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ThunderCats (2011): The Duelist and the Drifter

September 12, 2011

Episode 8 of the new ThunderCats… sucked.

While ThunderCats is nicely animated, that’s about all it has going for it. Story and character wise, it’s average for a cartoon of this sort. It peaked with the pilot and “Song of the Petalar” was mostly good (if highly flawed). But the rest of the series has thus far been very average. If I just wanted vapid eye candy, I’d watch Mawaru Penguindrum.

But this episode suuuuucked even in that context.

Two good things about this ep. One, the main antagonist is pretty cool. He’s a trash talking but competent swordsman. And his design’s pretty darn neat. I love that he has a twirlable mustache. Two, there were quite a few nice furry character models, although as seen in the topic pic, they’re mostly just hue adjusted/palette swapped.

Otherwise, this ep’s a pile of crap. Why? Well, in previous episodes, what diminished every episode was when they tried teaching Lion-O a lesson. In the fish pirates episode, Lion-O was in a revenge rage for the whole ep, then he snapped out of it for no apparent reason and it sucked. In Song of the Petalars, he was being a smart, stealthy leader for most of the ep, but the lesson he learned was to be a stupid asshole Leroy Jenkins. It goes on and on. The show’s only good and only makes sense when Lion-O’s not the focus. Otherwise, it becomes groan inducing and common sense breaking.

The Duelist and the Drifter is an entire episode DEVOTED to Lion-O learning a lesson. It’s the equivalent of rather than having 10 summer movies and one of them being a Michael Bay movie, they decided to have every movie be a Bay flick.

By the end of the episode, everyone becomes retarded. The Duelist went from a suave swordsman to a common crook. The Drifter who was initially decent, became meh when he revealed his backstory, and then became an absolute retard during Lion-O’s showdown with the Duelist. Oh, no wait, no he didn’t. He was only mostly retarded then. He went full retard at the end when he said he was going to return all the swords that the Duelist FAIRLY and RIGHTFULLY won to their “rightful” owners (who were presumably sub par swordsmen with over inflated egos when they first fought the Duelist).

It’s a pity that THIS is the episode that Landon chose to watch. Not that TC is an otherwise great series at this point, but it’s at least usually watchably average.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2011 6:57 AM

    This was pretty much a hero rising episode. He even had The Matirx “I understand now.” dodge everything with my godly speed moment.

    The one thing I did like about the episode was the montage Lampshade. “What did you expect, I made that sword in less than a day.” Totally redeemed this, just a stones throw away from being awesome,filler episode.

    • September 13, 2011 11:45 AM

      Yeah, that montage was neat. As was Duelist and (initially) Drifter. Although once Drifter started going “Be a reeeeeed! Be a reeeeeeeeeeeeed!”, he lost all his coolness.

      Probably what annoyed me most was how they kept saying the Duelist was a bad guy and that he didn’t deserve all those swords. That guy was absolutely innocent. The worst thing he did was do some trash talking so people will accept his challenges..

      • September 13, 2011 4:29 PM

        A sword duelist is supposed to heckle and taunt. Taking a sword as a trophy is a lot better than a finger or an ear.

        I can’t even think of anything which he did that was actually bad. Fashion sense maybe.

  2. Landon permalink*
    September 13, 2011 4:40 PM

    Yep. Much like how the Airbender movie turned me off from ever watching the TV series, this episode turned me off from watching another episode of the new Thundercats series.

    • September 13, 2011 4:49 PM

      I urge you to watch Avatar The Last Air Bender it’s a ball of epic.

      • September 13, 2011 11:48 PM

        Seen it. It’s pretty good. It’s one of the reasons why Thundercats isn’t that impressive to me, ’cause it doesn’t do things as well as Avatar, even in the early episodes.

        That said, eeeeh, Avatar’s good but not as great as some make it out to be. Personally, I’m of the opinion that required cartoon viewing right now falls to Transformers: Prime (That’s excluding stuff like VB, Archer or AT. Those are of a different category).

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