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Thundercats: Season 2, Vol. 1 (6 Discs)
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Thundercats: Season Two, Volume One (DVD) (Discs 1-6) (3-Pack)
The epic Thundercats saga comes to a close with volume 1 of the top-rated Rankin-Bass animated series' second and final season. As with the premier season, the storylines in season 2 are nothing short of epic and filled with momentous changes, most immediate and notable being the decision to deliver the season in several multi-part episodes. First up is the five-parter "Thundercats Ho!" which brings aboard three new Thunderians who also survived the destruction of the T-cats' home planet and landed on Third Earth; Lion-O and the others battle the evil Mumm-Ra to save their companions, and the struggle ends with what appears to be the destruction of Mumm-Ra. But of course, the villain persists, and with the help of his henchman Ma-Mutt, revives for a second five-parter (titled, appropriately enough, "Mumm-Ra Lives!"), and unleashes a new horde of sinister monsters--the Luna-tacks--who prove more formidable than any of Mumm-ra's previous mutant armies (so powerful, in fact, that one damages the Sword of Omens). "Mumm-Ra Lives!" also serves as an introduction to another new face in the Thundercats family: Snarfer, nephew to longtime comic relief Snarf. Fifteen stand-alone adventures follow before the last of the multi-parters for the set, "Thundercubs," in which several of the heroes are turned into youthful versions of themselves.
Four more individual episodes round out the set, but an additional 30 were produced before the series came to a close in 1986. Quality-wise, the episodes are full-frame and presented in Dolby Digital mono, but lack the remastering that some fans may have hoped for. Extras are somewhat more irreverent this time around: there's a nine-minute featurette on the series' composer, Bernie Hoffner, who is interviewed along with several producers, as well as the pop band the Rembrandts (best known for performing the theme for Friends), who are also seen banging out a power-pop version of the Thundercats theme. Hoffner also gets his own "video," in which he provides a solo take on the song. --Paul Gaita
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The introduction of new characters is fantastic. After watching the mutants battle the Thundercats fifty times, it is very welcome. What I don't like though is how many of the characters from season one become nearly non existent. The mutants pretty much disappear. Although, Mumm-ra calls on them occasionally to do his bidding and Vultureman trys numerous times to join the Luna-Tacs. While I am on the subject of things happening many times, I should probably mention how many times Mumm-ra switches bodies or takes on the form of someone and fools the thundercats every time. He does this at least once every couple of episodes. They always seem to be after some kind of artifact too. The Book of Omens, the keystone, the thundercats necklace, the gorgon mask, etc. They also enter the cave of time often enough for my liking. Also, get used to watching the Thundercats fight against each other. Oftentimes, you will see a combo of many of these things.
One other thing I want to mention is how the plots become more ridiculous. Remember how hard it was to repair Lion-O's sword in season 1? Well, Bengali can easily repair it. Mumm-ra has a time machine and uses it very foolishly. Lion-O's sword seems to solve every problem. Finally, my favorite one is when Snarfer goes to get Mexican food.
Lastly, I want to talk about the bonus features on these DVD's. I think they are not as good as part 2 of season 1, but certainly better than part 1. WB tried to do a music theme to these special features with the Rembrandts playing the Thundercats theme song. I have no idea why this was done, but it was interesting to say the least. They also did a little making of documentary on it and had an interview with the composer of the original Thundercats theme music that was informative.
Overall, this set is worth buying, but be prepared for the same quality as the first discs with episodes that are not as good. The new characters add too much depth and the episode plots get recycled plenty of times. Still, it is a cool show that deserves to be watched. If you only watch one episode, make sure to see Hair of the Dog. You will get to see Snarf-ra, the ever-living.
The episodes in Season Two Volume One are:
ThunderCats Ho! Part 1
ThunderCats Ho! Part 2
ThunderCats Ho! Part 3
ThunderCats Ho! Part 4
ThunderCats Ho! Part 5
Mumm-Ra Lives Part 1
Mumm-Ra Lives Part 2
Mumm-Ra Lives Part 3
Mumm-Ra Lives Part 4
Mumm-Ra Lives Part 5
The Mask of Gorgon
The Mad Bubbler
Together We Stand
The Sound Stones
Day of the Eclipse
Hair of the Dog
ThunderCubs Part 1
ThunderCubs Part 2
ThunderCubs Part 3
ThunderCubs Part 4
ThunderCubs Part 5
The Totem of Dera
The Chain of Loyalty
The Telepathy Beam
Don't get me wrong but personally i'd like to see more special features (what's this about The Rembrands?Ok they are fans but...who invited them?!)
The other thing i didn't like was that they didn't respect the original drawings and in the front of the DVD's they have new versions from the Thundercats.
I didn't like that at all since they are not as good as the originals
Other than the above,it's way cool to have THE Thundercats finally in your collection.
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The boxes are really nice and some of the sets even have holograms on them. They have been copied over very nicely. GREAT buy and would recommend it not only to 80's children but also to the younger generation.
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