ThunderCats – Episode 1.09: Berbils
At the risk of sounding like a very broken record… sigh. OK, I’m not going to harp that while the ideas are crazy cool, the actual writing falls flat or that the episode is basically a thinly veiled retelling of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. The ‘Cats teach the robo-bear berbils how to defend themselves against a raider/bandits.
Also, why does it seem that a lot of episodes now start with Panthro’s tank being broken down? Panthro is the amalgam of Han Solo and Chewbacca, who is constantly fixing the Millenium Falcon for which they don’t really seem to understand. Remember this for later, Panthro can’t fix his own tank. OK, don’t wait until later I’m going to ask now… how does a dude fix a robo-bear that the other robo-bears can’t fix when he can’t fix his own tank that the robo-bears can. Huh? Just don’t think to hard, the logic gap might swallow you whole.
I will admit, I am a long time gamer, a dungeon fantasy role-player. I’m not sure how the ‘Cats all fall asleep while their campfire burns and then wake up to ad-hoc shelter and food lying around. Would it kill these people to post a watch? Then the next night the Cats hide and wait for the next nocturnal generosity. Yes, the strange robo-bears fix the tank which Panthro can’t.
All the Cats are getting screen time at least. It’s not just Lion-O going on his own adventure. Heck, Lion-O isn’t even the focus of this show. What’s weird is there is no mention of their quest. This would be a really bad episode to jump into ThunderCats as nothing is explained or advanced. This is a problem since this is the first new episode in weeks and is most likely a place where people late to the 2011 version of ThunderCats party are likely to start. I’m not expecting a full 8 episode recap, but you’d think they could have snuck in a casual story so far conversation between characters.
So, what we have is a stock episode with no cringe worthy dialog and even a few good one liners. What we also have is a rather uneventful episode. And even though Panthro gets some star time, he doesn’t really come across as a star. And yet I am still hooked on the crazy science fantasy setting and coolness that I’ll continue to watch in spite of the clumsy execution. Damn you Studio 4 Degrees and your pretty, awesome world!http://pokupo.com/2011/11/03/thundercats-episode-1-09-berbils/AnimeTVreimaging,ThunderCats