Maybe I’m getting used to the sloppy writing or I was just overwhelmed by the sheer space opera-ness of this episode, but I think the show is getting better. The central character test from the Book of Omens to determine if Lion-O is worthy is more like a game of Dragon’s Lair, but that’s getting a bit ahead of myself.

Last episode the cats found the Book of Omens and beat Mumm-Ra to keep it. Lion-O is trying to figure out how the “blank” book works. He has come to the conclusion it isn’t a normal book and is probably a technological artifact. Sure enough after some fiddling with it Lion-O activates the book and is astrally projected into the past, which he comment looks like the future. He is on a spaceship with more technology that he could ever imagine.

Yes, another story we know takes place in the past, but looks like the future. But Star Wars no matter what Uncle George says is not really a kid’s story. And despite the awkward writing I’m still convinced that ThunderCats is not really a kids story either.

Lion-O projects back to the past into his ancestor’s body. Seems he is Mumm-Ra’s right hand man who his feared and hated by all the other animals. All the animals serve Mumm-Ra, but few do so willingly. The cats are Mumm-Ra’s favoured and keep the other animals in chains. Lion-O quickly finds that despite appearances he is also the focal point of the rebellion against Mumm-Ra. After a cleverly executed riot to meet, the leaders of the rebellion agree that if ancestor Lion-O can get the Eye of Thundera instead of Mumm-Ra that the other animals will stand behind Lion-O against Mumm-Ra.

They great thing about the episode is that it is not the first time Lion-O has believed that he must unite all the animals to fight Mumm-ra. Even before he was king he thought of all the animals as equals. Fate seems to have been waiting for someone like him to rise up again and fight against Mumm-ra.

And that’s where it gets really Battlstar Galatica. See most of the current cats had an original rebellion counterpart that was familiar enough to recognize. I’m hoping this isn’t just a coincidence due to budgetary constraints. Because I’d like to believe the plan is that history is cyclical in ThunderCats. Lion-O is here to play the role he has played before and in a science fantasy version of Groundhog Day he will keep doing it until he does it perfectly and defeats Mumm-Ra once and for all.

Maybe I’m reading too much into this episode, but since they seemed to get the little things right this week, I’m hoping they are getting the big things right also. I’m back on the bandwagon.

Iain McGregorAnimeTVBattlestar Galatica,Star Wars,ThunderCats
Maybe I'm getting used to the sloppy writing or I was just overwhelmed by the sheer space opera-ness of this episode, but I think the show is getting better. The central character test from the Book of Omens to determine if Lion-O is worthy is more like a game...