An epiphany occurred to me while watching the latest episode of ThunderCats, it’s missing something. No, actually it’s missing a bunch of little things that make good stories into great ones.

After last week’s trip down memory lane, Lion-O and friends are looking for the Tower of the Book of Omens. The Sword of Omens can’t or won’t help the young king with its second sight.  Cheetara lectures the rest of the cats that Lion-O will never be able to properly use the sword if he doesn’t believe in himself. And he’ll never believe in himself if the rest of the cats don’t.

Then Snarf, the comic relief pet accidentally stumbles onto the outside of the Tower. Next we are treated to some of the finest D&D or Indiana Jones dungeon crawling and puzzle solving televised. It is during this sequence of puzzles that it occurred to me one of the things the show is missing.

The cats are in a room with nothing more than a pool with gold coins in it. WilyKit and WilyKat are overcome by greed and grab for coins which sets off the next trap. This simple set up should have had the older cats discussing what to do next while the kids stealthily lift some treasure. But instead there is no adult banner or even pretense of other things going on. Instead the scene starts on the kids who are focussed on the coins.  There is a token, “don’t touch that”, after the damage is done.

It’s little things like this that ThunderCats seems to be missing. And those little things add up to much more enjoyment that the few seconds of animation needed to create them. It’s the difference between a good idea and great execution.

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An epiphany occurred to me while watching the latest episode of ThunderCats, it's missing something. No, actually it's missing a bunch of little things that make good stories into great ones. After last week's trip down memory lane, Lion-O and friends are looking for the Tower of the Book of...