Case Number 10637

THUNDERCATS (1987) SEASON TWO, VOLUME TWO

Warner Bros. // 1985 // 687 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // January 17th, 2007

The Charge

The litterbox in The Cat's Lair probably stinks to high heaven.

The Case

The second volume of the second season of Thundercats brings another 31 episodes of anthropomorphic felines kicking ass and shooting laser beams. Their old nemeses are still around, wreaking all kinds of havoc on Third Earth and, eventually, New Thundera: Mumm-Ra, the trash-talking mummy-sorcerer and his sidekick Ma-Mutt (because, you know, dogs and cats hate each other); Luna and her Lunatacs, a band of troublemakers led by their diminutive matriarch; Shadowmaster, a hyperactive magician with a grudge; Two Time, the evil space robot, and a host of other random villains. The responsibility to repel these scumbags lies with Lion-O, his extendable Sword of Omens, and his band of loyal Thundercats.

Season Two, Volume Two brings 31 more episodes, continued from Volume 1 on six discs:

Disc Seven
* "Exile Isle"
* "Key to Thundera"
* "Return of the Thundercubs"
* "The Formula"
* "Locket of Lies"
* "Bracelet of Power"

Disc Eight
* "The Wild Workout"
* "The Thunderscope"
* "The Jade Dragon"
* "The Circus Train"
* "The Last Day"

Disc Nine
* "Return to Thundera, Part 1"
* "Return to Thundera, Part 2"
* "Return to Thundera, Part 3"
* "Return to Thundera, Part 4"
* "Return to Thundera, Part 5"

Disc Ten
* "Leah"
* "Frogman"
* "The Heritage"
* "Screwloose"
* "Malcar"
* "Helpless Laughter"

Disc Eleven
* "Cracker's Revenge"
* "The Mossland Monster"
* "Ma-Mutt's Confusion"
* "The Shadowmaster"
* "Swan Song"
* "The Touch of Amortus"

Disc Twelve
* "The Zaxx Factor"
* "Well of Doubt"
* "The Book of Omens"

The Thundercats are bad-ass mo-fos and their cartoon was an '80s icon. With great animation, bizarre storylines, a new, wacky villain every episode, and awesome toys, this series reflected the Golden Age of Animation (by that, I mean, "Cartoons that I Liked as a Kid"). This continuation of Lion-O's adventures is as frenetic as the previous volume -- and just as fun. While it lacks the number of five-part story arcs that were found in abundance on Season Two, Volume One, this set's shows are just as fast-moving and entertaining, truly bringing me back to the days of hanging out on the couch, mainlining Fruity Pebbles, and swinging my cardboard Sword of Omens (which falls just short of He-Man's Sword of Power on the Awesome Cartoon Weapons from Old-School Cartoon Shows Meter).

In this batch of episodes, we see Third Earth cleansed of the Lunatacs, Mumm-Ra taken down a notch, the Book of Omens revealed, a crazy robot named Screwloose, the return of the Thundercubs (the child versions of the Thundercats), New Thundera threatened by the same gravitational @#%$-up from that crappy Hillary Swank movie The Core, Ma-Mutt briefly aligning himself with the forces of good, a sweet new Thundercats HQ, and a load of plot devices like The Jade Dragon, The Thunderscope, The Bracelet of Power, and The Locket of Lies. Yep, it's an '80s toy-selling behemoth and a force to enrich the executives of LJN, and, yeah, it's a feline knock-off of He-Man, but who cares? The show is sweet.

Fans of the series can count on another round of entertainment, highlighted by the lone five-parter in the set: "Return to Thundera," which seriously shakes things up in the Thundercats mythology. That's one element of the show that stood out for me, the continual fine-tuning of the narrative and the relatedness of the story arcs. Unlike, say, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, where stories stood by themselves and were rarely referred to in subsequent installments, there was plenty of connectedness in Thundercats, and the series is the better for it.

Warner Brothers does a pretty good job with these sets, though the lack of bonus materials is a concern. A tedious scavenger hunt game and some trailers are it for the extras. The packaging is spiffy, particularly the dope hologram cover. Episodes look fine, with no glaring flaws, and the sound is adequate. Still, after seeing what BCI did with He-Man, the tech merits -- and the extras offered -- of this set fail to measure up to that high standard. Although there's guilt on the technical side, Thundercats is free to go.

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Scales of Justice
Video: 80
Audio: 80
Extras: 70
Acting: 80
Story: 85
Judgment: 82

Perp Profile
Studio: Warner Bros.
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono (French)

Subtitles:
* Spanish

Running Time: 687 Minutes
Release Year: 1985
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* "Thundercats Ultimate Adventure Challenge"
* Trailers

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0088631/combined

* Ultimate Thundercats Web Page
http://thundercats.vpga.com/