If you have not seen the new Thundercats show and would like to then don’t read because this is spoiler laced. This is your only alert.
When I was a kid I watched Thundercats daily. I always thought that Cheetara and Tygra belonged together. Thundercats received a reboot this past July with the premiere of the new show on the Cartoon Network. A darker story with an excellent storyline, in my opinion. The first season was 13 episodes and I am not sure when the second season is going to premiere (IMDB is wrong right now) but the end of season one had a pretty shocking reveal, for Lion-O at least. Cheetara chooses Tygra over Lion-O. This was not really a shock to me and shouldn’t have been for the audience after all the backstory about Tygra and Cheetara growing up.
The story follows the survivors of the Thundercats after Mumm-Ra and the lizards destroy the kingdom of Thundera. So instead of the Thunderians crash landing on Third Earth they are actually on Third Earth to begin with and are in exile after the kingdom of Thundera is destroyed. That is one big change in the series.
The series revolves around the core characters of Lion-O, the Lord of the Thundercats, Tygra, his brother, WilyKit and WilyKat (street urchins and pickpockets with their own agenda) and eventually the team also includes Panthro, who was assumed dead at the beginning of the show.
I have been enjoying the series and look forward to the return for the second season. The voice actors are wonderful and the story is pretty tight on continuity and nods back to the original 1984 series are prevalent as well. I’m very interested in re-watching all of the original series again. It helps when picking up on the mentions and homages in the new series.
Oh and the best thing about this new series is that Snarf does not do much talking and is more like a house pet than an actual Thundercat. It is both strange and works better than the original.
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