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ThunderCats: "Legacy" Review

"Wait, I have more questions,"  Lion-O  cried out to cyber-Jaga as he was cast out of the Book of Omens "pensieve"-style virtual reality. Well, maybe "pensieve" isn't the right term to use since the Book of Omens didn't just show Lion-O the past, it made him act past events out while inside the body of his ancestor, Leo. I'm not exactly sure why the book would put Lion-O through this type of test, but " Legacy " was a dynamite chapter that had the good graces to immediately answer many of the questions the were raised in last week's episode. I did miss, you know, the  rest  of the actual  ThunderCats , but it was nice to go  fully -backwards in the story for a change. In "Old Friends," amidst all the flashbacks, the present-day story seemed flat. So this episode just nixed the present-day entirely.  Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/119/1192208p1.html?RSSwhen2011-09-02_190300&RSSid=1192208&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29

ThunderCats: "Journey to the Tower of Omens" Review

While I gave "Song of the Petalars" high marks for being surprisingly touching, I'm giving " Journey to the Tower of Omens " an ace grade because it was just a really solid adventure. With all the events that transpired it actually had a sort of "season finale" feel to it - which now just makes me even more excited for the actual season finale.  So we already knew that the "tech" on Third Earth had direct ties to  Mumm-Ra , but early on in this one we got a flashback that gave us a bit more back-story on Mumm-Ra - or should I say "Lord Mumm-Ra - and his relationship with the Cats. Granted not  all  of the questions were answered, but it was fun to see that the Cats did, once upon a time, have tons of tech; tanks, flying ships and whatnot. So this explains the ThunderTank and why there are mechanical items out there with Cat emblems on them.  Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/119/1190297p1.html?RSSwhen2011-08-26_212900&RSSid=1190297&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29

ThunderCats: "Old Friends" Review

There are some challenges involved in reviewing a kid's show, as much as I don't like using that label since  ThunderCats  is mostly designed to appeal to all ages. But sometimes themes and stories can be a little too obvious because of their need to relate to younger minds. Last week's "Song of the Petalars" had some holes in it, but it wound up redeeming itself with a powerfully executed reveal about death and friendship. This week's " Old Friends " – which was Panthro's first official full episode – got bogged down due to the use of exposition-y flashbacks that let the characters off a bit too easy.  I'm not against flashbacks at all, it's just that I wished that a few of them had painted Grune out to be somewhat likeable. Grune was a power-hungry egomaniac from the get-go and it actually speaks very poorly of  Panthro  that he would A: be Grune's friend and B: not realize that Grune would one day betray him. But that's just because each flashback had to be so "on the nose" and have Grune say transparent things like "what can't be earned can always be taken" and other seditious phrases that would clearly mark someone with a discontented heart. Dammit, if only Panthro paid attention to subtext. But other than that I like the fact that Grune has been established as Panthro's foil. I eventually do want to know how Panthro came by the ThunderTank and what other kinds of Cat-related tech might be lying around out there.  Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/118/1187965p1.html?RSSwhen2011-08-19_213900&RSSid=1187965&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29

ThunderCats: "Ramlak Rising" Review

Sorry for the lateness on this review, guys. Been mad busy over here. " Ramlak Rising " was a good follow-up to the excellent double-episode premiere, but at times it was just too on the nose with regards to Lion-O's anger-arc which made it a bit too predictable. On the upside, it was a lot of fun checking out the new landscapes of Third Earth; some of them even resembling bits and pieces of WoW's Azeroth here and there.  With Panthro still not officially a part of this group, we followed Lion-O ,  Tygra  and  Cheetara  and they headed out, at Lion-O's command, to kill Mumm-Ra. It was interesting to see just how obedient, even begrudgingly, Tygra and Cheetara were to Lion-O because he was now king. It helped show the true importance of that title but we also were given a very different Tygra this week compared to the brash older brother from the premiere. He almost faded back into being a non-character like he was back in the original series a little bit. The addition of  WilyKit  and  WilyKat  to the group was a welcome sub-plot as the two of them infused a lot of charm into the gang; especially considering how dour Lion-O was in this chapter.  Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/118/1185706p1.html?RSSwhen2011-08-10_135900&RSSid=1185706&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29

ThunderCats: "Song of the Petalars" Review

Even though, on their journey to find the Book of Omens, the ThunderCats  run across  yet another  exiled race of Third Earthians who pine for their true home, " Song of the Petalars " was a surprisingly emotional journey. There was an unexpected sadness to this tale, and even though the earnest and true flower-folk, the Petalars, were really only there to teach  Lion-O  the meaning of "hope," this chapter was way more effective than last week's "Ramlak Rising."  Though it doesn't fully make sense if one were to pick it apart, the Petalars' life-in-one-day story came off as really touching due to the character of Emeric, who when we first meet him is as cutesy and fun as  WilyKit  and  WilyKat . Watching Emeric grow, over the course of the episode, into a a frail old creature was amazing and what really sold it was Emeric himself and how he never even noticed how short his life was and lived it as though it was a century spent battling beasts and having grand adventures. Essentially, the Petalars were doomed to remain lost forever because of their single day lifespan and so in the end, when they road up on the rising embers of the burning woods, it was hard to not feel a swell of triumph.  Read More.... //tv.ign.com/articles/118/1187764p1.html?RSSwhen2011-08-12_225700&RSSid=1187764&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29