Okay…so the Thundercats did not free Thundera to Third Earth. I am gonna let that one go to see where the writers take this, because they have done a great job at bringing a reasonable mythos to a show that really did not have one to begin with. We are talking about a show whose purpose was to sell toys in the 1980’s, or did we all forget that?
While I think the first few episodes were trying really hard to build Lion-o as a character via back-story. I think they were enjoyable and interesting to watch on many levels. This is a cartoon from my youth being reinvented, and I am letting go of my fan-boy mentality to enjoy the moment.
I really love what is being done with some of the characters, especially Wiley Kit and Wiley Kat. I think the animators are trying really hard to give each character an individual style. Most of the time Hollywood or production companies rape our youth for stories to retell in a way most foul way, for example The Smurfs movie. Did we really need to go to New York? I mean, Shrek worked as a fantasy tale, so the Smurfs could have, too. Let’s be thankful someone is giving our Thundercats a loving treatment with their update.
So who is your Mumm-ra? My answer is anyone I can get! Every episode of the new Thundercats helps my inner child smile once more. Thundercats fans out there should “Feel the magic and Hear the Roar!” because Thundercats are back on the loose!
See you next week….