This is it, folks. He-Man, the turtles, GI Joe, and the Transformers have all made their return to the small screen with varying degrees of success. How long could it be before Thundera’s own made the return? Well, it’s happened, and it happened in a big way. Back in April we brought you a look at the teaser for the show, which debuted at WonderCon. It gave us a glimpse at the far-more-fleshed-out kind of show we’d be getting, but there were many missing puzzle pieces. The wait is over, and all of the pieces are finally in place. Well, maybe not all of them…
This new series takes place on Third Earth with a race of felimorphs living in the fortified city of Thundera. While some will suggest that this is a brand new take on the ThunderCats, an alternate reality of sorts, I’d argue that this is absolutely taking place in the far flung future of the show we all once knew and loved. References are made to the ‘Cats ancestors, who tamed the wilds of Third Earth (then there’s the Ro-Bear Berbil hand that Lion-O finds in the Thunderan pawn shop… ). Sure, all of the old characters are back, but I’m guessing these are actually descendants of the originals, or reincarnations, or some such like that.
We’re fans, and more specifically many of us are fanboys, so let’s get to it… what’s not to like? No… really. What’s not to like!? I’m sure some people will bitch about Snarf’s de-evolution into an adorable little house cat, but frankly, he’s already 1000% less annoying than the old nursemaid. Some may question… umm… no, you know what? I think that’s about the only thing not to like.
Transformers: Prime is a pale shadow of the ’80s classic. GI Joe: Renegades honors its predecessor well enough, but goes a little over the top at times. But ThunderCats? There’s a reason they didn’t need to give this show a subtitle. Whil paying homage to the original in all the right ways, this new show elevates what the old one was and brings so much more to the screen than the classic ever did – and we’re only two episodes in! Here, we see Thunderan life. We see the nature of our principal characters before they become the team of heroes we know them as. We get to see Claudis and Jaga and Grune – in battle, no less! And let me just say this; Jaga kicks ASS!!! And let me not forget the Thunderkittens as street urchins! Everything about this show is better, and even the new character designs FEEL right once you start watching.
And then there’s the voice cast: Batman Beyond himself, Will Friedle, as Lion-O? The one and only Lex Luthor, Clancy Brown, as Grune? And the original Lion-O, Larry Kenney, as the voice of the great Lord Claudis? BRILLIANT!
This morning, I got up and sat down with a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and watched ThunderCats. There is no rating I can give this show that could possibly encompass the overwhelming joy I felt. ThunderCats is perfection; I urge you to watch.